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Born: Jun 01, 1942
Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Predeceased by his parents, Mike (1994) and Mary (2013), as well as sister Patricia (1996). Beloved husband of Lynn, and loving father of Scott (Marie) and Corey Jill. Cherished Papa of Mekhi, Jeremy and Jenna. Treasured big brother of Ron (Ellen) of London, ON and special uncle to Michael, Christopher, Garret and Trevor.
Gene's family moved to Sarnia, ON in the fall of 1955 where Gene distinguished himself as an exceptional multi-sport athlete. He was scouted by the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Blackhawks but chose to pursue his education with a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma as their starting fullback and placekicker. A highlight memory for him was his kicking off the first league football game in the Houston Astrodome in 1965. Upon graduation, he entered the CFL as an Ottawa Rough Rider in 1967 then seven seasons as a starting defensive back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, selected as a Western Conference All-star and Outstanding Canadian on the Bombers.
Gene was a dedicated role model both as a teacher and coach, who always got the best out of his students. In his last 18 years of teaching at Tec Voc High School, he created an intramural and a leadership program geared for the average student to keep them engaged in school. Many have shared that his influence made a positive difference in their lives. Gene was a kind man of few words who left anyone with whom he interacted, a better person for it. He was happy to be in the background and simply offer his steady presence as service to those around him.
Gene and Lynn met on Canatara Beach, Sarnia, in 1965, love at first sight, when they silently shared a popsicle which sealed the deal for a committed, happy married life of 53 years. For 30 years, he poured his energy into the family cottage on Freestyle Island, Lake of the Woods, where his champion spirit will always be "the diamonds on the water".
Our gratitude to Gene's care team at Riverview Health Centre.
A Celebration of Life will be held when restrictions lift. Condolences to ejcoutu.ca.
To support Riverview Health Centre and Blue Bomber Alumni, donations may be made to Cycle on Life 2020 "Gene's Ride" http://give.rhc.mb.ca/goto/genelakusiak
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
Lynn & family, I was so sorry to hear of Gene's passing today. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I have such fond memories from Fit 1 of both you and Gene. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Val Bergeron - Posted by: Valerie Bergeron (friend) on: Sep 08, 2020
I am sending you this message to express my condolences on Gene's passing. I was away at the lake when his Obituary was published in the Free Press and did not know until I read this morning's Free Press that Gene had passed. Bob Keating, some time ago, told me that Gene was not in good shape but did not provide any particulars in that regard. As you know Gene and I enjoyed our numerous games of squash, some of which were actually won by me but more were won by Gene. I commend you and your family for what you are doing to make people aware of what the ongoing effects are of multiple concussions. I have made a contribution to the Cycle on Life 2020 "Gene's Ride" in Gene's honour. Once again, my condolences. Your husband was a wonderfully nice man and I always enjoyed his company. Please take care. - Posted by: Chrys Pappas (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2020
Lynn, So sorry to read about Gene's passing. I'll always remember him DJ 'ing for the country music dance parties we used to have at Fit -1. Also when he came to see me for a drafting job and brought a scale model of the addition that he built. Also his organizing everyone in 1996 to help sandbag your home when it was threatened by the big flood. My thoughts are with you and your family, Mel Clubb - Posted by: Mel Clubb (Friend) on: Aug 16, 2020
Lynn & family, Sorry to hear about Gene's passing. I had not heard about his illness before now. Terrific obituary. His reputation as a "AAA" physical educator was well known across the city, beginning here at John Pritchard in the early 70's. - Posted by: Ed Gilroy (Friend/Physical Education Colleague) on: Aug 14, 2020
Gene was a wonderful man who was always so thoughtful. Our sympathy to the family. - Posted by: Lynn` Lylyk` (Recreation Facilitator YMCA) on: Aug 12, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to the Lakusiak family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Bill VandenBygaart (Extended family) on: Aug 11, 2020
Favorite memories are watching Mr. Lakusiak teaching us “weight lifting” in gym class using a hockey stick and adding in some fancy kick steps; walking into one of our classes with Mr. Reimer, carrying clip boards and pretending to assess the teacher. He was a good man and memories of him make me smile. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Shannon (Former student ) on: Aug 10, 2020
Condolences to the family....great teacher in junior high many years ago. - Posted by: Jacqueline Doran (Former student) on: Aug 09, 2020
I don't remember how many years he was @ JP but I remained for 20 yrs. He was well-liked. - Posted by: Len Penner (Teacher @ John Pritchard Junior High) on: Aug 09, 2020
My condolences to the family. I will miss gene his conversations. A wonderful man, first class in every way. - Posted by: Frank Rizzuto (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020
I remember having mr.Lakusiak for my gym teacher at Tec Voc. I will have to honestly say it was the easiest and best class ever. During my year in Mr. Lakusiaks class I was able to make money by refereeing volleyball games at other schools. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Sherryl Peters (Former student) on: Aug 08, 2020
On behalf of our family our sincere condolences to Mr. Lakusiak’s family. I was fortunate to meet Mr. Lakusiak through my Father (Ralph Kennedy) where they taught together at Tec Voc. Mr. Lakusiak was a gentleman and made the school a better place. May God bless y’all and bring you peace and comfort. - Posted by: Craig Kennedy (Colleague?) on: Aug 08, 2020
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