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Alphonse Langlais, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont. with his family by his side.

Alphonse was born Oct. 28, 1931 in La Broquerie, Man. to Francois and Josephine Langlais.

He married Annette Sanche in 1953. They settled on the family farm in Pinewood, Ont. and raised their family of 11 children.

Alphonse drove school bus for 40 years, retiring in 2001. He served as councillor and reeve of Dilke Township for many years.

He also was a valued member of the Our Lady of the Way Catholic parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. # 54 in Rainy River, as well as being an active member of the Northwestern Health Unit board.

In 2002, he received the Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2008 the Senior of the Year award from the Township of Dawson for his outstanding contribution to the community after age 65.

Dad loved sport,s and was well-known in the district as a baseball player, coach, and umpire. He loved his cards, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his children.

Alphonse is survived by his loving wife, Annette; 10 children, Anne-Marie (Laurie), Paulette (Ted), Jeanette (Murray), Yvonne (Randy), Jacqueline (Al), Gabrielle (Mickey), Roger (Gail), Monique (Donnie), Michelle (Rick), and Rene.

Alphonse dearly loved his 37 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Alphonse also is survived by his brother, Albert (Joanne) Langlais; sister, Betty (Dennis) Wensley; many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Alphonse was predeceased by his daughter, Lise (2003); parents, Francois and Josephine; brothers, Alex and Leo Langlais; and sisters, Evelyn Voodre, Lea Dubois, Rose Gouliquer, Francis Goodman, Ann Marie Asselin, and Madeline Desaulniers.

Prayers were offered Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at 7 p.m. from Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood, where the funeral mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 at 11:30 a.m., with Fr. Alan Albao celebrant.

Interment followed in the Pinewood Catholic Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Roger Langlais, Rene Langlais, Rick Tymkin, and Laurie Armstrong.

The honourary pallbearers were Alphonse‘s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

If desired, in memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Association or the Rainy River Health Centre c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont.

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