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MICHAEL GENTHON Michael Genthon passed away September 21 with family at his bedside at Concordia Hospital. He is predeceased by his parents Frederick and Josephte (Nault) Genthon, brothers Del, George, sisters May, Eugenie, Rosa, Helene Haydu, Mary Hnatiuk and survived by his wife Yolande of 60 years; 7 daughters Helene Carey, Marguerite (Brent) Taylor, Lorraine (Galen Olson) Campbell, Louise, Annette Mains, Yvonne (Doug Galbraith) Roberts, and Madeleine; 16 grandchildren, and 21 (and counting) great-grandchildren. Mike was born in Rembrandt, MB and lived during his childhood in Saint Boniface, and later in Winnipeg. His parents were early settlers of the Red River Valley. His mother was the great-grand-daughter of Jean Baptiste and Marie Gaboury Lagimodiere. His father was a fur trader at Moose Lake for Hudson Bay Company. His schooling was at St. Charles and St. Edward's in Winnipeg. He entered RCNVR August 1942 where he served on the high seas during the winter months and was transferred ashore to play baseball for the navy during the summer months. His naval baseball career took him to Victoria and Esquimalt on the West Coast, and to Halifax on the East Coast. His special skill as a left-handed hurler landed him into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Mike's love of baseball led him to meet the love of his life, Yolande at Kenora during a game. They were married in Montreal in 1945. After coming back to Winnipeg, Mike continued his involvement with baseball as a pitcher and an umpire. He was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. He will always be fondly remembered as a grandpa and great-grandpa who enjoyed playing pranks, telling jokes and riddles, and being the Easter bunny. Mike had an amazing ability to recall names and dates of family and their anniversaries, sports teams and scores of any year. He will be lovingly missed by all. May you rest in Peace with God's Angels and Saints. Prayers and visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m. followed by a funeral mass at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Gerard Church, 45 Foster St. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 253-5086
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2006
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