Memories & Celebrations of Life:
Obituary - Jean Pierre Hector Landry
July 31, 1924 - June 3, 2018
Passed in peace, Sunday, June 03, 2018 at the age of 93 with his two daughters by his side. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Christina, brother Guy Landry and sister Anna May. He was the loving father of Margaret, Iain (Bev) Landry and Emily (Ross) Bosma. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Celest and Elizabeth Brown, David and Steven Landry, Crystal and Steven Ofstedahl, Ryan, Kyle, Loralea and Renae Tulloch. He was the proud great grandfather to: Akira, Caden, Kira, Azalea and Brooke. He is also survived by his brother Raymond Landry and sister Theresa Bower, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Pierre was born in St Omer, Quebec on July 31, 1924. The Landry family had settled in the Gaspe Peninsula after the British officially gained control of Acadia in 1713, The Landry family, like many others refused to sign an unconditional oath of loyalty to become British subjects. He was proud of his Acadian heritage which has been embraced by his children.
As a child, his family moved from St Omer, to Thunder Bay and then moved back to St Omer during the Great Depression. Even at an early age, Pierre was determined to help out as much as he could and on his own initiative he began working at his Uncle Rudolph’s sawmill to help support the family. The family finally settled in Sioux Lookout where his dad found steady work on the railway as an engineer. The Landry children had to learn English quickly in their new home and to help integrate into this new environment, Pierre changed his name to Peter. As a young adult, he worked briefly for the Hudson Bay Company as a butcher before joining the CNR as a young man of 19 years where he worked as a brakeman and later as a conductor. He worked for the CNR from 1943 until his retirement in 1984, 48 years of service to the CNR!
He was first and foremost a family man and dedicated his life to his wife, children and grandchildren. He would do his utmost to help out family and friends that needed his assistance. He was married to his wife, Christina, for fifty-three years until her death in 2001. They made a great couple and worked well together and as he often said: “She was the gardener but I provided the strong back!”
Fishing was something he also enjoyed and he fished, until very recently, with his family and friends. Even in his 90s he was a strong, independent spirit and he fulfilled his wish to live out his days in his home on the lake. He was a man of many talents, with a stellar character and a steadfast moral code. Dear dad, rest in peace, you’ll always be in our hearts.
A Memorial Service was held at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on Thursday June 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Mike Mahoney officiating. Interment of ashes followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association – Type 1 Research through the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home , Box 1449, Sioux Lookout Ontario P8T 1B9.
Margaret, Iain and Emily