LARIVEE, ROCH J.L. - It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Roch Joseph Louis Larivee on the 27th of May, 2012 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital after a lengthy illness at the age of 76. A wonderful father, grandfather and adventurer with a heart of gold. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Marianne Larivee and three brothers, Gilles, Michel and Jacque. He is survived by his children, Roch Jr. (Josee) and Lynn (Robin Harris); his grandchildren, Prescilla, Karine, Alex and Anne; sister, Francine Gaudreau (Pierre) of Saint Hubert; and brother, Pierre (Lise) of Montreal. Roch was born in Granby, Quebec on the 18th of December, 1935. He lived an exceptional life joining the Canadian Armed Forces "Provost Corps" at an early age. As an M.P. he travelled throughout the world, including in critical missions in the Congo, Cyprus and in Germany. In his role with the Special Investigating Unit he assisted the RCMP and local police with special interest in illicit drugs, gang-warfare and other criminal investigations. He was a devout Catholic and joined the Knights of Columbus where he reached the rank of State Deputy. Retiring from the Canadian Forces as a decorated Sargent, he was employed by the New Brunswick Government as a Liqour Board Inspector, which took him throughout New Brunswick. He then applied his many talents to help physically construct and run as owner-manager a successful licenced bar in Oromocto, Mingler's Pub, that soon became a centre and welcome place for the community it served, where he supported local sports and other events. Always optimistic and outgoing, he enthusiastically embraced all that life had to offer. He dabbled in a lot of things, enjoying a variety of sports, coaching little league baseball, farming and being a business owner.
Visitation will be held at the Oromocto Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 30th and Thursday, May 31st, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #93 will hold a tribute on Thursday at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am with Fr. Ken Weir as celebrant. Interment will take place in the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Suggested donations in memory of Roch may be made to the NB Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of the donor's choice.