1927 ~ 2014
Eddie was born in St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba in the beautiful Red River Valley known for its lush and fertile farm land. He was incredibly proud of his French heritage and his ancestry from the Beaudette and Parent families. First and foremost, Eddie was a family man. He often worked long hours and took pride in the traditional values of providing for, and loving his family. Eddie didn’t have a lazy bone in his body and taught us about the value of working hard and taking pride in our many blessings and accomplishments. In fact, he didn’t really know how to relax until he retired for the third or fourth time. Dad had a natural ability to do many things and had project management and multi-tasking down to a fine art. He could build a house, take a washing machine apart, and more importantly, put it back together again. There was the standard way of doing things and “the Eddie way” of doing things, which of course was preferable to the standard way. He had a curiosity with no bounds which made him pretty interesting to have a conversation with. He drove a taxi, worked in the mine in Red Lake until he fell down a shaft and broke his ankle, and loved his time working with Manitoba Highways designing and building roads. When he retired from highways, he became the town administrator in Lac du Bonnet and put down deep roots in that community. He was also proud to be a magistrate for over 10 years and thrived being available day and night for arraignments. But most of all, Dad believed in the values of community service which culminated in him receiving a Lieutenant Governor “Make a Difference Community Service Award” in recognition of his significant contribution to the community through volunteer service, in 2005. This was one of the proudest moments of Dad’s life. Eddie was a man of great Catholic faith and he worked tirelessly to support his church and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus for 66 years. Later in his life, Eddie dedicated himself to taking care of Mom, the love of his life. He also loved his three daughters and their families and was a never ending source of banking and investment advice. Quite simply, he was always there. Eddie left this earth on his own terms, just like he said he would, after a very brief stay in the departure lounge at the Pinawa hospital, where you couldn’t find more caring and compassionate staff. To the end, he was stubborn and strong. He was 87 years old when he died on May 17, 2014.
Prayers will be held on Thursday, May 22 at the Notre Dame du Lac Catholic Church in Lac du Bonnet, at 7:00 p.m. sharp with eulogy at 6:45 pm. Eddie’s funeral will be held at the same church on Friday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. Eulogy will be said at 10:45 a.m.
Dad did a lot of work to support the Canadian Blood Services organization. If you are able, Dad would have wanted you to make a blood donation – the gift of life.
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Sylvio and Linda David
Linda, Jocelyn & Janine,
We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We have fond memories of when we lived in Winnipeg and got to visit you guys and even got to go camping with you once or twice. Our prayers go out to you at this time of sorry.
Love, Linda and Sylvio
Marline & Gus Wruck
We wish you peace and healing love. Ed truly was an example of an honourable, loving, and highly spiritual man. God has welcomed Ed in His kingdom where peace will prevail.
Our community will truly miss him, however his spirit will remain in all of us forever.
Love, Marline & Gus
My dearest Uncle Eddie. I will always remember you. Your passing has touched my heart deeply. I wish I could of said one last good bye. Thank you for not saying anything to my mom when you found me playing spin the bottle with my cousins some odd 30 years ago at mémère Beaudette’s. Glad I got that of my chest…been bothering me all this time 🙂 Gandhi once said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Well you’re my Gandhi. By your actions, your respect, your generosity, your gentle words and hard work you’ve help anchor strong moral and family values in me. You inspire me to live by them day to day. To my favorite cousins ( Linda, Jocelyn and Janine) and matante Agnes… my heart goes out to all of you. My dearest sympathies to all. May you all be at peace with his passing. He left us the “Eddie way!” Thank you for writing a most beautiful and reflective passage. With just that sweet touch of humour… I can see him smiling now and being proud of all of you. I love you all and wish I could have been there for the funeral. Please keep in touch. Colette Nièce de mon oncle Eddie xxx
Joanna, Steve, Hilde and Rachel Oliver
Dear Agnes, Linda, Janine, and Jocelyn, So sorry to hear about Ed. You’ll miss him greatly. He was so kind to us. Love and prayers from all of us.