The MNO is mourning the loss of Métis Veteran and Guy Lafrenière who passed away on June 21, 2021 at the age of 96.

Métis Veterans George Ricard (left) and Guy Lafreniere (right) observe a moment of silence at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument in Ottawa, November 8, 2019

Born in Swan Lake, Manitoba Guy served during the Second World War. Guy was honoured for his wartime contributions in Ottawa on November 8, 2019.

According to Guy’s family he was very proud of his Métis heritage which showed through in his day to day. He kept a farm, ran trap lines and returned to the west to hunt every year with his family.

Guy also had a soft spot for animals. Stories of him raising farm animals, nursing injured animals and taking care of his two faithful dogs are just some of the things touched upon by his family.

Guy earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa by attending night school. He then followed that by another Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Carleton University, graduating at the age of 73.

Guy was also an avid flyer and with his wife Rosemary enjoyed touring his Cessna 172 all over the country.

“Dad lived his 96 years to the fullest.,” wrote his children in his published obituary. “Rest in peace father, we will miss you terribly, but we are grateful that you will forever be in our hearts.”

The MNO extends its condolences to the family of Guy Lafreniere. He will be sorely missed.