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He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Rolande (nee Collette); five sons, Lucien (Marilyn Jorgenson), Ronald (Rita Brisson), Yves (Jacqueline Dumesnil), Jean-Paul (Jeanette Friesen), Aurèle (Fran St-Amant); and two daughters, Lynne (Wayne Klassen), Charlotte (Guy Baudry); 17 grandchildren and their families, Michelle, Richard, Dean, Roxanne, Julie, Nicole, Robert, Christine, Renée, Andrea, Vanessa, Kayla, André, Erik, Brianne, Colin, Justin; and 27 great-grandchildren. André will be remembered by sisters-in-law, Denise Sabourin and Aline Sabourin; brother-in-law Raymond (Irene) Collette, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ildège and Exilda (nee Beaudette); 12 siblings, Ovila (Jeanne), Armand (Hortense), Georges (Rachelle), Louis (Annette), Cyrille (Marie-Claire), Sr. Hélène, Lucille (Alphonse Bérard), Rose-Alma (Lionnel Aquin), Denise (Robert Connelly), Denis, Léon, and Léona (Célestin Alarie).
Dad was a devoted husband who cherished and valued his family. His passion for the land, along with a strong work ethic, led him to many years of farming which held his interest to the very end. Pepère's sense of humour, quick wit and optimism was always loved by all. Together Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling and acquired a taste for adventure with family and longtime friends.
A private funeral will take place at a later date in St. Jean Baptiste.
Rolande and family wish to thank Dr. Fraser, Karen and the staff at the Red River Valley Lodge for the compassionate care for Dad. We would also like to express our gratitude to Corey from the Morris Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jean Baptiste Parish, Attention: Maintenance Project, P.O. Box 70, St. Jean Baptiste, MB R0G 2B0.
Repose en paix notre cher Pitou
Arrangements Entrusted to
Morris Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2020
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Nos plus sincères condoléances à tante Rolande et à tout cette belle famille de oncle André. Oncle Pitou savait bien ce qui était important dans la vie, sa famille, l’honnêteté, son éthique du travail, la terre. Il a su inspirer les gens avec son humour et sa bonté, à le suivre par le bon exemple qu’il démontrait dans toutes les petites besognes de tous les jours qui l’occupaient. Que les doux souvenirs de oncle Pitou, que vous garderez pour toujours dans vos cœurs, sachent vous réconforter dans ces temps difficiles. Il est toujours avec vous. Nous sommes avec vous en pensée... Jocelyne et Jim, Andrée et Gerald, Odette et Bruce, Charlotte. - Posted by: Odette Sabourin (Nièce) on: Nov 30, 2020
Matante Rolande and all the cousins, we are very sad to hear of Mon Oncle Pitou’s passing. We will always remember his love for telling a good joke/story and his joie de vivre. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Rene & Darlene Ritchot (Nephew/cousin) on: Nov 30, 2020
Denise & family, our sincere condolences at the loss of your Father. - Posted by: Angela (Roy) & Ray Elke (Friend from many years ago ) on: Nov 29, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Rolande & family. We have great souvenirs of all your family as a babysitter to the older boys and my mom babysitting the younger girls. Pitou had a great life and his memory will live on. May he rest in peace. You are in our thoughts even if we cannot meet because of covid. George & Denise - Posted by: George & Denise Perron (Neighbours in St-Jean & friend) on: Nov 29, 2020
Our sincere condolences to all of Pitou's family, Rolande & the children. We have great memories of times we had with members of André's family, be it babysitting the older children or my mom babysittin the younger girls. Wishing you courage in these sad times. George & Denise - Posted by: George & Denise Perron (Neighbours in St-Jean) on: Nov 28, 2020
Mes sincères sympathies Charlotte, Guy & famille. Que les beaux souvenirs de sa vie avec vous aident dans ce temps si difficile. - Posted by: Lorraine Tetrault (amie ) on: Nov 28, 2020
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