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LaCerte, Luke

WERNER DRESSLER – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Luke LaCerte passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the age of 73 years in Fort Macleod.
Luke was born in Willow Bunch, Sask. on May 6, 1937, where he spent his earlier years working along side his father Gregoire LaCerte in the coal mines, later to work as a ranch hand on the Saskatchewan prairie.
Luke spent time working on the road across Canada and the United States taking his life on the open road, working as a crew hand for a traveling circus and taking in the sights of North America.
It was later when he took an opportunity to move up north and start a prosperous taxi business in Inuvik, only to return to Alberta and become an iron worker, traveling between Alberta and British Columbia on prominent projects.
It was honour and privilege to first meet him when I courted his daughter Nikki. Luke joined us as we moved to Fort Macleod from Surrey, B.C. where he once worked on the Flume on the Piikani (Peigan) Nation, the old water treatment plant in Fort Macleod and several bridges in southern Alberta.
Luke leaves behind his daughter Nikki and grandchildren Kristina and Logan.
It was always a trip down memory lane sitting down in the early morning over a cup of coffee and reminiscing of his past. Luke loved to play a game of crib and let you win every now and then to keep the game interesting.
Luke will be sorely missed by his family and friends. His granddaughter Kristina, whom he loved so much, now holds him close to her heart as she says goodbye.
On behalf of the family we ask if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be directed to any TD Canada trust account N. 9276-3161280 to help with expenses. Any funds left over will be donated to autism research.
Special thanks to the Fort Macleod Fire Department, Fort Macleod EMS, Town of Fort Macleod, O’Connor family, Charlton family, Brandvold family, Fort Macleod Health Clinic and Hospital staff, and most of all Kim and Doug Harwood, for your support. God bless you all, in our time of need.

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