|Alex George Boulette was born of Metis descent on January 27, 1918 in a logging camp on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. It was an appropriate beginning as much of Alex's life would be spent in the bush camps of Manitoba. In fact at the age of 12 while working to remove logs from the local swamps, Alex displayed such skill at this very laborious task the men named him, "Swamper." He would carry this name with pride for the rest of his life.
The lure of the bush was such, however, that Alex and his brother would set up a logging camp of their own. By now Alex had a reputation for skill and ingenuity in being able to fix just about anything. Such ability was invaluable because machines had to be repaired quickly or much money was lost and proper parts were rarely available. Under these circumstances Alex was at his best.
Alex 'Swamper' Boulette, a master mechanic, whose career in the bush camps began so many years ago passed away on November 10, 2001 at the age of 83.