Victor Phileas Laventure passed away peacefully at Vernon Hospice House on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. Born on the Laventure Homestead in Saskatchewan on April 4, 1936, Vic graduated from the College of Mitchieu in Gravenburg then worked at the bank in Sinaboy for seven years and was promoted as the youngest bank manager in BMO history. He also spent time living in Montreal as a bank manager. In 1962 he purchased the Lac La Biche Hotel and was very active in the community with being the founding memeber of Pow Wow Days & Fish Derby of Pow Chamber of Commerce (president 1965-66), City Alderman (1965-66), Mayor (1971–1972) and chairman of the Hospital Board (1972). Vic purchased the Enderby Motor Inn in 1974, was a founding member of the North Okanagan Liberals and President of the Chamber of Commerce in Enderby. He made Enderby home until 1990 when he bought the hotel in Rocky Mountain House. Then in 2001, he purchased the Willow Inn in Nelson. In 2003, Vic retired and moved to Armstrong where he has resided since.
Vic lived his life to the fullest, playing poker, golf, pool, traveling and house boating. He was an attentive host and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Victor will be lovingly remembered by son Robert Laventure of Innisfail, AB; daughters Nicole (Wayne) Makohoniuk of Vernon, and Yvonne (Mark) Beahm of Vernon; grandchildren Raja Lee Kler, Braetanna, Mikayla, Destiny-Ann, Jaymie, Alexus, and Zachary; siblings Margaret Laventure, Margarite Bolan, Etta (Mac) Vinet, Leo (Yvette) Laventure; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Predeceased by brother Arthur (Patricia), niece and nephew Jeanette & Phillip all in1975 and brother Johnny in1976, parents Monette 1986 and Emile 1976, granddaughter Serina Laventure 1982 and his beloved Evelyn Lucille Heuer on February 13, 1999. “They will be dancing together forever in Heaven”. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 22, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Armstrong. Father Leo Boyd, O.M.I. celebrant. A luncheon will be held in the Church Hall following the service. Memorial donations may be made to Vernon Hospice House, Build a Dream Campaign, 3506-27 Avenue, Vernon, BC, V1T 4W9 or Covenant House, 575 Drake Street,Vancouver, BC, V6B 4K8. Messages of condolence may be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237.