Robert Bockstael (centre), is surrounded by four of his children as he is presented with a street plaque by MP Dan Vandal (far left) and City Councillor Matt Allard (far right).
On June 9, a former public servant and community builder was recognized at the official street naming ceremony in Sage Creek. Robert Bockstael, who is now 93, was celebrated by MP Dan Vandal and City Councillor Matt Allard for his contributions to the community.
Born in St. Boniface, Robert Bockstael served the constituency well as Liberal Member of Parliament from 1979 to 1984. He was Parliamentary Secretary to both the Minister of Transport and to the Secretary of State, and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Transport. He served on several other Parliamentary Committees as well. Mr. Bockstael was also a Winnipeg City Councillor from 1971 to 1978 and a Member of the St. Boniface School Board.
He served as president of Bockstael Construction from 1945 to 1979 an led the construction of many significant construction projects in Winnipeg and St. Boniface. He constructed the Disraeli Bridge foundations, the Archibald underpass, schools, breweries and churches such as the spiraling Precious Blood Church, a recognizable landmark in St. Boniface. Now under the ownership of his son and grandsons, Bockstael Construction is constructing the new École Sage Creek School, to be open fall 2017.
Once completed, Robert Bockstael Drive will be a major road through the final phases of Sage Creek.