1934 – 2019
Our dear Rosaire passed away peacefully at the Lakeshore General Hospital on November 22, 2019, after a short illness and a battle with Alzheimer’s.
Born in St. Thomas near Albanel (Quebec), he was the tenth child of a family of twelve. After completing his secondary education at the Seminary of Chicoutimi boarding school, he worked briefly in forestry before commencing a 35-year career with the Royal Canadian Air Force and subsequently the Ministry of Defence. He then began enjoying an active retirement, working as a volunteer guide at the airport and a badminton instructor at the YMCA for many years. He was also a longtime member of the Clairpoint Tennis Club.
He will be sadly missed by his friend and companion of 22 years, Linda Sainsbury, her daughter Laure Elkeslassy (François-Xavier Donnedieu) and their three children for whom he was a much-loved honorary grandfather. He will also be lovingly remembered by his surviving siblings, Arthur, Reine-Marguerite, Geraldine (Alexandre Lavoie), Fernande, Lucie and Cécile, and his many nieces and nephews.
Following his wishes, there will be no funeral, but a reception will take place at Voluntas (4695 boul. St-Jean, DDO) on Sunday, December 8th from 1pm to 4pm for his family and friends to gather and share their memories of Rosaire. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Rosaire’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Montreal.
” PER ARDUA AD ASTRA”