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LaRocque, William Leonard “Lee”, February 7, 1948 - February 15, 2018 entered eternal rest at the age of 70 years. Lee was born on February 7, 1948 in Roblin, Manitoba to parents John and Enid (Curle) LaRocque. The family lived in Roblin for the first few years of his life, and then moved to Shoal Lake for a few years, and returned to Roblin where they stayed and raised their family. In 1968 Lee married the love of his life Linda (Ward) in Roblin, Manitoba. Lee and Linda had two daughters, Wendy, who was born March 13, 1969 and Lori was born on November 24, 1972.
Lee started his career as an auto body repair technician at the young age of 17 at Taylor’s Auto Body. After working several years, Lee decided to work with Alvin Bach at Central Auto Body and eventually became a partner in the business. Lee then worked at various local auto body repair shops; with Cardeager Ford being his final place of employment. He had to retire as his health had declined and he could no longer work in the profession he loved.
Lee enjoyed the outdoors. He and Linda spent many summers camping at Child’s Lake in the Duck Mountains. They spent many hours in the boat trying to catch the biggest fish. He also loved riding his quad down the trails at Child’s Lake. Lee was an avid hunter, he enjoyed duck, prairie chicken, deer and moose hunting. Winter was spent enjoying many winter activities. In his younger years he loved snowmobiling, curling and ice fishing.
Lee was very community minded being a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Roblin Branch, and the Shell River Métis Federation in Boggy Creek, Manitoba. Lee took his EMT training and was an ambulance driver for a number of years.
Lee is survived by his wife Linda; daughter Lori (Scott) Waddell; son-in-law Gary Wilgenbusch; and mother-in-law Vivian Ward; grandchildren: Tyler (Katlyn Nickart); Jayce and Lexy Waddell; Kaitlyn, Rylee and Brady Wilgenbusch; brothers: Tom (Dale), Bob (Jacky); sister Bonnie (Dick) Harvey; sister-in-law Donna (Dick) Stone; along with many other nieces and nephews, cousins and other extended family.
Lee was predeceased by his parents: John & Enid (Curle) LaRocque; daughter: Wendy Wilgenbusch; grandparents: Len & Violet Curle; father-in-law: Walter Ward; uncles: Armand Beaudoin, Eugene LaRocque, Ed and Fred Curle; aunts: Blanche and Celeste LaRocque and Vina Curle.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home. A family interment will be held at a later date. Should friends so desire memorial donations in memory of Lee may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada and the Manitoba Lung Association. To leave a note of condolence for the family please visit Nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com