Étienne-Joseph “Steve” GABOURY (1930-2022)

Étienne-Joseph “Steve” GABOURY (1930-2022)

Étienne was born at Bruxelles, Manitoba on 24 April 1930. He was the son of Napoléon Gaboury and Valentine Lafrenière. He grew up just outside of Swan Lake, Manitoba.

He married Claire Breton and they had four children:  Lisa, Pierre, Jacques and François.


Étienne began his studies at the Collège de St. Boniface in 1949 and graduated in 1953 with a BA in Latin-Philosophy. He then graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1958 and then studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France in 1958-1959. He returned to Winnipeg and spent the next six decades working as an architect. He was known for his regional prairie designs which incorporated elements of the physical, emotional, and spiritual. He completed more than 300 projects around the world, including the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City (Mexico), and a Hotel School in Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

Étienne was the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his work and service including Canadian Architect Year Book Significant Building Award (1964, 1966, 1968), Honorary Doctors of Laws (honoris causa) from the Université de Saint-Boniface (1987) and from the University of Manitoba (2009), an American Institute of Architects Award (1997), the Order of Canada (2010) and the Order of Manitoba (2012).

Étienne was a kind, warm and generous person. He was highly respected and appreciated by his friends and peers.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 October 2022.


  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 2022, page D6.
  • “The Greatest Manitobans”, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 2008, page A7.
  • “St. B Cathedral towers over Manitoba history”, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 2009, page H13
  • “14 invested into Order of Manitoba”, The Brandon Sun, 13 July 2012, page A8.
  • “Top 10 Winnipeg Must Sees: 10. Royal Canadian Mint”, The Brandon Sun, 18 October 2012, page 9.
  • “WAG tour features striking river homes”, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 2015, page E11.
  • “Louis Riel Monument”, Winnipeg Free Press, 07 August 2021, page G3.


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