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Born: Oct 02, 1921
Date of Passing: Apr 03, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
October 2, 1921 April 3, 2021
He will be inconsolably missed by his devoted wife, Corinne, after 68 years of marriage. He will be forever remembered by his four children, Bob, Debbie (Hal), Brian (Kim) and Renee (Steve), five grandchildren, Jeremy (Jaqueline), Mike, Amara (Alyssa), Terrence, Rees, and two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Stacey.
Lou was one of 18 children born on a farm in Sainte Rose du Lac. He proudly told his family that his first job started when he was two years old, holding the door open so his brothers could bring in firewood. His strong work ethic was developed working as a child on the farm and later, during the Depression, working on other farms to help support his parents and siblings. Later he taught himself to drive various kinds of machinery and trucks, working all over Manitoba before moving to Sudbury to work in the mines. He enlisted in the PPCLI during the Second World War and proudly served until he was wounded in battle. He later returned to Sudbury and resumed work at the mines, securing a coveted position as a crane operator for many years. He knew how to live frugally and before long he purchased a brand-new car. Lou met his future bride, Corinne Gagne, a beautiful, fun-loving nursing student, when visiting his hometown on his holidays. They shared a love for laughter and dancing that lasted his whole life. They eventually moved back to Manitoba with their children and a brand-new gravel truck. Lou was known as an extremely hard worker, often working 16 hours or more a day. He worked many jobs simultaneously, including hauling gravel, snow removal, buying and selling cattle and investing in and managing real estate properties.
Lou enjoyed playing cards with friends and family throughout his life and was known for his shrewdness, incredible card sense and frequent winnings on poker night. Lou and Corinne went dancing every Saturday night at the Legion in Winnipeg. He would always insist on staying until God Save the Queen was played at the end of the night. In the last half dozen years, he reluctantly switched to daytime dances until stopping only a couple of years ago. He passed down to his children his strong work ethic, the importance of saving for the unexpected and his work hard play hard attitude. He will be missed by all who knew him for his sense of humour, honesty, loyalty, bravery, and his amazing and often humourous stories of life over the past 100 years.
A private family gravesite service will take place later this month.
We would like to thank the staff on units GB3 and WS3 at the Health Sciences Centre for their compassionate care.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Je vous offre mes condoléances tante Corrine ainsi qu'a tous les membres de votre famille. Presqu'à tous les étés dans les années 50 et 60, mon père, ma mère, mon frère Denis et moi arrêtions presque à tous les étés chez mon oncle Louis et ma tante Corrine à Sudbury quand on se rendait au Manitoba pour visiter les grands parents et le reste de la famille. C'était toujours un moment très agréable de rester quelques jours chez vous. Repose- toi bien oncle Louis, tu le mérites. - Posted by: yolande Mont sion (niece) on: Apr 25, 2021
The Montsion Family - I write to express to you and your family the sincere condolences of the Patricia’s on the passing of Lou Montsion. The Regiment remembers Lou's World War II service, even though it was a long time ago. The family I am sure are proud of that service. Lou's name will be read in this year’s list of the lost when we read that out on November 11th, 2021 in the Sacred Space in Beechwood, the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa. His name will also be listed in the 2021 edition of the Patrician’s Last Post section. Thank you for obviously supporting Lou throughout his life. We are glad that he had a vibrant family, luck and skill at cards and all his experiences. Should any of Lou's family want to maintain a connection with the Regiment, a gratis three year Memorial Membership in the PPCLI Association is available. Contact Mr Herb Kenny, the Membership Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for details. Thank you all. Brigadier-General Vince Kennedy (Retired) Colonel of the Regiment Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry - Posted by: Vincent Kennedy (Regimental ) on: Apr 12, 2021
This is such a beautiful tribute sharing beautiful times with his cherished Corinne and family. Cherish the memories. Uncle Louis is now surrounded by Angels and walks in the arms of God. Love Sandra Valois - Posted by: Sandra Valois (Niece ) on: Apr 10, 2021
Thoughts & prayers with Corinne during this trying time - may all your precious memories keep Lou alive in your heart. - Posted by: Pat Allan (friend (former coworker of wife)) on: Apr 10, 2021
Chère Tante Corinne et famille, Ma famille et moi pensent bien à vous tous ces jours-ci, non seulement avec tristesse mais beaucoup de joie. Quelle belle vie bien vécue! Mon oncle Lou était très spécial et beaucoup de fun avec son sens d’humour apique. Prenez bien soins! Monique - Posted by: Monique Holm (Niece) on: Apr 10, 2021
I remember Matante Corinne and Uncle Lou coming to my pepere’s (Omer & Jeanne) at their place behind the barbershop! I may have been young at the time, but I remember there were always good times had! And there was always the story of my sister Mimi biting Renee! My condolences to all! - Posted by: Paulette Gagne (Jacques & Monique’s daughter) on: Apr 10, 2021
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