A resident of R.R.# 1 Iroquois for the past 15 years, Ed Berube passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, April 3, 2014. He was 86.
Edward Berube was born in Ottawa, on December 13, 1927, to his parents Ovila and Margaret Berube (nee Cunningham). He grew up in Ottawa.
In 1948, Edward met Georgette Gagnon at a square dance. Edward and Georgette eventually married and shared their life for 64 years. Together they raised their nine children, Georges, Richard, Michel, Robert, Raymond, Suzanne, Edouard, Margaret and Chantal.
They were also parents to Lise, a handicapped girl who initially came to live with Ed and Georgette for a month, but became a part of the family and remained with them for 36 years.
Edward and Georgette’s family eventually blessed them with 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
In 1983, Edward underwent open heart surgery which was expected to extend his life by five years. Instead he surpassed the doctors’ expectations by living for 31 years.
A quiet man of faith, Edward lived his entire life for his family. Intelligent and accomplished, he was a DHIA inspector. He attended and then taught at Kemptville College and taught Karate for eight years. He was a Lion’s Club member and a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Edward’s favorite meal was Swiss steak, especially if Georgette used his mother’s recipe. He loved his desserts, his tea, and he definitely loved his dogs Wolf, Bingo and Jack.
Edward also loved to travel. He and Georgette visited Hawaii and Mexico, and for 20 years spent their winters in Florida. Edward’s favorite trip was to Medjurgorje, Yugoslavia (as it was known then) to see the Virgin Mary apparitions.
As Edward came into his retirement years, he became an avid Publisher’s Clearinghouse participant. He also loved to garden and he enjoyed sharing the items from his garden with his family.
Edward’s favorite pastime was joking and teasing. Many times he attempted to obtain a loan from Lise, and one of his favorite expressions to Georgette, was “gotta cup of tea ma?”
Edward Berube, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather will be missed.
Edward is survived by his wife of 65 years Georgette Berube (nee Gagnon) and his children Georges (Linda) of South Mountain, Richard (Anne) of Mountain, Michel (Charlotte) of Kemptville, Robert (Nicole) of Renfrew, Raymond of Iroquois, Suzanne Baxter (Maurice Dumoulin) of Kemptville, Edouard (Nicole) of Lennoxville, Margaret Castonguay of Ajax and Chantal Arcand (Barry) of Winchester.
He will be fondly remembered by his step-brother Marcel Valiquette of Orleans and by 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Sunday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Knights of Columbus service was held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Iroquois, on Monday, April 7th, at 2 p.m., followed by cremation.
Pallbearers were his sons Georges, Richard, Michel, Robert, Raymond and Edouard.
Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.