Albert Gauthier was born to Earlton farmers, Paul Gauthier and Jeannette Loranger. A pilar of the community, he was first and foremost a proud farmer and businessman. Moreover, he was a dedicated and determined man who played an important role in promoting French culture and language, particularly in the field of agriculture. For example, he was a member of the Ontario Milk Marketing Board where he worked on behalf of Temiskaming farmers for more than 30 years, ensuring that local French speaking dairy producers received services in French.
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Throughout the years, Albert contributed to a number of organisations, including the Armstrong Township Municipal Council, the Farm Credit Corporation, the United Co-operatives of Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, TemGrain Coop, etc. He was also a provincial representative of the Dairy Herd Improvement Corp. and a member of the Vetenary Committee for Timiskaming. Moreover, Albert gave much of his time to other community organisations such as the Centre de santé du Témiskaming, the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus and the ACFO du Témiskaming.
Members of the community will remember Albert’s significant contribution to the Temiskaming region as vice-president of the 2009 International Plowing Match. It should be noted that, thanks to his input, the event was held in both official languages for the first time in the history of this world class event.
Albert Gauthier leaves behind his wife of more than 57 years, Jeanne d’Arc (Rivard); three children Jacqueline (Doug Newfeld), Yves and Rémi (Annie Lajoie) and ten grandchildren : Émilie and Pascale Léveillé, Leïla Reguigui, Marie-Jeanne, Jérémi, Cédric, Jacob, Angel, Annie and Danika Gauthier. He will also be greatly missed his brothers Gérard (Cécile Goudreault), Maurice (Jeanne Loranger), Philippe (Juliette Léveillé), Robert (Gisèle Alary); his sisters Lucille Panadapka and Claire Gauthier; brothers-in-law Lucien Quenneville (Cheryl Rathskeller), David Jones, Stefan Mckuch, Roméo Rivard (Rhéa Chartrand), Sylvio Rivard (Cécile Léveillé); and his sisters-in-law Cécile (Beaudry) Rivard, Jeannine (Benoît) Rivard, Jeannine (Dénommé) Rivard and Reina Rivard. He was much loved by many nephews and nieces.
Albert was predeceased by his daughter Julie Léveillé; his daughter-in-law, Marylène Fournier; his parents; his brother Marcel; his sisters Lorraine Mckuch, Thérèse Quenneville and Marie Jones; his sister-in-law Rolande (Léveillé) Gauthier; his father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Germaine (Vezeau) Rivard; his brothers-in-law Jerry Panadapka, Roger, Rosaire and Gérard Rivard, Raymond and Loretta (Rivard) Forget.
Visitation will take place at the St-Jean Baptiste Church on Thursday, July 4th, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 5th. A funeral mass will be held at the same church on July 5th, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation in his name be made to Palliative Care division of the Temiskaming Hospital.