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Born: Feb 05, 1933

Date of Passing: Feb 21, 2023

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On February 21, 2023, Joseph Laurent (Larry) Lagace, beloved husband of Bernadette Lagace (1937-2004), passed peacefully at the age of 90. It was during that moment where he would be reunited with his one true love.
On February 5, 1933, Larry was born in a small New Brunswick fishing village of Belledune and raised in Pointe Verte.
When Dad was 19, he joined the Canadian Forces. In 1952, he deployed to Korea as a Combat Engineer - his proudest moment of being in the military.
In 1956, Larry and Bernadette fell in love and married in October, thus started a lifelong adventure of family and postings. In late summer, 1957 they had their first child. Shortly after, in 1958 with child in hand, they moved to Shilo, MB, and finished having their family of four.
Larry's final posting was in Winnipeg in 1970. In 1975, Dad retired as Master Warrant Officer, bought his first and only home in Charleswood and gave his family stability. Dad worked for the public sector, on base, and retired in 1995.
Dad then enjoyed retirement with his love, Bernadette. Larry and Bernie made St. Charles Parish their special place as Eucharistic Ministers. He also enjoyed the Knights of Columbus, Korean Veterans Association, baseball, curling and making sure our mom was not adding barbeque sauce on his food - he was very fussy.
He also had the great pleasure of watching his family grow with the addition of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Indeed, just two weeks prior to his death, the family came together to celebrate his 90th birthday at Deer Lodge.
Dad passed as all soldiers should - with respect and honour. He was escorted from his room by his grandson, an Afghanistan Veteran, with the Canadian Flag draped over his body and given a final salute.
Left to mourn are his children, Larry (Linda), Mike (Lorraine), Denise, Murray (Deb); grandchildren, Natalie, Ryan, Adrienne, Marc, Adam, Nolan and Danielle, and his great-grandchildren, Connor, Sophie, Rory, Julien, Nicole, Gus and Fern.
Dad's spirit was kind and genuine. He loved and made it easy for others to love him. Too honest at times, this endeared him to all that knew him.
The family wish to thank the Deer Lodge Centre staff for their kindness and support during the past three years. Of special note, Rolando - you truly became endeared to Dad and his family.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Parish, 320 St. Charles St., Winnipeg. On the following Monday, there will be a private family interment where his ashes will join his beloved Bernadette.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 01, 2023

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to Larry, Mike, Denise and Murray and your families at this sad time. There are special memories for friends also. You were just teenagers at the time when I first got to know you and your parents. My connection is mainly through you mum, Bernie. There were six of us Library Clerks working with WSD#1 at that time and once a week it would be somebodies turn to house our Rumoli game after work. You must have considered we were crazy but we were all such good friends. Unfortunately now, you have lost both parents but please know I think of them kindly. Your dad was so very patient putting up with us but I am sure he enjoyed our company also. Much love to you all, Joyce McWha - Posted by: Gerald R. Brown (Co-worker) on: Apr 04, 2023

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