December 9, 1936 - December 12, 2020
Alice was born in Letellier, Manitoba to Rosa (Chagon) Boiteau and Antonio Boiteau. She had two brothers: Leo (deceased), and Pic, and three sisters: Del, Elise (deceased) and Pauliette.
In 1954 she married her life partner Larry Pasaluko, who passed away in 2015. Marge (deceased) Pat, Dot Chrissie and Liz are long-loved sisters-in-law.
Alice was diagnosed with polio during the 1941 epidemic in Manitoba at the age of 5. She remembers being driven to the Winnipeg hospital by her father in his milk delivery truck to be treated for the disease.
All the 'polio children' were left at the hospital and parents were not allowed in for visits during the convalescence. She remembered this was so frightening as she spoke no English and the hospital staff spoke no French. Eventually a French speaking person was brought in to help translate, which made her stay at the hospital less frightening.
Polio affected her right leg for her entire life. Alice was strong-willed — this was not going to be a disability that would interfere with her living her life to the fullest. The energy this woman had was incredible! There were many surgeries and complications with her leg throughout her life, but she was determined she would not lose her leg or be restricted to living her life in a wheelchair. Congratulations Alice, you succeeded!
Alice had 7 children: Pat (Glen), Tony, Craig (Rachel), Gail (Tim), Joan, Larry (Shirley) and baby Sally (deceased). Granddaughter Christine (Gregg) spent many happy years living with her grandparents. The family lived across Canada in Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and British Columbia. Eventually, Larry and Alice retired from Kitimat, BC to live in their hometown of Powerview - Pine Falls, Manitoba where they looked after their aging parents. Afterwards, in 1990, they moved to Comox, BC where they lived for 30 years.
When Alice moved to Comox life really exploded in new directions. Alice discovered the joy of volunteering in her community!
Alice was a treasured member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel of 19 Wing Comox BC. Alice served on the chapel council, assisted as reader in the Liturgy Committee, and was named as Eucharist Minister for Holy Communion at Mass. Alice was a 25-year member of The Catholic Women's League of Canada and was awarded the prestigious Maple Leaf Pin for her dedication and involvement in the Military Ordinariate Comox Council. Alice curated many deep friendships through her involvement with her church.
For 25 years, Alice was a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and through this spent countless hours with the Freemasons volunteer car program, coordinating drivers and helping people get to their treatment centres and home again safely. Through this volunteerism Alice was recognized, most notably in 2002, with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2003 Canadian Cancer Society Award of Excellence in Programs, and in 2012 the Canadian Cancer Society Regional Volunteer Award.
Additionally, for 20 years Alice served with the Comox Valley Recovery Centre helping to create a safe, local place for recovery from addiction. She served as a director then president, guiding the organization through some demanding times with her 'gentle brass gavel'. She believed people deserved another chance and was awarded an honorary life membership.
Even with all of Alice's volunteer duties she was always first and foremost a mother to her children. She made each feel special and always made time to stay connected. And Alice was always there for her friends. If someone needed a ride, she would be the first one to volunteer. She was always available to support, encourage, or just have a nice little chat over a great cup of coffee.
Alice and Larry leave behind 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Look out world 'cause these kids are carrying on the genes of Alice Boiteau Pasaluko and we are certain they will continue her path to make the world a better place!
Friends and associates are invited to visit the 'public' (anyone can view) memorial Facebook page and share memories and photos. Search for 'Remembering Alice Pasaluko' on Facebook.
A memorial service will be held hopefully in the spring when family can travel safely to place her beside her husband Larry in the Courtenay municipal cemetery.
No flowers please, if you want to make a donation in Alice's name, we are certain The Catholic Women's League Comox, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Comox Valley Recovery Centre would appreciate any help.
Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneffboyd.ca Telford Funeral Services