Mourning a visionary donor

The St. Boniface Hospital community mourns the loss of friend and supporter Paul Albrechtsen, who passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

“I believe very strongly in medical research,” Albrechtsen said in 2015, reflecting on a special ceremony to unveil the renamed St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre.

“If our forefathers didn’t invest in research, we wouldn’t have what we have today.”

It was a telling comment for a man whose generosity, enthusiasm, and trust made a great impact at St. Boniface Hospital.

After immigrating to Canada from Denmark, Albrechtsen established Paul’s Hauling in 1957. Success in business put him in a position to help those in need.

“I’m happy to give back to a community that has been so supportive and welcoming,” Albrechtsen said.

Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface Hospital credits Albrechtsen with helping enable world-class research in Winnipeg.

“Without his extraordinary gifts to our facility, we wouldn’t be able to conduct the calibre of research underway here today. He was truly motivated by a strong desire to help his fellow man.”

A cardiac patient himself, Albrechtsen said in 2015 that his gifts to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation were an expression of gratitude for the ongoing care he received.

“They treat me well and I’m proud to give while I can see some of the impact of the gift.”

Vince Barletta, President and CEO, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation praised Albrechtsen for his expansive philanthropic vision.

“Paul’s legacy to St. Boniface Hospital and our entire community is extraordinary. He had a big heart and will be missed.”

Paul Albrechtsen was 88.

To donate in memory, please designate The Paul Albrechtsen Cardiac Sciences Program Endowed Fund or The Paul Albrechtsen Cardiac Research Fund in the available field.