Lawrence Marvel “Skipper” Villeneuve was born in Smith, Alta. on Aug. 13, 1941. He passed away on Marinduque Island in the Philippines on Aug. 2, 2017 at the age of 75 years.
He leaves behind: his wife Malou; stepsons Jerson [Gae] and Joseph [Jing]; his son Conrad Martineau; his daughter Marcela Villeneuve [Lindin]; son Ivan Villeneuve [Dawn]; son Brent Villeneuve [Delana]; daughter Fran Villeneuve [Rene]; along with 17 grandchildren.
Skip was born the fourth of 18 children to Lawrence and Alethea Villeneuve and grew up in Smith. He followed in his father’s footsteps and was an entrepreneur all his life.
He left Smith and moved to Paddle Prairie with his wife, Lorraine, and became involved in farming, road construction, logging, oil exploration, pipelines, as well as local politics. He got his pilot’s license and bought a Cessna aircraft and flew his family and friends to various destinations. Safety was a very important aspect of his flying; however, he put many of his passengers in terror while “pretending” to have serious trouble in the air!
Skip loved playing practical jokes, and was always telling stories and enjoying life. He loved having coffee and B.S. sessions with anyone.
In 1996, he moved to Joussard, where he loved spending time fishing along with other work ventures. During this time he and his wife, Doris, went to Russia for three months where he had a contract with the Russian government to set up a logging company. The following year he went back but even farther north into Siberia.
Skip travelled to many countries in his life. However, it was in Jasper that he met ‘Skip to Malou’ and later they moved to the Philippines where Malou was from.
All his life Skip loved dogs, and always had a small dog tucked away in his shirt, who travelled with him wherever he went. Friends will remember “Bill” and “Muffin” and “Lady Lou”.
Skip was predeceased: by his mother and father; brother Murray; and several nieces and nephews.
He will be mourned by his immediate family, his five brothers and 11 sisters, and extended family and friends.
We remember him as a ‘larger than life’ person who was never afraid to dive into life with enthusiasm and confidence. We will miss him and remember him with love.
A nine-day Prayer Service was held in the Philippines and was attended by all who knew him.
A memorial will be held on Sept. 10, 2017 at the Legion Hall in Smith, Alta. at 2:30 p.m., followed by supper and fellowship. Interment will follow in the Smith Cemetery.