LaBranche, Emile George

July 25, 1927 – April 16, 2013

Emile passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Canmore General Hospital. Predeceased by his beloved wife Nevis. Lovingly remembered by his children Janine ( Terry ) Jevne, Robb ( Rinda ), Trevor ( Patty ) and their families, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends. A celebration of Emile’s life will held at St. Andrew’s United Church,
128 First Street E., Cochrane, Alberta on Saturday, April 20th , 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Emile was born July 25, 1927 in Athabasca, Alberta. He was the second youngest child of Lula Belle and George LaBranche and grew up in the Athabasca area. Baseball was Emile’s passion and he was a talented catcher, playing for the senior team in Athabasca when he was only fifteen. He lived with his aunt and uncle and attended Eastwood High School in Edmonton.
Emile went to Alberta College in Edmonton and then was hired by Union Tractor and moved to Grande Prairie, where of course, he played ball in a competitive league. He eventually returned to Athabasca to work. It was during this time he met the lovely Nevis Robb, a teacher at Athabasca High School. They married December 27th, 1950 and had two children in Athabasca, Janine and Robb. Trevor was born in Edmonton, where Emile and his Dad owned and operated a garage station.
Drayton Valley was the next stop for the family of five, where Emile owned and managed Oil King Motors. Emile curled in the winter and hunted in the fall. The family remembers their many summer picnics way out in the bush near the Brazeau River. After a terrible fire and the loss of the car dealership, Emile regrouped and always the entrepreneur he moved forward with other successful businesses.
Emile and Nevis retired to Robb, Alberta, a peaceful retreat filled with special memories for all the grandchildren. They loved their evenings of bridge and rummy with their family and friends who lived in the hamlet. Losing Nevis in 2001 was a sad milestone for Emile and the whole family. He stayed in Robb until 2006 and then made the move to the wonderful Big Hill Lodge where he spent the next seven years enjoying his grandchildren.
The Waffle and Omelet King is gone, but remembered fondly by his children and grandchildren: Janine, Terry, Dana, and Andun Jevne; Robb, Rinda, Bryce and Jennifer LaBranche; Trevor, Patty, Austin, Caylee and Rachelle LaBranche. Emile was predeceased by his brothers Ken LaBranche, Leo Vincent, Gilbert Vincent, and Al Vincent, but remembered by his sister, Opal and his sisters-in-law: Doris LaBranche, Anne Vincent, Doreen Vincent, Bernie Vincent, and; one brother-in-law, Neil Whiting, and his many nieces and nephews and of course, Katie Dog.
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 1 John 3:11

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Emile’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1 or

  1. On 18/04/2013 at 7:04 am Joanne Tuffs Said:

    Janine, Robb and Trevor, I remember your Dad with such fondness. His whole persona exuded such good nature and an enjoyment of life. My sincere condolences, Joanne Tuffs

  2. On 18/04/2013 at 3:47 pm Barry Vincent Said:

    The LaBranche family should be proud as Emile was a great father, husband and an inspiration to his relatives. I for one adored watching Emile play baseball as I grew up,enjoyed his antics, his sense of humor, and his personality. He will always be remembered in my heart. He was loved by all. I know we will all miss him but will not be forgotten.

  3. On 18/04/2013 at 5:32 pm Lucia Sui, Chun Sui & Qing Li Said:

    Even though we’re not related, we’ve always known Emile as “Grandpa” because he have always greeted us with the same sense of warmth as family. Emile is always full of laughter and smiles with an exquisite sense of humour. We remember our first trip to Robb several years ago when Emile took us on a tour of the beautiful little town and patiently described the story behind each of the houses. Emile’s positive outlook on life and his lightheartedness serves as an inspiration to all of us. We are blessed to have known him and will miss him dearly.

  4. On 19/04/2013 at 8:31 am Wade Vincent Said:

    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all who have been touched by Emile, including
    myself. I will miss the warm of his smile. Again so sorry for your loss.
    Love Doreen, Rick(Ester) and Wade(Gillian) Vincent.

  5. On 19/04/2013 at 5:32 pm Greg, Ida, Brandon and Jordan McGlone Said:

    Dear LaBranche Family,
    We are so thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have of Emile up at Robb. He was always so kind and good to our family over the years. We enjoyed his stories and his waffle breakfasts were “just the way we liked them”. His warm and generous hospitality was second to none. We loved Emile dearly and will miss his wonderful smile. Our prayers and sympathy go out to all of you for the loss of your father and grandfather. He will be missed.
    Love, Greg, Ida, Brandon and Jordan

  6. On 20/04/2013 at 8:57 am Rick & Christine Didier Said:

    We enjoyed so many road trips with Emile and Katie dog, whether it was down the gravel roads into the foothills or into town for lunch, it was always an adventure. We will miss his contagious laugh and quick wit. We will miss him dearly.

  7. On 21/04/2013 at 2:43 pm ROSS SPEERS Said:


  8. On 21/04/2013 at 3:03 pm Carolyn Roth Said:

    Dear LaBranche Family,

    My sincere condolences to you all during this time and in the time that lies ahead. I had the great fortune of spending time with your father at the Big Hill Lodge and enjoyed his wonderful stories, memories and his great sense of humor. We had wonderful times taking about his life, his many friends in places such as Robb, Athabasca, etc. He spoke of the mountains of gophers he trapped and the wee bear cub he befriended. We shared the odd ice cream I would sneak in for him and his face would light up the entire room.

    Please know he was so proud of all of you and he adored all the time he shared with you. He is not gone he is just watching over you all in the skies above with that infectious smile and it is all API. I was so blessed to have had him come into my life, and I am grateful. My only regret is I did not truly say good bye.

    Be well, may all of your memories find you peace in the days ahead…..

    Carolyn Roth

  9. On 02/05/2013 at 11:46 pm Pat Simmonds Said:

    Robb, Janine, Trevor and families

    My sincere condolences on your loss.

    Not many days go by in Robb without a fond memory of La Twig. Truck loads and overloads of the finest firewood. Ice cream pails brimming with huckleberries. Tractors cultivating the river. Quad trails to nowhere and back. Daily hamlet inspections by the man and his deputy Katie.

    Emile was a good neighbour and a fine friend. He is missed.

    With deepest sympathy

    Pat Simmonds

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