January 30, 1936 – October 28, 2016
It is with great sadness, that the family of Lucien (Lou) Gaudette, announce his passing. Lou is survived by his wife, Edith and his children Darryl, Rick (Nancy), Bev (Flora) and Lisa. Mourning his passing as well are 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren—Robert (Laura) Mark (Nicholas & Anna); Kirstin (Joshua) Hill (Peter, Amy & Charlotte); Travis Gaudette; Renee (Stuart) Chapman (Brodie & Aubree); Jillian (Tristan) Higginson (Jeremy & Scarlett); Douglas Gaudette; Julie Thorkelson; Benjamin (Andrea) Mark; Joshua Gaudette. Lou also leaves behind his sister Annette Foulon, his daughter-in-law Heather and many brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Lou was predeceased by his daughter Sherry, by his parents, Yvonne and Arthur Gaudette, by sisters Simone & Madeleine, and brothers Edward, Rene, Roger, Robert and Maurice.
Lou was born on his parent’s farm in Denholm, Saskatchewan, the youngest of 9 children. He spent his youth as a typical Saskatchewan boy living on the prairie, chasing gophers, playing shinny on the river, and always, trying to keep up to his older brothers. As a teenager and young man, it was all about cars and going to dances on a Saturday night.
As a young father of one, he and his wife Edith came to Prince Rupert in 1958 while he was working as a highway construction worker. Four more children followed before the family was complete. Lou was then employed at Skeena Cellulose—a job he held for 8 years. In 1962 Lou bought a house and moved his family to Port Edward. In 1965 he left the pulp mill when his fledgling taxi company, Port Edward Taxi, took off and he worked at that full time. Eventually he sold his taxi company but he continued to drive cab for Skeena Taxi—his was Car #36!
In 1980 the first grandchild was born and over the next 16 years 8 additional grandchildren followed. Lou LOVED being a Poppy as he found he had a new audience for his jokes, tricks and antics! There was no end to the fun and laughter that he and his grandkids shared—it must have been something about Lou himself being the youngest child as he was always ready for mischievous play! When the great grandchildren began to arrive Lou was very excited but was already not his true self.
Lou and Edie had a number of RVs in their lifetime beginning with an old canvass tent trailer; then an old truck and camper and finally they got an old motorhome! Lou loved his motorhome and used it a tremendous amount of the time. He loved tinkering with it and fixing things and, as old as it was, absolutely everything about that old motorhome was in working order! They were both pretty happy in their motorhome and spent many weeks and months racking up the miles between Prince Rupert and Saskatchewan!
In 2004, Edie and Lou, now retired, moved back to Battleford, Saskatchewan to be nearer to their siblings and extended family. They enjoyed a few years there but then Lou began to show signs of dementia. In 2008, Lou’s dementia symptoms were diagnosed as Alzheimer’s. It was then that they had to give up their beloved motorhome…
Eventually it became too much for Edie to care for Lou on her own so in 2010, Lou and Edie returned to Prince Rupert to live. Shortly after returning here, Lou went to live at Acropolis Manor. There he spent his remaining days being lovingly tended to by the Angels who work at the Manor. The residents of North Pod became Lou’s other family and, fittingly, they were not too far away from the rest of Lou’s family when he breathed his last.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Annunciation Parish, in Prince Rupert, BC on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
May the Choirs of Angels come to Greet You
May they speed you to Paradise
May the Lord enfold you in His Mercy
May you find Eternal Life