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BONNEAU, Armand Yves

February 17, 1918 – Rouen (Gravelboug), SK
January 13, 2015 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Armand Yves Bonneau on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Rockyview General Hospital at the age of 96 with his family at his side.

Armand served in the Canadian Military under the Regina Rifle Regiment during WWII from 1941 to 1945 upon return to Gravelbourg, SK where he worked on the family homestead. A few years later he met the love of his life, Yvette, and were married October 14, 1947 in a double wedding celebration with Armand’s cousin, Roland and Yvette’s sister, Juliette. They recently celebrated their 67 wedding anniversary. Armand worked on various jobs in Saskatchewan which included, Turkey Farming, Hospital Orderly, Hotel night clerk, and Milk delivery. In 1958, Armand and Yvette moved to Calgary where he began working at Palm Dairies until his retirement in 1983 with 25 years of dedicated service in dairy production services. He enjoyed gardening, travelling, his pets and playing card games with Yvette. Armand enjoyed being involved in the lives of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Armand is survived by his two daughters, Lynette Mitchell and Lorette (Richard) Kimura; grandchildren, Garret (Sarah) Mitchell, Kelsey (Samantha) Kimura, Cassandra (James) Graham; great-granddaughter, Charlotte; sister, Madeline (Leo) Braconnier, and numerous extended family members, friends and colleagues. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Yvette Bonneau of 67 years; parents, Henri and Marie-Louise Bonneau; sisters, Rita Bonneau, Juliette Chevrier, Yvette Huppee, and Therese Hewson.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E.) on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E.) on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank the doctors and all levels of staff at the Emergency Department, Units 47, 71, and 74, at the Rockyview General Hospital for their extraordinary care and attention. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund & Veteran’s Food Bank, 1-4539 6 Street NE, Calgary, AB , T2E 3Z6. http://skbvideo.com/poppyfund/

In living memory of Armand Bonneau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Louis Huppee :

    To Mon Beloved Onc Armand:
    It has been six weeks and a great struggle for us since we lost you to a better place. We both loved you and cared for you – such a warm, respected man, inspirational, compassionate, caring, gentle, loving …………the words go on and on.
    It is still a struggle – a very distraught time since you left us and more so, that we could not come to bid you farewell, and a final blessing due to storm conditions. We know that you would have concluded that we made the right decision at the time and that discretion was the better than of valour. We love you and will always miss you…as well as dear Auntie! May you both rest in peace now that you have rejoined in eternity.
    And final Blessings to Lynette, Lorette and Families – May your memories live on forever as ours surely will. Please take comfort in the knowledge that our uncle, – your dad, a dear husband, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa is now free of pain and resting in a much better place. He will always be smiling down, as will Auntie, guiding all of your steps on your remaining journeys——-until you all meet up again. Rejoice in your many memories as, we are sure that, during his many years with you, as with all of us, he has created so many, many of them. And, we cherish all those memories every day!
    From your Nephew Louis – In My words:
    My memories are long and very, very special…..
    Mon Onc, you were a very special man to me–a most wonderful, inspirational and humorous uncle, a beloved husband, a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. Always a very wonderful, giving and forgiving gentleman. There are no words that will ever describe you completely.
    Uncle, you never in my recollection, had an unkind word to say about anyone. You always leaned toward one’s best side and were always able to comment and change the conversation to that effect.
    For many years, on my way home to Saskatchewan to visit my mom and dad, I would stop in Calgary as often as possible to visit you, Uncle Armand (my mom’s brother) and Auntie Yvette. We were always welcomed with open arms and you always made sure we understood that we must stop in on our return home to Vancouver if at all possible. It was an insistence with both of you – ‘Mon Onc’ and ‘Ma Tante’ and this request always remained until the end of your final journeys. You always had my favourite drink ready when I arrived as, you seemed to know, the best thing I needed at that time was a very relaxing moment! All in, and in the end, we just needed to catch up on our lives in general. And, for me, you straightened out the path and we both carried on.
    In the early 70’s, I had to make a move to Calgary with my family through my work. We ended up living a couple of blocks away which, I now realize, was a blessing in disguise. This is when I really got to know both of you, Uncle Armand as well as Auntie Yvette and we visited very often. You both were always there to lend a helping hand when required, and I can never thank you enough for that. I tried to return the favour as often as I could.
    I am sure that my six kids, especially the younger two – Darryl and Lyle (three and under at the time) drove you crazy in those two years. They used to ‘finger-shoot’ the cat and think it was a bit joke – for you Uncle, probably not. And, my other children, Laurette, Sylvia, Garth and Mark well remember that you, Uncle, brought us various forms of ice cream products on Friday nights and, on a regular basis, when you worked at Palm Dairies. It was so, so much appreciated at that time as, money was scarce – no more different than today for most of us unfortunately. My children all still have wonderful memories when I bring up certain subjects like ‘ice cream!’.
    Mon Onc Armand was also my confidant for many years after my period in Calgary – I could and would talk to him confidently about anything and everything – he never did steer me wrong. I believe he passed on the same positive effect to both Lynette and Lorette as they appear to be in the same light as he did.
    Over the ensuing years, I really enjoyed my telephone conversations with both Mon Onc and Ma Tante and I feel such a great loss in not being able to have this privilege anymore. They were both the world to me. God Bless them both….
    In closing dear uncle – May both you and Auntie enjoy your final journeys and rest in peace, You will always remain so very special to me. My love to you on your final trip!
    I, Doreen first met ‘Uncle Armand’ around 2000 – and he automatically became ‘Mon Onc’ too. Such a loving, quiet, soft spoken man but, you always knew where you stood with him. He had a heart of gold and it was very obvious from the start that everyone who knew him loved him tremendously – most obviously his children, Lynette and Lorette (Richard) and his grandchildren, more recently a great granddaughter.
    I seemed to have an instant connection and sincerely wish I had been living closer to be able to chat and get the trust to know some of the family history. My interest is in genealogy and family histories.
    We always tried to be able to stop when we went through Alberta to visit relatives in Saskatchewan and our last visit with Uncle and Auntie in June 2014 has now become so, so special to us both. We were always welcomed with opened arms and a very much appreciated special meal – please, please eat more!! Little did we realize then what we now face the tremendous loss of both of them in less than three months. So devastating for both of us, especially Louis, as well as, and we are positive, all those that had the privilege of knowing them both. Such an awesome, most beautiful couple. Their sixty seven years together were not in vain! They raised a beautiful family and were recipients of wonderful grandchildren and their story will continue on in history.
    In closing…and, as our final salute to you, Uncle Armand – you, always, a Gentleman and a very gentle, loving man. We thank you and greatly appreciate your services in WWII and our freedom today. Your time here with us after 96 plus years will live on as the ultimate history in our books. Through all the sands of time, you carried us all at one time or another. Rest in Peace…. until we meet again.
    You will remain in our hearts forever,
    Nephew Louis & Doreen

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