RÉGIS ROY
CIVIL SERVANT AND WRITER (TALES, SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS, PLAYS)
 
Born in Ottawa on 16 February 1864, Régis Roy went to schools run by the Christian Brothers, finishing his studies at the Académie De La Salle. He entered the federal civil service, working at the Department of Agriculture from 1882 to 1884, and then at the Department of Marine and Fisheries from 1884 to 1939. He was passionately interested in history, literature and the theatre, and was a member of Le Cercle littéraire de l’Institut canadien-français d’Ottawa, life member of La Société historique franco-américaine and member of La Société des auteurs dramatiques de Paris. A prolific author, he published plays, tales, short stories, novels and historical and heraldic works, including: On demande un acteur (1896), Consultations gratuites (1896), Nous divorçons (1897), L’Auberge du numéro 3 (1899), L’Épluchette (1916), Le Manoir hanté (1928), L’Oncle de Baptiste (1930) and La Main de fer (1931). Régis Roy contributed to numerous newspapers and periodicals, including: Le Bulletin des recherches historiques, Le Droit, Le Pays laurentien, La Revue canadienne, Le Monde illustré and La Revue moderne. He and his wife, Marie-Célina Corbeil, had 6 children. He died in Ottawa on 23 August 1944 at the age of 80.