Reverend James Wilfred Pineau (1911-1996)
James Wilfred Pineau was born in 1911 to Felix, a labourer and farmer, and Mary Pineau of North Rustico, Prince Edward Island. He was their third child, following Joseph (b. 1907) and Florence (b. 1909).
J. Wilfred Pineau attended Prince of Wales College in 1929 and, after two years, received his teaching license. After four years of teaching young students he decided to further his own studies and enrolled at St. Dunstan’s College in 1935. While continuing his studies, he maintained a job teaching Commercial and High School classes. He was also a Dormitory Prefect during his stay at St. Dunstan’s.
Wilfred graduated from St. Dunstan’s College and was granted a Laval University Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939.
Immediately after graduation Wilfred enrolled in the Grand Seminary of Quebec where he received a Master of Arts from Laval University.
A small biography, found in a list of biographies of St. Dunstan’s graduates of 1939, from The Red & White, tells us a bit about Wilfred’s character:
Of a quiet, unassuming disposition, he has the qualities of a true gentleman, which only those of us who know him intimately may fully appreciate. Though not always prominent in conversation, he has that quality of being an interested and sympathetic listener.
After completing his studies he taught at St. Andrew’s School and assisted at Egmont Bay’s Church before he was ordained as a priest on March 21, 1943 at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, by Bishop O’Sullivan. Three days later he did his first solemn mass in North Rustico.
In 1944 Wilfred became a professor of French at St. Dunstan’s University, where he taught for two years before becoming an administrator for Mount Carmel Parish in 1946. In 1948, Bishop Boyle decided to transfer James back to St. Dunstan’s, where he remained until, at least, 1974.
UPEI’s Provenance Collection includes the book, Les Grands Ecrivains de France illustrés. It includes Wilfred’s signature in pencil, a stamp with Rev. J.W. Pineau, 143 Mt. Edward Road - P.O. Box 1147, Charlottetown, P.E.I., and a bookplate indicating that the book was a gift to the Robertson Library from Rev. J.W. Pineau.
Wilfred Pineau wrote a book of his own titled, Le Clergé français dans l'Île du Prince-Edouard, 1721-1821, which was published on 7 September 1967. There was a dedication service for the book held in the Kelley Memorial Library. Two of our copies have the following inscription, Gift to the Kelley Memorial Library, St. Dunstan’s University. Father J.W. Pineau. These two copies were presumably given at the dedication service.
Father Pineau passed away in 1996 at the age of 85.
“Changes Announced by Bishop Boyle.” Guardian [Charlottetown] 29 June. 1948: 5. Island Newspapers. Web.
“Four Priests Ordained Here Yesterday.” Guardian [Charlottetown] 22 March. 1943: 1. Island Newspapers. Web.
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.
Red & White St. Dunstan’s University, May 1939, Vol.30, No.3., p.135.
Red & White St. Dunstan’s University, December 1939, Vol.31, No.1., p. 29.
Stella Maris Parish History: 1936, 50th Anniversary, 1986, North Rustico, P.E.I. 1936.
St. Dunstan’s College Calendar, 1951-1952. Charlottetown: Irwin Printing Company, 1951.
St. Dunstan’s University. September 1967, Vol.8, No.1, p.3. [Article on book dedication].
Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
“The Week at S.D.U.” Charlottetown Guardian. 2 November 1946. Pg. 13. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 14 June 2017.
SDU Digital Archive. Class of 1939, Saint Dunstan's University.