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Born: Mar 06, 1922

Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2021

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March 6, 1922 - October 4, 2021

Hall of Fame broadcaster Danny Gallivan once said, "Here comes Big Lou up to bat!"
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Lou Bourbonnais on October 4, 2021 at the age of 99.
He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 74 years, June; his children, Philippe, Marc (Terry), Dan (Pat), Jocelyne (Pierre) and Rene (Kristel); grandchildren, Nicole, Anne-Lise, Mathieu, Philippe, Daniel, Brandon, Danielle, Mackenzie, Hussein, Natalia, Gabe, Shelby, Luc and Tyler; ten great-grandchildren; and brothers, Philippe and Fr. Denis. Lou was predeceased by his dear children, Denis, Patricia and Richard; sisters, Yolande, Leone, Lorraine and Ghislaine; and brothers, Leo, Lucien and John.
Lou was born and raised in Winnipeg. At the age of 20 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was relocated to Halifax to serve in the Second World War. It was there that he met and wed the love of his life, June Priske, in 1947. After attaining a degree in education from Dalhousie University, Lou returned to Manitoba, with June at his side, to pursue a career in teaching. Lou taught in Winnipeg, Dauphin, Fort Churchill (also Vice-Principal), and Pine Falls (also Principal) and also served as superintendent in the Red River School Division.
A natural athlete, Lou excelled in a variety of sports, including baseball, hockey, bowling, tennis and curling. But his greatest joy and satisfaction came from time spent with June and the kids at their cabin at Twin Lakes Beach, on road trips to Nova Scotia, and on great camping adventures in the summers; and wintering in the south with family and close friends after retirement. As the family grew, Lou dedicated much of his time and energy to help care for his grandkids. He was an exceptional babysitter, reliable chauffer, #1 fan in the stands, and fierce opponent in a game of Old Maid or chess. He had all of the time in the world for each of his grandchildren and was equally proud of them all.
Lou lived his life with honour, dignity and compassion. His kindness and generosity to others showed no bounds. He was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend - throughout the happiest and saddest days of his life.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cathedrale Manor, the Health Sciences Centre and Misericordia Health Centre for the exceptional care provided to Lou in the final months of his life.
In keeping with Lou's wishes, a private viewing was held for the immediate family and cremation has taken place.

You've rounded the bases one last time Lou. We miss you Dad.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We are so sorry to hear of Lou’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the family - Posted by: Fred & Olga Neirinck (Friend) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • It is with a heavy heart that I read this sad news. My condolences go out to the entire family. So many fond memories growing up with Rene and the wonderful times at the Bourbonnais house and cottage. You will be missed Lou, but never forgotten! Love Glenn Sayers - Posted by: Glenn Sayers (Friend of the children) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • Dan, Jocelyne & Rene. So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Your dad was a nice, kind man as a vice principal and at home. I went to school with Dan & Jocelyne, two great friends. I remember your dad after school driving Dan to Wpg to hockey practice and hockey games. Because of your dad, Dan made it to the NHL. MR B was one of a kind. Remember all the good things he did to provide for his family. REST IN PEACE OLD FRIEND. School friend from Powerview school. Nino Atanasovic. - Posted by: Nino atanasovic (School friend) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • My condolences go out to Mme. Bourbonnais on the passing of Mr. Bourbonnais. I also used to volunteer as a Recreational Assistant at Seine River Retirement (through S.C.E. Lifeworks) when Mrs. Coppinger was involved in virtual bowling. - Posted by: Philip (Former colleague of Lori) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • I was a student of "Mr. Lou." When he taught at the McKenzie High School in Dauphin, MB. I often think of the conversations my friend Jacquie and I had with him. He was a very special teacher and a great mentor. Please accept my condolences as you mourn his loss. - Posted by: Donna mansfield (Student) on: Oct 23, 2021

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