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Raymond John Lacroix

Raymond John "Ray" Lacroix

Tuesday, March 13th, 1934 - Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
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Raymond J. Lacroix died from cancer at the Maplewood Retirement Residence in Ottawa on June 17, 2020.
Ray was born in LaPasse, Ontario, the son of John A. Lacroix and Florence M. Lacroix. In his youth, he had many adventures along the Ottawa River and they continued through into his retirement. He loved fishing in the marsh and took many friends and family for picnics on the island. Though he moved more than 35 times in his life and lived in many towns and cities, he considered LaPasse his home.
As a boy he had limited educational opportunities so he became a carpenter, like his father. Then to pursue his education he took many correspondence and night courses in construction, management, engineering and economics and eventually earned a university level degree in Cost Engineering. He worked for several construction firms in Northern Ontario, Labrador and Ottawa, quickly rising in the ranks, and was the President of his own company, Gil Bern Charles Corporation from 1978 until his retirement when he dissolved the company.
Ray was a community builder. He managed the construction of thousands of homes in the Ottawa area and several in Renfrew County, ranging from housing co-ops, townhouses, apartments, and seniors' residences to single family homes. He also built schools, warehouses and government and commercial buildings. He was also a community builder in the sense that he volunteered to make the community he lived in a better place. He was a long time member and former President of the Eastview-Russell Kiwanis Club, a Knight of Columbus 4th degree, former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Committee, a former volunteer at the Pembroke Food Bank, etc. He especially loved volunteering for projects where he could get the community to work together such as lobster fests, barbecues and church suppers.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 65 years Germaine Sabourin, his children Pauline (Paul Johns), Gilbert, Bernard, Christine (Marc Langlois) and Charles, his grandchildren Vicki (Luc), Ross (Kelsey), Michelle (Mike), Emily and William and his great-grandchildren Xavier, Mackenzie, Raymond, and Stella Rose. He also leaves his sisters Sister Constance Lacroix CSJ, Lillian, and Susan, his great-aunt Doris Hall, sisters-in-law Rita Bernatchez and Helen Sabourin as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Mabel Adam.
Funeral Mass and Intermentl has taken place in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, LaPasse on Monday June 22. In memory of Ray, donations to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, LaPasse would be appreciated. The family would like to thank all the medical personnel, staff and management of the Maplewood Retirement Residence and the caregivers from Bayshore Home Health for the outstanding care he received since he was discharged from hospital in March. Arrangements in care of the Murphy Funeral Home Pembroke
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    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 1:00pm
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
    Rev. Fr. Bill Kenney
  • Interment

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery


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  • Knights of Columbus 4th Degree


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Doreen Adam

Posted at 08:02pm
To all the Lacroix families: ---Our thoughts are with all of you, during this time. So many Memories......
All the get-togethers - playing cards -- etc. in Lacroix Bay..........
Life is so precious. One must enjoy every day. May God help all of you through this difficult time.
hugs. Doreen & Gaitan Adam.

Your friend always, Fatima Soeiro

Posted at 03:55pm
My most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.
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Marie and Ben Zettler

Posted at 02:29pm
Like a tall tree when it falls leaves a gap in the skyline, you will be missed. You have touched our lives many times since we moved to LaPasse in 1974, and for this we are grateful. Prayers for peace and comfort to Germaine and your children and siblings and their families, and to all others in your circle of love and care. Bernhard (Ben) and Marie Zettler

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