Fernand and Madeleine LABRIE

Fernand and Madeleine LABRIE Obituary

Captain (Ret.) Joseph Fernand Georges Labrie, CD

March 22,1922 – Montmorency, QC – January 25, 2023 – Duncan, BC

Marie Madeleine Pierrette Labrie (nee Lefebvre)

August 27, 1926 – Franklin Centre, QC – September 12, 2023 – Duncan, BC

Walking together as friends for 77 years, 72 celebrated in marriage.  As a family the time has come to say goodbye.

Fernand’s life was defined by service – courage – strength – integrity – wisdom –adventure -discipline – mischievous sense of humour – love of learning – love of teaching – lover of good food – great story teller – stickler for punctuality…but most of all, the love and respect he had for his wife and best friend Madeleine.

Madeleine’s life was defined by courage – strength – integrity – generosity - patience - wisdom – support -  strong faith – discipline – healer – comforter – dedication -  chef extraordinaire – wonderful hostess – dependable…but most of all the love and respect she had for her husband and best friend Fernand,

They were a part of an extraordinary generation, one that made many sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy today.  Fernand went to war in Europe in 1939-1945 and continued to serve in the Canadian Army until retirement in 1973.  A colourful and varied career in the infantry, intelligence, paratrooper, glider pilot, fixed winged pilot, language instructor, paymaster, auditor, and lastly base comptroller.

Madeleine , Fernand felt was an undecorated hero…the role of a military wife was not an easy one.  Leaving her close knit family behind, and being uprooted every three or so years to a new location, sometimes one where you did not even speak the language. Often times left alone to keep the home fires burning, while navigating new environments. 

Fernand was pre-deceased by parents Anita Lavoie and Alphonse Labrie, brother Roland Labrie and grandson Dale Nigel Goble

Madeleine was pre-deceased by the love of her life Fernand, parents Almanda D’amour and Amable Lefebvre, her 6 brothers,4 sisters  and grandson Dale Nigel Goble.

Lovingly remembered by daughter Pierrette and husband Roger Morgan, grand-daughters Jennifer (Tom), Sabrina (Jordy) great- grandchildren Matthew (Angel), Nicolas, Danielle, Aevery, great – great grand children Madeleine, Rowan and much loved nieces and nephews.

We have been encouraged by your strength

Comforted by your faith

Inspired by your example

Having you in our life has been one of the greatest blessings.

There is everlasting gratitude to Dr. Lauren Jackson, Dr. Harwood Reimer, VIHA homecare aides who made it possible for them to remain together as Madeleine’s health declined, Sherwood House staff and residents, for a positive downsizing experience, Sunridge Place staff, for the exceptional care received by Fernand and Madeleine

Private family burial in Duncan, to be followed by a reunion in Quebec to honour two lives well lived, and the closing of a generation, we so loved and admired.


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