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Hubert Larocque

Hubert Larocque

Friday, February 11th, 1938 - Monday, March 1st, 2021
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Obituary

Hubert Edward Joseph Larocque
It is with deep sadness that the family of Hubert (Bert) Larocque, 83 years, announce his passing on March 1, 2021 during heart surgery in Toronto. Bert was born on February 11, 1938 to Leonide and Valeda Larocque (Landry). He was the fifth in a family of six children. He married Margaret (Armstrong) in 1962 and they had four children. He began his work career with the C.N.R out of Rainy River then for Hocquil Construction on the causeway in Fort Frances for a short time. In 1963 after the birth of their first son the couple moved to Thompson, Manitoba where he held several positions with I.N.C.O. Metals the longest being Hoistman at the T1 and Birchtree mines.
Bert was an honest and hard worker and always gave 100% to any job he did whether work related or domestic. He had a devilish streak and loved to tease. He had a great love of family, nature, country music and animals. He had a special way with his pets and they were usually seen following him about in the yard or sleeping peacefully on his lap.
He was a visionary, he had the wonderful ability to imagine something he wanted to build or fix and even had the amount of materials needed to do so before a single board was cut. His biggest project was a two story cabin in northern Manitoba which he designed, built and did all of his own electrical and carpentry work. If a certain tool he needed wasn’t available he made one himself. He was amazingly innovative in that way. He was a member of O.L.G.C Parish Council and the Knights of Columbus in Rainy River. He was a kind person who generously gave of his time for anyone needing help. He was our rock, his life was led by a strong moral compass that set a solid foundation for his kids to live by.
He leaves to mourn his wife of over 58 years Margaret, his children Leo (Karen) of Brandon, MB, Duane (Lisa) of Sanford, MB, Dale (Lisa) of Thompson, MB and Gigi (Dave) Birch of Thompson, MB. He is also mourned by his grandchildren: Angelique Stacey, Lance Larocque, Jordan Larocque, Renee Larocque, Danielle Larocque, Ali Johnson, Grant Larocque, Gabrielle Larocque, Julie and Hannah Birch; his great-grandson James Freeman; his sisters Theresa Gullekson of Pender Island, BC, Elise Boyda of Atikoken, ON and Yvette Lauzon of Fort Frances, ON. In-laws: Marguerite Larocque, Bob Armstrong & Ray Armstrong (Sandy) of Dryden, ON, Gerry Armstrong (Louise) of St. John, NB, Kathy Healey (Chris) of Nanaimo, BC and many beloved nieces and nephews on both sides. He was predeceased by his parents, Leonide & Valeda Larocque, sister Orise Langlais, brother Phil Larocque, in-laws Edward & Kathleen Armstrong, Donald Armstrong, May Armstrong, Leo Langlais, Emil Tyhy, Paul Gullekson, Frank Boyda and Phil Lauzon.

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” –Mitch Albom

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 19th, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    Our Lady of Good Counsel
    Address
    RAINY RIVER, ON P0W 1L0
    Notes
    Covid capacity restrictions will be observed at the funeral mass and limited to immediate family attendance.
  • Interment

    Location
    Our Lady of the Way Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    Pinewood P0W 1K0
    Notes
    Interment to take place at a later date.

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Kathy and Chris Healey and family

Posted at 07:05pm
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Nancy Giesbrecht

Posted at 02:14pm
My memories of Hubert go back along ways from when i was a small child and he would come and visit grandma. He and Margaret always stopped on their way home. From time to time i would see him at ma'tantes or when mom and i were driving thru town on our way home. He was a very special man and i was always impressed with the things he had done. A very creative person for sure.
love hugs and prayers.
Nancy Giesbrecht-Calgary

Brian Tyhy

Posted at 07:12pm
It is with great sadness that I write this condolence letter wishing his family and friends my deepest sympathy and regrets on the
pasting of Hubert. My memories of Uncle Hubert are always of happiness and good times. As a little boy, I remember Uncle Hubert as bigger than life itself. He took me to see the Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) flight when I was about nine and he had to sit through the movie gone with the wind just to see the flight. Hubert was tall man and I looked up to him as a young boy. As I grew into a man myself I could look my uncle in the eye but I still looked up to him, I admired him. He set an example for me to follow. He was a man who took on challenges and won them.

My mother told me about an incident when Hubert was 7 or 8 years old. She had been told to baby sit him and Hubert had climbed out through the upstairs bathroom window onto the grand meres entrance roof. She went outside yelling at him to get down as he could kill himself. Hubert jumped around the roof and suddenly slipped and fell onto ground. Hubert lay on the ground not moving and my mother ran over to him to help him but he didn’t move a muscle. She ran across the street screaming to the neighbours that Hubert had hurt himself and they came running back but Hubert was no where to be found. He was hiding somewhere laughing at the joke he had played on his sister. There was always a twinkle in Hubert eye and he brought a lot of joy and love to many many people.

I phoned him when he was in the hospital in Toronto and tried to keep his spirits up. I asked him, how many people he knew had dug their own basement by hand. He answered me saying he only knew one person whom had dug his basement for his house by hand and that was him. That is right there is only one like Hubert and he will be missed by many many people.

 

Nancy Giesbrecht Posted at 02:17pm

awesome memories....sounds just like him
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Christy Watkinson

Posted at 10:40pm
Gigi and family, sending you much love & strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Love Christy & Quenton
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