August 28, 1939 - December 07, 2013
August 28, 1939 - December 07, 2013
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Armand on December 7, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas at the age of 74 years.
He is survived by his wife Kathy; children Ginette, of Winnipeg, Philippe, Joel (Merrill), Alain (Jackie), Edith (Shawn), Armand (Ashley), and Roland, all of The Pas; and grandchildren Nicholas, Tyler, Brennan, Lakota, Owen, Justin, Nathan, Eli, Maeve, Hannah, Jacob, Eric, Abigail, Henry, Rachelle, and Rielle. Armand is also survived by his brother Yves “Joe” (Ellie) of Crossfield, AB; sisters Marie McCreight of Regina, Euphrasie (Hubert) Clement of Montreal; Aline (Joe) Raverty of Vancouver; and Josephine Bernard of St. Francois Xavier, MB; sister-in-law Emma Le Sann of Winnipeg; brother-in-law Irving Bansfield of Ottawa; and by mother-in-law Edith Braine, sisters-in-law Corinne (Dennis) of Broadview, SK; Lorraine (Ferd) of Winnipeg; and brother-in-law Doug (Lori)of Winnipeg; and many nieces and nephews.
Armand was predeceased by his parents Alain Marie Le Sann and Euphrasie ne Kerleroux, sister Anne-Marie Bansfield, brothers Frank and Alain, sister-in-law Doris (ne Judson), brothers-in-law Max McCreight, Normand Bernard and Rick Shand.
Armand was born August 28, 1939 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He spent his first years on the family farm at Theodore, SK, then in 1945 the family moved to Elie, Manitoba, where he grew up. He earned his Bachelor of Science in 1963 and then his Master of Soil Science in 1968 from the University of Manitoba. On a trip to Cranberry Portage in 1959 to visit his sister who was teaching there he and his father toured the Carrot Valley west of The Pas. The grass was as tall as the hood of the truck and Armand saw the agricultural potential. For ten years Armand with his parents broke land and put in crops in the Carrot Valley in the summer; during those winters he studied and worked in Winnipeg.
In 1970 Armand married Kathleen Shand of Winnipeg. Together they raised seven children while building up their mixed grain and cattle operation. Armand looked forward to the annual Spring bull sales, Regina’s Agribition and the Brandon Fairs to see the latest in farm machinery. He instilled in his children the value of hard work and they learned to appreciate the natural and cultivated beauty of the country.
Over the course of his farming career Armand was active in many producer organizations such as the Opasquia Agricultural Society, the Grassland Society and the local farmers’ association, as well as other groups including 4-H, Keystone Agricultural Producers and the Port of Churchill Committee. He was an agricultural instructor in several rural communities during the winter before he and Kathy started into cattle. He had a lifelong interest in politics. Armand will be remembered as a quiet and gentle man of faith with a strong work ethic and a good sense of humour.
We wish to thank Rev. Jack Herklotz for his home visits which meant a great deal to Armand; the staff at Manitoba Cancer Care at St. Boniface hospital; Dr. Pinder, Lesley Harvey and staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas; friends and neighbours for their kind words and gestures; and Neil Hemauer for his care of final arrangements.
In accordance with Armand’s wishes cremation has taken place. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas with Rev. Jack Herklotz presiding. Private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Carrot Valley Community Centre Inc., Box 852, The Pas, Manitoba, R9A 1K8, would be appreciated by Armand’s family.
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