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Born: Nov 28, 1925
Date of Passing: May 30, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
Born on November 28, 1925 in Ste. Anne, Manitoba, he is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anna (née Léger); his children, Philippe (Evelyne), Lorraine (Stan Lesk), Rachelle (Dale Jameson), Marc (Florence) and Georgette (Daniel Boyer); grandchildren, Joël (Marie-Joëlle), Julia (Daniel), Cynthia, Micheline (Karl), Evan (Jenn), Bernard (Marianne), Patrick (Kateri), Derrick (Alanna), Lyndon (Chelsea), Mélanie (Natalie), Carolyne (James), Gilles (Ariane), Alexandre and Xavier; great-grandchildren, Céleste, Renaud, Elise, Mackenzie, Alizée and Léonie. He is also survived by his sister Fernande Siemens, brother Odilas (Sirkka) and brother-in-law Raymond Lavigne. He was predeceased by his parents, Jean-Baptiste and Octavie (née Fillion) Lessard, siblings, Léonie (Hector Schwatrz), Norman (Alma), Antonin, Léo (Rita), Hermance (Gérard Prairie), Yvonne (Joe Pelland), Lorette (Nick Ryback) Gertrude Lavigne, Eloi (Dorothée) and one grandchild Paul Lessard.
Roland was born and raised in Ste. Anne, Manitoba on his parents' farm. He worked the lumber camps in Brokenhead and Wade, Ontario. He also worked construction in St. Boniface. In 1950 he married the love of his life, Anna Léger, and lived in St. Boniface, where he worked as a carpenter for 38 years at Taché Hospital. Father of five children, he loved spending time with his family, going on trips or to the cottage in Ste. Anne. He was a patient, humble, sensitive and hard-working man, always there for his family.
Adored by his grandchildren, he loved making them laugh and was proud of all their accomplishments. In retirement, Roland and Anna spent 15 years square dancing in several retirement homes and schools throughout the province. Those were enjoyable years as Dad loved music and singing.
Dad, we will miss you. You were an exemplary father who taught us right from wrong, a good work ethic, self-respect and respect of others, through your generosity and wisdom. The family would like to thank Dr. José François for his availability and professionalism, Mélanie, Case Coordinator and all home care personnel who assisted in Dad's care. The family would like to recognize the compassionate care provided by the staff at Foyer Valade.
A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Précieux-Sang Church, 200 Kenny St., at 10:30 a.m.
E. J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
680 Archibald Street
Publish Date: Jun 15, 2019
In keeping with Roland's wishes, cremation has taken place and a funeral mass celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Précieux Sang Church, 200 Kenny Street.
A longer obituary will follow in the Saturday, June 15 edition.
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
680 Archibald Street
Publish Date: Jun 8, 2019
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 08, 2019, Jun 15, 2019
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Chère tante Anna & famille, Je vous offre mes sympathies les plus sincères. Je suis certaine que mon oncle Roland est passé à sa maison éternelle en paix et entouré d’amour! Vous avez eu la chance d’avoir vécu une longue vie en sa présence. Bien que je n’ai pas eu le plaisir de le voir souvent depuis longtemps, mon souvenir de sa gentillesse, son humilité et de son sens de l’humour resteront toujours dans mon cœur. Tendrement, Jacqueline - Posted by: Jacqueline Lessard (Nièce) on: Jun 17, 2019
Sorry for your losses... I knew that name was familiar. We all have someone we miss. Do not feel sad. Our loved are always there to help us get used to things that happen... Condolences to whom it may concern... Some times we feel them by our sides. Pray for them...especially in that singing family...How's your Opera? Just asking. MOM & DAD been gone awhile, too..Henriette; Jean Mahe. At both sides. Stay safe live more now to the fullest...Prenez soins. Peace to you one & all... GILLES MAHE - Posted by: GILLES MAHE/LOUISE MAHE/LEGAL'S YOUNG BROTHER (KNOWN THRU MY SISTER LOUISE) on: Jun 17, 2019
My greatest sympathies go to the Lessard family. Roland was a very nice man and will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Dorelle Taillefer (Lesk family friend) on: Jun 15, 2019
Rachelle, Dale and families: We are so sorry on the passing of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. It was such a pleasure, a few summers back, to have met him and your Mom. What a lovely man! We had a very pleasant chat. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and bring comfort. - Posted by: Liz and Brian Cieszynski (Friends of Rachelle and Dale) on: Jun 15, 2019
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