Joseph Adelard Arthur Henri LACERTE (1889-1968)

Joseph Adelard Arthur Henri LACERTE (1889-1968)

Henri was born 17 April 1889 at St. Severe, Quebec, the son of Hermènégilde Lacerte (c1858-1929) and Marie Clotilde Malvina Bournival (1868-1915). He was educated at Three Rivers Seminary and the University of Montreal where he obtained the degree of BA, LLB.

On 17 November 1927, he married Jeanne Lavoie (1902-1970) and they had two children: Pierre (c1935-1957) and Ghislaine (1929-2005).

Lawyer, Civil Servant, Judge, Community Activist

He came to Manitoba in 1915 and opened a private law practice in Winnipeg and was among the first French-Canadian professional men to come West. In 1924, he was appointed Police Magistrate of the St. Boniface Police Court. In 1939, he was appointed Judge of the St. Boniface Juvenile Court and Family Court. He was appointed Q.C. in 1965.

Henri was head of L’Association d”Education des Canadiens Praneais du Manitoba for 12 years and was awarded the French Government Grande Medaille d’or for his contributions in spreading French culture through the Province. In 1939, he received an Honorary of Montreal. He was appointed to the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba in 1959 and served until May 1962. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Provencher Council and had served in all capacities. He was a 4th degree Knight of the Tache Assembly. He was also very active in all sports.

He died at St. Boniface Hospital on 26 May 1968 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.


  • Birth Registration, Quebec Vital and Church Records, ca
  • Birth and Marriage Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1968, page 30.
  • “Magistrate’s Son Dies in St. Boniface”, Winnipeg Free Press, 09 October 1957, page 5.
  • Obituary [Jeanne Lacerte], Winnipeg Free Press, 09 November 1970, page 32.
  • Obituary [Ghislaine Lacerte], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 2005, page 36.


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