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Arthur (Babe) Moise Therriault

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we announce the peaceful passing of Arthur (Babe) Moise Therriault on February 9th, 2021 at the Chartwell Retirement Home in Elmira. He is predeceased by his cherished wife Victoria of 61 years (deceased 2011), his brothers Henry (Thelma) and Richard (Joan/ Dorothy) and his sister Margaret (Jack Grant) and his Great Grandson Bryson (Brown). He is survived by his only daughter Brenda (Dave May), two granddaughters Pamela (Howard Brown) and Shannon (Brian Parr) and four wonderful great grandchildren Riley, Cameron, Jordyn and Katie. Babe was born in Chapleau Ontario on November 11th, 1923 and lived a very complete and exciting life as was highlighted in a book he authored, The Life and Times of Arthur (Babe) Therriault. Whether it was walking 2 miles to school during a snow storm during a cold Northern Ontario winter, riding freight trains to western Canada in the 1930s at the young age 13 years, pursing a very successful boxing career where he was awarded many trophies, entering World War Two in the Navy when he was underage at 17, or operating his BP Service station and his Oil Plant for many years. It did not matter the weather or time of night, when someone in need called Babe for heating oil, he always responded and with the cheerful smile. At age 47 he and his wife made a move to Waterloo to be near their only daughter and her family where he worked for the City of Waterloo for 18 years. Babe can best be remembered in his senior years as a master Swedish Weaver on Monk Cloth where he made over 30 afghans for family and friends. Babe was a devout Catholic who seldom missed Sunday Mass and often read the bible. He was a dedicated Legion Member since the late 1940s and could always be seen celebrating November 11th at the local Legion and cenotaph right up to the age of 96. No matter how inclement the weather Babe could be seen standing proudly in his Legion blazer displaying his WW2 medals. Much gratitude and thanks to the amazing staff of Chartwell Retirement Home in Elmira, Christine and Mia from LLHIN and the Home Care Partners and Palliative Care Team. Arthur has been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when the family can safely get together.

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  1. I loved Art. We had so many fun times at the Retirement home. I loved pretending to box with him. He would tell me I had a good left! He was hard to get up in the morning but after a meal he would say, ‘Now that was a good meal.’ Thinking of you and your family Brenda at this time of great sadness.

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