DAVREUX, Joseph NEIL (1931 – 2018)
With heavy hearts and tears of sadness, we announce the passing of our dear father and husband in his 87th year, at the Kirkland and District Hospital, on March 8, 2018.He will be missed by his cherished wife and life partner of 63 years, Lorraine (nee Scharff); his daughters– Lynn (Frank Spinato) Kirkland Lake, Beverly (Richard LaPorte) North Bay, Brenda (Whalen Hong) Englehart and Darlene (Joe Horne) Enfield, Nova Scotia; his beautiful granddaughters who adored him—Jennifer, Jessica (Donny), Emily (Kris), Vanessa (Brian) Joanna (Hassan), and Cristina (Chad); and great grandchildren, Kobe, Chris and Cara. Survived by sisters May Manshreck and Marion Morris, sister-in-law Marjorie Barrows and brother-in-law Maurice Hammond—all of Manitoba, numerous nieces and nephews and his good friend, Garry Allen. Predeceased by his parents Rene and Lena and siblings Cecil, Clarence, Margery, Vera, and Myrtle. He was born and raised on the family farm near Hartney, Manitoba. Growing up, he spent many hours working with his dad and two brothers in his dad’s shop engaging in mechanical work—an interest that turned into a hobby and a trade for him for the rest of his life. He, and Lorraine, with their two young daughters, moved to Ontario in 1958 to work for Cliff Scharff Trucking. He obtained his mechanic’s license and later worked for the Township of Larder Lake for 26 years, until his retirement. He was a resident of Larder Lake for 57 years and had been a member of the Volunteer Fire Dept., the Snowmobile Club and the Curling Club. Dad could be found most evenings and weekends in his backyard garage repairing many a car, truck, tractor, lawnmower (and almost anything that had a motor in it). Many people will have fond memories of good times spent in his garage. Dad valued family and there have been many memories made of family gatherings at Grandpa and Grandma’s house and of many family trips to visit relatives in Manitoba. He was fun, had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh. He delighted in telling jokes and recounting comical stories of his childhood and of days gone by. He had many funny and favourite sayings that will be with us for many years to come. Dad enjoyed camping, fishing, antique farm tractors, blueberry picking, and growing his potatoes every summer—he always remained a farmer at heart.One of his favourite pastimes was gathering and splitting firewood for his woodstove which often turned into a family affair. His habit of whistling while he worked (well, mostly all the time) remained with him until his final days. He was caring and compassionate and loved children and dogs. We will miss his silly grins and his bright, blue eyes. We feel blessed to have had him in our lives. The family wishes to thank the 4th floor Palliative Care nurses and Betty Smallwood for their compassion and care. AquaCremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A private family service will be held.
Celebration of Life:
French Family Funeral Home Reception Centre
Thursday, March 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
At a later date in Hartney, MB.
Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 293 Larder Lake
31 Market St., Larder Lake ON P0K 1L0
Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts
960B Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, ON P3A 2T4
Timiskaming Hospice Palliative Care
145 Government Rd. E., Suite 309, Kirkland Lake ON P2N 3P4
As Grandpa would say, “Keep your stick on the ice!”