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Date of Passing: Sep 18, 2020

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September 18, 2020, Lou passed away peacefully at home, in his sleep, at the age of 87.
He will be dearly missed by his wife Irene; daughters: Jenny, Diane and Carol Wood (Harvey); stepsons: Joshua Cooney (Jennifer), and Benjamin Cooney (Grace); brother Harvey (Martha); along with many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers: Raymond, Harold, Len and Wally; sister Myra, and first wife Eileen Daly.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Lou worked as a salesman. His world revolved around sports, namely hockey. Lou played three seasons with the MJHL, with the Winnipeg Blackhawks and Winnipeg Barons. He joined the senior Winnipeg Maroons in 1954, and was part of the 1964 Allan Cup championship team which was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. Lou turned to refereeing for 10 years, handling Junior, Senior and International games. In 1969 he refereed at the World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. He was appointed Manitoba Senior Hockey Commissioner in 1977-1978. Lou was also inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame as an Official in 1995. Lou played a vital role in Hockey Manitoba, and was the Commissionaire of the CASH League (Canadian Association of Senior Hockey). He also loved golf and was a long time member at Rossmere Golf Course even up to his passing. Recently he was able to play Bridge again which he enjoyed immensely.
Lou loved his grandchildren and would often come to their games to cheer them on and with a chocolate bar at the end. He also loved his pets and in later years when he couldn't travel Lou would stay home and make sure they were cared for and loved.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
A private gathering to honour Lou's memory has been planned.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Many blessings to you old friend! At work your were our VIP here too! You never missed a shift and were never late in 15 years. You were also a very special friend to all the staff your worked with. It was a blessing and an honour to also call you friend! God, take care of him. He is very special and will be missed! - Posted by: Gondola Pizza Management (Gondola Family) (Employee/friend) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • Lou and his Maroons mates were also inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and he was always a proud supporter of our organization. He was a great hockey guy in so many roles. Our condolences to Irene and family on your loss. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • Irene My deepest sympathy WallyG - Posted by: Walter Galagan (Bridge partner) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Dad, today is your Celebration of Life gathering. I know you will understand that Matthew (my son & your grandson) are not able to be there with travel issues & health concerns for all. I love you so much. You have always been my hero. My sincere condolences & love go out to Irene, Jennifer, Carol & all the families facing Dad's loss. May our Lord, Jesus Christ fill all of our hearts with his love & peace. - Posted by: Diane Joyal (Daughter) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • What a legacy and such a humble man! It was always good to have a little chat with Lou when I visited. - Posted by: Donna Cymbalist (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Lou was a fun loving teammate on Maroon hockey teams in the early '60s. He was a wonderful skater and loved hockey and the camaraderie of his teammates. He leaves us to join so many former teammates in the big arena in the sky...too many to mention here. My condolences to all of Lou's family and his many friends. With sympathy and love! - Posted by: John Rendall (former teammate and friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • My Thoughts and Prayers to the Joyal Family. Cherish the memories for they will always be in your heart. As a former player of the MJHL & CASH league, I thank Lou for his time and dedication to the greatest game in the world... HOCKEY! Be at Peace My Friend. - Posted by: Kim Kozak (Hockey Family) on: Sep 26, 2020

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