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LAST POST   1922-2019

At his residence, Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the age of 96 years, passed away Joseph Gautreau. He lived at the Veterans Affairs Center in Moncton, New Brunswick. 
Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Eloi and the late Marguerite (née Lirette) Gautreau.
Before his retirement; Mr. Gautreau served with the Canadian Army for 25 years, was posted to Chilliwack, BC, Whitehorse, YT and Gagetown, NB. He was a veteran of the Second World War; he parachuted during the Normandy invasion.

Joe's memory project   & Pegasus Bridge where Joe Jumped on D-Day

He also served during the Korean War. Joseph was a member of the Associations: 1 st Canadian Parachute Battalion, Royal Canadian Engineer, Dieppe Veterans, Korean War Vets and Canadian Legion Branch # 6. He was a passionate bowler and a good dart player. He was a member of the Dieppe Golden Age Club and the Sainte-Thérèse Parish.
He is survived by a daughter, Gisele (Micheal) Murray of Moncton; four sons: Terry (Lucille) of Moncton, Ron (Sharon) of Fredericton, Jim (Barb) and Micheal, both of Moncton; a sister, Gloria de Pheonix, AZ; a brother, Claude (Pat) of Mississauga, ON; three stepchildren; special friend, Jeannine Daigle; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; as well as several nephews and nieces.
His first wife, Exelda (née LeBlanc) in 1975; his second wife, Marie (née LeBlanc) in 2011; a girl, Bernice; a son, Bob; two sisters: Marguerite and Dolores and a brother, René preceded him in the grave.
Interment will be at Notre-Dame-du-Calvaire Cemetery, Dieppe.
A donation to the CHU Dumont "Veterans" Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

A note from Joe's friends in Dieppe France; 

Toutes nos condoléances à la famille de ce personnage  « hors normes » que nous avions, avec vous ; eu la chance de rencontrer.

Après une vie si chargée, au service de son pays ;

Qu’il repose en paix…………  il l’a ,bien mérité.


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1944 - 2018

Dieppe, NB – Normand Bourgeois, 73, passed away peacefully at Dr. Georges–L.–Dumont University Hospital Centre, Moncton, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, January 7, 2018, after a brief illness. Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Dismas and Marie–Anne (Robichaud) Bourgeois.
Normand will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Ursula (Bauta) Bourgeois; his son, Normand Jr. of Saskatchewan; his three daughters, Elizabeth “Liz” Mazaris (Quinn) of Barrie, ON, Christine Bourgeois of Peterborough, ON and Laura Duchesne (Darren) of Callander, ON; his five sisters, Doreen Yates (Ed) of Dieppe, Shirley Bourgeois, Carol Plourde (late Dave), Nancy Bell (Todd) all of BC and Sharon Bourgeois of Pickering, ON; his brother, Robert Bourgeois of Pickering, ON; his step–brother, Danny Donovan (Madj) of Pickering, ON; his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also by several uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Justin; his step–brother, Douglas and his step–mother, Alma (Robichaud) Bourgeois.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:
Funeral arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Co–operative and Cremation Centre 3754, Route 134 Shediac Bridge, NB, E4R 1T3 Tel: (506) 532–1050



Donations are welcome in support of community projects.




Barbara Caines–Thorne passed away suddenly at the Moncton Hospital on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Born in Havelock, daughter of the late Leo and Freda (Corey) Thorne.
Barb will be sadly missed by her three daughters; Anita (Richard) Gillman, Stephanie Caines (Steve), Nicole Goodwin (Luke), two granddaughters; Mackenzie and Alysha. Also survived by three brothers; Bernard (Donna), Blaine (Sandra), Byron (Linda), one fantastic sister Berneta as well as several nieces, nephews and father of her daughters, Art.
Besides her parents, Barb was predeceased by her loving partner Claude.
Barb was very active with various RCAF Veterans Associations. She was an avid gardener, animal lover and enjoyed home renovation projects. She loved travelling and spending time with her family and friends. She was always on the go; hence her nickname “Roadster”.
Thank You to the Neuro ICU Staff for their care and dedication, with special thanks to Annette.




Budget 2016 provided an expansion of the eligibility for The Last Post Fund Program so that more families of low income veterans will receive financial assistance under this program. The Budget proposed to increase the estate exemption for The Last Post Fund from roughly $12,000.00 to roughly $35,000.00 and apply an annual cost of living adjustment to this estate exemption going forward.

Last Post Fund

Although these improvements made over the last two Federal Budgets are indeed helpful, it remains our position that a Seriously Disabled Veteran should be entitled as a Matter of Right, to receive funeral and burial benefits pursuant to the Veterans Burial Regulations.

As we have often stated, it is puzzling indeed that, during the lives of veterans, the Department has recognized the cumulative and synergistic impact of both their pension and non-pension conditions, approving many health care and treatment benefits on their behalf but, in death, ignores the relationship between these conditions.

In this context, it is inconceivable in our submission that the impact of the veteran's pension and non-pension disabilities did not play a part in his/her ultimate demise. In this overall analysis the principle of presumption should be fully applicable to this area of VAC adjudication.

I would advise however, that recent developments in this area insofar as the treatment of Seriously Disabled Veterans continue to be extremely encouraging. Adjudication over the last number of months with reference to our Last Post Fund applications on behalf of veterans such as war amputees and Hong Kong veterans, has demonstrated a far more liberal interpretation by the Department of these policies such that nearly all of our applications on behalf of surviving families have been granted. We are presently pursuing the question of retroactivity in relation to this entire area of Last Post Fund applications given this dramatic change in adjudication policy from the Last Post Fund regime.