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Peacefully at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, May 14, 2014 at the age of 91. He is survived by the love of his life, Muriel (nee King). They were married 66 years. He was the devoted father of Ricky, Brian (the late Rachelle Bigras), Steven, David, and his precious daughter Carol Ann, who brought nothing but joy to his life. He was predeceased by his daughter Jo-Anne (1954). He was a loving son to his parents Anthime Leblanc and Elizabeth Collin, as well as a good brother to his siblings Elizabeth (the late Harold Howell) and Rheal (the late Lucille Normand), who also predeceased him. He was the cherished grandfather of Derek (Lisa), Shawn (Jen), Michèle (Jason), Paul and Matthew. He was blessed with a great- grandson, Brendan and two great- granddaughters, Julia and Stella. He will be missed and fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews as well as his godchildren Linda Savard and Paul Leblanc. Dad was a WWII veteran and a proud member of the 425 Squadron aka the 'Alouette Squadron'. After the war he settled in Ottawa where he worked for Bell Canada and raised his family. He worked in Trois Rivières for 4 years, just before he retired. Dad met all of life's challenges head on and gave everything he had to give, each and every day, for as long as he could. Dad was a kind and decent man and well known for his generosity. He had been a resident of Rideau Veterans and subsequently the Perley and Rideau Veterans' since 1991 or just over 23 years. Words cannot begin to adequately express our family's heartfelt gratitude to Dr. David Stewart and his wonderful staff for the magnificent care he received right up until the very end of his life. He was always treated with the utmost respect and dignity. He was attended to and he was fed and he was bathed and he was entertained by some of the most decent and caring people you'd ever want to meet. His son David loved his daily visits to the home and he became very attached to the staff and to other residents. He would like to personally thank the nursing staff and the personal support workers who work tirelessly every day to make life more enjoyable for the residents. He had his favourites of course, and when they read this, they will know who they are. Please take a little time out of your busy week to visit with someone you know in a nursing home, even if just to hold someone's hand for a few moments. Don't forget to take along a little treat. It does wonders for the soul. Friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel
1255 Walkley Rd, Ottawa
Sunday, May 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 19 at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre Chapel (Lupton Hall), 1750 Russell Road (please use North East entrance with address 1750 above door) at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
KELLY FUNERAL HOME-SOMERSET - OTTAWA
585 SOMERSET ST W
Ottawa, ON K1R 5K1
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from May 16 to May 17, 2014