It’s with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Armand Edmond Leclerc on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 in Dunrovin Park Lodge.
Armand was born in St. Boniface Manitoba on Dec. 16, 1924. He was raised on the family farm in Baie St. Paul, Manitoba. In 1944 he joined the Canadian Army and served overseas in Europe during wartime.
On Jan. 19, 1957 Armand married the love of his life Florence (Watson) at the Sacred Heart Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1958 Armand became a father with the birth of their first daughter, Susan. In 1961 he received his second blessing with the arrival of their daughter Darlene. In 1963 Armand relocated his family to Terrace, BC were he worked for Finning Caterpillar of Canada. In 1966 their third bundle of joy, their son Robert, was born. After making a couple more moves around the Province, in 1969 Armand settled his family in Quesnel where he accepted his final place of employment with Weldwood of Canada as a heavy duty mechanic. Armand was a union member of the IWA Local 1-424 and became the first President of the Quesnel and District Labour Council where he received the Charter from the Canadian Labour Congress in 1975. Remaining true to the community he loved so much, Armand ran for a seat on the Municipal Council in 1974 and 1977. Armand was never disappointed that he wasn’t elected and remained in awe of, and enjoyed the beauty of the flowers and cleanliness of Quesnel. In the 1980’s Armand gained the new title of “Grandpa” with the birth of two granddaughters and one grandson. Armand decided that Quesnel would be the community he would retire in and decided to hang up his wrenches in 1990. Retirement now gave Armand time to enjoy working in his yard tending to his garden of flowers, going fishing and taking long walks on the Westside Riverfront Trail regardless of the weather conditions. Over the years Armand’s family grew with numerous step-grandchildren being added and he welcomed them all into his family.
November, 2000 Armand lost the love of his life Florence (Watson) Leclerc. Armand remained living in his Westside home on Bouchie Street until 2006 when the onset of Alzheimer’s forced him take up residence at Dunrovin Park Lodge.
A funeral service was held on November 24th, 2010 at Claytons Funeral Home with Father Martin Peyton officiating.
The Family would like to thank Dr. Stephanus Buys and the caring, loving and wonderful staff at Dunrovin Park Lodge. We also extend our thanks to all our Family and Friends that have supported us through this difficult time.
Those wishing to honour Armand’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada or Dunrovin Park Lodge.