Obituary of Rosaire Phillip Chalifour
Rosaire (Ross) Phillip Chalifour, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at the age of 93 years.
Rosaire was born in St. Denis, Saskatchewan on October 11, 1929, the first of seven children of Pierre and Helene Chalifour. He grew up on a small farm outside the Village of Leoville. At age 17 he left the farm to build roads in northern Saskatchewan, which he loved. By the time he turned 20, he was managing a crew which was known in the area as “the kids crew.” On July 21,1954 Rosaire married Margaret Rosher. They moved to Vancouver for a period of time where he ran heavy equipment. They returned to Leoville where they farmed for several years before moving to Gull Lake Saskatchewan with their five children in 1966. Rosaire and Margaret owned and operated the local Clarendon Hotel for 8 years. He was very involved in the community serving on the Chamber of Commerce, the Credit Union Board and the Artificial Ice Committee.
Ross was definitely a people person as was evident by the number of friendships he formed wherever he went. Nobody could tell a joke or a story like Ross. He also loved dancing, whether it was at a polka fest, or with his daughters and granddaughters in the kitchen. He loved the laughter that went on whenever the family got together.
Ross will always be remembered and loved by his children, Janet (Ray), Jacqueline (Dave), David, Dawn (Peter), and Collette (Barry); his grandchildren Ben (Jess), Kelly (Andrea), Laura (Mark), Colin (Kat), Jennifer (Danny), Sara, Brad, Cody, Nicholas, Jack, Brendan (Danielle), Ashley (Ryan), and Sydney (Mason); and his 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Roland (Linda), Maurice (Olivette) and Conrad, and his brother-in-law Allan; his partner Ann, and her daughters Jenica, Cheryl, Ellen, and Darlene; and his many nieces and nephews. Ross was predeceased by his infant son; his parents, Pierre and Helene; sisters Lucille and Aurore; and brother Daniel; great-granddaughter Haddie; sisters-in-law Iona and Carol; and brother-in-law Johnny.
A memorial service will be held on January 7th, 2023 at 1:00 at St. Joseph’s Parish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 2, (133 8th Street East, Prince Albert, SK S6V 0V8) or the Prince Albert Army and Navy 222, (25 11th Street West, Prince Albert, SK S6V 3A8).