Claude Lajoie, 86, formerly of St-Antoine, passed away peacefully on Friday July 17, 2020 at the Villa du Repos in Moncton. Born in Montréal, he was the son of the late Hervé and Antoinette (née Hogue) Lajoie.
A fervent entrepreneur, Claude was known as the king of the "poutine râpée" or Claude poutine. Upon his arrival in New Brunswick, he worked for the CNR (Canadian National Railway company) for a few years before going into business and founding Claude Poutines Râpées. Claude was involved in his community as a member of St Antoine Municipal Council, a member of the Lions Club and a member of the St-Antoine Gun Club. He was co-founder of the St-Antoine Poutine Festival. His pride has always been his family, his children, their well-being and their accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife for 65 years, Lauza (née LeBlanc); his children: Serge (Murielle), Hervé (Rose), Ginette (Ben), Guy (Marie-Thérèse), Guylaine (Ron), and Diane (Raymond); his sister Rolande Proulx and his brother Jacques, both of Montréal; as well as 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Mario; his brothers: André, Robert and Jean; as well as his sisters: Jeannine and Denise.
Even if his stay was short-lived at the Villa du Repos, we would like to thank Mireille, Gisèle and Sylvie. The passion you have for your work has meant that our father was cared for with dignity, gentleness and compassion during his last days.
The family will receive condolences at the slumber room of St-Antoine l’Ermite church, 24 Église Avenue, St-Antoine, on Thursday July 23 from 2 to 4 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm only. Due to the pandemic, wearing a face covering is suggested. The private funeral mass will be celebrated at St-Antoine l’Ermite R.C. Church. Interment will be in parish cemetery. The funeral will be videotaped and posted later in the afternoon on his obituary on our Website. Interment will be in parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Claude, a contribution to the Alzheimer Society or to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Funeral arrangements are in the professional care of Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, Moncton (858-1900).
Words of comfort and donations may be made at www.frenettefuneralhome.com