On Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the Riverside health care facility in Rainy River, Ont., Myland A. Gaudry passed away peacefully at the age of 82.
Mylie was born Jan. 2, 1925 in Minihico, Ont. and was the youngest son of the late Cleophaus and Blanche Gaudry’s 13 children.
He spent his youth in Minihico, and attended high school in Kenora, Ont. He also lived in several communities in Northwestern Ontario during his years guiding on the lake and working in the bush.
On July 19, 1947, Mylie was united in marriage to Evelyn Kreger. They moved into a home in Minihico and began to raise a family, eventually having three sons and a daughter.
In 1958, he realized one of his dreams and purchased a tourist resort in Morson, Ont. called Fred’s Place. Today it bears his name and is known as Mylie’s Place.
In the early 1960s, he fulfilled another dream and bought a float plane, which he loved to fly into tight potholes and his outpost cabins in Arrow Lake.
In 1976, the family was saddened by the sudden death of Evelyn. Mylie and Evy had been married for just over 29 years.
On Dec. 10, 1977, Mylie was united in marriage to his second wife, Roberta Palmer of Marshalltown, Iowa. The family also welcomed a step-sister to the family.
He worked alongside his family at the resort until his semi-retirement in 1982. He then built his dream cabin on a piece of land he had set aside years early for just such a thing. He could see the lake clearly from every window in the cabin.
He continued to sell minnows, make and sell tackle, and provide guiding service for many years. Eventually, though, he had to slow down some, and just started taking a select group and family and friends to his favourite secret fishing holes.
He spent these later years with Bert in Morson, Marshalltown, and Florida, taking advantage of the joys that each of these places brought to their lives.
When his health began to fail, Mylie took up residence in the Rainy River hospital, where the staff treated him with kindness and caring. He often mentioned how happy he was about being able to live there.
Mylie will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Roberta of Marshalltown, Iowa; sons, Brad (Joni) of Minto, N.D. and Daryl (Ellen) of East Selkirk, Man.; daughter, Sandra Brandt of Grand Forks, N.D.; son, Duane (Marlene) of Estevan, Sask.; and daughter, Janet (George) Wenk of Marshalltown, Iowa.
He also is survived by his sister, Iris Marquis, brother-in-law, Bobby Kreger, and sister-in-law, Elsie (Bob) Ewald, all of Rainy River, Ont.
He will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Derek (Angie) of Fort Campbell, Tenn., Amber (Jose) Galicia of Bullhead City, Az., Justin (Alyssa) of Selkirk, Man., Jeremy (Kari) of Brandon, Man., James Brandt of Grand Forks, N.D., Zoe of Estevan, Sask., and Rhetta Wenk of Marshalltown, Iowa; as well as eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mylie was predeceased by his brothers, Oliver, Cleo, Amie, Bill, and Bob; sisters, Aurora, Arize, Nora, and Sally; infant twins; and numerous sister- and brothers-in law.
A celebration of Mylie’s life was held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at 10 a.m. from the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church, with Pastor Gordon Armstrong officiating.
Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.
The pallbearers were Zoe Gaudry, James Brandt, Jeremy Gaudry, Justin Gaudry, Rhetta Wenk, and Amber Galicia.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Health Care Facility, P.O. Box 236, Rainy River, Ont., P0W 1L0 or the Alzheimer Society, P.O Box 837, Kenora, Ont., P9N 4B5.
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