We are saddened to announce the passing of Louis Lepage on May 13, 2021. He was born on July 5, 1935 into the large family of Zénon and Rose (nee Denis) Lepage and grew up in Vonda, SK. While going to University in Ottawa, he met his beautiful wife, Madeleine Côté of Nicolet, QC. They married on December 28, 1959 and within two and a half years, they had three children: Michelle, Jacques and Joanne.
After University, he started his teaching career, with nine years as a classroom teacher in Kindersley, Humboldt, Walter Murray and Mount Royal. He then spent 21 years as principal, first at Debden School, then at Holy Cross in Prince Albert.
Louis had an active mind and was always busy with some project or other; be it building little kitchen sets, cupboards, toy guns and trucks for his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, intricate birdhouses, fishponds or water fountains. He built a log cabin at Chitek Lake, from felling the trees and debarking them to the finish work, even building some of the furniture! For all of us, he wrote A Story of Love about his parents and their children, a book we all cherish. Louis canoed on the Churchill and had many other wilderness camping adventures. In 1992, he bicycled from the Pacific to the Atlantic with Tour Canada. He dipped his bike in the ocean at “Mile 0” in Victoria, BC and ended at Signal Hill, “Mile 0” in St. John’s, NL. In 1993, he walked from Prince Albert to St. Denis, to commemorate Grand-père Clotaire Denis’ pioneer trek of 1905. In his seventies, he hiked Vancouver Island’s Juan de Fuca Trail and West Coast Trail.
In 1996, Louis and Madeleine moved to Sidney, BC to be closer to their grandchildren. They had good years in Sidney watching their grandchildren grow, spending time with family and friends, completing more projects and undertaking more crazy endeavours! In the last five years, Louis’ health declined to the point where life was often difficult. In spite of that, he took numerous trips to Saskatchewan to connect with siblings, aunts, uncles and friends. He felt strongly connected to his roots. As the saying goes: “You can take the boy out of Saskatchewan but you can’t take Saskatchewan out of the boy”! On his last trip to Saskatchewan, he fell and ended up in the hospital for five weeks. From the hospital, he went to recover at Healthy Life Care Home. This was meant to be temporary but Louis ended up staying there until his passing. Thank you, Grace and Hilbert, for your gentle care of Louis. During his time in Saskatoon, he visited with siblings, went for long rides on his scooter and met almost daily with Gérard, Guy, and friends for coffee.
In spite of all the difficulties he experienced during his last years, Louis maintained a positive attitude. He was inquisitive, inventive, energetic, and sociable, but also a kind and gentle soul.
On May 27, 2019, Louis was predeceased by Madeleine, his wife of 59 years. He was also predeceased by his parents Zénon and Rose, brothers Denis and Marc and siblings-in-law Anne-Marie Lepage, Agnès Lepage and Marcel Simonot.
Louis is lovingly remembered and will be dearly missed by his children: Michelle, Jacques, Joanne; nine grandchildren: Maurice, Josiane, Danièle, Martin, Anthony, Mizuki, Nika, Janelle, Rebecca. Also surviving are nine beautiful great-grandchildren, as well as sons and daughter-in law: Les Paquette, Bill Stanzeleit and Yumiko. He is survived by 11 siblings: Guy Lepage, Albertine Simonot, Gérard Lepage (Joan), Albert Lepage (Dolorès Gosselin), Lucille Hyshka (Wally), Yvette Gaudet (Armand), Marie-Rose Bussière (Raymond), Paul Lepage (Linda), Sylvianne Lepage (Harry Jonasson), Monique Bussière (Ronald), Nicole Lepage (Michel Gaudreau).
Louis’ Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church (217 Lenore Drive) in Saskatoon. Please note that masks are required.
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Arrangements in care of Travis Minor – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Louis Lepage May 13 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Saskatoon, Province: Saskatchewan