Joseph Henri Victor Lucien Campeau

Joseph Henri Victor Lucien Campeau

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Lucien Campeau of Nelway, B.C., Lou’s courageous battle with cancer ended peacefully on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at the Red Deer Hospice.

Lucien was born in Lafleche, SK, to Louis and Marie Jeanne Campeau (Beaudoin). He attended J.L. Crowe and married the love of his life, Arlene Elizabeth Brewer on October 22nd of 1960 and in 1963, their daughter Eva Marie was born.

Lucien began working on the Pepsi pop truck in his late teens, prior to joining the Navy which he spoke of on many occasions and was very proud to serve his country. He also worked at Cominco in Trail for many years before moving to Prince Rupert to work in the fish hatchery. In 1968, he moved his family to Cranbrook to become a member of the startup crew at Skookumchuck Pulp Mill, where he met many of his lifelong friends. He also sold cars for McInnes Ford Mercury while living in Cranbrook, which was his true passion. In 1976, he decided to move his family back to Trail to give his daughter the same opportunities he had growing up. He loved to ski and often told stories of his days skiing at Red Mountain with Nancy Greene. His other passions were boating and going to Shuswap, and Christina Lake each summer. He opened his own business “Campeau’s Yacht Shop” and truly enjoyed this aspect of his life. He also enjoyed fishing on Kootenay Lake and after he retired, he spent many hours at Sullivan Lake with his beloved wife Arlene and grandchildren, Josh and Mackenzie.

Lucien was predeceased by his wife Arlene on January 2nd of 2013, his mother Marie Jeanne Campeau in 1980, his father Louis Campeau in 1973 and his sister Elaine on Mother’s Day in 1957. Lucien will be greatly missed by his only daughter Eva and son-in-law David Matthews, and grandchildren, Josh and Mackenzie. He will be remembered by his sisters, Claudette (Dave) Trevison, Cora (Carmin) Angerilli, Carmene (Paul) Harl, and his brother Dennis Campeau. Lucien will also be missed by his sisters-in-law, Joyce (Morgan) Gladdish, Beatrice (Emil) Shumey, and nieces and nephews, Brenda Paul, Lance (Cheryl) Trevison, Danne (Kirby) Houle, Cheryl (Gerald) Klassen, Virginia (Corey) Blanchard, Correna (Joe) Slavin, Sonia Woolford, Jay (Brenda) Angerilli, Annette Shumey, and Derrick (Barb) Gladdish and their families, as well as many great nieces and nephews, in-laws and wonderful cousins.

We would like to thank Dr. Stanley, the staff on the third floor of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (especially Jim Maniago/Social Worker) and Dad’s Pharmacist, Duncan Mackay, for the care given to my father prior to coming to the Red Deer Hospice. Many thanks also to Genesis Medi Shuttle for their exceptional professionalism while transferring my father from Trail to Red Deer. Benson and Colin, your kindness will never be forgotten. Most importantly, we would like to recognize the Red Deer Hospice for their extraordinary compassion and the comfort they provided for my Dad during the last three weeks of his journey with cancer. The exceptional end of life care he received is beyond any words we could ever write. We are sincerely grateful.

A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trail, B.C., on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made in Lucien’s name to the Red Deer Hospice, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4R 3S6.

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