St Cyr: Joseph “Walter” Raymond St. Cyr passed away on May 11, 2022, with his wife, Irene, by his side. Walter touched the hearts of many people over the years and his death will leave a void in many lives. Walter was born on September 10, 1929, in North Cobalt, Ontario to Cecile “Jeanne” (Brazeau) and Edward St. Cyr. When Walter was two years old, the family relocated to Val d’Or, Quebec. Walter loved growing up in Val d’Or and often shared his fond memories of those years. At the age of 24, Walter left Val d’Or for Manitoba. This move marked not only the start of a 23-year career in the mining industry, but the start of a new life with his first wife, Maisie. Walter married Maisie Legall in 1953 in Pine Falls, Manitoba. Walter and Maisie were blessed with four children: Gail, Beverly, Frederick, and Howard. Walter’s work took him and his family to numerous exciting locations across Canada. Each new destination brought new adventures and new opportunities to make friends and build memories. Walter embraced every new location, and the family made each house their home. Walter enjoyed being part of each community and would often sit on town council. At the age of 41, Walter decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in business. When he completed his schooling, he was hired by the federal government and relocated to Saltcoats, Sk. to work for Manpower (Unemployment Insurance). When he was ready for a change, he accepted a job with the Department of Northern Education and relocated to La Ronge, Sk. Not only did Walter love working in the north, but he also loved all the extra fishing opportunities that accompanied this move. Walter loved fishing and would often talk about his many fishing adventures. He was an avid sports fan who followed many different sports over the years. In his younger years Walter played/taught tennis, played/referred hockey, and played/coached baseball. In recent years Walter enjoyed watching all kinds of sporting events on TV with a particular interest in curling and hockey. He was proud to cheer for the Montreal Canadians. Walter also enjoyed good food and the opportunity to share a meal with the people in his life. He was especially fond of egg salad sandwiches, bacon and eggs, and anything that someone else cooked for him. Most importantly, more than anything else, Walter was a family man. I have loved his family deeply and cherished every moment that he had with them. He looked forward to every visit and every phone call from his kids and grandkids. He was blessed to hear from them often. Walter never missed an opportunity to make sure each of them knew how much they meant to him. Although Walter’s marriage to Maisie ended in 1985, Walter and Maisie remained dear friends until her passing de ella in 2014. Most people feel blessed to find true love once in their lives, but Walter was able to find it twice. Walter met Irene Lascelle in 1999 and it did not take him long to know that he wanted her by his side for the rest of his life. They were married on April 6, 2002, in North Battleford, Sk. where he lived for the remainder of his life. Walter quickly made himself at home in North Battleford. It didn’t take him long to make new friends because he loved chatting with everyone he met. He was not the kind of guy to sit around for long, so he was happy to take a few extra jobs in his retirement from him. He worked as a greeter at Walmart before joining the McDonalds crew to become their “go to” guy for merchandise pick-ups and transfers. He then worked at Crandleberries where he enjoyed every opportunity, he was given to eat great food and meet new people. For the past number of years, however, Walter spent the majority of his time doing what he loved most; caring for his beloved wife Irene whom he treasured dearly. I have loved being her husband of her and have reminded her of that often. Walter will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves behind many friends from across the country who all played a very important role in his life. He will be especially missed by his wife, Irene Lascelle, who will feel his absence profoundly. Also mourning his loss are his children: Gail Kvisle, Beverly St. Marie (Darrell Graves), Frederick St. Cyr, and Howard St. Cyr. His stepchildren: Corey (Kathy) Lascelle, Michelle (Robin) Christopher, and Cherie (Rob) Hamilton. His grandchildren: Mark Kvisle (Denai Deboon), Grant Kvisle, Jonas (Candase) St. Marie, Jeannine St. Marie, and Jeremy Roberts. His step-grandchildren: Katelyn (William Ley), Rylee, Chaylene and Krystalynn Lascelle, Chris (Caitlyn Woloski), Chase, Tia, and Kyle (Crystal Keller) Hamilton, Jaiden Christopher, Cascilla (Jonas) Taillon, Jarod Christopher, and Kiandra Christopher. His great-grandchildren of him: Aurora, Vaughn, and Drezden Kvisle, Amber St. Marie, Jacob Brais, Noah and Bobby Buchnell and his step great-grandchildren: Braxton Hodgins and Maximus Hamilton. Walter was predeceased by his parents: Edward and Jeanne St. Cyr; his brother, John St. Cyr, and his daughter-in-law, Teresa Stacey. Prayer Service will be held Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 6:30 pm with Father Peter Ebidero presiding and Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 20th, 2022, at 2:00 pm both held at St. Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Church 1942-98th Street North Battleford with Father Phinh Do as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Town of Battleford Cemetery. Condolences for the family can be left at www.eternalmemoriesfuneral.ca Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.
Published by The Battlefords News-Optimist from May 19 to Jun. 18, 2022.