It is with great sadness that the family of Dale Perusse announce his passing on Sunday, March 28, 2004 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Dale was born Nov. 8, 1935 in Fort Frances to Walter and Allene Perusse. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Shannon on April 11, 1959.
As a young man, he worked as a plaster, travelling and plying his trade. He worked in New York on the World Trade Center, built homes in Fort Frances, remodelled the Residential School at Couchiching, and had worked on La Verendrye Hospital.
In 1971, he started Dale Perusse Ltd., operating at the Chimo Lumber Yard until its sale in 1989. In 1987, he purchased a farm north of Devlin and started his own buffalo farm.
Dale loved animals, and could be found feeding and tending to them. He also was a sociable person, who could be found having coffee around town and visiting with friends.
Dad loved to joke around and tease his grandchildren. He talked about the animals and the earth, and taught his family to look after it. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, as well as all of their accomplishments, dreams, and goals.
He worried about their safety and well-being. He loved them dearly.
Dale leaves behind his wife, Bonnie; mother, Allene Perusse of Thunder Bay, Ont.; daughter, Allene Perusse and her children, Jennifer (Martin), Jade, and Jacob, and son, Wade (Debbie) Perusse and their children, Celeste Dannielle and Robert Wade Perusse; and great-granddaughter, Tynika Bedard.
Also surviving are his sisters, Donna Quinn of Thunder Bay, Ont., Delphine (Red) Lucas of British Columbia, and Gerarda (Bill) Plexman of Thunder Bay, Ont.; brothers, Melvin of Winnipeg, Man., Doug (Blanche) of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Darryl (Connie) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Walter Perusse; and brothers, Ted and Duane Perusse.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 3 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Marietta Marshall will officiate, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, April 1, 2004 from 2 until 3 p.m. at Knox United Church.
Pallbearers will be Martin Bedard, Ian Scott, Gaston Godbout, Norm Calder, Harold Armstrong, and Doug McCaig.
Honourary pallbearers will be Tom Bruyere, Ken Carlson, George Cawston, and Harvey Vien; grandchildren, Jennifer Whitefield, Jade Whitefield, Dannielle Perusse, Jacob Perusse, and Robert Wade Perusse; and great-granddaughter, Tynika Bedard.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 2740 Queensview Dr., Ottawa, Ont. K2B 1A2.