Gaston Joseph Roger (Gus) Bolduc, age 77 years, a resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully at TBRHSC on Sunday June 3, 2018, with his wife Heather and sister-in-law Carolyn at his side.
Gaston was born in St. Théophile, Quebec, to Carmelus and Simone (Gilbert) Bolduc on May 26, 1941. The family moved to Teresa Gold Mine, near Longlac, in 1948.
In 1961 Gaston moved to Thunder Bay and began his career with St. Joseph's Hospital in a variety of positions. He obtained his Social Services Diploma from Confederation College in 1977 and continued as a social worker at St. Joseph's, retiring in 1997 after 36 years service.
Gaston was a long-time advocate for the rights of the disabled. Along with his best friend Ron Ross, he was a founding member of Handicapped Action Group Inc. (HAGI) and actively involved in the establishment of Castlegreen Co-operative Housing.
On June 28, 1975, Gaston married the love of his life, Heather De Jardine. Together they enjoyed their garden, long walks and Sunday drives, always keeping an eye on what was new in and around Thunder Bay. He loved spending time at the family camp in Dorion, weekends in Grand Marais, and visits to the Ross family farm.
Gaston had a terrific sense of humour that helped him get through the challenges of life. He was a caring, kind and thoughtful husband and friend. He was interested in politics and current affairs and was a great fan of CBC radio.
Gaston was predeceased by his parents, his sister Raymonde, his brother Réjean, and his in-laws Chuck and Fran De Jardine. He is survived by his wife Heather and four sisters: Anita (Leo) Dupont (Kapuskasing), Lise (Benny) Robinson (Sudbury), Gaetane (Robert) Ayers (Calgary) and Lucette (Pierre) Chenier (St. Joseph Island). He is also survived by sister-in-law Dawn (Vern) Smith (Burnaby) and brother-in-law Ross (Carolyn) De Jardine. Uncle Gaston will be particularly missed by nephews Mitchell De Jardine and Charles Speirs, and niece Teryl Smith (on Heather's side), as well as nephews Pete, Mike, Frank, André, Dan, Ron and Marc, and nieces Natalie, Michelle and Lacey-Jean (on the Bolduc side).
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at Sargent and Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph's Foundation or the RFDA would be appreciated.
Many thanks to Dr. William Anderson and nursing staff in ICU, especially Adam, for your excellent care. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.