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Born: Jul 27, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 04, 2020

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1929 - 2020

On July 4, 2020, at the Sault Area Hospital, our father slipped quietly into eternal rest. He was 90 years old.
He joins his beloved wife of 65 years, Agathe Trudeau, who left us in 2018.
Fernand was born on July 27, 1929, in La Salle, Manitoba, to Blanche Comeau and Elphège Lavallée. He worked 39 years on the repair crew at the Canada Lafarge Cement plant in Fort Whyte, while running a 240-acre beef farm in La Salle. Like most farmers, his work ethic was fierce. He loved his job; he loved agriculture.
During his final months, he expressed pride in the fact that his children had grown up to be industrious. We certainly had the right model.
Fernand leaves behind five children, Ronald, Joanne, Gilbert, Alain, and Philippe; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
After his wife's passing, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie, to be near his daughter.
Because of travel restrictions currently in place, the Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.

Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • He was a quiet, gentle man, with always a kind smile on his face and a loveable chuckle. Loved his walks, his cars, and his woodworking. Today would have been his 91st birthday. He will be missed. Love you - Posted by: Holly (Granddaughter ) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • So sorry to hear he has passed away - he was one of my favourite people - Dianne Please accept our condolences. - Posted by: Dianne and Kendra (Winnipeg Hearing ) on: Jul 14, 2020

  • My condolences to you all! My father John Kolthof & Fern worked together at Canada Cement for several decades. After their retirements, they would walk together (along with another neighbour Bill Mitchell) at Bird’s Hill Park for years after, everyday, didn’t matter the season, even winter! I would often go along with them as well. Your Dad was an awesome person whom I’m sure you will all miss! His quiet demeanour was an inspiration, and his humour! Take care and may God bless you all! - Posted by: Richard Kolthof (Son of Fern’s friend & co-worker) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • Allô 👋 à tous mes chers cousine, et cousins... Mes condoléances... Oncle Fernand était un homme très rempli d’amour et énormément sensible en son cœur 💓... J’ai tellement de beaux souvenirs de lui, et je vais jamais l’oublier... Ils sont tous au ciel ensemble pour l’éternité dans la joie et la grande fête promise...😃❤️ Gisèle XX 😘 ❤️❤️🙏 - Posted by: Gisele Lamoureux (Cousin ) on: Jul 11, 2020

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