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Date of Passing: Sep 10, 2021

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LACOSTE, Duane Emile (1941-2021) How do you give the measure of a good man in a couple of inches in the obituary section of a newspaper? Suffice it to say that Duane was a loving and caring husband to Jean (Leatherdale) for 59 years, and a strong and wonderful father to Lori, Cheryl, Sylvia (Mark) and Diane (Fred). He loved his grandchildren Averyl (Mitch), Janna (Cody), Landon (Skye), Danika (Matt), Ryan, Jordyn, Jacquie and Graham. Papa sang silly songs to his great grandchildren Lauren, Peyton, Theoren and Lucas. He stayed in regular touch over the years with his siblings, cousins, and friends across Canada, because he wanted them to know how much he loved them. Duane served in the RCMP for 23 years, retiring in 1985 in Minnedosa as Sergeant. He had moved his family from Estevan to Ottawa, Pembroke, The Pas, Thompson, before settling us in Minnedosa. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of Rolling River School Division for fifteen years, until retirement in 2000. Not a one to sit idly at home in retirement, he ran and was elected to Minnedosa town council in 2002. Duane became Mayor in 2003 and retired after serving two terms in 2010. Was it finally time to rest? Almost! There was still time to serve on various boards, such as Chairman of Christ Lutheran, Neepawa, two terms as President of Gen. Hugh Dyer Legion and Br#138, member of Minnedosa Lions Club. There was always time for a good game of golf, family time at Otter Lake, trips to see lovely parts of the world, and the Blue Jays/SK Roughriders to cheer on or yell at! But mostly Duane enjoyed the life that God gave him and lived it as fully as he could in thanks for that wonderful gift. His family and a few cherished friends were able to celebrate Dad's 80th birthday this past August. Although weakened by cancer, Dad had one of the best days of his life. We laughed, reminisced and enjoyed the beautiful summer day and being together. We were blessed to be by his side when he died September 10th. Funeral service was September 16th, officiated by Pastor James Vosper at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor's homily "Heaven is Our Home" gave us all great comfort. Committal service was September 17th at Minnedosa Cemetery, where the Legion Color Party stood vigil and his family bid him farewell but not goodbye. Jean and daughters would like to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers sent in honor of Dad and cherished memories shared. Kindly consider donating to MREC (c/o Town of Minnedosa), Minnedosa Legion Br#138 or a charity of your choice. Whites Funeral Home was in care of arrangements. Duane's funeral service can be viewed on Youtube.

As published in Brandon Sun on Oct 16, 2021

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