May 02, 1934 - May 30, 2022
LAVOIE, Raymond Emile – Our beloved father Raymond died peacefully on may 30, 2022 at the age of 88 in Ottawa, the city he always loved and would never leave. Raymond was born May 02 of 1934 in Iroquois Falls, Ontario to Ozelia Morin and Maxime Lavoie of L’Islet-sur-Mer, Quebec. He was the youngest and only male sibling to Therese, Juliette, Georgette and Rita, all now deceased. He was preceded in death by our Mother Adele (Gratton) Lavoie and they raised four children together. He is survived by Michelle, Danielle and Marc, having lost his youngest son Martin in 2017. Being the last in his line to have children, the male line in Canada runs back 12 generations from his children, to his father, Maxime, to his grandfather, Ignace, to his great grandfather, Antoine, and all the way back to René Lavoye, born in March 6 of 1601 in Rouen, Normandie, France and the first to come to Canada. Dad will be remembered for his dogged determination, morale fortitude, strong faith, as well as the designing and hand crafting of wooden planes and race cars for many sick kids at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa.
Dad loved nature and animals. As small boy he spent endless hours in the woods of Northern Ontario building forts with his buddies. He had an affinity with animals and trained wild squirrels to retrieve peanuts from his hands and top of his head, which also taught to his children to do. Raymond spoke lovingly about his childhood dog Petit Noir and his house cats Max and Charlie. His favorite things included, the Last of the Mohicans, Doing It My Way by Frank Sinatra, cars, swimming, running, singing, making handmade furniture for our childhood home and lots of puttering. He was a dedicated public servant for the Canada Revenue Agency until he retired in 1990.
Michelle, Marc & Danielle, my thoughts and prayers go out to all three of you. I am sure he will be fondly remembered through your treasured memories . Take care.
Thinking of you
Friend of your mom Adele when living in Ottawa
That is so lovely Marc! Dad and Martin would both appreciate those memories very much as I do.
I was sadden to hear of the passing of Mr. Lavoie ( I would never call him by his first name for fear of being disrespectful). I was his youngest son’s best friend for 35yrs and I still remember going to his home in Elmvale Acres, when I was 16yrs old, and jumping in his pool from the rooftop of his home. We did it when he wasn’t home because we knew that his fatherly instincts would kick-in and we’d get his wrath as a loving and caring person. Fortunately for us, he only caught us once. lol
Mr. Lavoie always enjoyed teaching us about fiscal responsibility due to his career with the CRA and I soaked it up. I guess that I have Mr. Lavoie to thank for instilling those values onto me. I will always be grateful to him.
Later in life, I wasn’t able to visit him very much but when I did, he always remembered me and had a pleasant demeanor and we would talk about the passed and present. I could tell that he genuinely cared about our conversations and looked forward to my visits.
I will miss him.
May you rest in peace