With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gustave (Gus) Georges Landry on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances Ont.
Gus was born on July 26, 1926 in St. Norbert, Man., where he spent his early years. A short time after the death of his father (1937), the family moved to the Kenora, Ont. area and then, in 1979, relocated to the Fort Frances area.
Gus leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his wife, Marilyn (Penner) of 36 years; his children, Michelle Hardy, who predeceased him many years ago, and her children, Christopher (Michelle) Hardy and Jennifer Hardy; Cheryl (Forrest) May of Keewatin, Ont.; Paul (Donna) Landry of Kenora, Ont. and son, Christopher Wiebe; Marc (Deanne) Landry of Calgary, Alta. and children, Adrienne (Raji) Sandhar and Austin Landry; Peter (Barry Kerr) Landry of Toronto, Ont.; Giles Landry of Calgary, Alta. and daughter, Julia; and Landry Odette Landry of Winnipeg, Man; and his step-sons, Shane (Kari-Lynn) Beckett of Fort Frances, Ont. amd children, Morgan and Hayden Beckett; Aaron (Kyla) Beckett of Fort Frances, Ont. and children, Hailey Mackenzie and Jayla, Ashlen, Tatum, Karter, Keira, and Brooklyn Beckett; and Daemon (Toni) Beckett of Fort Frances, Ont. and daughter, Shay Beckett.
He also was blessed with many great-grandchildren.
Gus also is survived by his sister, Adrienne Stockham of Kenora, Ont.; nieces and nephews, Dwight, Blake, Rachelle, David, Renita, and Sylvia; and son-in-law, Barry Hardy. He was blessed with many great-nieces and nephews.
Gus was predeceased by his parents, Adolphe and Leontine Landry; his eldest daughter, Michelle Hardy; his first wife, Shirley (Stockham) Landry; and his brother-in-law, James Stockham.
Gus was an active businessman, owning and founding businesses in Kenora and Fort Frances. He started as a life and insurance agent in 1958 and, in 1968, entered in listing and selling real estate.
He relocated to Fort Frances in 1979, having real estate offices in Kenora, Dryden, and Fort Frances known as Landry's for Real Estate. While overseeing three real estate offices and listing and selling properties throughout the Fort Frances area, he also was active in the family restaurant known as The Harbourage.
His final working years were spent at Cousineau Brokers, from which Gus retired at the age of 86.
In the early years, Gus was very active in community affairs and gave freely of his time to numerous volunteer organizations, particularly in Kenora area. He was a trustee and chair of the St. Louis Separate School Board and was successful in fundraising for a new school.
During the same time period, he was a member and president of Keewatin Legion Br. #13 and was involved with the building of the new Legion building in Keewatin.
He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Past Grand Knight of Father Lacombe Council 2806 and Past Faithful Navigator of Father Aulineau General Assembly 880 Fourth Degree.
He also was a past member of the Saint Joseph's Hospital Board, the Kenora Rotary club, and Toastmasters.
Aside from the hard work, there were times when he, along with family, would spend time on Rainy Lake or Lake of the Woods. The love of the water prompted him to have cottages on both lakes, and boats to travel these lakes.
His most enjoyable boat was a 30 Bayliner aptly named Reef Runner V.
Gus also loved to travel; he visited overseas and saw many areas of the U.S., Hawaii, Bahamas, and Mexico. Cruises were greatly enjoyed and winning a trip on the Love Boat was memorable.
As much as he loved the sun and summer activities, he equally loved the snow and downhill skiing, seeking out hills far and wide, enjoying many family trips to resorts from Kenora and Thunder Bay to Michigan and Minnesota, to Utah and Colorado, and to B.C. and France.
He became a ski instructor in Kenora, even having the patience to teach a non-athletic wife to ski.
He always was imparting life lessons with humour and humility, and maintained his wry sense of humour even while enduring discomfort, anxiety, and confusion right up to the end.
In moments of lucidity, he often would reminisce about his past vigorous life with amazing clarity and detail. Gus had an amazing ability to remember details. He could remember phone numbers and addresses, and readily remembered his service and his rifle number ever since he was in the Canadian Service Infantry Corps as a young man in 1945.
Gus could add a list of two-digit numbers in his head or columns of numbers quicker than an adding machine.
We wish to express our profound gratitude to our dear friend, Janice Carlson of International Falls, Mn., who on the morning of Oct. 12 kindly gave of her time to allow the family some much-needed rest after a long night's vigil.
She witnessed a visit from Fr. Allen, who prayed with Gus just minutes before he passed away. Then Fr. Allen left the room, Janice stayed and was the one person privileged to watch as Gus left his earthly life behind and entered his eternal destiny.
Gus was never as happy as when it was quiet—when there was silence.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature-trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls. -Mother Teresa
A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.
A luncheon will follow in the parish hall.
In memoriam donations may be made to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).