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Paul Desruisseaux

Paul Desruisseaux, lawyer, business executive, former Canadian senator. Recipient medals Latin union l’Alliance Francaise; Bene Merenti medal; decorated commander Royal Order St. Gregoire Great; knight Magistral Order Malta; Human Relations award Canadian Council Christians and Jews; named honorary chief Abenakis Indians.


  • Desruisseaux, Paul was born on May 1, 1905 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Son of Geoffroy Francois and Sarah (Gauthier) Desruisseaux.

  • Education

    • Graduate law, University Montreal, 1934.


    • Bar: Quebec bar 1934, created King’s counsel 1948, Queen’s counsel 1953. Practiced in, Sherbrooke. Senior member Desruisseaux, Fortin, Rouillard, until 1960, senator div., Wellington, 1966-1980.

      Past chairman Louisiana Tribune, Inc., CHLT, CHLT-FM and CHLT-television, 1955-1967. Chairman Melchers Distilleries Ltd., 1967-1975. President St. Regis Investment Company, 1948-1967, Sherbrooke Hotel & Motel Company, 1948-1959, Quebec Telemedia, Inc., 1967-1970, Telegram Printing & Public Limited company, 1955-1970, Delta Services, Inc., 1963-1967, Radio and television Sherbrooke, Inc., 1955-1967, Desmont Research and Development Inc., 1967-1980, Cablevision, 1965-1980, Desruisseaux Corporation, 1961-1974.

      Societe Tele-Cinema, Inc., 1954-1973, Cinema Plaza, Inc., 1965-1973. Vice president Cinema Premier, Inc., 1953-1973. Director Westmount Life Assurance Limited company, 1964-1976, Canadian General Electric Limited company, 1964-1976, Royal Bank of Canada, Quebec, 1962-1977, Provigo, 1969-1974, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Industries, 1970-1977, Monde International Corporation, 1971-1977.

      Assistant Assistant commissioner Catholic Scouts of Sherbrooke, 1937-1939. Member Canadian branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canadian group Interparliamentary Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Association. Board Governors Sherbrooke Hospital.

      President Sherbrooke Red Cross Society, 1954-1957. Board of Governors U. Sherbrooke, 1957-1974, vice president board of trustees, 1961-1971. Board regents U. Ottawa, 1960-1966.

      Chairman honorary Board of Governors Quebec Association Retarded Children, from 1961. Board directors Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Foundation, 1970-1977.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Served with Royal Canadian Artillery, 1942-1945. Member A.I.M. (fellow president’s council), Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Sherbrooke Fusiliers (honorary. Member Officers; Clubs: Hillcrest Ski (North Hatley) (co-founder, life, North).


    • Married Celine Duchesne, June 16, 1945. Children: Louis (deceased), Francois, Helene, Pierre.
    • father: Geoffroy Francois Desruisseaux
    • mother: Sarah (Gauthier) Desruisseaux
    • spouse: Celine Duchesne
    • children: Louis Desruisseaux (deceased)
    • Francois Desruisseaux
    • Helene Desruisseaux
    • Pierre Desruisseaux
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    Born March 1, 1905