Wilf Boiteau died peacefully February 3, 2018 with Irene, his wife of 69 years, at his side at the Ste. Rose Hospital, at the age of 94 years.
He was born in St. Boniface, MB July 12, 1923 to Joseph and Bertha Boiteau (Lafrance), was raised in Ste. Rose and has resided in McCreary, MB since 1951.
Wilf attended elementary school in Ste. Rose and finished his schooling at Otterburne College. He enlisted in the Canadian Ordinance Corps in 1942 and served overseas in England, North Africa, Italy, Belgium and Holland with the First Canadian Division. Following his discharge in 1945 he worked as a baker in Ste. Rose, Shoal Lake and Birch River. In the fall of 1947 he moved to the Swan River area and settled in Benito, MB to open a bakery. It was in Benito that he met Irene Szlachtycz and they were married on July 7, 1948.
In 1951 Wilf and Irene with their 2 year old daughter Joan and new born Dennis moved to McCreary to open a bakery. Following the close of the bakery Wilf and Irene converted the building into a restaurant and opened a second business, I&W Laundromat, next door. They also operated the bus depot from 1957 until 1991.
In addition to the business pursuits, Wilf served as a member of the Village Council 1964-1968. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for many years and was appointed an Honorary Life Member in 1976. Wilf was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion and in 2014 was recognized for 70 years of continuous membership.
Wilf was an active member of Our Lady of Nativity Roman Catholic Parish. He also served his parish and community as a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1975.
Wilf and Irene have enjoyed their retirement years living in McCreary and have been fortunate to remain in their own home to this day. They have been able to travel and visit with their family in various parts of Canada as well as family in the USA.
Wilf will be missed by his wife Irene and children, Joan (Richard), Dennis (Brenda), Lionel (Jean), Gerald (Shirley) and Marguerite (Richard), grandchildren Brad, Jeff, Garey, Mark, Dereck, Mathew, Randal, Jeremy, Meaghen, Kara, Emily, Kylie and Nathan and great grandchildren Wyatt, Solaye, Charlee-Jo, Micheal, Lea and Janessa.
He was predeceased by his sister Therese Tardiff and granddaughter Layna Boiteau.
Funeral Mass for Wilf was celebrated on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am from Our Lady of the Nativity Roman Catholic Church in McCreary. Fr. Leo Fernandes celebrated the mass. Interment took place in the McCreary Catholic Cemetery. Members of the St. Viator 4th degree assembly of the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 173 formed the honor guard.
Should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Wilf to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or a charity of your choice.
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Kidney Foundation of Canada - Manitoba Branch
1-452 Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg MB R3Y 1G4