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JEAN (JOHN) ARTHUR JOSEPH IVES BEAUGRAND-DIT-CHAM (published on January 17, 2009)



JEAN (JOHN) ARTHUR JOSEPH IVES BEAUGRAND-DIT-CHAMPAGNE Passed peacefully with his loving wife of 17 years, Claudean, by his side at their home in Lafayette, Colorado on January 11, 2009, at the age of 71. Born in St. Norbert, Manitoba September 18, 1937, he graduated from St. Norbert College. Jean worked for the Hudson's Bay Company and served in the Canadian Navy as a Mechanical Engineer. He had a long career in bicycle manufacturing in Canada before moving onto other business ventures in Arizona and Colorado. Since retiring he spent time golfing, on creative hobbies like stained glass, and as a volunteer at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, where he put his handyman skills to use. Jean had a deep affinity for the natural world and loved being outdoors camping and hiking, and traveling to new places. He always stopped to look at the birds, and appreciated getting up every morning to the view of the mountains from his kitchen window. John was a loving father to his children Cheryl (Dana), Holly (Bob) and Richard (Veronica) from the Greater Toronto Area, and Claudean's children, Elaine (Mark), Sheila, Alicia (Michael), from the state of Illinois, who will all miss him dearly. His seven grandsons and one great-granddaughter will greatly miss his playfulness and encouragement. He is predeceased by his father Raphaël and his mother Dorilla, as well as his siblings Hervé, Marius, Thérèse and Cécile. He leaves his siblings Alcide (Isabelle), Louis (Simone), David, Jules, André (Claudette), Hélène (Roger), Paul (Laurette) and Juliette (Brian), who will miss his visits. There are also many nieces and nephews who cherish the memory of Uncle Johnny and what he brought to their life. He was a mentor to many, and his absence will be felt by friends and neighbours. A celebration of Jean's life will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 rue Des Meurons, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, Jean wished donations to be made to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, www.bouldershelter.org 4869 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, 80304. Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolences at www.desjardins-funeral.ca. DESJARDINS 233-4949 1-888-233-4949


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