Joseph Lionel Bellefleur departed his loving family on October 24, 2022, aged 94. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Jean-François and Lillian Bellefleur, his beloved wife of 70 years, Eleanor, older siblings Francis, Lillian, Beatrice, and Marion, oldest son, Glenn, and son-in-law, Rick.
Joe’s nine surviving children and their families include: Joanne (Dan) – children Chris and Alexis; Denis (Suzie) – children Patrick, Kelly, Kristin, and Jackie; Colleen Meyer – children Bryan, Karl, and Carmen; Claude (Lynne) – children Chance, Chloe, Raquel, and Mitch; Cathy Longstaff (Allan) – children Roxanne, Dan, Pierre, and Monique; Norm; Paul – children Stephanie and Jennifer; Mary Arguin (Marcel) – children Jeffrey and Jasmine; Mark; as well as 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad’s passions were his faith, music, working the land, flying, and travelling, but most of all his family and the love of his life, Eleanor. Dad always had a project on the go: selling and servicing colour tvs, 8-track stereos, and two-way radios, repairing VW bugs and building dune buggies, converting a school bus into a motorhome, building a pontoon boat, building a slide-out on their camper, making wine, recording the community choir concerts and his own playing on his computer. Dad was committed to his community and parish, taking on positions with the local rural municipality, Credit Union board, school division board, clinic board, home care board, historical society board, parish liturgical committee, the U of S Corporation of St. Thomas More, and the Knights of Columbus.
Together, Mom and Dad expanded their faith through training and service with many programs: Young Voyageurs, Bosco Homes, the diocesan lay ministry and marriage prep programs, Serena Canada, and Marriage Encounter Canada. They also spent many years planning, leading, and participating in parish music ministry and entertaining in care homes wherever they found themselves. Their deep love for travel took them to all corners of North America, Mexico, and into Europe. All of these travels involved visiting family and friends along the way and creating instant, deep, new friendships. Their home was always filled with people: friends and family making sure to stop by on their way to somewhere and new friends welcomed in at the earliest opportunity.
The family is forever grateful to the staff and residents at Château St. Michael’s and Providence Place for their genuine friendship and tender care.
A funeral mass will be held April 22, 2023 at 2pm at St. Ignace Church in Willow Bunch, Sk.
In living memory of Joseph, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Ltd. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.jonesparkview.com (Obituaries).
Dayna Chamberlain- Funeral Director