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Roger LeBleu

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ROGER LEBLEU

August 12, 1953 - March 24, 2024

Join us as we share stories, memories, and laughter in honour of Roger. Let us celebrate the legacy he leaves behind—a legacy of love, resilience, and compassion.


May Roger’s spirit continue to shine brightly in our hearts, reminding us to cherish every moment and embrace the beauty of life.


In Loving Memory of Roger LeBleu


It is with shattered hearts that we announce the passing of Roger LeBleu, a deeply loved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. Roger, the “Renaissance Man” as he was lovingly called by his friends, left us on March 24, 2024, surrounded by his family, after a catastrophic stroke.


Born August 12, 1953, in Winnipeg, he was of Métis descent. Roger was known for his deep love and dedication to his family, his generosity, his sense of humour, his kindness, his wisdom, and his unwavering spirit. Roger left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Roger was a self-taught man with many interests, some short lived and others lifelong.


When Roger put his mind to something, improbable things happened. As a young salesman, he dominated in his field selling for companies like Nike, Russell Equipment and Keen shoes. He taught himself Spanish, for no other reason than it interested him. During his work travels across North America, Roger refused to eat ‘boring’ hotel food which always led to his finding little gems off the beaten track. During his travels South, Roger discovered a new passion - BBQ. Shortly after, Lovey’s BBQ – named in tribute of his wife’s nickname for him, was born. The restaurant was the culmination of a lifelong dream of his which he ran with his middle daughter, Jocelyne, for just over 10 years. Shortly after opening its doors, it began accumulating awards.


He was an avid reader, often recommending and exchanging books with his oldest daughter Danielle. He was a marvelous papa/pépé to his youngest grand-children Margo and Esmée, Monique’s daughters. When Roger laughed, which he did often and heartily, you couldn’t help but laugh with him. Roger lived a full life enriched by his passions for cooking, travelling, hunting, playing Pétanque and spending time in his yard and puttering in his garage.


He is survived by his beautiful wife of 50 years, Norma, celebrated on February 8th of 2024, oldest daughter Danielle (Rick, Nelleke, Adélie), Jocelyne (Nick, Alexis, Liliana), Monique (Margo, Esmée) as well as his honorary sisters Candy Barker (Gord), Denise Sask (Bob) who will miss him profoundly. Roger was the solid ground on which his wife and daughters built their world upon. His girls, as he liked to call us, will live in a way that honours our pops. We will cry and rail when we need to, but we will laugh, and we will reminisce fondly and often. We will carry whoever is being crushed by their grief until they can stand on their own. We are the family that papa and maman built and that it is a family that loves each other through the ugly, the devastating, the mundane and the everyday. Papa, we will get through this one way or another, and we will do it together.


A come and go Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday April 14, 2024, at 1p.m. until 3p.m. at The Gates on Roblin. Memorials of Roger’s remarkable life journey will be shared at 1:30 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation


Thank you to Dr. Wheeler (HSC), Dr. Praveen Mehta, Dr. D. Houston as well as to all the staff at the ICCS who showed extreme kindness in Roger’s last days and went above and beyond in their dealings with his immediate family.


Roger’s warmth, laughter, and love will forever remain in our hearts. As we say goodbye, we take comfort in knowing that his spirit will always be with us.


The family encourages the sharing of stories, memories and condolences by using the comment section on this tribute page or on paper on April 14th.


For any questions relating to the Celebration of Life, please contact Danielle at 204-688-0717 or Jocelyne at 204-223-7425.

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

Memories, Stories and Condolences

 

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Comments (52)

Dear sweet Norma & girls

I remember the happy times we had on Park Grove. I hope the love everyone had for Roger brings you much comfort.

Donna Courteau & family

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6 days ago

Dear Norma and family! Our Sympathy to you and your family.

Ron and Roger were friends since they were kids. We remember double dating with you guys at shakeys. Then later on we enjoyed supper at lovey’s. In the last couple of years we would see Roger in front of our house driving the school bus he would stop and chat with us. He will be missed. May you rest in peace my friend. Ron and Ida Allaire.

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6 days ago

Auntie, Danielle, Jocelyne , Monique and all the family, My heart aches for you during this time, Uncle was your rock and so much more. cherish and comfort one another during this time. He will missed but never forgetton in your hearts. Hugs

Kristen

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7 days ago

Mes sympathies à toute la famille, surtout ma collègue, Danielle. Je pense à vous tous pendant ce moment tragique. ♥️ Niki

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Apr 09

You will be missed by all Roger you were very good guy

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Apr 06

Aunty Norma, Danielle, Jocelyne, Monique.


I have just learned of Uncle Roger's passing. I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I will always remember uncle Roger fondly, and his big smile that brought a Santa Claus twinkle to his eyes! He will be missed.


Take care of each other through this difficult time. I am sending you much love.


Lise

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Apr 04

Dear Norma,

I am so sorry for your loss, the love of your life. I pray you find hope and comfort as the days move forward. Love from Norrie

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Apr 03

Sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I was a customer of his at Lovey's, where I got to enjoy authentic BBQ VERY often! I developed a customer friendship with him, and found him to be a very authentic and caring man; both towards his business, and his family.. He was a very polished business person, and just a natural with people! My condolences to his family, and his friends. A live WELL LIVED!

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Apr 02

My deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved dad and husband. Norma and Roger were neighbours for years, and I had the absolute joy of babysitting their beautiful girls for a few years. Their home was a warm and happy one and I loved their girls who were so bright, curious, and sweet.


When they moved back, it was a pleasure and joy to see the girls all grown up and Roger thriving at Lovey's. He was always about making life better for this girls and Norma that was clear in everything he did. He was the host with the most at Lovey's and everyone who came through the door was either a friend or a future friend. My heart aches for you all. I hope you are comforted by a lifetime of memories and his unforgettable devotion and love to you all.


On behalf of my parents and our families, we send you love and deepest sympathies.


Susie Erjavec Parker (daughter of Stef and Erlinda on Park Grove)

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Apr 01

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Rogers father and mother where best friends from St. Pierre with both my mom and dad. My wife and I have known Roger since teenage days. My wife also knew Norma from the days of working at St Boniface Clinic. I remember when he and Norma first started dating we we where living in an apartment on Archibald. At that time Roger was "Truly a Renaissance Man" Everything he did was through his desire to be successful in business and for his family. He was a hard working, loving husband, father, and grand father .He enjoyed making people laugh, and smile. His laugh was "contagious". We will never forget the time Roger took us to see his kitchen at Lovey's and I can tell you it was awesome and so very neat and clean. He also had great food. We had many great times over the years. May God bless his soul. He'll probably start a Lovey's in heaven. All of our love at these sad times. Wayne and Denise Rajotte

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Apr 01

Roger and I lost touch after high school, save for a chance bump-in here and there over the years and the odd chat at Lovey’s. Throughout those years however, he remained the warm, engaging, inspiring and « fun » person I first met in our teens. Saddened by his loss. My sincere condolences to you, Norma and family, and to all his loved ones.

Dennis Connelly

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Apr 01

Roger lived a life with passion and Joie de Vivre. He was never boring!! Our families spent many happy times together with Roger and Norma, laughter and food being the main ingredients. We have many stories to share (won't mention the Ukranian water socks). Our hugs and love are sent to all the family to get you through the dark moments. The joy in the time we spent together is Roger's legacy. We are glad to have known him. John, Susan, Allison and Michael.

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Apr 01

As a fellow traveler Roger was the go to for all things humorous. Norma will remember my stop on the way home for a Christmas party due to alcohol sickness and the responses Roger made from an open window hampered my sickness by uncontrolled laughing. Many other times the group of sales reps would just sit around and listen to the funniest stand up you could ever remember.

Roger was kind and helped many of us with sales lines when many of us needed them. We all helped each other but Roger was foremost when help was needed.

Norma, I am away for the celebration but my very best wishes that all the pleasant memories will help ease the pain

Barry Hobday


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Apr 01

Norma and family,

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. My deepest condolences.

Since Roger and I met in high school and 0ver the years as our lives occasionally bumped us into each, I have always enjoyed Roger's Joy de Vie. He shared his laughter and kindness and I have always had a smile whenever I have thought about our encounters. Roger made the world a better place.

My thoughts are with you.

David De Leeuw


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Mar 31

My condolences, Norma, to you and your family. I wholeheartedly agree with a previous commentator that he has left a legacy of strong and independent women. May the memories of your lives together bring you comfort at this time.

Liz Cronk





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