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Enos Richard LaBar
April 16, 1935 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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It is with sadness the family of Enos Richard LaBar announce his passing at the Outlook Pioneer Home on October 26th, 2023 at the age of 88 years.
Enos was born on April 16th, 1935 on the late Leemon and Jessie LaBar’s homestead near Rockpoint, SK. He was the youngest and biggest of “the five boys” and number 5 in a family of 8 children. The family relocated to the Old Wives District, where he attended school on foot with his siblings and neighbour kids.
Enos loved a good practical joke and was forever tormenting his younger sister Martha because “he could always get a rise out of her”.
From an early age, Enos demonstrated adept mechanical skills, and exceptional physical strength. He put these skills to good use when the LaBar brothers began working alongside their grandpa Sam Martin at the Martin family farm. Eventually, the brothers took over the Martin farm and that’s where Enos farmed for the rest of his life. Enos loved to dance and socialize. He introduced himself to what would soon become his wife Vivian with the words, “We’re the boys from the flats” …obviously, these magical words worked as Enos and Vivian were married soon after and shared 65 years together on his grandfather’s homestead.
No matter how busy, Enos would always take time to visit with anyone who came by to the farm/lend a hand if needed. His kindness and gentle nature were his signature trademarks. Little children were always drawn to him, and he adored them back; mutual bonds were formed readily that endured the test of time. He loved working with the animals on the farm, and they loved him back.
Enos is survived by his wife Vivian LaBar (née Toews); children: daughter Laurel (Mussa) and son Neil (Subasinee); grandchildren: Naresh (Brent) LaBar, Davin LaBar and Iftu (Rohit) Ahmed; step-great-grandchild: Camryn Beatty; siblings (and spouses): sister Joan (Bill) McNabb; brothers-in-law Edwin Holmstrom, Raymond (Dorothy) Toews; sisters-in-law: Hazel (Wayne) Ostrander, Audrey Toews, Ann Toews, Lynn Toews; former sisters-in-laws: Nicki Kammack and Kathy Harkness as well as a very large network of nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends that he loved unconditionally.
He was predeceased by son Peter LaBar; father Leemon LaBar; mother Jessie LaBar; brothers: Elmer, Victor, Lewis, and Bernard; sisters Hazel Holmstrom and Martha Wheeler; father-in-law Julius Toews; mother-in-law Edna Toews; brothers-in-law: Bill Wheeler, Lorne Toews and Orlando Toews; sister-in-law: Dorothy LaBar; former brother-in-law Vivian Doney; former sister-in-law Maggie Ridley and life-long-pal Austin Farnell.
The family would like to thank Dr. Nayyer Iqbal at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency for the hopeful, tender care he provided to Enos during his cancer diagnosis and treatment and Dr. Sumita Sodhi and the staff at the Outlook Pioneer Home on Semple Street for providing long-term care services and support during this sad time.
A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Church, 211 Thomson Street, Outlook, SK with Reverend Aurora Espenant officiating. A livestream of the service is available to view at https://www.facebook.com/p/St-Andrews-United-Church-100080417712883/
Donations in memory of Enos may be directed to the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan, 4545 Parliament Ave #200, Regina, SK S4W 0G3, https://www.cancerfoundationsask.ca/donate/