Lemuel (Lemie) Maurice) La Couvee


Passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on September 28, 2004, at the age of 83 years. He was predeceased by his parents, five brothers and remembered by seven siblings. He is survived by his loving wife Cassy, daughter Janis, sons Leon (Louise), Marc (Leah), Francis (Lesley), and Kevin (Lucinda), and twelve grandchildren, all of whom had a special place in his heart. Lemie was a man of great character, tenacity and wit, and could dance up a storm with the best of them. He was born in Gaspe, P.Q. on June 7, 1921. He enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces at the outbreak of hostilities in Europe in 1939. He fought in the campaigns of North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany, and was discharged after the fall of Germany in 1945. Lemie started his career in the forest industry in 1946 for Bloedel, Stewart and Welch, first at Camp 10 on Sproat Lake and then at Franklin River in 1948. In 1951, he went to Kennedy Lake Division in Ucluelet where he remained with MacMillan Bloedel until his retirement in 1983. He met and married Cassy in Port Alberni in 1953 and raised a family on the West Coast. In true fashion, he taught everyone the meaning of self reliance and mutual respect for one’s fellow man. In 1988 Lemie and Cassy moved to Parksville, where he quickly befriended many, and became active in his new pursuits of Grandfather. He was a Mr. Fix-it Extraordinaire, could darn a mean pair of socks, comfort a skinned knee and tell a thousand stories, all with purpose and humor. He knew how to listen and was always there to offer advice and insight with a sparkle in his eyes. He was a true inspiration to his family and will be lovingly remembered by them and his many colleagues and friends from throughout the years. Thank you to the caring staff at NRGH, BC Cancer Agency and Dr. Atherstone during his final days. If friends or family so desire, memorial donations may by made to the B.C. Cancer Agency, a charity of their choice, or perform a random act of kindness in Lemie’s name. A celebration of Lemie’s life will take place at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 9, 2004 at Tigh-na-Mara Resort in Parksville.

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