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THIBODEAU, Louis “Lou” Joseph

October 8, 1931 — April 25, 2021

Lou passed away peacefully following a stroke at the age of 89.

He is survived by his sisters Jean and Evelyn; wife, Patricia; son Gerry (Tracey); daughters Louise (Phil) & Teresa; grandchildren Lindsay, Meghan, Jeff, Shawna, Angela, Matthew; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Antonia, Bennett, & Kylee.

Lou was predeceased by brothers Paul, Maurice “Moe”, and Joseph “Joe”; sister Marilyn; grandson Gregg; and daughter Jeanette.

Born in a north Toronto, Ontario farming community, Lou met Patricia and married in 1952.  They raised a family while Lou worked in agricultural and heavy construction.  Lou and Pat moved to Kelowna, BC in 1989 where Lou started his backhoe business.  He had strong work ethics and a friendly easy-going manner.

Throughout his life, Lou had an active role in the church community and with the Knights of Columbus.

He loved camping and the outdoor lifestyle, travelling many miles with Pat in their RV.

Lou was always there with a helping hand for anyone who needed one and was always quick to become involved with community projects.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Heart & Stroke Foundation in his memory.

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Condolences

  • Denise & Bill Brennan & family says:

    It is with great sadness and sorrow to hear of our Uncle Lou’s sudden passing. He was a wonderful man, kind, loving and caring. He was very special & dear to us . We will truly miss him. May God call him home now and may he forever Rest In Peace . Sending you all our love , hugs and prayers at this difficult time. Xoxoxo. Denise & Bill Brennan & family.

  • Mike and Kathy Thibodeau says:

    Keeping your family in our prayers with deepest sympathy, sending our blessing and love .

  • Chris & Joanne Redmond says:

    To Aunt Pat and the entire Thibodeau family; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Uncle Lou was such a friendly and warm man. He would always be interested in personally catching up with even at the busiest of family events; his smile was a gentle reminder of how caring he was. He will be missed but not forgotten. This picture was at a surprise birthday for Thelma at our home in Oakville back in 2006, one of the many fond memories we have of him.
    Much Love to all, Joanne & Chris

  • Anita Arnold says:

    From Gerda: I will miss Lou terribly but what wonderful memories.
    From Nee-Nee (Anita and John), Judy (Gary), Chuck, Sioux: our cottage days are still the most wonderful moments we shared and will always have to remember. Loving you always and smiling with every thought

    • Anita Arnold says:

      From Gerda: I will miss Lou terribly but what wonderful memories.
      From Nee-Nee (Anita and John), Judy (Gary), Chuck, Sioux: Our cottage days are still the most wonderful moments we shared and will always have to remember. Loving you always and smiling with every thought.

  • Anita Arnold says:

    From Gerda: I will miss Lou terribly but what wonderful memories.
    From Nee-Nee (Anita and John), Judy (Gary), Chuck, Sioux: Our cottage days are still the most wonderful moments we shared and will always have to remember. Loving you always and smiling with every thought.

  • Sandra and David Craig says:

    Very saddened to hear of Lou’s passing. He was a kind and helpful neighbour and will be missed by all who knew him. God speed.

  • Gary & Cindy Thibodeau & family says:

    Aunt Pat, Gerry, Louise & Teresa,
    We’re truly for your loss. Please accept our condolences and be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with all during this time of sorrow in your lives. Even though we’re saddened with his passing he has left all of ⁰us with some wonderful memories that we will forever treasure..
    Rest in Peace Uncle Lou

  • Sioux Thibodeau Aka Susy says:

    My thoughts and prayers to all of you with the passing of uncle lou He was always my favorite uncle who had a heart of gold and a fabulous laugh. Party hearty with dad and all your other siblings uncle lou. Hugs and kisses with you on your new journey now. Love to everyone. 🌹

  • Meg says:

    I remember one time when Linds and I were kids, Grampa called in the evening after dark and told us to check out the
    rainbow outside. After rushing to the window, he said, “April Fools!”
    In my memories, Grampa is always smiling and I feel lucky and grateful that he was a part of our growing up – cross-country skiing, Sundays out on the boat learning to waterski, dinners at their house. Grampa used to take hold of our long hair and tell us it would be perfect for boat rope, and we’d laugh.
    These last years when we’d go home to visit, Grampa was there at the park with us, pushing Antonia on the swings or looking at a book with her. I’ll really miss reconnecting with you each year that we’re back home Grampa.

  • Janine & James Sehn says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you Pat and your family. We will remember all the good conversations we had while sitting behind you both in church, ushering with Lou and working with him during the Knights of Columbus’ breakfasts. from James & Janine Sehn

  • Michael O'Neill says:

    My condolences, Uncle Lou will be missed by everyone, my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Thibodeau family and friends during this difficult time

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Carol Ann Thibodeau & family, Tim (Jordana, Riley and Ashley), David, Steven and Crystal says:

    Our condolences to you Aunt Pat, Louise, Gerry, Teresa (family, children). It is with sweet sadness that our Uncle Lou passed away so suddenly. I cherish the wonderful memories of Uncle Lou on the farm, at the cottage and Kelowna. You are all in my prayers and thoughts daily.
    Numbers 6: 22-27
    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace
    God Bless you all. Sending love, prayers & healing hugs, Carol Ann & family, xo

    love to Aunt Pat, Louise, Gerry, Teresa (family, children)

  • Steven says:

    Your big smile shines brightly on all your family and friends. We love you uncle Lou. So happy you and Paul are together again blessing and watching over everybody. Sorry we have to wait to see you again. Last memories were visiting in Pat & Lou’s Kitchen. Rest in peace great uncle Lou! Love, Steven.

  • Carol Ann Thibodeau & Family says:

    Uncle Lou is so loved, remembered and will be dearly missed, Bless him! Our thoughts, prayers and blessings also to Aunt Pat, Gerry, Louise & Teresa (family, children)
    In scriptures it says, “You will entertain Angel’s without knowing.”

    Some of us know, some don’t, Revealing the Veils

    I recall Uncle Lou, Aunt Pat, Teresa and her friend visiting one day, in BC. We had moved to BC, 1977

    It was early morning, we were living on the farm, 25 acres of corn Fields in Abbotsford. BC. The husband then, was at work. The babies, children were sleeping. I was having coffee, reading scripture and heard a vehicle pull up outside. I opened the door and saw an RV, then a man stepped out. I was in tears, “Dad.” So happy to see him

    “No, Carol Ann it’s your Uncle Lou,” Then l saw Aunt Pat, Teresa and her friend

    So happy to welcome them. As they were walking through the sunroom Aunt Pat was twirling saying,” It’s like walking through a cloud, so thick, the presence of peace.”

    I told her, them, “You’ll get used to it it’s like this all the time, come on up.” We stepped up into the kitchen had coffee with fresh cow’s cream and an unleavened loaf l made, had a great visit ending in prayer, holding hands. I gifted a Salmon from the freezer, bbq food for the journey back to Ontario. There was lots of smiles, hugs.

    We’re all in the presence of God it’s whether or not, we are present, aware

    So thankful, for all the good memories we all have and to God, thank you for a wonderful Uncle

  • Raymond and Beverly Marchand says:

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. Pat, our thoughts are with you and your family.
    We will always remember Lou’s smile and infectious laugh. Lou and Pat always dropped by to visit Dad (Uncle Tony) whenever they were in town. It was very much appreciated especially when they surprised Dad for his 100th birthday.
    Sending love, Raymond and Beverly

  • Jeff says:

    I will miss Grampas ever lasting smile, laughter and his signature ear tugs us grandkids will always remember. I always enjoyed those hikes and boat rides Grampa took me on as a kid. I am so fortunate that Ben and Kylee had the chance to meet such a wonderful great Grandfather. Grampa was always willing to offer his hand and was always keen to help out Dad with some tough jobs when he came to visit.
    Love you Grampa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeff, Amanda, Bennett and Kylee

  • Thelma Whitwell says:

    Pat, Gerry, Louise and Teresa. Sincere condolences in the loss of a wonderful husband and father. I have so many good memories. Who can forget Lou’s reaction when listening to Roy Orbison’s’Working For the Man’? Or his keen sense of direction. While camping in Nova Scotia, Pat & I thinking we were hopelessly lost, Lou saying ‘We’re not lost. I recognize that bush on the side of the road. ‘ Good times. A dear brother-in-law forever in my heart.

  • Dayn and Vilma says:

    A very kind, helpful and considerate man. We all miss you very much! 🌅🙏

  • Paula Gardner says:

    Very sad to hear of Lou’s sudden passing; our hearts go out to all in the Thibodeau family, who will surely miss this warm, industrious, ever cheerful man, a mainstay of the family. I remember his welcoming friendliness, and how he always remembered me, even with long stretches between meetings. He was a genuine friend to my brother, Jim, who will always cherish that relationship. He will be fondly remembered.

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