Joseph LEBOUTHILLIER

LEBOUTHILLIER Joseph Sylvio LeBouthillier of Blackfalds passed away quietly, with his family by his side at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre on July 5, 2007 at the age of 75 yeas. Joseph "Leo" was born in Caraquet, New Brunswick on November 11, 1931. He went to sea at a young age with his father, Cyrenus and his uncle to fish and help support the family. Leo worked side by side with his father at the family saw mill, sawing lumber for many homes in Caraquet, some of which are still standing. In his late teens, he worked his way west as a Lumber Jack, cutting pulp wood and cord wood. At the age of 19, he worked on a dam in Tesalon, Ontario. Leo joined the Iron Worker's Local #720 in Edmonton in 1952. While working on the Ardley Bridge in Alix, he met and married Betty Thomas in 1956, his wife of 51 years. He continued to work iron for the next 34 years. Ten of those years were spent in Green River, Wyoming where he worked building bridges, towers and did construction work in the Soda Ash Mines near Little America, Wyoming. In 1972, he and his wife, Betty, and their six children then returned to Canada and resided in the Alix District. He and his wife purchased their farm and raised beef and pork. They farmed grain and hay while he also continued his iron working career until 1986. They sold their farm in 1997 and moved to Stettler where they resided until 2005. Leo was experiencing health problems and retired and moved to Blackfalds with his wife, Betty so they could be closer to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed, cherished and lovingly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Leo is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Betty Ann, three sons; Joseph Andy (Valerie) of Red Deer, Joseph Jerry (Jocelyn) of Blackfalds and Joseph Fortuat (Michelle) of Alix, three daughters; Dianne Marie (Kelly) Tucker of Alix, Kathy Ann Dickson of Red Deer and Donna Jean (Ken) Tolsdorf of Blackfalds, nine grand children, five great grand children, two brothers; Ineault (Monique) LeBouthillier of Montreal and Camillio (Hugette) LeBouthillier of Montreal and two sisters; Jean (Cecil) Dunbar and Alvin Laflamme of Montreal. He was predeceased by his parents; Cyrenus and Julie (nee Lanteige) LeBouthillier, one brother, Joseph Fortunat and one sister, Alvin. A memorial gathering for family and friends will take place at a later date. If friends and family desire, memorial contributions can be given to the Lacombe Hospital and Palliative Care Centre. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting: www.reddeerfuneralhome.com.


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