Michel Laforest died peacefully on April 2, 2012 at Stanford Place, after a long struggle with COPD. He was born in Quebec on September 23, 1951. He loved his family, his dogs, his friends, helping people, Scouting, the outdoors, camping, cruising, reading mysteries incessantly, and maintained his quirky sense of humour until the end.
He is survived by family in Quebec and British Columbia. In Quebec, he leaves his beloved mother, Gisele, his sisters, Muguette, Jocelyne, Manon, France and Mimi and his brothers, Jean Luc and Marc Andre as well as many nieces and nephews.
In British Columbia, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Deirdre ( or always ‘Dee’ to him), his sons, Adam (Liz) and Owen ( Denise) and his adored corgis Rowdy and Neko who gave him great comfort in the last few years. He is also survived by sisters and brothers in law and nieces and nephews who have always gone beyond the call of duty to help out.
Special thanks to Dr Desai, the wonderful staff at Stanford Place, Fairview unit, Leon and Christine and all the others who have made this long journey a little easier. A Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2 PM at Bradley Centre, Coombs, BC.
Instead of flowers, if you wish, make a donation in his name to Oceanside Hospice or the Parksville- Qualicum SPCA.