Hugh Joseph Urbain Felix Beaudoin
November 22, 1929 – September 1, 2017
Cheeky and irreverent to the end, forever positive and ‘in the pink,’ Hughie passed away peacefully at the age of 87.
Born and raised in Storthoaks, Saskatchewan, Hughie worked on the family homestead, rode his horse to the one-room schoolhouse, and played many a prank in the company of his brothers Luc and Rod, and future brother-in-law Lawrence Lapierre.
He had a special relationship with Grand-pere and Grand-mere Beaudoin, often hiding as a mischievous child in Grand-mere’s voluminous apron. A favourite memory of Hughie’s was filching sips of sacramental wine with his fellow altar boys.
Hughie married his true love Connie Lapierre in 1953. Hughie and Connie were kindred spirits who enjoyed 53 years together, camping, fishing, gardening, and creating gifts, often with a dog underfoot. They were blessed with four children-Richard, Lonna, Kim, and Terri-Lee-and were grandparents extraordinaire to their beloved grandchildren: Tyran, Lauren, Regan, Shawn, Lindsey, Alyssa, and Cooper. Hughie was very proud to welcome great-grandson Jordan, and just missed meeting great-granddaughter Isla.
A talented jack-of-all-trades, Hughie was an experienced carpenter, electrician, welder, woodworker, mechanic, and more.
He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1958 and was first stationed in Chilliwack, and then in Werl, Germany as part of the NATO forces.
Returning to Chilliwack, Hughie became an orderly at Chilliwack General Hospital, and many hijinks ensued during midnight shifts. He then went on to graduate in the first class of paramedics in the province, and worked until retirement at the newly formed BC Ambulance Service.
Retirement coincided with the happy arrival of grandchildren, with Hughie modelling himself after his own grandfather. The whole family was richer for it.
Always generous in helping others, especially friends and family, Hughie’s workshop had pride of place and was open to anyone who had a special project, or just wanted to ‘putter around the shop.’
Hughie was also very involved with the ANAVETS organization and committed to strengthening its community; he received the Award of Merit in 2004. His keen sense of humour and strength of spirit remained intact through the many health challenges of the last few years.
There will be no service as per Hughie’s wishes; rather, please consider a toast (or two) in his honour.
So, ‘back at the ranch,’ we bid adieu to a well-loved man who will be missed and long remembered.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the ANAVETS Bursary Fund would be appreciated.
Condolences may be offered at www.hendersonsfunerals.com
Henderson’s Funeral Home