May 21, 1934 – February 28, 2022
They say the hardest part of love is letting go and so we won’t. We will hold on to the love you gave us; the love that transcends life. Life is not long enough but love is forever and always.
James Alexander LaDouceur was born on May 21, 1934, in Riding Mountain, Manitoba to Alexander and Elizabeth (née Reimer) LaDouceur. He was predeceased by his loving son LeAaron, his sister Leona Whittal and his brothers, John and Dave. He leaves to shine in the light of his love his beautiful wife of 64 years, Agnes; his sisters, Lillian Wolfe (Hans) and Rose Hansen (John); his daughters Karen Jolin, Nadine Davis (Ken), and Sandi Lentz (Rob); as well as his grandchildren who meant the world to him – Michael, Kerri, Danielle (José), Jilliane (Jordan), Sandi, Tyera, Tristen, Rocklen, and Brandi.
Jim was a hard worker and spent much of his life as a laborer clearing land and working in the lumber industry in Kenora, Ontario. In later years he owned and drove his taxi, enjoying exchanging stories with his customers.
Jim met and swept his wife Agnes off her feet in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Their first date was at A&W and they continued to return there over their 64 years together to relive the happy memories of their meeting. He often commented on how beautiful mom was and how lucky he was to be with her. Agnes was the love of his life and they enjoyed traveling from coast to coast taking in the scenery and visiting relatives. In later years he loved to spend time with Agnes simply bird watching and talking about how blessed they were.
Jim loved the Kenora area and the beauty of Lake of the Woods and settled here with his family in 1975. He looked forward to family reunions at his sister Lil’s on the Winnipeg River and enjoyed many happy memories at the cabin on Pelicanpouch with his sister Rose and her husband John.
Jim had a special bond with his son, LeAaron; they would go golfing, watch car races, fish, and pan for gold together. Jim had a claim in B.C. and although he never hit the jackpot, he won the lottery when it came to family. Dad had a natural talent for playing many instruments, all by ear: guitar, piano, accordion, harmonica, and pretty much anything he picked up. He had a wide range of musical interests including classical, calypso, and country. He loved to play and sing and we loved to listen.
Dad was a fun, kind gentleman who was willing to help in whatever way he could. His good humour and way with words always made us laugh and smile. Dad, we know you are playing music and panning for gold in Paradise now and sending us your love. We love you always.
Our family would like to thank all the staff at Henesy Terrace, Lake of the Woods District Hospital, and Pinecrest. Your care and compassion mean more than we can express.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in his memory to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice. Thank you.