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Armand Joseph Mailhot

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Armand Joseph Mailhot passed away on August 26, 2021 at the Grandview District Health Centre with his family by his side. He was born on September 20, 1931 in Boggy Creek, Manitoba, to his parents Emery and Mary Ann (nee Poisson) Mailhot and had 11 siblings.  Armand grew up on the farm with his parents and siblings, and they were a close-knit family.  He attended Grande Prairie School in Boggy Creek until he was approximately 15 years old, and then began to work on the farm. Armand knew at an early age he wanted to be a farmer.  He decided to buy the original family farm and build the Mailhot Bros. farm with his brothers Paul, Herve and George in the early 1950’s.  Armand married Rena (nee Laliberte) in February 23, 1957, in San Clara, Manitoba, and they celebrated 64 years of marriage together.  Shortly after, their first son Michael was born February 18, 1958, then Judy was born December 2, 1960, and finally Roseanne was born on September 26, 1963. Armand had a strong balance of farming, family, community and faith.  While operating the family farm, he was heavily involved with the Ste. Claire’s Parish, San Clara Curling rink, and was school board trustee for Walker School.  In their spare time, Armand and Rena were avid curlers and enjoyed competing in bonspiels after the San Clara Curling Rink opened up.  Armand dedicated every Sunday to attending mass and helping out at parish functions.
Armand lived a life philosophy of working hard and playing hard.  He acquired a cabin up in Child’s Lake in 1963 and after they were done in the fields, the family spent weekends there relaxing.  It was at the cabin that his children and even some of the grandchildren learned to fish, swim and water ski. Armand, along with Paul and Herve, sold the farm in 1976 and he moved the family to Roblin.  He said his time on the farm was the best years of his life.  Armand missed the busy lifestyle he had in San Clara, but found new hobbies to keep him busy.  He dedicated a lot of time to serving the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Parish and joined the Knights of Columbus.   Armand is remembered as a humble, kind, social man, who missed his regular coffee visits and outings.  He had a special bond with his siblings and missed his daily visits with his brothers and regular phone conversations with all of his sisters.  
Armand was predeceased by his parents Emery and Mary Ann (nee Poisson) Mailhot; his brothers Paul, George and Frank; sisters Jean Hogue, Yvonne Mayer, Therese Mailhot, Bernadette Lourin, Yvette Carriere, and Annette Lachance.
He is survived by his wife Rena Mailhot; children Mike (Glenda) Mailhot, Judy (Morris) Laviolette, and Roseanne (Leonard) Funk as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his sister Cecile Pahud and his brother Herve Mailhot.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jacobi Elliott, RN Roxanne Kallusky, the staff at the Grandview Hospital and ambulance service.

 

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