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Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2021

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1944 - 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the very sudden loss of Al Brazeau on September 11, 2021.
Al was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1944 to Alexandre Brazeau and Alice Lauriault, where he spent his youthful years alongside his two sisters, Jacqueline (Kemp), Rochelle (Chartier) and brother Norman Brazeau (predeceased September 30, 2013).
Al began a Military career in the Air Force in 1964, and moved residence to Winnipeg, where he married and had his beloved and only son Paul (predeceased January 8, 2011).
Besides his son, Al's career in the military was his proudest accomplishment. Al served for 33 years in the Military and then served as a Civilian for the Military for the remaining 18 years. Throughout most of his career, he served as a Physical Education and Recreation Instructor. In 1997, he went on to serve as the Fitness and Sports Director for the Personnel Support Programs.
One of his greatest achievements in his career was being the first Canadian inducted into the SHAPE Belgium's International Basketball Hall of Fame.
Al always spoke fondly of his 386 international flights to destinations all over the world, of which two of his favourite places were Belgium for it's good times, and Scotland for it's beauty.
After his retirement at the age of 70, Al's favourite pastimes were spending time with his lifelong friends, cooking, sharing old stories, camping and fishing in the Whiteshell, going to the racetrack to bet on the ponies and watching all NBA and NFL games to track his progress on his pool picks.
He will be truly missed by his family and friends. His kindness and warmth will never be forgotten.
We would like to personally thank the staff at Health Sciences Centre SICU for their wonderful care of Al.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
A small service will be held with close friends and family in Sioux Lookout in summer of 2022.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of first meeting Big Al in 1997 at 17 Wing Winnipeg! He was a pillar of a man! He employed many competent people over the years and over saw numerous national sporting events, receiving many accolades for his efforts! There were many people that knew him but he really only had a small circle of close friends! I had the pleasure of travelling all over Manitoba/ Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario on numerous fishing trips! He will be deeply missed by his close friends, Dale, Doug, Desi, Gordie and his favourite bartender Normmy! My condolences to the family but please remember as he always said he had an exciting life and wouldn’t change a thing! He is watching the Dallas Cowboys every weekend in heaven!! RIP my friend! - Posted by: Dave Jordan (Friend / brother from a different mother ) on: Oct 05, 2021

  • Rest in peace my old friend Al Barzeau. You had an excellent carreer within the Physical Education and Recreation Branch and your mission is over. RIP. - Posted by: ROBERT TRÉPANIER (FRIEND) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Sending our love to all that loved Al- who I knew as Uncle Skippy. With love, Steve and Dawn Chartier. - Posted by: Stephen Chartier (Nephew) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • It is a sad day that we are losing a great man. He was a great boss and a great friend. He brought a lot of joy to our life with his zest for life. He can be up with Paul now. We will miss him but we have a lot of special memories that we will carry with us. RIP Big Al and enjoy the Rumdogs! - Posted by: Chris (Staff) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • Rest in Peace Uncle Skippy... You will be missed by everyone who knew you... Love you forever Darcy - Posted by: Darcy Brazeau (Niece ) on: Sep 15, 2021

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