October 20, 1934 – January 19, 2019
Surrounded by his family’s love, Al Orieux, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 84 on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Al was born on October 20, 1934 to Louis Orieux and Eva (Lavoie) on a farm near Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. He was the tenth child of fourteen and their first son. This was a recipe for lots of attention as he had nine older sisters at his beck-and-call. He grew up a prankster. Poor rooster!
Al’s passions were faith and family. Each morning, he would rise early and sit in his chair to say his morning prayers. Since the 1970’s he was regularly involved in his parish, Sainte Martyrs Canadiens, and was always sure to arrive at church a good hour before mass. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered numerous years with the Indoor Games. Al liked his solitude, but he also liked to ‘fill the house’ with company and laughter. A family of over 35 could make a lot of noise. Which he told us often! He was a teller of tales and his mischievous grin would let you know when he was pulling your leg.
Al was a handyman extraordinaire, spending countless hours in his workshop. You would find him at his happiest working on projects and tinkering away. Al was a hard worker and supported his family in multiple ways including; farmer, hotel owner, heavy equipment operator, and crane operator. One of his proudest achievements was when he studied and received his journeyman crane license at age 59 even though he had been out of school since Grade 8. Finally, at the age of 80, he happily retired from work!
In his downtime Al loved to play cards (especially Samba), feed his birds, and watch curling and hockey. Outwardly he cheered for the Boston Bruins but inwardly, his family is convinced he was a long-time Habs fan. Daily, Al would go for long walks crossing the bridges of Saskatoon, always stopping at the train bridge to ‘do his stairs’ multiple times. He spent many hours fishing at Chitek Lake while staying at the family cabin. He loved to collect antiques and mounted too many shelves to display his ‘little treasures’ on the cabin walls.
Al will be greatly missed by his wife of 59 years, Doris (nee Laventure), and their children Colette Orieux (Kevin Fitzgerald), Suzanne Orieux-Koroluk (Dave Koroluk), Annette (Dennis) Pilipiak, Celine Orieux (Paul Dorotich), Gilles Orieux (Trina Wilson Orieux) and Marc (Denise) Orieux. His 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will tenderly hold him in their hearts. Grandchildren include Candice (Doug) Quist-Potter, Eryn, Meags, Kieran, Tiegh (Jazmine) Fitzgerald; Rylan Koroluk, Jenika (John) Koroluk, Keaira Koroluk-Radke (Marysa), Aaron (Heidi) LeBlanc; Matt (David), Logan (Jenna), Dallas Pilipiak; Danielle (Roman), Stephane Dorotich; Calder, Carson (Kaylee) Orieux; Colten, Lorelle Orieux. Great-grandchildren include Kiera, Kalista, Kai, Kole Potter; Maya LeBlanc. Al’s siblings, in-laws, extended family and friends will remember him with fondness and smiles. He is predeceased by his parents, his parents-in-law, 6 sisters, 2 brothers and numerous in-laws.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Sts. Martyrs Canadiens (1007 Windsor St.) in Saskatoon. A Prayer Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Ste. Therese Parish in Leoville, SK, followed by the Rite of Committal.
Thank you to the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital and the Palliative Home Care staff who supported him and his family in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada or the K.C. Charities. Arrangements in care of Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306-978-5200).