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THE HONOURABLE ALFRED MONNIN

Born: Mar 06, 1920

Date of Passing: Nov 29, 2013

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THE HONOURABLE ALFRED MONNIN (continued...) THE HONOURABLE ALFRED MONNIN March 6, 1920 - November 29, 2013 On Friday, November 29, 2013, The Honourable Alfred Monnin passed away at the age of 93. Born in Winnipeg on March 6, 1920, son of Alphonse-Louis and Adèle (née Sperisen), Alfred Monnin was predeceased by his beloved wife Denise (née Pelletier), his parents, his brother Alphonse and his sister Adèle. He leaves in mourning his five (5) sons, Michel (Laurie Allen), Bernard (Elizabeth "Libba" Linn), Pierre (Mona, née Lafrenière), Marc (Donna Miller) and Jean Paul, as well as twelve (12) grandchildren, Daniel (Michelle, née Rychliski), Christian (Karine Pelletier), Robin Cayo, Caroline (Niranjan Venugopal), Isabelle, Marisa, Paul, Cian, Catherine, Stéphanie, Gabriel and Darragh and five (5) great-grandchildren, Samuel, Zacharie, Gabrielle, Elodie and Clara. Alfred Monnin attended elementary school at Ecole Provencher (Saint-Boniface) and later went to Collège de Saint-Boniface, where he completed his secondary school and obtained a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Latin Philosophy. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1940. He married Denise Pelletier in January 1943 and soon after left for Europe where he joined the war effort. He was part of the Allied campaign, fighting in Normandy, Belgium and Holland until 1945. Upon his return from Europe, he completed his studies at the Manitoba Law School, obtaining his diploma in 1946. He was called to the Bar that same year. He practiced law for more than 10 years in the law firm of Monnin, Grafton, Deniset, Dowhan and Muldoon. Alfred Monnin was named Queen's Counsel in 1957 and was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench that same year, where he sat for five (5) years. In 1962, he was elevated to the Manitoba Court of Appeal where he sat for twenty-one (21) years before being named Chief Justice of Manitoba in 1983. He retired seven (7) years later, in 1990. During his years on the Bench, he wrote several major decisions that were important for the development of law in Manitoba, particularly in the area of linguistic rights. He was known for his clear, concise and rigorous decisions. He also presided over the School Boundaries Commission and a Federal Electoral Ridings Redistribution Commission. Alfred Monnin played a very active role amongst the French speaking community of Manitoba during the span of his lifetime: he was a member of the Association d'éducation des Canadiens-Français du Manitoba (AECFM), he sat on the Board of Governors of the Collège de Saint-Boniface for nearly twenty (20) years, as well as serving as Chairman of the Board of this establishment that was dear to his heart. He oversaw three major building projects in the community: the reconstruction of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral after the fire in 1968, the construction of the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (as a founding-president) in 1970, and the construction of the Education Pavilion of the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Saint-Boniface Historical Society over several years. Alfred Monnin also contributed to the Manitoban community at large. He was co-president of the Manitoba committee to celebrate the Canadian Centennial in 1967 and, later, was co-president of the Manitoba Centennial Committee in 1970. He served as president of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and of the Dominion Drama Festival. He also sat on the Board of several important health organisations in Manitoba, namely the Centre Taché, the Centre St. Amant and the St. Boniface Hospital. Alfred Monnin played an active role as President and Vice-president of the Association canadienne d'éducation en langue française (ACELF). He was a member of the Vanier Institute of the Family and of Development and Peace, a national organisation, founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, active in international development. After retiring from the Bench, Alfred Monnin was a member of a task force, working in collaboration with the government of Manitoba and the Franco-Manitoban community, whose mandate was to create a working model for the establishment of the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM). He also headed the Inquiry Commission on Electoral Practices for the Province of Manitoba in 1995. As a result of his involvement and dedication, both to the law and to the community at large, Alfred Monnin received several honorary awards, including Honorary Doctorates from the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, Laval University and University of Ottawa. He was awarded the Order of Manitoba and the Ordre des Francophones d'Amérique. He was also an Officer of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the French Legion of Honour. In spite of his position as judge and his various roles as president and chairman of several organisations, Alfred Monnin was a modest man with a great sense of humour who always said what was on his mind. Alfred loved meeting people and friends in social gatherings throughout his life. He enriched himself through his many readings on all topics including history and current affairs and through his love of travel, visiting every corner of Europe with his wife, his children, his grandchildren or his friends. A man of duty and a man of faith, he was also a devoted family man to his children and grandchildren and to his beloved wife, for whom he cared during her years of disability. His unwavering devotion and the steadfastness of his ideals have helped to maintain the French language in Manitoba and have greatly contributed to French language education in the Province. The Monnin family would like to thank the medical and nursing staff of the ward A6-South of the St. Boniface Hospital for having given care and comfort to Alfred during the last days of his life. The family would also like to thank all of the staff at Home Care and at Villa Aulneau who tended to his needs and his health for several years. For those so inclined, a donation to Francofonds - Fonds Denise et Alfred Monnin - or to the renewal project of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral Parish would be greatly appreciated. We will be gathering for a commemoration of the life of Alfred Monnin on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his funeral, to be held at the Saint-Boniface Cathedral at 10:00 a.m. DESJARDINS 233-4949 1-888-233-4949 www.desjardinsfuneralchapel.ca

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 05, 2013

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