Obituary – In Loving Memory of Roger Lionel Beaudoin

Roger Lionel Beaudoin
Oct. 3, 1930
March 11, 2020

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Roger Lionel Beaudoin, loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend.

Roger was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in Hearst, Ont. to Leopold and Alice Beaudoin. At the age of 16, Roger moved to Alberta with his parents, five brothers, and seven sisters, arriving in Falher on June 13, 1947. Alberta offered the opportunity of having homesteads for the boys and promised a bright future.

Upon arrival, Roger worked on the farm of his uncle, Alphonse Garand. When winter came, he went to work in a lumber camp for Pantaleon Tardif. This pattern was repeated for numerous years except that during the summer he now worked on the family farm and various homesteads.

He continued to work winters in lumber camps for various companies such as McCrae Lumber in Faust, Guimond & Michaud Lumber Co. in Hinton, Hopkins Sawmill in Grouard, to name but a few. Roger never shied away from hard work. He worked non-stop and never slowed down. There was no job that did not deserve to be done well. This he did for his entire life, whatever the job was. He had a work ethic worth imitating.

In the early 1950s, Roger acquired a homestead in Guy, which he then sold in the early 1970s to move to Edmonton where he built basements for nearly 20 years.

In 1977, he married Marguerite Chauvette. Her family became his family. He loved her children as if they were his own.

In the early 1980s, Roger moved to McLennan where he lived for almost 20 years. He worked for his brothers, Claude and Réal, as a heavy equipment operator, mostly clearing land and bush trails. He also worked for Roger Moore and Mr. Vanderwell in Slave Lake.

In 2002, Roger married Doreen [Hopkins] Halldorson of Enilda where they made their home and where he was still living at the time of his death. During his time in Enilda, he became a familiar face at the A&W in High Prairie where he enjoyed going out for coffee with Doreen and meeting friends.

Roger will be remembered by his wife Doreen as a loving and devoted husband. He will be remembered by his brothers and sisters, and numerous nephews and nieces, as an affectionate and compassionate man.

One of the fondest memories of his younger brothers and sisters is that of his joyfully entertaining them by playing the harmonica and singing humorous songs that would keep them in stitches. His love for children started with his younger siblings but it was also evident with his nephews and nieces.

The love Roger had for his family was surpassed only by his great love and faith in God. He tried to live his life in a manner pleasing to Him.

Roger was predeceased by his loving parents, Leopold and Alice Beaudoin, his sisters Thérèse Bégin, Gisèle Dalton, Cécile Mercier, and Myriam, and his brothers Claude, who died as an infant, and Laval, as well as by his sister-in-law Lucile [Maurice].

He is survived by his wife Doreen, his brothers and sisters, Maurice, Réal, Dolores [PMSJ], Claude [Lorraine], Jeannine Guérette [Gérard], Claudette Wawrzonek [John], André, Colette Van der Kley [Neil], Lise Godin [Dennis], Jean-Marc [Joyce], Henri [Laurel], as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and in-laws.

Though we will miss him dearly, we find comfort in knowing that he is with his loving God and many members of his family.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date for family and friends. The date will be announced later.

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