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Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2013

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JULES JOSEPH RAOUL LETAIN (FRENCHY) It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jules, after a courageous battle with cancer, on January 5, 2013, at the Ste. Rose Hospital. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Lorna (nee Ferland), his children Flint and partner Christine Schultz (Colt, Attia, Ari), Ron and partner Kim Davidson (Emily, Riley, Desmond), Crystal and partner Andrew Sanderson (Preston, Kennedy, Dante), Stephanie (Merik, Ariana), and baby Sam and partner Trymer Robb. His brothers and sisters, Danny and wife Debbie, Lizette and husband Danny Desjardins, Veronique and husband Vern Nickel, Marc and wife Sheila, and sister-in-law Marie Letain. mother-in-law Rose Ferland, sisters-in-law Hilda and husband Robert Boucher, Lucie and husband Melvin McKay, Wilma Ferland, Jackie Ferland and partner Gary Campbell. Brothers-in-law Martin (John Wayne) and wife Elaine Ferland, Harold Ferland, Randy and wife Colinda Ferland. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his working family. He is predeceased by his son Gus Letain, his mother and father Simon and Pauline Letain, his brother Fern Letain, his sister Jeanette Boisvert, his nephews Brad and Bruce Letain, his father-in-law Willie (Nanap) Ferland, and brother-in-law Robert Ferland. Jules started working at the age of 13 for various farmers. He went to work in Grand Rapids with his father at the age of 16, and then joined the Air Force at the age of 17. He then joined the Ironworker's Union at the age of 18 and remained there for the rest of his life. He held various positions from Ironworker to Supervisor to Superintendent. He was an extremely skilled and hard worker that was respected by all of his peers. Despite all his professional achievements, Jules was most proud of his role as Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother. Lorna was not only the love of his life, she was his best friend, his hunting and fishing partner, his world. He was his children's biggest supporter and took great pride in all of their achievements. He loved his grandchildren with all his heart and loved spending as much time with them as he could, especially during special occasions such as birthdays, Easter, and Christmas. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved loading up the motorhome for some camping with the family. He enjoyed reading, which was evident by the stacks of books which could be seen all over his house. Playing cards and board games was a favorite activity of his during the many family visits and was a master at crib. He was also a jack of all trades and spent hours working on various projects in his home and yard. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. with Prayers at 1:30 p.m. at Notre Dame des Victoires Roman Catholic Church in Laurier with Father Leo Fernandes as celebrant. Interment to follow at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Gudmundson for her care and compassion during this difficult time. Jules trusted and believed in her during his entire illness and wanted to thank her for the special care that she gave him. It was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank all the care givers at the Ste. Rose General Hospital as well as all the staff at Brandon Cancer Care Centre and Prairie Mountain Health. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Western Manitoba Cancer Program - 300 McTavish Ave East Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3, or the Ste Rose General Hospital Palliative Care Program - Box 60 Ste. Rose, Manitoba R0L 1S0. Dobchuk Funeral Home McCreary, Manitoba Telephone (204) 835-2004 The Heritage of Neill, Dobchuk Anderson, providing over a century of service.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 14, 2013

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Jules was a great man. He lived with my mother (his cousin) my sister and me when I was 6 or 7 years old for a few months or more when he was working on a bridge in the city. He took me on a bridge while it was being built. It is a good memory. I remember him sharing Oreo cookies with me he kept in his room. I also remember doing pull ups on his massive biceps. Remember him as our family! - Posted by: J Guyot (My mother’s cousin ) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • I still can't get over it. - Posted by: Ariana Letain (Granddaughter) on: Nov 02, 2018

  • Jules! I miss you and think of you often, A good and kind brother in law , its not the same without you and you are sorely missed by your sister Lizette my wife ,two peas in a pod ! No brother to call , left a gaping hole in her heart ! The two of you were so much alike. We will see you again brother ! - Posted by: Daniel Desjardins (brother in law) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • Although I did not know Jules that well, I do remember him from Jenpeg as the father of one of my students. Teachers always wonder what happens to their students as the years pass: it was great to hear that Flint grew up to be an "upstanding man". My condolences to the whole family. - Posted by: Patti Richard (Flint's grade one teacher in Jenpeg) on: Jan 20, 2013

  • Worked on the other side of hydro jobs with Jules and found him to be a good man hard worker and a good friend. Played hockey with him and against him and had great times. Went ski-dooing, fishing and drinking with him and we both told a few lies and truths during these times. Our childern went to school with his and I know they fell the same as I do on his passing. Haven't seen him since we moved to BC but will miss him all the same. - Posted by: Jack Oakes ( I worked for Manitoba Hydro on other side of fence on Hydro jobs) on: Jan 18, 2013

  • I have only the fondest of memories of Uncle Jules. Warm heart, loving ways and the most generous smile one could hope to see. It brings back so many memories of Gus, his first born and having lost him so many years ago. I am grateful for the love and true friendship that Lorna brought to his life and for the upstanding man Flint grew up to be. Deepest respect, my heart goes out to all of you. - Posted by: Donna Sawatzky (niece) on: Jan 18, 2013

  • I always knew Jules to be a great guy, and he'll be missed. Rest In Peace buddy. - Posted by: Rick Crawford (Fellow Ironworker) on: Jan 17, 2013

  • The Letain Family, I had the privilege of working with Jules during his years working at Northwest. He was always willing to help anyone who needed anything as he was very charitable and always willing to lend a hand. He was respected by all the people he supervised, including both of my sons Andrew and Sean, to whom he was a great mentor in the construction field. Jules was not only a super co-worker but a valued friend to myself and my family. He will greatly missed. Thinking of you at this sad time, Sandra & Ron, Andrew & Heidi, Sean Bellehumeur - Posted by: Sandra Bellehumeur (Co-worker & Friend) on: Jan 17, 2013

  • Marie, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved brother. May his soul rest in peace - Posted by: Peter and Jennie Prystupa (Friends of Marie Letain) on: Jan 15, 2013

  • Knew Jules and Lorna, and their sons Gus and Flint, through my time as medic in the Jenpeg Hydro Project; also through the Jenpeg Youth Drop-In Centre. I've never ever forgotten about the loss of your son, all those years ago in 1977. I only hope that your family found strength and solace in the years since passed ... now, Jules is rejoined with his son. With sincere condolences and respect, I wish all the surviving family and friends, especially Lorna and Flint, peace. - Posted by: Albert van Huizen (Jenpeg Camp Medic) on: Jan 14, 2013

  • All the memories we have of Jules are good ones. There were no bad ones ever. For that, we will be thankful that we knew him, grateful for his friendship and we'll cherish his memory. - Posted by: Red and Geri (Good Friends) on: Jan 14, 2013

  • Lorna & family and all the cousins and families. We are very sorry for your loss. Jules was always smiling and cheerful whenever we spoke. Wish we could attend the funeral and pay our respects personally but we are away for a bit and will not be able to make it. Love to all Fred & Vera - Posted by: Fred & Vera Letain (Cousin) on: Jan 14, 2013

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