Guy LAFOND
1953 - 2013
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Guy Lafond
1953 - 2013
Guy Lafond, aged 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Regina Saskatchewan. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 32 years Enid Oddleifson, his son Éric (Jessica Parker), and daughter Gaétane. He will be missed by his brothers Raymond (Madeleine Gagné), René (Monique Papineau), and sisters Evelyne, Pauline (Sheldon Bouchard) and Marielle (Paul Prenovault), his mother-in-law Vordis Oddleifson, sisters-in-law Karen Foster, Kathy Finnson, and brother-in-law Kevin Oddleifson. He also leaves numerous nephews and nieces who adored their "uncle and monocle Guy." He is predeceased by his father Olivier, mother Denise (Bérard), father-in-law Einar Oddleifson and brother-in-law Grant Finnson. Guy loved people. Nothing was more important to him than to connect with family and friends whom he would visit on his many travels. He also established strong friendships with many of the people of Indian Head and surrounding areas where he has lived and worked for 30 years. Guy was an academic at heart. With a Masters from the U of M and a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, he shared his research and knowledge in agriculture all over the world. He was an active member of many associations dedicated to the advancement of agriculture. He had a passion for the better management of soil, plant, and water resources for future generations and the growing world population. Keeping abreast of innovations initiated by farmers, Guy would often be seen with them in a field or on a combine in the evening and on weekends. He loved the farmers and the farmers loved and respected him. Guy was a visionary. He was instrumental in establishing the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF). Farmers of Western Canada have credited Dr. Guy Lafond for changing the way they manage their land by embracing the zero till concept. Many profited from his expertise and tireless unbiased research which he eagerly shared all over the world including USA, China, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Australia and many European countries. Family and friends ache with much pain in the earthly loss of Guy, but are comforted by Guy's strong spirit, love and energy that is with us forever. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Indian Head Memorial Hall, 423 Grand Avenue, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), Box 156 Indian Head SK, S0G 2K0, in Guy's memory. Online condolences may be made at
www.tubmanfh.com



Published in Regina Leader-Post on Apr. 30, 2013.
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June 25, 2016
Group of Australian learning from the thoughtful Dr Guy Lafond in 2004 at Indian Head
Passing of a no-till hero!
Greetings Canadian friends (originally sent 28th April 2013),

It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of one of our globes champions in sustainable agriculture. I wish I could be in Indian Head to celebrate a rich agricultural life of one of the best. Guy was stubborn for scientific data and loved to understand why the system worked as it did. I have been honored to have known Guy and am thankful for his tireless efforts in understanding no-till agronomy and for sharing his knowledge with several groups of Australian farmers that I have bought to Indian Head.

An email from a friend of mine early in 2013 sums up how i feel about Guy's work "Hi Bill, I have finally got around to doing my PhD thesis corrections and just wanted to thank you for sourcing the Guy Lafond papers on row spacing and seeding rate interactions. They are some of the best I've come across and have been very helpful in addressing some of the corrections."

I mourn the loss of one of Canada's best no-till agronomists.

Very sincerely

Bill Crabtree
www.no-till.com.au
April 1, 2016
Guy was a wonderful person that I knew well during University at the U of M living in Tache Hall. I ran Guy a few times after that as we both worked in Agriculture and he was always ready for a good chat about what we were each doing. Although I didn't see him often in the last 35 years, I will miss him.
Glenn Dickson
April 27, 2014
We miss you Guy and in the same breath we can say that we are buoyed by your loving essence which remains with us. In memory of the anniversary of your passing, on April 26, we honor you each in our way. Love, your family
Enid Oddleifson
January 15, 2014
Whilst reading a new and substantial book on Conservation Agriculture, to which Guy contributed, I observed with great sadness his passing.
Guy visited us here in England as a guest speaker of the UK Soil Management Initiative, of which I was Chairman at the time. I remember him being inspirational, and as a result every Annual meeting subsequently we invited an international speaker. However, he was never bettered. The world will miss his talent.
Dr Alastair Leake
September 13, 2013
Enid, Eric and Gaetanne,

We just heard of Guy's passing and feel such sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jim and Cheryl Wohlgemuth
September 5, 2013
My sympathies to the Lafond family. I just became aware of Guy's passing. I had several chats with Guy over the years we worked together. He was such a humble man. He will be sadly missed.
Jan Bigras
July 26, 2013
Three months today. I think about you everyday!
We miss you, we love you. Ta soeur Pauline.
Pauline Lafond-Bouchard
July 16, 2013
Fall 2012 Soils Field Course with Guy
My sincere condolences. Guy came out and helped my students and I examine soils in the Indian Head area last Fall. He was such a generous person and so knowledgeable. We will all miss him.
Janis Dale
June 25, 2013
I watched guys presentations regarding his work for years. When I moved to yorkton I took full advantage of my proximity by attending the field tours at the indian head station. He answered many questions for me. May his legacy continue.....
Mike Hall
May 18, 2013
Guy talking about the aircraft.
Dear Enid, Eric, and Gaétane
We are sorry to hear about Guy's passing. Our deepest sympathies are with you.

His strong interest in airplanes and agriculture made for many interesting and enjoyable conversations.
Brenda & Blair Mutcher
May 16, 2013
I'm so sad to hear Guy left us so earlier . It is great loss for our world. Chinese friends from Wengniute still remember his contribution in conservation tillage and advanced the technology in agricultue. He is in our heards. My condolences to his family.
Mingjie Zhang
May 15, 2013
Our condolences to you Enid and your family for the loss of Guy. Chinese friends who worked together with Guy so sad to hear this sad news. I still remember Guy wanted to visit China again to see his conservation tiiage project. World will miss Guy
Zihong Chen
May 12, 2013
i met Guy three years ago here in France when he came to share his no-till knowledge with us. he was a passionate scientist and a great man . My condolences to his family
Laurent Lorre
May 10, 2013
Dear Enid & Family,
I am so sorry for the pain and loss you are enduring with the passing of your Dear Loved one, Guy. My heart goes out to you and all family members. You are in my thoughts and I send the Biggest of Hugs to you Enid. With Love..Lois & Family
Lois Fridfinnson
May 10, 2013
Our condolences to you Enid and your family for the loss of Guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Brad, Brenda ,Aliya and Mitchell Reznik.
Brenda Reznik
May 9, 2013
I had the privilege of working and interacting with Guy and knew him as a dedicated scientist and a wonderful person. My condolences to his family.
Newton Lupwayi
May 6, 2013
Guy was directly responsible for much scientific information on dryland cropping systems. He was a believer in crop rotations and other sustainable practices. He and his wife and kids enjoyed their stays in Pendleton, OR. We at the OSU-ARS experiment station will miss him. The world will miss him. Dan Long and Don Wysocki
Dan Long
May 6, 2013
Enid and Family,
My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I was fortunate to have worked with Guy several years ago and used him as a mentor ever since. He was always willing to provide support and advice. After we discussed techincal things, he always asked about my family - very caring. He will be greatly missed in the agriculture industry.
Wendy Schatz Leeds
May 6, 2013
To the Lafond family. In 2006 the SSCA came up with the idea to publish a journal. Guy volunteered to steer the project, an offer the rest of the Board
was grateful (and relieved) for. Prairie Soils and Crops eJournal was launched with Guy and Neil Harker as editors. Guy's freely gave of his time
and expertise while serving on the Board. It was a privledge to serve on the Board with Guy. I will not forget his gentle reminders "Be sure to mention the Journal in SSCA communications".
Garry Noble
May 5, 2013
Dear Enid and family. I was so sorry to hear about Guy's passing. I wish I could have seen you all more often and known Guy better, but I do know that he touched many lives, your family spoke so lovingly of him and he will be truly missed. My heart goes out to you and your family Enid. Love Wanda Finnson
Wanda Finnson
May 5, 2013
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Lafond while visitng Canada on my husband's Nuffield Scholarship study trip. We learned he was a very giving & well respected man and was very generous to take the time to talk with us. So saddened to hear of his passing. We feel very fortunate to have met this very remarkable man. Our thoughts are with his family at this time of sadness.
Bryan & Suzanne Granshaw
May 5, 2013
Enid and family,
Roger and I were so sorry to hear about Guy's illness and passing. When I think of Guy I remember back to the joys of physiology class when a group of us would sit together and of course seeing him on subsequent occasions at ag conferences where he always had a smile to share and an update on your family. He was a great fellow and many people share in your loss in some small way.
Fern Richardson and Roger Andreiuk (Leduc, AB)
May 5, 2013
May 5, 2013

My deeply condolences to Enid and family. I met Guy 2005 in Indian Head the first time. Coming over from Germany the STEP organized a meeting with him, the person that has so much knowledge about dryland farming. Guy surprised me with his experience, but furthermore with his openness. After that we saw each other several times in Europe and in Canada. Talking with him about the agricultural business gave so much inspiration to me. I will never forget the journey with him and his brother Raymond to Siberia. Guy we are missing you and wish your family strength in this difficult time.
Reimer Tiessen
May 4, 2013
Sorry to hear of Dr Lafond's passing, a very respected man both personally and in the farming circle.
Neil Boyd
May 4, 2013
Dear Enid, Eric, and Gaétane, Our thoughts are with you during this time. I feel fortunate that my life's path crossed with Guy. He was a man of great intellect, and he took the time to reflect on ideas, and was always open for discussion. His humour was one of a kind, and will not be forgotten. Our condolences to the Lafond and Oddleifson families.
H Hunter
May 4, 2013
To the Lafond Family

I have been thinking a lot about Guy since I heard of his passing. From the Eighties to the last time we spoke on the telephone a few weeks ago I respected his intellect and appreciated his friendship. Guy had the heart of a farmer as well as being a visionary scientist. Although it is very sad that Guy died before his time he must have been gratified in his last months to see the fruits of his life work every time he drove through the country. Guy played an instrumental role in promoting soil stewardship that helped transform agriculture in Western Canada. Guy must have felt content with his contribution to farming. Guy Lafond was indeed one of "God's true Gentlemen". I was privileged to have been associated with him and will miss him greatly.

John Bennett
Biggar Sask
May 3, 2013
Guy's research on sustainable cropping systems will have lasting impact. I always enjoyed hearing Guy's presentations which were filled with innovative ideas and the data he collected to address practical issues. My prayers are with Guy's family at this time.
Tom Warkentin
May 3, 2013
Dear Lafond family,

We are so sorry about Guy's passing. Our deepest thoughts go out to you. We will remember his professional enthusiasm,
his humour and wit.
Gregor and Ilona Beck,Rouleau7
May 3, 2013
Guy was a mentor to me. When he spoke ,I listened intently. A kind and gentle and passionate man. We wil miss him. our condolences to the Lafond family. Clint and Lily Steinley Empress AB
May 3, 2013
We were shocked to hear of the sad demise of Dr. Guy Lafond. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. We pray to the Almighty Lord to give you all the courage, strength and support; and God enfolds you all during your difficult times and help you all heal with the passage of time. May the peace from the memories of his work and love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead
Guy's research, knowledge and passion for the better management of soil, plant, and water resources for future generations has influenced the research and knowledge transfer work being done by our organizations. We have known Guy as a professional colleague and had highest regard for him. His absence will be greatly felt by our organizations and all the farmers who have benefitted from his work and friendship.
May God give Guy eternal rest & may his soul rest in peace!

From: Crops Team of the Agriculture Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA)
Kabal S. Gill and JP Pettyjohn (Smoky Applied research & Demonstration Association), Alvin Eyolfson (Battle River Research Group), Ty Faechner (ARECA), Michelle Holden (Gateway Research Organization), Ken Coles and Mike Gretzinger (Farming Smarter), Ravinder Pannu (Makenzie Applied Research Association), Tom Fromme (North Peace Applied Research Association), Janet Montgomery (Lakeland Applied Research Association).
Kabal Gill
May 3, 2013
My sympathies, thoughts & prapers go out to my cousin Guy's wife Enid & his children Eric & Gaetaene. And to all my Lafond cousins & their families...I am thinking of all of you during this very difficult time!
I will always remember Guy as my cousin who always had a huge smile, a laugh and a joke...some practical ones too...grin.
Rest in Peace cousin Guy.
Love Margaret-Rose "Maggie" Bencharski, Winnipeg
May 3, 2013
My sincere condolonces to Guy,s family and siblings..many fond memories of a good man and true friend
Norm Roy
May 3, 2013
Enid, Eric and Gaetane,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am very fortunate to have known Guy throughout my life. From the visits to the Lafond household to play with Eric or to working with Guy a few summer's with IHARF, I have always enjoyed Guy's company. As I grew older I started to see where Eric got his unique sense of humour from. Guy will be missed, but not forgotten.
Jesse Gheyssen
May 3, 2013
Enid, Eric, and Gaétane,

I am so sorry for your loss. I was so fortunate to know Guy throughout my life, from coming over to the Lafond house to play with Eric, or working with IHARF in the summer with Guy. As I grew older I started to realize Guy's unique sense of humour which I have always known in Eric. He will be missed, but definitely not forgotten.
Jesse Gheyssen
May 3, 2013
Guy had a big heart and was a tremendous supporter of agriculture and rural lfe. I was proud to know him as a colleague

Vern Baron
Vern Baron
May 3, 2013
Our department extends our deepest sympathies to Guy's family. His energy and enthusiasm touched many of us and we appreciate all that he did, not only for us, but for the whole agricultural community. As an adjunct professor, Guy was part of our family and we mourn his loss as well.
Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba
May 3, 2013
Dear Enid and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Steve and Gloria Kopp
May 2, 2013
Dear Enid and family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We're very sorry we can't be there for you on Sat.Please know we care.
Our Sincere Sympathy. Love Barry& Sharon Buchanan and Rhonda Deck
Barry & Sharon Buchanan
May 2, 2013
Dear Enid and family it is with a heavy heart that I wish you much peace at this time of loss. The very idea that Guy is no longer with you stuns me. He was such a bright and shinning energy. That he is now in spirit form seems so young and alas only High Power knows the right age for any of us to rejoin Spirit. You are in my prayers and thoughts as you move forward from this day. love Jane Kerr Moose Jaw
Jane Kerr
May 2, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family. Guy was wonderful to work with and will be sorely missed.
Angela Bedard-Haughn
May 2, 2013
Dearest Enid, so sorry about the loss of your husband, my deepest condolences to you, may you find comfort and rest in your Heavenly Father and may he bless and keep you in this time of grief....
love and prayers,
Margareta, Hyas SK
May 2, 2013
Our condolences to Enid and family for their loss. Guy was an innovative researcher that has left a impressive mark on western Canadian Agriculture. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
Campbell and Elizabeth Davidson
May 2, 2013
To honour a respected leader and scientist who contributed to programs that benefited farmers in Canada around the globe. His legacy will live on and his sage advice will be missed.
Brian Bedard
May 2, 2013
Enid and family

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss ,our thoughts are with you
George and Shirley Hart
May 2, 2013
Dear Enid, Eric, and Gaetane,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear husband and father. Your deep love for him is testament to the man he was. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Sincerely, Dave and Roberta Gehl
Indian Head, Saskatchewan
May 1, 2013
Enid, I am so sorry. Beaming light and love to you, Therese
Therese Koturbash
May 1, 2013
Guy & Angus, Harvest 1977
To honor my friend Guy:
Friends since 1971, when he drove my farm truck at harvest, and then continued to work with me during the farming seasons through 1978. Over the years we shared a profound passion for all things "agricultural".

Guy was a trustful, conscientious, and sincere man. I will miss him. Rest in Peace my Friend. May God bless and comfort you Enid, Erik, and Gaetane.
Angus Dundas
May 1, 2013
His passion for agriculture was contagious and inspirational - a great legacy to be carried forward by all who knew him.
Ellen Flookes
May 1, 2013
My sincere condolences to Guy's family and friends. Guy was such a great ambassador for Canadian agriculture and was truly passionate about his research. Even though his skills and gifts will be missed, his legacy will live on. Rest in peace Guy.
Frank Larney
May 1, 2013
Agriculture in Canada and the world is very lucky to have had a researcher like Guy. I am grateful for all the work he did in Saskatchewan with producers, researchers and agronomists. He will be missed. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Shannon Chant
May 1, 2013
Dear Enid, Eric and Gaetane,

You have my deepest sympathy with your loss. It was a priveledge to know and work with Guy over the past 20-some years. He was a friend, collegue and mentor. I always admired his insight and passion. I will miss him.
Blair McClinton
May 1, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the Lafond Family. I had the privilege to know Guy as a agricultural reporter, and Guy never once said no to my persistent questioning. He was passionate about agriculture and helping farmers sustainably feed the world. My interviews and visits with Guy were always a two way conversation, with Guy wanting to know as much about what was happening in other areas of agriculture as it was about his research. His passing is a great loss for all of us.
Bruce Barker
May 1, 2013
My sympathy to Guy's family for the loss of great husband and father. Recognizing that this is a hard time for Guy's family, it is also very sad for more many people around the province, country and world who colleagues or associates of Guy. There are those who never met him, but are benefiting from his magnificent work. Guy worked had to improve our environment making it a better place to live now and in the future. The world would definitely be a more peaceful place for humankind with people like Guy. May he rest in peace.
Hossein Zakeri
May 1, 2013
I had only spoken with Guy on a couple of occasions and was somewhat surprised that he actually remembered who I was and where I was from and what we had spoken about previously even though it had been a couple of years. Just this morning I used some of his winter wheat research at a Winter Wheat Survival Clinic. My condolences to the family, he will be missed.
Elmer Kaskiw
May 1, 2013
I offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. Guy and I did not cross paths often, but I will always remember Guy's enthusiasm and positive attitude towards his work and life in general. He made a lasting impact on the agricultural community. He will be missed.
Anita Brule-Babel
May 1, 2013
Dear Enid and family,
We cannot believe that HTE has lost a great friend and this gap can never be filled. Guy and you have been great leaders in the HTE family. We have always and greatly appreciated the time we have been working together and the contributions that you both have made. As a team, you have helped us a lot with our meetings and galas. I remember when Guy did the ‘Master of Ceremony' in our gala on January, 22nd 2011 in Regina. His good sense of humour added to everything on that day that made the event a real success. We still rejoice the good memories of this event which had the theme ‘Beach Party' and will cherish this throughout.
We can feel this difficult moment that you are passing through and our thoughts and prayers are always with you Enid.
We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We wish we could lessen the pains you feel in your heart.
Our love and sympathy to you and your kids and every member of the family.
May Guy rest in peace in the abode heaven!
Richard Chuang and the HTE Team.
Richard Chuang
May 1, 2013
Dear Enid, Eric, & Gaetane,
Palmers from the beach are mourning with you. We are all at a loss for words to express our sorrow for Guy's passing. He was such a good, kind friend. Ron enjoyed working with him on research projects for nearly 30 years. They didn't always sing from the same songbook, but had real respect for each other. That man could MOVE -always on a mission- things to do-places to go- people to meet- food to savor eagerly- wine & fellowship to enjoy! He helped us sandbag the outhouse in the 2011 flood - ever the guy to help others. He always teased us about living in paradise at Katepwa Lake. We have all learned so much from Guy. He will be sorrowfully missed by all who were fortunate enough to call him friend.
God bless your family,
With love,
Laurie,Ron,Becky & Kathryn Palmer
May 1, 2013
Enid and family are deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers at this sad time are with you! Sorry we cannot make it to your funeral because of my Heath, but we are always thinking about you.

Love,
Aunty Rose and Uncle Joe and family.
Aunty Rose & Uncle Joe Sloboda
May 1, 2013
I have been informed about this sad news. It is unbelievable and very sorrowly. He was available any time when I was needed something and shared with me any information. I am still feel this keenly. GUY has visited Kazakhstan twice and many scientists and farmers know him well . I know he was very demandable and popular among Canadian farmers. It is big lost for the Canadian Agriculture and for the World Agriculture. We will remember him!! Please accept my condolences to his family, and to all Canadian Agriculture scientists. If some chance please present our condolence to his family. They should know that in Kazakhstan we know him and will remember.
Kanat Akshalov
May 1, 2013
Dear Enid, Eric, and Gaetane,
Our condolences go out to you during this difficult time. Your whole family welcomed us as we moved into Indian Head, and you made us feel at home. I served on that very first IARF board with Guy. I enjoyed his friendship and bennefited from his leadership in work and optimism in life. Our memories of Guy will be deeply cherished. Our prayers are with you.
Howard & Heather Lewis
May 1, 2013
A man that inspired me in serving an industry and vocation we both love growing food for people. My prayers and thoughts are with you as will miss his energy and intellect but rejoice in being touch by such a wonderful individual.
Grant McLean
May 1, 2013
I was very saddened to hear of Guy's passing and at the same time thankful for past meetings and conversations I had with him. I first met Guy early in my career as an Ag researcher and he struck me as someone that took tremendous pride in his work and had a sincere desire to serve the needs of farmers. I will remember Guy as a wonderful person who had a great respect for others. My sincere condolences to his family.
Daniel Ulrich
May 1, 2013
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Guy over many years. His leadership, innovative thinking, and commitment to research was an inspiration to all who worked with him. Guy's many significant research achievements will continue to serve the agricultural industry for many years to come. He will be sadly missed.
Bob Zentner
May 1, 2013
My most heartfelt condolences to Enid and family. Guy's presence and contributions in the ag research world will be tremendously missed. I always enjoyed chatting with Guy regarding his projects, and how we could summarize them in a way to be most informative and useful to others. I greatly admired his sense of integrity and ambition. Guy also was very personable; always having time to talk about things outside of work such as our families and personal lives.
Craig Stevenson
May 1, 2013
My sincere sympathy to Enid and family. Guy spoke often of his family, and with great pride of his children. Our conversations about research and agriculture were always peppered with snippets of what the kids were doing and who was graduating or starting a new activity. Guy was generous with his time, expertise and ideas, and his passion for agriculture was infectious. I will miss him deeply.
Fran Walley
May 1, 2013
My condolences to Guy's family, I am very sorry for your loss. I had the good fortune to interact with Guy as a researcher. He set a great example in his thoughtful approach to a research question and in the way he would develop a practical experiment to answer the question. I appreciated the opportunities I had to discuss research and other issues with Guy. I will miss him at the Indian Head Field Days and other Agricultural Research events.
Randy Kutcher
May 1, 2013
To the Lafond Family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother, uncle, cousin. We never got to say good-bye, but our association with you in plannning the "Berard Birthday Bash" will remain a great memory. Your cousin,
Yvette Berard
May 1, 2013
Dear Family

I was privileged to work with Guy since about 1998. We worked on numerous projects and he was always passionate and excited about his work. We had projects on flax management, winter wheat, fertilizer management using the green seeker and a bunch of other projects. He often took leadership in projects such as getting new openers donated for all of the conservapak plot seeders in western Canada. He was a major player in a project I was involved in as principle investigator on energy and water effeciencies. He was always a positive contributor to new projects and new ideas. I will miss being able to phone him up to share his new insights in cropping systems.
Byron Irvine
May 1, 2013
I knew Guy only a short while in person but through Enid, his loving and cherished wife, I felt we were good friends before I met him in Mexico. We enjoyed hearty laughs and stories. Guy loved to smile and was a caring listener and so modest about the impact of his momentous work. A man of science and of great compassion. I am glad that your passing was peaceful, Guy. I will remember our brief time together with fondness. Thank you for teaching me to cherish small moments with people and not to take them for granted.
Joe Rawlins
May 1, 2013
My sincere condolences to Guy's family. It was a pleasure working with Guy over the past 30 years. I will miss our regular phone calls, not only professionally but also from a personal perspective. I enjoyed his sense of humour and always admired his commitment to his profession, his family and his community. We will dearly miss him.
Eric Johnson
May 1, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to the entire family and the many friends of Guy. I was fortunate to know Guy through his involvement in professional meetings and as being a valued contributor to our research and educational efforts. We will miss him.
Dale Leikam
May 1, 2013
My sincere condolences to Guy's family on his passing. Whether answering my myriad questions on some aspect of crop production, or sharing a cold beverage at a hot field day, Guy always took the time to clearly articulate his point, indeed his passion, about agriculture. His passing is truly a great loss to the agriculture industry in Western Canada. Rest in peace, my friend.
Janet Kanters
April 30, 2013
Guy was a very special person and we grieve with sadness for your loss. Guy has many friends in Australia and over the years I have personally enjoyed his wonderful company and wisdom, meeting in various places over the years in Canada, Australia and Europe. Guy's wisdom and knowledge has been shared across the world helping an enourmous number of farmers. Please be assured that Guy's legacy will live on forever. My prayers are with you.
Rohan Rainbow
April 30, 2013
I have many happy memories of conversations with Guy, he loved people and telling stories about them. The stories were always kind and filled with fun.
-Chris Nykoluk, Lumsden, SK
April 30, 2013
J'ai connu Guy comme jeune homme au Petit Séminaire et au Collège de Saint-Boniface.... un gars avec un grand coeur généreux et un sourire des plus accueillants... toujours bien disposé et prêt à être de service quelque soit la tâche... et surtout toujours prêt à appuyer les autres ... à toute la grande famille des Lafond du Manitoba et à la famille de Guy j'offre mes plus profondes sympathies.....
Marc Beaudry
April 30, 2013
My most sincere condolences Enid, Eric and Gaetane. It has been so many years but I remember with great clarity his kindness, intellect and love for his family. He will be missed. Take care, Renee Racette
April 30, 2013
I am astonished to hear about your loss. Thank you for all the sharing in Canada and China. We will always remeber you.
Tusheng Ren
April 30, 2013
I was fortunate to have been a summer student working for Guy in 1982 and 1983 at the Crop Development Center in Saskatoon where he was a PhD student. He was one of those rare people who was intelligent, practical and had a great sense of humor. I certainly learned a lot from him. My daughter, Kim, had the same great opportunity a couple of years ago at the Indian Head Research Station. Enid and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
Brenda Reiter
April 30, 2013
We never forgot when our truck broke down near Indian Head, Guy's help and kindness warmed the heart.
To Enid and family, May the love of friends and family carry you through.
Gilles & Lucille Sabourin
St.Jean Baptiste
April 30, 2013
you were a truly amazing person and you wiill never be forgotten
your cousin
paulette
April 30, 2013
Enid and children so sorry to hear about your loss. I enjoyed taking with Guy at many zero till conventions and other ag related events. His footprint on this earth is huge.

Condolences and prayers.

Jim and Kathy Vancha
April 30, 2013
To all the Lafond family and friends that Guy left behind: Guy was a truly inspiring man. I will never forget the sayings he shared with me in 1979 when we were discussing his love and passion for education and research. I still use 'his' sayings on a regular basis. Guy said, "The More Your Know, The More You Know How Little You Know." Profound and true words. He also said, "A Smart Man Learns From His Mistakes. A Smarter Man Learns From Somebody Else's Mistakes." As a "Mononcle Guy" myself, I feel for the Lafond clan. Mes sinceres souhaits a vous tous.
ti Guy Dorge
April 30, 2013
Guy was a superb scientist, and a great friend and colleague. His innovative ideas on improving our research equipment has made life a lot easier for many of his research colleagues including myself. I'll miss the great conversations on zero tillage and integrated cropping systems; and the odd rant about the bureaucracy. You will be sadly missed, my friend. Deepest sympathy to Enid and family.
John O'Donovan
April 30, 2013
I will remember Guy for his warm personality and the immense contributions he made to sustainable agriculture. I extend my sincere sympathy to his family.
Lloyd Dosdall
April 30, 2013
My deepest condolences to Enid and family.

I worked with Guy on and off over the years. Guy was a fantastic colleague, and friend. His research had far reaching and enduring impact in Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world. Canadian farmers lead the world in the addoption of zero-till technology, in no small part because of his tireless efforts. Guy, we will miss you my friend. Rest in peace.
Paul McCaughey
April 30, 2013
Dear Enid . My deepest sympathy to you and your family.From Arlene & Choice Nutrition .
Arlene Neighbours
April 30, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Enid & family. Many thoughts & prayers are with you.
Kathy & John Wadsworth & family
April 30, 2013
I had alot of respect for Guy and really enjoyed working /cooperating with him. He will be greatly missed.
Michielsen Larry
April 30, 2013
My condolences to my cousin Guy's wife,children,brothers,sisters and extended family members.
So many good memories with you on the farm during the summers in St Jean,Manitoba when we were just kids. From climbing haystacks in the field behind the house,running around in and out of the barn, cycling to the gravel pits for a swim and going to all the other farms to visit your friends.
We never did tell your mom and dad how we almost burnt the pickup truck down in the field while lighting the stubble on fire. ( We were too lazy to walk so ""you"" took the truck and made me promise not to say anything)
I also never did get you back for turning on the power while I was climbing over the electric fence by the barn.

REST IN PEACE GUY.
Richard Sloboda
April 30, 2013
Guy Lafond, 2011
Chris Holzapfel
April 30, 2013
Ready to seed (1985, give or take a few years)
Chris Holzapfel
April 30, 2013
My deepest sympathies to Enid and the entire family. I was fortunate to know Guy when I worked at the Regina Research Station in the late 80's. He will be missed.
Bill Atkinson
April 30, 2013
Dear Enid and family

It is with the sincerest respect that I offer my condolences to you and your strong family along with the many friends Guy accumulated over the years. I first met Guy as a graduate student in 1979 and he has made my personal and professional life better ever since. I owe Guy a great debt of gratitude for his friendship. If everyone payed it forward for what they received from Guy this world would be transformed in a very positive manner, somewhat similar to what he did with direct seeding.

George Clayton, Lethbridge, AB
April 30, 2013
Dear Enid, Gaetane and Eric, My deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Guy. A memory that I have is of visiting Enid and Guy in Indian Head some years back and listening to Guy talk about a project. The topic happened to be home building. I remember he him taking time to show me a design program on the computer. He was so engrossed in the creative process which made the conversation so much more interesting and generated further ideas. I think of Guy as a visionary man with a sense of humor. Peace, Shawn
Shawn Limbach
April 30, 2013
Guy was a driving force behind the adoption sustainable cropping systems in Western Canada, both in the research he conducted and his passion for extension.
Rick Taillieu
April 30, 2013
My sympathy to all my Lafond cousins and families on the loss of Guy. I know how hard it is to lose a sibling at a young age. I have comfort in knowing that he is probably busy organizing the "Berard Bash" for all the remainder of our families who could not attend that wonder full event
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Carol Berard
April 30, 2013
Admiring the 2012 soybean plots at Indian Head.
I've had the pleasure of working both for and alongside Guy over the past 12 years. He has been an exceptional mentor and a dear friend. While I am deeply saddened by this loss, I will always be grateful for the time I've spent with him and for everything he has done for me both personally and professionally. Thank you Guy.
Chris Holzapfel
April 30, 2013
Guy will be missed by his colleagues and clients/friends in the Agriculture Sector. My condolences to those who cherished Guy & who Guy cherished.
Heather Wiebe
April 30, 2013
We often hear the expression "a gentleman and a scholar". Guy personified this to the fullest. Great person and equally a great scientist, gentle but firm in his convictions. The scientific community is mourning the loss of one of its best. I personally mourning the loss of a great colleague and a friend. My condolences to his family for their loss.
Rigas Karamanos
April 30, 2013
I will greatly miss Guy's friendship as well as his vision and leadership in sustainable agriculture.
K. Neil Harker
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