Gustave G. Landry (Gus)
July 26, 1926 - October 12, 2017
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gus on Thursday October 12th, 2017, at the Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances Ontario.
Gus was born in St. Norbert, Manitoba where he spent his early years. A short time after the death of his father (1937), the family moved to the Kenora area and in 1979 relocated to the Fort Frances area.
Gus leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his wife Marilyn (Penner) of 36 years. His children: Michelle Hardy who predeceased him many years ago. Her children-Christopher (Michelle) Hardy and Jennifer Hardy; Cheryl (Forrest) May of Keewatin; Paul (Donna) Landry of Kenora, and son Christopher Wiebe; Marc (Deanne) Landry of Calgary and children, Adrienne (Raji) Sandhar, and Austin Landry; Peter (Barry Kerr) Landry of Toronto; Giles Landry of Calgary, and daughter Julia; and Odette Landry of Winnipeg. His step-sons: Shane (Kari-Lynn) Beckett of Fort Frances, children Morgan and Hayden Beckett; Aaron (Kyla) Beckett of Fort Frances, children Hailey Mackenzie, Jayla, Ashlen, Tatum, Karter, Keira, Brooklyn Beckett; Daemon (Toni) Beckett of Fort Frances, daughter Shay Beckett. He was also blessed with many great grand-children.
Gus is also survived by his sister Adrienne Stockham of Kenora, nieces and nephews; Dwight, Blake, Rachelle, David, Renita, and Sylvia and son-in-law Barry Hardy. He was blessed with many great nieces and nephews.
Gus was predeceased by his parents Adolphe and Leontine Landry, his eldest daughter Michelle Hardy, his first wife Shirley (Stockham) Landry and his brother in-law James Stockham.
Gus was an active businessman owning and founding businesses in Kenora and Fort Frances. He started as a life and general insurance agent in 1958 and in 1968 entered in listing and selling real estate. He relocated to Fort Frances in 1979 having real estate offices in Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances known as Landry’s for Real Estate. While overseeing 3 real estate offices and listing and selling properties throughout the Fort Frances area, he was also active in the family restaurant known as The Harbourage. His final working years were spent at Cousineau Brokers from which Gus retired at the age of 86.
In the early years Gus was very active in community affairs and gave freely of his time to numerous volunteer organizations, particularly in Kenora area. He was a trustee and chair of the St. Louis Separate School board and was successful in fund raising for a new school. During the same time period he was a member and President of Keewatin Legion Branch 13 and was involved with the building of the new Legion building in Keewatin. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus - Past Grand Knight of Father Lacombe Council 2806 and Past Faithful Navigator of Father Aulineau General Assembly 880 Fourth Degree. He was also a past member of the Saint Joseph’s Hospital Board, the Kenora Rotary club, Toastmasters.
Aside from the hard work, there were times when he, along with family would spend time on Rainy Lake or Lake of the Woods. The love of the water prompted him to have cottages on both lakes, and boats to travel these lakes. His most enjoyable boat was a 30 Bayliner aptly named Reef Runner V. Gus also loved to travel; visited over seas; saw many areas of the U.S.A, Hawaii, Bahamas and Mexico. Cruises were greatly enjoyed and winning a trip on the Love Boat was memorable. As much as he loved the sun and summer activities, he equally loved the snow and downhill skiing, seeking out hills far and wide, enjoying many family trips to resorts from Kenora and Thunder Bay to Michigan and Minnesota, to Utah and Colorado and to BC and France. He became a ski instructor in Kenora, even having the patience to teach a non-athletic wife to ski.
He was always imparting life lessons with humour and humility and maintained his wry sense of humour even while enduring discomfort, anxiety and confusion right up to the end. In moments of lucidity he would often reminisce about his past vigorous life with amazing clarity and detail. Gus had an amazing ability to remember details. He could remember phone numbers and addresses and readily remembered his service and his rifle number ever since he was in the Canadian Service Infantry Corps, as a young man in 1945. Gus could add a list of 2 digit numbers in his head or columns of numbers quicker than an adding machine.
We wish to express our profound gratitude to our dear friend Janice Carlson from International Falls, who on the morning of October 12, kindly gave of her time to allow the family some much needed rest after a long night’s vigil. She witnessed a visit from Father Allen who prayed with Gus just minutes before he passed away. Then, Father left the room, Janice stayed and was the one person privileged to watch as Gus left his earthly life behind and entered into his eternal destiny.
Gus was never as happy as when it was quiet - when there was silence.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. –Mother Teresa
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday November 4, 2017 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances at 11 am. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall.
Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.