It is with great sadness that the family of Alphonse LaRoche announces his peaceful passing, at the age of 101, with his family by his side.
Alphonse was born on April 15 ,1917 in the little town of Otterburne, Man. to Alphonsine and Joseph LaRoche. He was the eldest of nine children.
He married his true love, Laurence (Vien), on June 22 ,1939. Together they had five children—four in Manitoba and a fifth in Fort Frances, Ont. 10 years after their move here.
Alphonse worked for the Flinders dairy delivering milk, at first with horse-drawn wagons and then a truck, and also did occasional painting jobs. He always kept himself busy. He was known for his strength and hard-working ethics.
Alphonse enjoyed vegetable gardening, woodworking, painting, camping, spending time with his family, and coffee time at McDonald's. He loved spending as much time as he could outdoors riding around on his scooter.
He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's Catholic Church, rarely missing a Saturday evening mass.
He was known for his love of dancing and often could be seen kicking up his heels at many of the community dances, especially his Sunday evenings at the Border Bar.
His true pride was his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that ran all the way to five generations.
Alphonse was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Laurence Vien; daughter, Lea Kropelin; sons-in-law, Philip Degagne, Rick Selin, and Wally Dubinsky; brothers, Paul, Étienne, Pierre, David, and Leon; sister, Marie-Rene; and sisters-in-law, Noella and Marie Rose.
He is survived by his daughters, Pauline Wilson (Arden), Irene Degagne, and Sandra Selin (Jake); son, Roger (Lynn); sons-in-law, Maurice Smiegielski and Harvey Kropelin; brothers, Albert and Francois (Marie); sisters-in-law, Evelyn, Lucille, Carmen, and Elaine; all his grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.
The honourary pallbearers will be all of his grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the United Native Friendship Centre's lifelong care program, service he was really grateful for.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
Alphonse has lived through 10 decades and because of his easy-going personality, he was able to adapt well through all the changes with ease. To quote him: “Everything was Perfect.”
Papa truly will be missed by family and friends.
We will forever hold you close to our hearts.