How do we put a lifetime into words and do it justice Dad?
It is with much love and great sadness that we announce the passing of Leo on the evening of October 27, 2019. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Bernice ( Bunny ); deeply missed by his five children: Darlene ( Ken ), Bob ( Debby ), Tim ( June), Laurie ( Kim ), Tony ( Nancy); nine grandchildren: Trevor ( Shelley ), Reid, Michelle ( Ben ), Evan ( Sylvia ), Lindsey ( Tyler ), Micheal ( Selena ),Dustin ( Stacey ), Tekla ( Chris ), Darla; also sixteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; his sisters Lorraine and Yolande and their families and his brother Gilles; Bunny’s brother Denis (Cindy); her brother- in- law Clair and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Marie and his brother Richard, also Bunny’s sister Jackie.
Dad grew up in Letellier, in a French speaking family, maintaining his language and many family traditions throughout his lifetime. From a young age, working beside his Father in the family garage, he developed a strong work ethic and demonstrated a natural ability to repair and fix anything. He loved old cars and could often be found under the hood of one of our vehicles. Dad passed on this set of skills to his sons and grandsons.
Mom and Dad met when they were in their teens. Their steadfast devotion and deep love for one another has lasted over seventy years. As a young family, they moved to PineFalls in the early 1950’s where Dad worked on the construction of the Manitoba Hydro dam. Later, he went on to work for the Abitibi Price Paper Company as an Electrician and ended his career as Electrical Shop Foreman – working there for over forty years.
Family summers were spent making memories at the cottage at Ironwood Point where Dad could be found tinkering and fixing something or manning the barbecue.
Dad was a devout Catholic and had an unending faith, remaining as a member of the Knights of Columbus until his passing.
Dad and Mom enjoyed bowling for years and formed many lifelong friendships throughout these years. His passion however was for ‘ hockey’ and he passed on this love of the sport to his children and grandchildren. His ‘ team ‘ was the Montreal Canadiens and he cheered them on through thick and thin.
Dad, thank you:
for giving us the gift of life and for teaching us how to live life to the fullest
for teaching us how to ride a bike, swim, skate, fish and most of all how to fix things
for laughing with us, crying with us, talking with us, listening to us, for being there for us
whenever we needed you
for having the patience to raise us five kids and our kids too and to believe in us and our individual potentials
for showing us by your example that love and acceptance keeps a family together during any crisis
for all you have ever done for us and for all we have forgotten you have done - for we cannot list it all
for being the light in our children’s and grandchildren’s eyes
for finding ways and little signs to let us know in your own way that you are safe and happy and resting now
for your unconditional, eternal love
You will always be with us like a handprint on our hearts – your guiding hand on our shoulders will remain with us forever. We love you Dad! We know that you are enjoying unlimited Cuban Lunches now!
A heartfelt thank you to the devoted, caring staff at the Pine Falls Health Complex and Sunnywood Manor…you are all angels!
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Kilcollins Cremation Service, Winnipeg in care of arrangements.