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Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend
and our Inspiration.
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Gilles LaFleur on April 8, 2022, at the age of 70.
During the last years of his life, he had to contend with chronic heart disease which limited his freedom to live life but he soldiered on and continued, in spite of near-constant pain, to exercise and swim at the YMCA, visit with his friends at their homes or at restaurants in the city, and even lend a hand in educating children who are home-schooled.
He is predeceased by his parents, Marcel and Germaine (née Couture); and two of his brothers, Philippe and Richard (Margaret).
He leaves to mourn firstly, his beloved daughter Baénie; his brothers and sisters, Fernand, Lucie, Conrad (Monique), Monique (Christophe), René (Gabrielle), and Dominic (Melissa). He also leaves behind nephews, nieces and many friends, all of whom he cherished throughout his life.
Gilles will be lovingly remembered as a man who was all heart - a heart that was always open, gracious and generous, offering wisdom and comfort to all. To anyone who knew him, Gilles had a unique personality and authentic character, ranging from straight forward insightfulness to innocent childlike charm. Gilles captivated peoples' hearts and minds, with his irresistible smile, radiant joy, quick wit and subtle sense of humour. You could always count on him to offer plenty of advice, and assistance for any kind of problem, no matter how great or small, for anyone, anytime, anywhere. His attitude inspired others to overcome any challenge or fear in life. For this reason, he was a life-coach to many, especially when he himself was experiencing trials and difficulties. We all miss you deeply Gilles. You will live on forever in our hearts and our lives will never be the same without you.
For those wishing to give flowers or make donations, please consider Jocelyn House Hospice, which provides care and comfort in a home-like setting for the terminally ill.
Prayers will be said Thursday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m. (viewing at 1:00 p.m.), at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St, Winnipeg. Interment will be Saturday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m., in St. Boniface Cemetery, 917 Archibald St., Winnipeg.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 16, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
My deepest condolences to family and friends. I was saddened to hear about Gilles. During my working years with him, he was always professional, amazingly helpful, funny and kind. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. - Posted by: Lorrie Kratzer (Friend) on: Apr 21, 2022
WoW, My sympathies to the family. I knew Gilles at Transcona Roofing were he worked in the Sheet Metal Department, and what a gentleman. Rest in peace my friend, time sure flies. - Posted by: Denis Lecuyer (Co-worker at Transcona Roofing ) on: Apr 20, 2022
Mes sincères sympathies à la famille - Posted by: Marie Lachance (Friend) on: Apr 17, 2022
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