Aime Joseph Andre Bruneau
March 11, 1935 – March 31, 2017
Aime Joseph Andre Bruneau son of Phillipe and Marie-Ida (Dionne) Bruneau predeceased, March 11, 1935 – March 31, 2017 with his loving daughter and son-in-law by his side, passed away peacefully at Health Sciences North, Sudbury, ON, at the age of 82 years, to join his predeceased wife Anna (nee Beaulieu) of 42 years into the loving arms of Jesus. To cherish his memory are his three daughters, Louise Stuart (Rick), Diane Rempel (Harvey), Carol Neill (George), Grandchildren, William (Will) Flight, Shannon Rempel, Kyle Rempel (Vanessa), Victoria Rempel (Kyle), sisters Sr. Therese, Jeanette, Denise, Elizabeth (Betty) and many nieces and nephews. Aime was predeceased by his Grandchild Scott Flight, brothers David, Andre, Ferdinand, Hector, Jean (John), Gabriel, Joseph and sisters Georgine, Helene, Claire, Marie, and his beloved great dane Dixie.
Aime was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and raised in Marcelin by his sister Helene. He moved to Sudbury after a brief military service with the Royal Canadian Navy and displayed two tattoos on his forearms. It was in Sudbury where he met his loving wife Anna and they moved to Thompson, MB in 1963 shortly after their first daughter was born, and to raise their family. Aime had a passion and talent for working with his hands and creating purposeful objects and tools that were often sold throughout the community. As children, we remember our father making a small row boat from scratch with his own hands. He sold that boat, but went on to build many other projects like his two car garage, converted a school bus into a motor home, block and tackle, huge utility trailers, log splitter, windmill, wood burning stoves, and double wide snow scoop. Aime was always on the move, using his many skills as a welder, mechanic, carpenter, machinist, and stone masonry, to create endless projects. If Aime could imagine it, he could built it. Although he lacked formal education, I often remembered dad sitting at the dinner table with rulers and pencils in hand creating his own inventions, and on the rare occasions a poem or two. Aime spent more time in his garage than any other place, with coffee cup and cigarette held in leathery hands he would go to work scheming ways to deplete INCO’s scrape piles of the best copper and scrap metals. He was known by many Thompsonites to be an eccentric fellow, which some people admired, but most often he was making mischief for people in authority. He will always be remembered for his cherished school bus that was eventually developed into his travelling workshop, including a wood burning stove, and it could be seen traveling throughout the streets of Thompson with smoke billowing beyond the roof top of the bus. I hope our father can now go find his pot of gold! Memorial Service was held at Laugheed Funeral Homes, 252 Regent St. Sudbury, ON, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00pm. Interred with his loving wife at Sudbury Civic Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association – Thompson Region.
“He never had enough, but when he did he would give it away without a thought for tomorrow.”
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