FRERE, Lou (Louis) Joseph

Lou Frere

Lou (Louis) Joseph Frere passed away on October 19, 2017 at the age of 99. He is survived by his children Paul (Jean), Eveline (Tom Hand), Eddie (Lorna), Danny (Laureen) and by 11 grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Theresa Jasper and sister-in-law Margie Frere. He was predeceased by his wife Marie-Therese (Tessa), his sisters Suzanne Beaudet, Yvonne Van Cauwenberge and Genevieve Dallas and his brothers John, Maurice, Pete and Mike. Lou was born in Trochu on August 15, 1918, the 6th of 9 children. He went to school in Trochu until he was 11 when he went to be educated in France until the age of 15. Lou attended SAIT in Calgary and received a Certificate in Welding. He bought Harry Frayn’s farm in 1943. He married the love of his life Marie-Therese (Tessa) Paquette on August 8, 1945. Lou farmed for 30 years and continued to help his son Paul in the fall, after moving to Trochu. He was very active with the Trochu Curling Club for 80 years. It was through his efforts that many of Trochu’s Bonspiels ran so smoothly. He was very active with the Elks and the Legion. Lou kept himself busy spear-heading Horseshoes in the Community. He was also very active in the Alberta Senior Games. Dad had a great sense of humour and always had jokes at his finger tips! In his later years he enjoyed stopping by Paul or Danny’s place to see what they were up to and telling his latest jokes. He enjoyed seeing what Eddie was currently building and watching the progress. Dad really enjoyed visiting and being visited by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed Sunday drives with Mom. They visited a lot of southern Alberta, especially in conjunction with Dad’s Horseshoe Tournaments. The one thing you can say about Dad is that he enjoyed life! In the last decade he only endured. He accepted his final years with grace and a certain sadness as he carried on without his dedicated wife Tessa. He often was heard saying “We live too long” but he also used to say “C’est la Vie”! We would like to thank Doctors and staff of St. Mary’s Health Care Centre for the wonderful care they gave Dad.