Emile Lawrence Chassie
February 12, 1934 – October 6, 2019
It is with great sorrow, that the family announces the passing of our beloved husband, Father, Papa and Great papa at the age of 85.
Predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Marie Anne, sisters Margaret Hunt and Beatrice Chassie. In-laws Stan and Mabel Sinclair; brothers-in-law Bill and Don Hunt, Donald, Gary, Brian and Charles Sinclair. Grandsons Billy-Jo Chassie and Robert O’Neill; daughter-in-law Monique (Daneault) Chassie.
Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gail; sons Victor (Louise), Larry (Doris) and David. Grandchildren Eric (Phoenix) O’Neill, Ahlea (Jason), Dylan (Nicole) and Jenna (Dave) Chassie; Martin (Janelle) Daneault and Joèlene (Jeff) Hildebrandt; Great-grandchildren Marshall, Jett, Ayla, Ava, Colin, Marco, Aries, Odin; Sister Cecile Hunt; Brothers Jerry (Pat), Lawrence (Sherry); Sisters-in-law Elaine and Deanna and several nieces and nephews.
Emile was born in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. To make a life for himself, he left home at age 15 along with his cousins Armand and Philip Camire. Dad succeeded and made a great life for mom and us boys. He was a hard-working man and made so many friends along the way. He was employed at the Kenora Paper Mill for over 37 years and retired at age 58. Mom said it made no difference as she still never saw him; he was always outside and could be found in his yard along with his wheelbarrel or in his garage, puttering. Dad also really loved snowmobiling, at one point he owned six machines. His first was a 1968 Rupp and he enjoyed breaking new trails with mom and us boys.
Emile loved sports. ‘The Cat’ was known for his agility around the baseball diamond and was so proud that all 3 of his sons followed in his athletic footsteps. He was also excellent at horseshoes and won a number of tournaments. Emile adored watching his grandkids excel in sports as well as his great grandson and did not miss a game until only recently.
Mom and Dad enjoyed camping and bonfires. They travelled in their motorhome to Fisher Branch, Falcon Lake and Lilac Resort many times. They also shared an abundance of vacations with their sons or friends; notably to Newfoundland, Vegas, Alaska, Branson, St Jean Baptiste, North and South Dakota and multiple trips to BC and casino bus tours to Manitoba and the US.
Emile was known by many as ‘Papa’. Summertime and Christmas are treasured by all of his grandchildren; us grandkids already miss his talks, smooches and ear-sniffs. We feel so lucky that he was our papa.
Dad was a great friend to many, always offering up a helping hand, advice, a story or a good laugh. During an introduction, he would say in that well-known deep, gruff voice, “shake the hand that shook the world”.
The family wishes to extend many thanks to the Home Care and ParaMed ladies, JP, Carolyn, the staff of 2East and CancerCare. A very special thanks to our neighbors the Jones boys and Doug LeBlanc for your friendship and help over the years.
Immediate cremation has taken place. At his request, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of life will be held in Spring 2020; the family will notify at that time.
In lieu of donations, Dad would want you to call up or visit a friend, share a drink, a story and good laugh.