It is with great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Remi LeBlanc (Remi Eugere LeBlanc) on March 24, 2023 at home with his wife at his side, at the age of 78.
Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Claire, along with their two daughters Eileen Robitaille and Elaine Putnam, two son in-laws Michael Robitaille and Michael Putnam, 4 grandchildren Shayne Robitaille, Bryce Robitaille, Michelle Putnam, Jason Putnam and one granddaughter in-law Heleena Juneau-Taylor, one great granddaughter Mila Robitaille and three step great grandchildren London, Mason, and Addison.
Survived by his sisters and brothers Rosita Dalton, Julie Gregoire, Ted LeBlanc, and Joe LeBlanc, predeceased by Vic LeBlanc, Phil LeBlanc, and Edward LeBlanc, he will be remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
Remi’s greatest love besides Claire would be life on Georgian Bay and specifically the Sans Souci area, as Remi would say “I am the self-proclaimed mayor of Sans Souci.” He lived, worked, and died in the place he loved most in the world.
Remi will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family invites you to join them in celebrating the life of Remi and a life well lived. Saturday April 1, 2023 from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 52 Church Street, Parry Sound.
In lieu of Flowers, donations to Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation are appreciated.
You know, every once in a while you get to meet a special person. Remi was one of them. I met him about 10 years ago at the Marina while travelling with my good friend Johnnie Nic, and his brother Charlie. Both Remi, Claire, and their employees treated you like family. I enjoyed listing to the conversations that were had. He will be missed!
My thoughts and prayers are with the LeBlanc Family at this time.
RIP Remi! God Bless!
Sleep tight Remi. We loved many years with you in many endeavors. You were always the rock of Sans Souci.-Wally Sloan
Remi will be sadly missed; he was a part of everyone's life and was a true gentleman.
God bless him.
Our deepest condolences to the LeBlanc family. We are truly shocked and saddened. Remi was such a gentle soul as well as a valued member of the community. No visit to Fryingpan island will ever be quite the same again.-Gavin Langmuir & Family
Remi was someone I knew I could count on for help if I had an emergency, and for good humor and friendliness when I didn't. The Bay will be poorer without him. Condolences to the family from my family at Omemee Island.-Richard Schweid
Dear Claire, Mike, Eileen, Elaine and Shane,
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your families. Remi was one of the kindest, gentle, men we have ever met. He always made us feel like friends who shared the positive side of a beautiful place despite the many hardships that he truly overcame. Bless you Claire, and we hope your days will be filled with the joy that Remi always saw in life. Love, Scott and Angie
Dear Dear Remi was part of our family’s being on Georgian Bay. I can’t imagine him not being there. Whether for cottage or boat needs, for a visit to the marina, or for emergency help of all kinds, Remi and Claire have been there for us. God rest your soul, Remi.-Judy Hatcher
Claire and Family,
We offer our sincere condolences to all of you at this difficult and sad time. We have so many fond memories of Remi presiding over "the Store", always offering a welcome smile and genuine inquiry into what Charlie and Henry were up to that day. To visit Remi each day was a happy outing for the kids, a destination - and his presence will be sorely missed, but fondly remembered, by us and the whole Community, of which he was a pillar. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, that you may find peace during this time of loss.
Graham, Virginia, Charlie and Henry King
We are so saddened to hear of Remi's death. We looked forward every summer to stopping by the marina to shop, have ice cream and to chat with Remi. He was a very special individual and those of us who summer on Georgian Bay will miss him and his humor greatly. My condolences to Claire his entire family.
Gary & Kathy Johnson
I am so saddened of Remi's passing and my thoughts are with Claire and all the family. For 22 years I would drop in the Marina sometimes just to say hello and joke with Claire and Remi...Both Ally and me will miss you dearly my friend.-Ron Hartwick
Dear Claire and family, we are so sorry for your very unexpected loss and we know everyone will miss Remi so much. Thinking of Remi and his loving family at this sad time.-Barbara & David Wright
The Heintzman family sends warm condolences to the Leblanc family on the passing of Remi Leblanc. Remi was a great Georgian Bay gentlemen and he will be greatly missed by all of us. His gentle, teasing wit, his rich memory of life at Sans Souci and his great love of the Georgian Bay were precious to all of us. We will cherish the memory of our we last taxi rides with him at Thanksgiving 2022.-Jane and Ralph Heintzman
Claire and family, I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. Remi was such a pillar of the community; he will be sorely missed. Long live the mayor.-Pierre Barber
My family and I were fortunate to spend countless hours with Remi over the last 30 years and he was one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. A wonderful person who loved his family and was always willing to help others. Such a gift to have known him. We are praying for Claire and her family. Scott O’Connell.-Scott OConnell
Remi was a special friend. I will especially miss our long conversations in the Spring and Fall when the Bay was quite. My thoughts and prayers to Claire and all the family.
Remi, rest in peace my friend
To Claire, Eileen, Elaine and family
We are all so sorry to hear the sad news of Remi's recent death and send you and your families our sincere condolences. Each summer we looked forward to seeing Remi at the shop and having a little chat and chuckle with him. He was a wonderful neighbor, always willing to help when help was needed
He was our friend and so much a part of life at Sans Souci. We will miss him
We are very sorry to hear about this sad news. Remi was Sans Souci. He will be dearly missed. Sending our condolences to the family.-The Corbett Family
Dear Claire, Eileen, Michael, Elaine, Mike and families,
Mary Ann and I were shocked and very saddened to learn of Remi’s sudden passing. We will miss him very much, his welcome, sense of humour, friendship, ready and thoughtful assistance, and joie de vivre.
Sending our deepest sympathy,
Mike, Mary Ann, and Bean & LaRoue families
With heartfelt sympathy to dear Claire, and the whole family. Remi was a warm, engaging, beloved stalwart of the Sans Souci community, with a wonderful sense of humor, and an eagerness to help others. Cherished memories will ensure that his spirit endures.
Fritz, Lori & Ellie Rothermel
My condolences to Remi's family. He was a customer of mine for twenty plus years. A real gentleman. I will miss seeing him this summer.-Jim Teasdale
Dear Eileen, Mike, Shayne and Bryce:
We were so saddened to learn of the sudden loss of Remi. We are truly devastated to hear this news.
Remi was true!
A one of a kind solid rock of our community Remi was genuine and helpful to so many. We will miss his good advice about the boats plus the many laughs we shared over the years. Remi often kibitzed with us and made us feel like part of the Le Blanc Marina family.
Thank you Remi! You will be dearly missed.
Our hearts go out to you at this time.
Lynn, Kim and Dana (Warll/Murray)-Lynn Warll Murray
We were so sorry and saddened to learn of Remi's recent passing.
Over the years you and Remi have been very kind to us.
True Partners! I recall when you recently wintered together on Frying Pan island and how Remi said that he "loved every minute of it".
Over the years you and Remi have made our family visits to the store a delightful activity.
We will miss Remi's smile and his good humour. Remi never hesitated to help someone or to poke fun at himself which are both rare and genuine qualities to embrace.
This is how we will remember Remi.
Our hearts go out to you Claire, to your daughters Eileen and Elaine, to your grandchildren and great grandchildren plus the entire LeBlanc family.
We are thinking of you at this time,
Love Lynn, Kim and Dana-Lynn A. Warll Murray
We were deeply saddened to hear of Remi's passing. He was a gentle soul with a terrific sense of humour, always a pleasure to deal with. Our condolences to Claire and all the family. He will be greatly missed by the Sans Souci community.-Karen Walsh and David Roffey
To Claire and Remi's Entire Family-
Remi was a true treasure. In reading through the condolences it is clear what we all knew- he was genuine, friend to all and a wonderful person. He touched the lives of four generations of Chambers and O'Connells and we are all deeply saddened by his passing. Remi was as much a part of the Georgian Bay as the west wind, the pines and the glistening water. His spirit will live in the Bay forever. We are sorry that we will not be there to celebrate this extraordinary life with you. Know that you are very present in our minds. Peace be with you all during this time. RIP Dear Remi
Remi was our friend and will be so missed by us. Our trips to Sans Souci marina will never be the same again.
He always had such useful suggestions related to any cottage, boat or G.Bay matter.
He would turn out in good weather or bad, cheerfully to taxi or family, friends (and dogs) for an exciting ride !
It has always been comforting to know he was there whatever the need. He will be missed in so many ways by our family.
We are so sorry we aren’t able to join you at his celebration of life.
We send heartfelt sympathy to Claire, Elaine, Eileen and all the LeBlanc family at this very sad time.
Grahame Wendy and all the Cliffs-Grahame and Wendy Cliff
We feel so fortunate to have known Remi. It is hard to put into words what he meant to our family. He will truly be missed.-Trish Bain, Jacob McIsaac and Charlin McIsaac
On behalf of Iron City Fishing Club, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Claire and the extended LeBlanc family. Our summer visits to the store will not be the same. We have lost a dear friend but will always treasure Remi's friendship and admire his love of the Bay and his family.-Wally & Laura Jenkins
We are so sorry to hear of Remi's passing. It's hard to think that when we go to Sans Souci next summer we won't see the smiling face and a welcoming us back to the Bay by the man sitting on the stool behind his loving wife - Claire-Bill & Mary Clare Jenks
Sending sincere condolences to Claire, Eileen, Elaine and family. We were very saddened to hear of Remi's passing. He was such an integral part of our Sans Souci community and will be missed. May you rest in peace Remi.-Julie & Norm Scott
I think I first met Remi picking up motor’s for Yankanuck back in 1989. It was my first summer in the Sans Souci area and remember Remi kindly over the rest of the decades. Our thought and prayers are with Claire and the rest of the family.
- Karl Crandall and Danielle Dunn-Karl Crandall
I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Claire and the Leblanc family. We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Remi. A true original Georgian Bay rock, solid to the core, smooth as silk delivering his wit, an absolute survival anchor for our community. We loved you Remi, God bless. Karl Simmerling and family.-Karl Simmerling
I did not know Remi very well but I know whenever I went into the marina to buy (what else) candy I was always greeted with a BIG smile, a good laugh and some tale of something or other. The Remi and Claire team are a treasure. The store is a treasure. Thank you for all the memories. God Bless. God strong.
Sally Stevens (YC)
I delivered many loads of lumber when I drove for castle building supplies to Remi that he hauled out on to the bay. He was always a great guy to deal with. He always said that the ice cream was in him if I was out on the bay.-Scott Wonch
Our deepest condolences to Claire and the LeBlanc family. Remi was a very special person who was always ready to help when needed and he really was the Mayor of Sans Souci.He will be missed.
Brian Tupholme and the Tupholme family.
To Claire, Eileen, Elaine and Families,
Few people take the opportunity to impact an entire community. Even fewer do so ‘The LeBlanc Way’ – with warmth, compassion, great humour, and tremendous work ethic. No doubt, we never said thank you enough for all the times you’ve gone the extra mile to help us, but we hope Remi left us knowing how much he was loved. Long live the Mayor!
Love and condolences,
Bert & Sarah Liverance
Dear LeBlanc Family;
Please accept our condolences on the loss of Remi. We will miss his warm welcomes, whit and kindness. He was the glue of our Sans Souci community. Those are big shoes to fill!
Looking forward to seeing you all in person soon.
with fond regards, the Hogarth Family- John, Susie, Lauren, Kyle, Richard and Paige.
It is with deep sadness that I send my condolences to all of the LeBlancs on the loss of Remi. Remi supported our family on the Bay for many many years. He made enjoying the Bay and its wild offering possible and provided a helping hand on occasions too numerous to count. His calm, jovial, supportive manner will be greatly missed.-Alexa Bersenas
Rick and I always looked forward to our annual trip to the store to catch up with Remi and Claire, and pick up an ice cream cone!! We won't forget Remi. . .-Sue & Rick Stamberger
I was so shocked to hear the news about Remi when I returned home from a trip. Remi and his family have been an integral part of our summers on the Bay for over 30 years and we will miss him dearly. Our sincerest condolences to his family from all the Bannocks.-Jennifer Bannock
So wishing you consolation. Of course you and Remi and all yours are a big part of our community...and your service to us has been immeasurable.-deborah guild
Remi will be missed. My condolences. His family are in my thoughts.-Emily Honderich
Our hearts go out to Claire and the LeBlanc as we just learned of Remi's passing yesterday when we visited San Souci LeBlanc General Store. Remi was one of those kind souls who was always cheery and interested in everything that was going on. Thankful to have had Remi always there each summer with Claire to help her run the show and now an Era is over. Claire will March on!! Our condolences to all those who knew and loved Remi. I will always remember the time Remi took to come down to my boat parked at his dock the summer of 2021 to talk with my Mom in her 99th year. She really appreciated Remi reminiscing with her and she was gone 4 months later. RIP Remi...-Ian M Clark
I was very sorry to learn of Remi’s passing when I visited the Sans Souci Store yesterday. A wonderfully kind man with a great family. I remember, many years ago, when we had a cottage visitor from France during the World Cup. Remi took us into his living room turned on the TV and let us watch the action while he tended to the store. Our deep condolences to Claire and their family.-Biff Matthews