Raoul passed away suddenly on July 13, 2006 in Fraser Lake, BC. He was born in Falher, Alberta and moved with his family to Sexsmith in 1939. Ten years later they moved to Grande Prairie where he met and married Marjorie Kramps in 1953. On June 6, 2006, they celebrated 53 years of marriage. He is survived by his children, four daughters and one son: Darlene (John) Thiessen of Fraser Lake, BC; Pat (John) DeMos of Edmonton, Alta; Wayne Martineau of Fraser Lake, BC; Cheryl (Francis) Munroe of Delta, BC; and Janet Smith of Fraser Lake, BC; six grandchildren; Derek (Amber) DeMos, Nicole (Tyler) Ray, Terri DeMos, Erin Thiessen, Brandon Munroe, and Joshua Smith; two brothers, Laurent (Joan) Martineau, Albert (Barbara) Martineau, and a sister, Paulette (Wayne) Patterson; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Raoul was predeceased by his parents Victoire and Joseph Martineau.
Raoul was a true handyman and held many jobs in his lifetime. He moved to Fraser Lake in 1966 with his wife and five children. He worked as a foreman of the Endako Mines town site crew, then went on to work at Fraser Lake school as a maintenance man until 1978. He then started his own plumbing and heating business, which he ran successfully with the help of his wife, and later on his son Wayne until his retirement at the age 67. After retirement, Raoul spent his time woodworking, creating birdhouses, birdfeeders, planters, and willow furniture. He was also an avid gardener and proudly shared his garden produce with family and friends. He and his wife, Marjorie began cruising in 1994. Places they went were the Panama Canal, Hawaii, and Mexico. Raoul and his wife enjoyed their last cruise together this spring, through the Panama Canal to Mexico and back to Vancouver.
A prayer service was held at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Fraser Lake, BC on Tuesday July 18, 2006 at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass for Raoul Martineau was held at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Fraser Lake, BC on July 19, 2006 at 1:30pm. Father Andy Takach officiating. Interment in Fraser Lake cemetery. If relatives and friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Raoul to the Diabetes Association and or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Grace Memorial Funeral Chapel in care of arrangement 1-866-567-4814.
The family would like to thank Tracy Beckley, Wendy Nicol and Jonathan Kostyshyn, who gave initial C.P.R. Thank you to the RCMP, Fire Rescue and Ambulance teams for their quick response and heroic efforts. Thanks to Dr. S. Ebert, Dr. L. Prinsloo and Dr. K. Muir, Nurses Devi Parsad and Jessica Korum of St. John Hospital, Vanderhoof for their loving care of Raoul.
Sincere thanks from,
Marjorie ad Family