Louis Joseph BOULANGER

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BOULANGER, Louis Joseph September 19, 1932 - April 20, 2018 With sadness the family of Louis Joseph Boulanger, announce his peaceful passing at the age of 85, at Ottawa, ON, on April 20, 2018. Louis was predeceased by his loving wife of 40-years, Cynthia (nee Roddy), his parents Simonne (nee Ouellett) and Leon Boulanger, stepmother Laurette (nee Saucier), and his siblings Jean Boulanger and Denise Rouleau. Louis is survived by his children John (Jackie), Peter, Bryan (Adelle), Patricia and Mark (Nicki), as well as grandchildren Jessica, Braydon and Madison and great-granddaughter Eloise. Louis also leaves behind his step-brother Guy Boulanger and family, his brother-in-law Yves Rouleau and family and sister-in-law Suzette Boulanger. While growing up in Quebec City, QC, Louis was active in many sporting activities including ice hockey, skiing and tennis. Ultimately Louis' tennis skills landed him employment in 1954, as a tennis pro with the Toronto Island Tennis Club. Despite the fact he spoke little English, Louis was happy to leave La Belle Province for Toronto. It was while working at the Toronto Islands Tennis Club that Louis fell in love with his boss' daughter Cynthia Roddy, whom he later married in January 1955 and with whom they raised five children. With a young family to support, Louis pursued a career in retail management working for former retail department store chains, Eaton's, Zellers and Towers. Louis career in retail management saw he and his family move multiple times for assignments in Toronto, Barrie, Sarnia, Ottawa, Belleville, Montreal and Quebec City. In 1972, Louis and his family returned to Ottawa, ON, where he began a new career in shopping centre management. Louis' first assignment saw him supervising the construction and opening of Les Galleries de Hull Shopping Centre in the former Hull, QC (now Gatineau). Shortly thereafter, Louis assumed similar responsibilities with respect to the larger Bayshore Shopping Centre which was under construction immediately west of Ottawa in the suburban community of Nepean, ON. Louis became the general manager of Bayshore Shopping Centre, a position he held for approximately 25-years until his retirement in 1995. During his time at Bayshore Shopping Centre, Louis was affectionately referred to as the "Benevolent Dictator" and it wasn't unusual to find him standing at the bottom of the escalators greeting mall visitors and handing out promotional shopping bags. Despite a professional career that placed significant demands on his personal time, Louis also found the time to expend energy on volunteer and fundraising activities with a number of local charities including, the Eastern Ontario Chapter - Kidney Foundation of Canada. In 2012, Louis was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and following a brief stay in hospital, was able to return to his home where he remained until the spring of 2016. Later that year, Louis took up residency in the Stillwater Creek Retirement Community in west Ottawa. Louis' family offers their gracious thanks to all the medical professionals at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital who provided him with end-of-life care. A private memorial service will be held later this month, with inurnment to follow immediately thereafter, at the Pinecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and if you so desire, please make a small donation to your charity of choice. Online condolences can be made at www.colefuneralservices.com.

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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from May 16 to May 17, 2018
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