Provencher, Joseph-Norbert b. February 12, 1787 d. June 7, 1853 First Roman Catholic Bishop in the Canadian West. In 1822, he accepted the post of Bishop for the then-North West Territories. Provencher went to live at Red River, current-day Winnipeg, where he ministered to the Metis and other settlers and established schooling for the local children. Today in Winnipeg, there is a Provencher Bridge, a Provencher Blvd and a school named in honor of him.
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Reimer, David b. August 22, 1965 d. May 5, 2004 Medical Figure. Born as Bruce Reimer, one of twin boys to Janet and Ron Reimer, Bruce's penis was destroyed in a circumcision accident when he was 8 months old. His parents consulted Dr. John Money at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, who advised Bruce's parents to also have his testes removed and raise him as a girl. He was renamed Brenda and treated as female by his family from then on. Dr. Money theorizied that gender identity is largely the result of social learning, and believed that if Brenda...[Read More] (Bio by: Jennifer M.) Saint Vital Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Plot: Ash Blk 60941-0
Roblin, Dufferin 'Duff' b. June 17, 1917 d. May 30, 2010 Premier of Manitoba. The grandson of another Manitoba premier, Rodmond Roblin, "Duff" Roblin served as the 14th premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967. During that time he oversaw the construction of the Winnipeg Floodway, also known as "Duff's Ditch". Though he was criticized at the time for the initiative, it has since saved the city of Winnipeg from flooding numerous times, most notably in 1997. He later became a Canadian senator. (Bio by: JC) Elmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Slotin, Louis P. b. December 1, 1910 d. May 30, 1946 Scientist. He was a physicist and chemist who took a critical part in the atomic bomb creating "Manhattan Project" during World War II. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, he was the oldest of three children of refugees from Russia. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1931 and his Master of Science Degree two years later, from the University of Manitoba. In 1936, he received a Doctorate of Physical Chemistry from King's College of London University. In 1937, he accepted a job as a Research...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Buchinski) Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Steele, Sir. Samuel Benfield b. January 5, 1849 d. January 30, 1919 Canadian Army General. A native of Purbrook, Simcoe County, Ontario, he was one of Canada's earliest well known military and law enforcement figures. He became interested in the military and obtained a commission as an Ensign in the 35th Regiment of the Militia in 1866, later serving in the Fenian Raid in 1866, and the Red River expedition of 1870. In 1873 he became a troop-sergeant major in the North West Mounted Police, becoming the organizations first Superintendent in 1885. During the Boer...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Saint Johns Anglican Cathedral Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Vasey, Jane Elizabeth b. 1949 d. July 6, 1982 Blues Musician. An accomplished Canadian composer and pianist, she was a member of the musical group, 'Downchild Blues Band.' The group which formed in 1969 in Toronto, Ontario, and disbanded in 1978, also included Donnie Walsh, and Richard Walsh. The group recorded such songs as 'Flip Flop,' and 'Fly.' She passed away in 1982 from leukemia at the age of 32. (Bio by: K) Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Winkler, Hal (Harold Lang) b. March 20, 1894 d. May 30, 1956 Professional Hockey Player. Born in Gretna, Manitoba, Hal Winkler moved to Winnipeg when he was 15 yrs. Winkler played goal with Winnipeg teams before turning pro with the Edmonton Eskimos (1922-24). He moved to the Calgary Tigers (1924-26) and made the National Hockey League when the WCHL player were purchased en masse by the eastern loop. Winkler guarded the goal in the New York Rangers 1926 debut. He recorded a 1-0 shutout over the Montreal Maroons. He was traded to the Boston Bruins later...[Read More] (Bio by: 1weasel) Elmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Winter, Kurt b. April 2, 1946 d. December 22, 1997 Musician. Born in Canada, he was best known as the guitarist for the rock band "The Guess Who". In May 1970, he joined the group playing guitar and co-writing the hit songs "Bus Rider", "Hand Me Down World", "Runnin' Back To Saskatoon", "Raindance" and "Albert Fisher". After leaving the group in June 1974, he had a successful mattress and bedding store business in Toronto, Canada until his death. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Cancer Brookside Cemetery*, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.