November 17, 1925 - June 10, 2014
November 17, 1925 - June 10, 2014
In Loving Memory
Mr. Lucien R. Chartier
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Lucien Rodolphe Chartier in his 88th year on June 10, 2014 at the Anson General Hospital in Iroquois Falls, ON.
Son of the late Bernard Chartier and Marianne Daigneault, Lucien was born and raised in Timmins ON. He was predeceased by his brothers Moise (Flo) of Timmins and Robert (Rejeane) of Montreal. His only sister Joyce Lemelin resides in the South Centennial Manor in Iroquois Falls.
Lucien also spent the past three & a half years living at the South Centennial Manor. With a spirit for adventure, Lucien or “Luke” as most people called him, experienced a full life, filled with many chapters worthy of a good book.
At the young age of 18, he joined the merchant navy sailing out of Montreal with his good friend Jean Paul Gelinas of Iroquois Falls. Here he befriended both Gelinas brothers, Jean Paul and Gaston who became his lifelong friends.
While in the navy Lucien served his country during the war in the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Atlantic and watched many of his fellow supply ships sink at the hands of enemy submarines. He was a proud veteran who served his country well.
Traveling back to Iroquois Falls with his friends, he met and later married Anne Klotz. Anne’s parents Joseph and Anna had emigrated from Poland and she had two brothers, Joe (Evelyn) and Mike (Lydia).
Luke left the merchant navy after the war to settle with his new wife and start a career with The Abitibi Paper Company in Iroquois Falls. Here he worked in the steam plant and through hard work and studies, earned his First Class Stationary Engineers certificate. As there was a need in the community, he also started Luke’s Heating and Plumbing and became a specialist in oil fired furnaces as people transitioned from burning coal and wood and then from oil to natural gas. His expertise was well recognized and he serviced many homes and commercial entities, churches, schools and businesses. In the late 60’s, he replaced the aging boiler in the Jus Jordan arena. He was also a volunteer in the original construction of this fabulous arena which still remains as the jewel of the north.
Luke and his wife Anne raised four sons in Iroquois Falls, Michael, Richard, Donald and Brian. He was a loving father and grandfather and helped all of his sons and their families tremendously over the course of his life. Having lost his mother at a tender age, he realized the value of family and treasured his with devotion, understanding and love. Lucien took a mill transfer in 1970 to Abitibi Consolidated in Smooth Rock Falls where he ended his career as the superintendent of the Recovery Operations and Steam plant with the new owner, The Malette Paper Co.
He and his wife Anne then moved to Timmins to begin their retirement. Luke enjoyed life at the cottage and watching his family grow with their children. He had the patience to work on and fix just about anything. He hunted and fished, but pike fishing was his passion and he still holds the record for the biggest pike pulled out of Chapman Lake. With the stature and strength of a grizzly bear and the patience of Job, you would not meet a more gentle and kinder and giving man. Luke helped and gave in a most unselfish manner all of his life. He will be sadly missed and remembered by family, friends and even acquaintances who got to know him.
Lucien is now at peace and safe under God’s protective wing.
A memorial gathering and celebration of Lucien’s life will be announced at a later date for family and friends. Irvine & Irvine Funeral Home, 641 deTroyes Avenue, Iroquois Falls, phone 705-232-4006 – www.irvineandirvinefuneralhome.com are entrusted to handle his arrangements.
Memorial donation may be made to The Sick Kids Foundation, 525 University Ave., 14th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2L3 – www.sickkidsfoundation.com – phone 1-800-661-1083 or fax 416-813-5024. Thank You.
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