Tobie Lemaigre

Tobie Joseph Lemaigre

Friday, June 23rd, 1933 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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Tobie Lemaigre was born June 23, 1933, his parents were Jean-Marie and Elenore Lemaigre. Tobie was the oldest child and his siblings were Raphael, Johnny, Edward, Elise, Cecile, Couronne and Ovide. They were raised on the trapline, where Tobie learned all his trapping, hunting, fishing and harvesting skills. Tobie then met Judith and were married on January 8, 1954. Celine was born shortly after their marriage and then Ronnie came a couple years later. Judith was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and was sent to live in the sanitorium in Fort Qu’Appelle and Saskatoon for 3 years. From 1961-1964 Tobie took his two young children Celine (5yrs old) and Ronnie (3yrs old) to one of his trapline cabins at Mile 18 to raise them for 3 years until Judith was released from the sanitorium. Tobie and Judith had 7 more children, Richard, Martha, Ida, Pauline, Jerry, Raphael and Bonnie. Tobie taught his children how to hunt, fish, trap, and how to utilize the traditional plants as medicines. Tobie was well known in his trapping and harvesting skills. Tobie had a solid dog team who he travelled with all over the north. His dog sled team was known to have the strongest and fastest dogs, and everybody wanted to know his secret and what Tobie fed his dogs, but he kept that to himself. Tobie was a travelling man who met many people all over Northern Saskatchewan, Alberta, far north and North West Territories. Tobie knew all the lakes and traplines in the La Loche area like the back of his hand. He was a wise man who had much knowledge about the Dene Culture. Tobie and Judith were blessed with their grandchildren Benson, Molly, Jamie, Clinton, Leanne, Lori, Chad, Gina, Joey, Quincy, and Tyson. Together they taught them their language, culture and traditions of trapping, hunting, fishing, harvesting, and gathering of medicinal plants. Together they took their children and grandchildren to their trapping cabins, harvesting cabins, and fishing cabins. Judith unfortunately fell ill and passed away in 2003. Tobie missed his dear wife and to pass the time he continued to pray, hunt, fish, trap, and harvest with his grandchildren. There are many stories that Tobie shared with his children and grandchildren about the olden days and most of his stories always ended in laughter. Tobie had many friends but his best friends were Alfred Janvier, Johnny Woodward and Edward Janvier. As Tobie aged, his heart began to weaken. He was not able to live the life he loved in the north. So instead he spent his time gathering with friends to play card games and share his funny jokes with, watched hockey, watched wrestling, and his most favourite watching Jerry Springer-this made him laugh. Just recently he even taught himself how to use YouTube where he would sit and listen to all his favourite tunes. He loved the song A few Old Memories by Foghorn Stringband. Tobie was cared for at home by his loving daughter Pauline and grandson Tyson. Tobie was a very well-known respected Elder, most of all he was known as the Elder who loved to make others laugh-it isn’t surprising that he chose to pass on April 1, he always had to have the last laugh. Tobie lived a good life, a life that many of us can only imagine. He was a hard-working man and a very loving man. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and community. He is now at rest with his loving wife Judith, his children Ronnie, Jerry and Bonnie. When it is safe to gather again, we will honour our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Friend, and Elder together. We thank those who loved Tobie dearly.
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    Friday, April 3rd, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Friday, April 3rd, 2020 5:00pm
    La Loche Roman Catholic Cemetery
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    La Loche Roman Catholic Cemetery
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