It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Armand Laderoute at the Lakeshore General Hospital on February 25. Beloved husband and soulmate for forty years to Patricia McCambridge. Devoted and cherished Daddy of Jim and Terri. Proud Papa to Matthew. Dear brother of Denis (Andrene) and the late Mary (Peter Sear). He will also be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews as well as other relatives and friends. His family will receive condolences on Wednesday, February, 27, 2008 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m. at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 Sources Blvd, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, (514) 685-3344. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Parish Church, 106 Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Donations in his memory to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 2/26/2008.
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I met Armand in the early 80's as I
started participating in the LTHC Boston bus trip.
For me he was the guy in charge, the coach. My greatest memory of Armand, and I will always remember this, is him riding shotgun in the bus especially on the way back from Boston. He was our face to the Canadian Customs officers. He made himself look serious and innocent for a few minutes. The border guards trusted him and figured that a guy this calm, cool and collected couldn't possibly be in charge of a bunch of idiots. They were wrong. As we left the border, with our stash of New Hampshire liquor (one bottle per person as required by law), Armand would get out of the front seat and have a huge smile on his face and say 'we did it again'. Meaning we got through the border without them looking in the hockey bags below the bus. If if wasn't for Armand, I think a few weddings back here would have been dry. Now that you are riding the big bus in the sky, when we get there, please make sure that we get through that last big border with our stash of goodies in our hockey bags. Rest in peace. Paul Goyetche