LCol Émile Rocheleau, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Émile Rocheleau, CD (Ret’d) of Rouyn-Noranda on 6 November 2021 at the age of 85 years. Émile served with the Canadian Forces for 32 years and was a former Commanding Officer and Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of 9e Escadron du Génie de Campagne in Rouyn-Noranda.
Émile enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1957 and served in Europe from 1959 to 1962 as an Aircraft Electrical Technician. He later commanded the Rouyn-Noranda Air Cadet Corps (1971-1979) and subsequently commanded 9e Escadron du Génie de Campagne (1980-1985). While Commanding Officer, he oversaw the clearing of a section of the Mount Kanasuta Outdoor Center in 1984. In gratitude, the owner of the Center offered the unit the choice of the name of this alpine ski slope and it bore the name "CHIMO" for several years.
Émile was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 9e Escadron du Génie de Campagne for 1987-1993. During this term, he was successful in converting the old Rouyn post office into a new armory in 1989. In 1990, he took part in the UBIQUE pedestrian bridge construction project in Aiguebelle National Park. Émile held a second term of appointment as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel (1998-2003). During this period, he was also one of the honorary aides-de-camps to the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.
From 1968-1993, Émile worked as an investigator with Services Canada. After he retired from the public he worked part-time for the J.H Fleury Funeral Complex.
Émile was the recipient of the Special Service Medal for his duty in Europe, the Canadian Forces Decoration with Second Clasp for more than 32 years of good and loyal service in the Canadian Forces, the 125th Anniversary of Confederation medal as well as the Silver and Diamond Jubilee Medals of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He was also a member of the Canadian Military Engineers Association, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Rouyn-Noranda Knights of Columbus.
In accordance with Émile wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral. InMemorium donations to the Rouyn-Noranda Hospital Foundation (Foyer Pie XII), 512 avenue Richard, Rouyn-Noranda, QC (Telephone: 819 762-0908) would be appreciated. Online condolences can be sent to the funeral home.