Paul Peter BACCAERT (c1902-1949)

Born in Belgium around 1902, he immigrated to England prior to the outbreak of the First World War, remaining there until moving to Canada in 1920. He settled in the Somerset district, teaching locally for several years.

On 07 April 1931, he married Marie Germaine Rocan (1905-1946) in the Rural Municipality of Lorne. The couple had no children. After the death of his first wife, he married Marie Colette Rocan (1920-1992, later married to Bill Goerwell) on 03 July 1946. They had two children: Michael Baccaert and Paulette Baccaert. He continued his teaching career in Winnipeg, working in St. Vital schools, including serving as a Principal of Vermette School (1940-1941). During the 1940s, he resided at 156 Lawndale Avenue in Norwood.

Educator, Statistician

He worked with the Sanford Evans Statistical Services starting in 1939 and later was employed by the Winnipeg office of the Monarch Life Assurance Company from 1948 until his death. He was a founding member and the first President (1947-1948) of the St. Boniface Optimist Club and an executive of the Life Underwriters’ Association. In 1945, he joined the Knights of Columbus, serving as District Deputy (1946) and State Deputy for Manitoba (1949).

He died at Portland, Oregon on 15 August 1949 while attending a Knights of Columbus Supreme Council convention. His body was returned to Manitoba for burial in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society.


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