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1931 - 2023
Alfred Laval passed away aboard HAL msZaandam on January 26, 2023 at the age of 91.
Fred was born on September 6, 1931, near Wauchope, SK (26,7,33, W1) and died on January 26, 2... Read More
1931 - 2023
Alfred Laval passed away aboard HAL msZaandam on January 26, 2023 at the age of 91.
Fred was born on September 6, 1931, near Wauchope, SK (26,7,33, W1) and died on January 26, 2023, aboard HAL msZaandam (15,03,8N-94,26,5W). As a man who considered the whole world his neighbourhood, it is only fitting that just numbers mark the locales of both birth and death.
He spent his childhood in the Wauchope, McAuley, Redvers and Hearts-of-oaks districts. He farmed for decades near Parkman before retiring into Redvers.
Fred was a hard worker. He always seemed happiest when getting up very early in the morning with a day of work beckoning. Fred was a farmer and he was always proud to be a farmer. He also worked ten winters on the oil rigs which allowed him to better establish his farm and expand his herd of cattle.
Fred was a creative fellow. He spent many hours in his shop designing and modifying machinery and working on his welding projects.
He had a practical nature - if something needed to be done, he did it; if something was broken, he fixed it; if a problem arose, he weighed his options and found a solution.
Fred was an outdoorsman. He spent time almost every day walking in the countryside here or on a warm beach somewhere in winters. In spring to fall, he often returned home with seasonal wildflowers.
Fred was a hunter since an early age — last fall he took his last deer at the age of 91.
Fred loved fishing and, especially after retirement, spent countless hours in fishing boats. He loved being on the water…on what proved to be his last day on earth, he spent the morning on a catamaran with the sun on his face and a smile on his lips…his kind of day!
Fred was an avid reader. He always had a book on the go and would read anything and everything from novels and non-fiction, to research articles, and even the encyclopedia.
Fred was interested in spiritual matters. He read the Bible cover to cover, but he also studied the Torah, read the Koran and the Book of Mormon and even researched the tenets of Buddhism.
Fred always tried to be a good neighbour. He was a generous host. He welcomed people to his home and so enjoyed sharing meals. He was handy in the kitchen and usually helped with preparing meals for company. Visiting and telling stories with family and friends was an important part of his life.
Fred was a man of curiosity who always wanted to know what was over the next hill or around the next bend. This curiosity led him to travel all over the world. He delighted in the natural wonders of the world, but was also really interested in history, art and architecture. It was always a given that Fred would want to spend his first day in any new city by going to an art museum. He spent countless days of his life visiting museums and wandering through historical ruins.
Fred was always game for an adventure. In his younger days he owned a Harley, and once earned a pilot’s licence, just because. In his retirement years, instead of slowing down, Fred embraced travelling the world. He went hiking, snorkelling, bungy-jumping, zip-lining, parasailing, white-water rafting, indeed any time an adventure presented itself, Fred was game to give it a go.
Fred leaves to mourn his death, Marion (McLeod), his loving wife of 46 years. He often said that marrying Marion was the best decision he ever made.
Also left to mourn are Fred’s daughter Gaylene (Brian) Jeannot and granddaughters, Paige (Ben) and Regan. His family brought great joy to his life.
Fred’s parents were Albert and Eva (Martel) Laval. His siblings were George, Henry, Irma and Albert. He leaves his brother Albert (Joyce) Laval to mourn his passing.
He also leaves Marion’s family — sister Ilene Phipps, brother George and Karen McLeod, brother Don McLeod and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. He would have wanted to make special mention of his niece Debra who always held a special place in his heart.
With both his parents having been from large families, Fred had lots of cousins. He tried to keep in contact with most of them and cherished those connections.
Fred epitomized the spirit of being Canadian. His father was born in Belgium, making Fred the child of an immigrant, while his mother’s ancestors arrived in Canada from France in the early 1600’s. His first language was French but he spent his whole lifetime speaking English. As well he was a registered Metis, a heritage he was pleased to pass on.
Fred approached life “full speed ahead”. His philosophy was not “you only live once,” but rather “you only die once so you should live every day!”. And, he did just that. Now he has earned his rest. Rest in Peace.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, Redvers, Sask. with Rev. Ronald Andree the Celebrant. Interment followed at the Redvers Town Cemetery, after which a time of lunch and fellowship took place in the parish hall.
Those wishing to make a donation in Fred's memory may do so to a charity of choice.
Hall Funeral Services in Redvers provided care to Fred's family - Dustin Hall, Funeral Director.
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