1923 - 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Norbert (Bert) Ernest LaViolette
on March 11th, 2016, at The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa. He passed away gently and peacefully at the age of 92. He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine Hélène Caron, of Limoilou, Québec, and son of the late James LaViolette and the late Brigitte Doucet. He leaves a deep imprint in the hearts of all those who loved him: his children, Pierre (Anne Louise Mahoney), Christine (Alain Michaud), Denise, the late Nicole (Lisa Hébert), Monique (James Maddigan) and Marc (Bianca Thibault); his grandchildren, Élaine, Anne-Louise and Philippe Michaud, Lorraine and Kaily Maddigan, Mathieu and Simon LaViolette; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Gertrude, Gilberte, Éliane, Micheline, Roger and Jean; numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends. He is reunited in the Lord's peace and love with his wife, his daughter and his brothers and sisters: Marie, Zoël, Marguerite, Charlotte, James, Lawrence, Rita and Omer.
Bert was born on June 6th, 1923, in Nash Creek, New Brunswick. He enjoyed a life filled with love, travel, adventure and friendship. In 1943, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following the war, he enrolled in the Canadian Army and completed a mechanical engineering degree at St. Francis Xavier University and Nova Scotia Technical College. He served for one year in South Korea, married Lorraine in 1957, and then spent several years in Europe, Valcartier and Quebec City with his wife and children. Lieutenant-Colonel LaViolette retired in 1974, and then pursued a second career with the Québec government in the Fire Prevention Service. He was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan and had a passion for genealogy.
There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30th, at 10 a.m. at Holy Canadian Martyrs Church, 100 Main Street, Ottawa. On the same day, at noon, he will be interred at the Canadian Military Cemetery at Beechwood, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa. In memoriam donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, to Ovarian Cancer Canada (in memory of his daughter) or to the Canadian Cancer Society (in memory of his wife) would be greatly appreciated.
We sincerely thank all those who by their presence, their messages, the offering of masses, or through donations have shared our grief. We would especially like to thank the staff of Gatineau 2 North at The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre for the compassionate care they provided during his stay at the centre.
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