On July 11, 2022, Monique passed away peacefully after a hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s in the presence of her daughter, Eugenie, and in the loving embrace of her husband of 54 years, Arnie. Also survived by her sons, Robert (Krista) and James (Pam) and 6 grandchildren, Alexis, Olivia, Ryan, Annie, Gabe and Josh. Her siblings in Quebec: Suzanne (Denis) Leclerc, Celine (Jean-Pierre) Leclerc, Serge (Linda Gagnon) Laporte, and Marcelle (Rejean) Savard gave her a large number of beloved children to whom she was known as a great Aunt and Grandaunt.
Born in Montreal to Maurice and Fernande Laporte (nee Thouin), military service brought her family to many locations including Germany, eventually settling in Loretteville, Quebec.
A top student, Monique showed a strong affinity for languages, creativity, and an ability for clear communication. She became an international telephone operator. Always adventurous, Monique left the comfort of home serving in the arctic wilderness of Frobisher Bay in the late 1960’s. She returned to Quebec for a short time and then moved to BC with lifelong friends Lise Breton, Jocelyne Turmel and Ginette Stowe.
Soon after, she met Arnie and fell in love. They were married 3 months later and established a home in Ladner, BC where they raised their family and were blessed with many more lifelong friendships. An enthusiastic participant in many community initiatives, Monique served as a long-term director of the DCCLS and was a founding member of the Genesis Theater Complex Society.
During her long career with Bell Canada, BC Tel and Telus, Monique was a popular manager of people and creator of innovative programs. She was loved and respected by all who worked with her.
After retirement, Monique and Arnie spent several years in Tumbler Ridge and then settled in Port Alberni. Her sharp mind, sharper wit and infectious laughter brought yet another group of close friends and community associations. She very much enjoyed her time volunteering as a French language teacher and with the Westcoast Hospital Auxiliary.
Our family wishes to express our deepest thanks and admiration for the kind care provided by homecare workers and nurses that allowed Arnie to support Monique in their home for as long as possible. The staff at Westhaven provided compassionate palliative care and brought her the peace and dignity she so well deserved.
A Celebration of Life with light refreshments will be held Saturday, August 6, 1:00 PM at Yates Memorial 4470 Gertrude Street, Port Alberni.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 13, 11:00 am at All Saints Anglican Church 4755 Arthur Dr, Ladner, BC with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, support for the Alzheimer Society of BC is welcomed.