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DR. PAUL M. SOUBRY (published on February 26, 2010)



DR. PAUL M. SOUBRY, LLD Dr. Paul M. Soubry, LLD on February 23, 2010 at the Health Sciences Centre. Paul Soubry died peacefully in the arms of his wife and family at the age of 79 years. Paul was predeceased by his parents Reginald and Jeanne Soubry. Paul is survived by his wife and soulmate of 52 years, Louise and his six children with 15 grandchildren, Mark (Sonia, Cedric and Nicolas), Greg (Judy, Remy and Claire), Ann Lovell (John, Marina, Victoria and John Paul), Paul Jr. (Christine, Paul III and Madeline), Marina McGlenen (Stephen, Nicole and Katie), Veronique Kossuth (Guy, Reginald, Gabrielle, Brigitte and Gregory). He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Jaqueline (Rene), Nanette (Rene), John Pierre (Monique), Marina (Leon), and Marc (Claire) and numerous nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law in Canada and Belgium. Paul was born on March 4, 1930 in Bruges, Belgium. He immigrated to Canada in October 1948. In 1951 he started a career with Cockshutt Plow travelling extensively throughout the world in various positions. Cockshutt was acquired by White Farm Equipment and he worked his way through the ranks and ultimately became President of the Canadian Operations in Brantford, ON. In 1977 he joined Versatile Manufacturing in Winnipeg as President and CEO where he remained until his retirement in 1995. Paul was actively involved in many local, Provincial and Federal related endeavors to promote domestic manufacturing and exports throughout his career in the farm implement industry. These included Chairman Canadian Farm and Industrial Institute, Chairman Prairie Implement Manufactures Associations, Vice Chairman Canadian Industrial Renewal Board, Transportation Sectoral Advisory Group for International Trade, Chairman Canadian Exporters Association In his retirement years he spent countless hours giving back to the country and the community that gave him opportunity. These included involvement on many Boards and committees too many to mention. He served as Chairman of the Victoria Hospital Board of Trustees and Chairman of the University of Manitoba Board of Governors for five years. He was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and awarded a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 2003. He was inducted into the Canadian Manufacturers' and Exporters Hall of Fame - Manitoba Division in 2006. Paul was devoted to his wife and family. A man of exceptional character, he committed to the pursuit of excellence in whatever task he did. No problem could not be solved and every challenge was seen as an opportunity. A man of strong Catholic faith, he demonstrated this in his actions everyday in both his professional and personal life. He was committed to setting an example of the benefits of hard work, honesty, fairness and dedication for his children and grandchildren. A true gentlemen in every sense of the word. He was immensely proud of his wife and each of his children for their own unique talents and skills. He could always be counted on to provide advice and guidance. Bonpapa as he was known to his grandchildren could be seen often cheering them on in their various sports or academic endeavors. They loved him dearly, admired him and he will be sadly missed. The family wishes to sincerely thank the Winnipeg Paramedic Service, the staff of the Health Sciences Centre S.I.C.U., Dr Silvaggio, Dr Rasskozoff, nurses, Lisa, Felix, Tammy, Claire, Susan and Donna for their kindness and compassion. Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. in St. John Brebeuf Parish Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place (at Lanark), Winnipeg, MB. To keep his spirit and example alive for others to benefit, a Scholarship fund will be created. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the Paul Soubry Scholarship Fund, University of Manitoba c/o Department of Development, 179 Extended Education Complex, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, 204-474-9195. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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