Louis Lawrence Odette
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LOUIS LAWRENCE ODETTE Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. He is deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Sunstrum, and by his children Louis (Ellen), Paul, Marc (Lynn) and Francine. He leaves his brother Edmond and was predeceased by his parents Louis and Emma Odette and his two sisters Betty and Shirley. Affectionately known as 'Bud', he was a man of big ideas. After serving overseas with the Canadian Forces, he returned home and in 1951 he founded Eastern Construction Limited. Together with his brother Edmond they guided an outstanding group of professionals for over 50 years. Bud was the consummate salesman and had a wonderful way with people. Eastern Construction grew to become one of Canada's most prominent and respected general contractors. He was always so very proud of the company's employees and their accomplishments. Still thriving today, Eastern Construction continues to have a reputation throughout the industry that stands for integrity, professionalism, quality and safety. Roy Thomson Hall and the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto are only two of many landmark projects Eastern Construction completed across Canada. A passionate, personal admiration of the art of sculpture led him to collaborate with various groups and artists to develop the Toronto Sculpture Garden, the Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor, and the Centre for Sculpture at York University which is recognized as one of the finest facilities of its kind in North America. Concerned to see the homeless living on the streets, he strongly supported The United Way of Toronto in many of their projects. In 1964 Bud was made a Knight of Malta and he received the Order of Canada in 1997. Not wanting to be seen flaunting these honours, he always had to be reminded to wear his awards on special occasions. When he did find time to relax, he found great pleasure in spending time with his family and good friends -- golfing, playing tennis and particularly boating on Lake Ontario. He leaves his grandchildren Louis, Julie, William Luke, Matthew and Jacqueline and step- grandchildren Jordan and Holly. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME -- A.W. MILES CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. A private funeral will be held. Special thanks to his caregivers, Victoria Pelego and Marion Smith and to the very competent staff at Sunnybrook Veterans Residence. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Ave. West, 16th Floor, Toronto M4R 1K8, and would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com



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Published in Toronto Star on May 20, 2011.
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May 30, 2011
Dear Pat
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will always remember the kindness you and Budd showed towards our family.
Terry Odette
Terrance Odette
May 26, 2011
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Marianne Park and David Ruffin
Marianne Park-Ruffin
May 26, 2011
Fran, my thoughts and condolences are with you and your family today. It was good to meet your dad many years ago at the OI convention that took place in Toronto. I am aware of some of your dad's achievements, and I believe he has contributed to making Toronto a vibrant place to live. RIP "Bud."
Donald Barrie
May 26, 2011
For all the blessings you bestowed on our city, may your friends and family know that you were loved by many and are surely with the Lord. Rest in Peace sir.
Jeffrey McCormack
May 25, 2011
Dear Odette Fasmily. You are in my thought and prayers
David Mackie
May 25, 2011
Dear Mrs. Odette and Family,

We send our deepest condolences on the occasion of your very sad loss. Mr. Odette left a very large footprint, personally, professionally and philanthropically, and a great legacy of support and encouragement in every area of his many endeavours.

We, at Wellspring, benefitted immeasurably from his generosity and will remember him with tremendous gratitude, always.

With our sympathy,

Lynda Morrison and the Board of Directors and Members of Wellspring
Lynda Morrison
May 22, 2011
Dear Odette Family,

Our thoughts are with you.

Monique Poublon-van Beurden
May 20, 2011
Dear Mrs. Odette and Family:

Sending my deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Wendy Britnell
May 20, 2011
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Lou Odette. He was a gentleman and a pleasure to work for, during the many years I spent at Eastern in the seventies, beginning at the Wellesley Street location.Lou was instrumental in helping to build a great Company, which still shines today.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Bob Herscovitch
May 20, 2011
Dear Mrs. Odette and Family,

Our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Mr. Odette was kind, respectful and and had an abundance of integrity that is not often seen, he will be greatly missed by not just your family, but by all those he touched either directly or indirectly.
He, through his generousity of spirit has left this world a much better place.
Tiina and Sean Mathieson
May 20, 2011
Our deepest sympathies, condolences and warmest possible thoughts. Mr. Odette led such a remarkable life and was clearly always supported by such a lovely family. Our thoughts are with you and yours! Sabine and Peter
Sabine Steinbrecher
May 20, 2011
Dear Mrs. Odette, Fran, Paul, Mark amd Louis and all the family,
No words can express how sorry we are to hear this news. We all loved Mr. Odette and send our deepst love to you. Marina, David and all the Pintos
Marina Pinto Miller
May 20, 2011
We just read of 'Bud's' passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. We remember him fondly. Please accept our condolences.

Bonnie and Norm Leonard
Norm Leonard
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