It is with profound sadness that the family of Joseph Laurent Euclide LaPerle announce his passing on May 5, 2021 at the age 87.
Laurent will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Corey (Carol), Kenneth, Kerry (Wanitta), Rene (Adina); daughter, Eloise; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister; Irene Sherwood; as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
He is predeceased by his parents, Felix Euclide & Marie Rose LaPerle; brother, Marcel Raymond (Violet) LaPerle; sisters; Simone (John) Koculyn, Noella (nee: LaPerle) Cameron, Therese Florida (Flo) (Robert) Small, Rollande [(Thomas Wardrop )(Jack Watson)], Germaine Yvette (Leonard Len ) Watson, Albertine Edna LaPerle; Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Michael & Mary Tulik.
Laurent was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who always had food on the table, an open warm hand shake and hearty laughter during your stay. When it was time to go he would be at the window making sure to give you a parting wave and an invite back as you went on your way.
Laurent was born in Edmonton and raised on the family farm around Winterburn Corner. He worked at numerous jobs as he grew up, ending up at the Woodwards food floor, where he worked till retirement. That is where he met his loving wife of 60 years, Nancy. His love of nature had him taking the family on numerous camping trips across Canada and the USA. He loved to garden where he planted many vegetables and even progressed to growing grapes which he used to make his own wines. An insatiable desire to know how to do things drove him to learn from whatever source was available. This bolstered many of his hobbies from wood working to building guitars. Being someone who had a passion for music, he loved playing for family, friends and relatives wherever they assembled. He learned a number of instruments of which the accordion and guitar were his favorites. His love of the accordion saw him to many festivals across the country including his favorite in Kimberly, BC. After retirement Laurie and Nancy would spend many days camping, especially around Nordegg, AB, where he learned to use the computer and publishing software to write his family’s story. Once completed he printed it off and learned how to bind them into a book of which many have seen. After he completed his life’s work in the book, and even during the making, Laurie and Nancy would travel to many new places and experiences, a lot through their new found love of cruises.
Laurent has journeyed back to his loving wife, Nancy of 60 years, where they are together again in each other’s arms for eternity.
Thank you to the University of Alberta Hospital, and a special thank you to Capital Care Norwood 3rd floor staff for your compassionate care of our beloved Laurent LaPerle.
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial will be held at a later date when we are all able to gather.
God looked around His garden
And found an empty space:
He then looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest:
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best.
He knew you were in pain.
He knew you might never,
Get well upon this earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, “Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you never went alone,
For part of us went with you the day
God called you home.