Passed away on May 29, 2021 at the Ste Anne Veterans Hospital. He was 95 years of age.
He was predeceased by his father Antoine Roberge, his mother Lucie Gagné, his brothers Claude and Mack and his sister Lucette. He leaves to mourn his sisters Marcelle and Pierrette and his brother Maurice, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Johnny grew up in Dalhousie, N.B. and from a very young age he was an avid outdoor sportsman; he loved hunting and fishing. He always had hobbies such as card, coin and stamp collecting which he kept up for most of his life. He was a passionate hockey enthusiast.
He enlisted in the navy in June of 1943, and served 23 months in the North Atlantic on the Levis Frigate as well as the Bittersweet Corvette that escorted the Maritime Convoys in Europe. He returned home in 1945 at the end of the war. He received the Atlantic Star, the 1939-1945 Star, the War Medal of 1939-1945, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.
In 1955 he moved to Baie Comeau, QC where he worked as a papermaker for the North Shore Paper Company. He transferred from the Dalhousie NB Legion to the Baie Comeau Legion and was an executive committee member in the 60’s and 70’s. He worked hard as a Legionnaire and was always on deck when it came to Poppy Season. On Sunday, October 25th 2020, he became the first member of the Baie Comeau North Shore Legion to reach the 75 years of service mark. In 2011 he received the Lieutenant Governor Senior Medal in recognition of his support for the Mission of the Legion.
He was a proud Veteran and very proud to have fought for the Freedom of Canada. Johnny will be missed by all.
A religious service will be held in his honor on June 15th 2021 at 4:00. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 4:00 at
Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home; 1750 rue Notre Dame, Lachine, QC.
Due to the Covid procedures it will be RSVP only; please contact family if you are planning on attending.
Messages in memory of Jean (Johnny) Roberge
June 15, 2021
Uncle Johnny, you will be greatly missed. Thank you for all the beautiful memories and for being such a beacon of light in our lives. Rest in paradise.
Love Ann & Vikki xx
June 15, 2021
In all the summers the family spent in Dalhousie, I hold fond memories of all the wonderful gatherings that included uncle John. I wish to offer my sincere condolences to uncle Maurice , aunt Marcelle and Pete.
June 15, 2021
Je viens juste d’apprendre la triste nouvelle du décès de mon oncle John. Je tiens à offrir mes plus sincères sympathies à ma tante Marcelle, mon oncle Maurice ainsi que tante Pierrette.
Je n’ai pas beaucoup de souvenirs de lui, mais ceux que j’ai sont très heureux. Il restera toujours un peu mystérieux pour moi, ne l’ayant pas vraiment fréquenté en temps qu’adulte, distance oblige.
While spending a couple of summers in Dalhousie, NB with my Grandmother, Uncle Johnny always came down to spend a week or 2 with his mom and visit his friends. He enjoyed helping her out and running errands for her. He would take her for drives in his truck. He (and my grandmother) loved seafood and we often took trips out to Charlo to pick up fresh lobster. I loved it when he came down, because we had the most amazing seafood feasts. We would meet up each summer when travelling home. We always stopped in Baie Comeau to visit him. He was more like a friend to me than an uncle. He would talk about anything and everything. He was a down to earth man and loved life. Missing you. RIP Uncle Johnny.
G Marc Henry
June 06, 2021
Mes filles se joignent à moi pour transmettre à la grande famille Roberge nos sympathies les plus sincères à l’occasion du décès de ce grand-oncle que nous n’avons pas suffisamment connu.
June 03, 2021
Au nom de tous mes camarades de la filiale 003 Quebec North Shore de Baie-Comeau, j'offre mes plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille de notre Camarade Jean Roberge. Ses 76 ans de service au sein de la Légion témoigne de son attachement envers ses frères d'armes et aussi de son soutien envers notre mission d'aider les anciens combattants et de promouvoir le Souvenir. Qu'il repose en paix après sa longue vie parmi nous.
En toute camaraderie
Jean St-Laurent, CD
Président de la filiale 003 QNS de Baie-Comeau
Commandant du district 03 Saguenay/Lac St-Jean/Côte-Nord
I have fond memories of uncle Johnny. Visiting him on our roadtrips to the north shore every summer was a yearly tradition. We would sit for hours at coffee shops and chat. He would show us his hockey card and hockey jersey collection he kept behind lock and key. He was proud to show us his newest addition to his collection. He always made time for us and was happy to see the gang. I will miss you very much uncle Johnny. You had the best smile. Love you, RIP