Bruno Thériault

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Bruno Thériault (November 25, 1917 in Grande-Anse, New Brunswick - May 14, 2005 in Moncton, New Brunswick)[1] was a blind piano tuner[2] and former regional administrator for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.[3] He is primarily notable for having persuaded the Government of Canada to incorporate raised numbers into the designs for Canadian paper money, as well as for having been the oldest active piano tuner in Canada (he tuned pianos until a month before his death).[citation needed]


  1. "Bruno Theriault". Obituaries Today. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  2. "Blind piano tuner relies on keen hearing". The Guardian (Moncton). 9 July 2001. p. C1 – via LexisNexis. Eighty-three-year-old Theriault has been tuning pianos for 60 years, ever since he completed a five-year course at the Halifax School for the Blind in 1941...Theriault, a native of the Tracadie area, wasn't always blind. A bout with meningitis damaged his optic nerves. When he was four, his father passed away, followed by his mother four years later. Living with relatives on a small farm, Theriault's sight deteriorated and by age 12 he could no longer see.
  3. McDougall, Tom (18 January 1977). "Blind Acadians have no school". The Gazette (Montreal). p. 41 – via Bruno Theriault of Moncton, president of the CNIB's New Brunswick branch, has been complaining for several years about the cultural problems of blind Acadian children...

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