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Lawrence Houle

Lawrence Houle

Thursday, October 27th, 1938 Thursday, June 4th, 2020

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Obituary for Lawrence Patrick Houle

Lawrence Patrick Houle “Teddy Boy” (Tay-Basse-Gay-Inini) “One Who Brings Bright Light To A Point”, passed onto the spirit world on June 4, 2020 at 12:02am in Dauphin, Manitoba. He was 81 years old. He resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his loving wife of 26 years, Michelle Houle. He said his home is wherever he was. He was a traditional Anishnabe Elder, medicine man, ceremonialist, language speaker, culture preservationist and he shared his life experiences with all people that he came in contact with. He was born in Ebb and Flow, Manitoba.
He was predeceased by his father, Pierre Houle, His Mother, Edith Spence, and his step-father, Walter Flett. His sisters, Alice Mousseau ( brother in law Leonard), Doreen Malcolm, Susan Thompson (brother in law Clifford); and his brothers, Jimmy (James) Flett, Edward Houle (wife Rita), and Percy Houle. Mother In Laws, Thelma Jean Richardson and Edith Pringle.
He is survived by his sisters, Claudia Houle (Edward), Gertrude Flett, Myrtle Eichin- Hanslip (Elvis). His sister in laws, Mary Houle, Valerie Flett, and Lori Pierce (Darren), his brother in laws, Joe Malcolm and Jerry Head;. Father in Law, Barry Magnusson, His wife, Michelle Houle, his daughter and only child, Lori Anne Houle-Laycock (Mark), and her Mother and former wife, Thelma Houle, his grandchildren, Jennifer Houle-Famakinde (Mike), Zoe and Joel Laycock, and his great grandchildren, Seth and Levon Famakinde. Numerous nieces, and nephews, and extended family members.
He was loved by all who met him. He believed family is “All My Relations”. Recognizing his ceremonial brothers and sisters across Turtle Island. He was a world renowned champion fiddle player of the old style Metis fiddle music. Lawrence also shared his life with many musicians, on and off stage, around the world.
He studied archeology at the University of Manitoba. He was an electrician. He studied Education at Brandon University and was a school teacher. He played in Carnegie Hall in New York City for their 100th anniversary concert. He held an audience with the Queen of England. He was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian Heritage. He was an actor in the films, Medicine Fiddle and had a part in the film, Spirit Rider. His music, including the Anishinabe Christmas Carols can be found on itunes. He initiated Bacon Ridge first MMF local and was proud to bring their first Santa Claus parade for the community. He loved all animals, and held a special place in his heart for cats and dogs. Lawrence was a loyal bingo player and he enjoyed all games of chance. He loved the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. As a player, and a spectator he was an avid sports fan and athlete. He loved all sports. As the founding Elder of Ke Mama Nnanik, his legacy lives on with Metis Calgary Family Services, as a grandfather, his vision was a healthy community for Native children and families.
For friends and family in Manitoba, a viewing will be on Friday, June 5th, 2020, at the Mosaic Funeral Cremation Service, Inkster Chapel and reception centre located at 1839 Inkster Boulevard. In Winnipeg, Manitoba between 2 and 5pm. **Please note** Manitoba Health Act Covid-19 Protocol is in effect**
A memorial service, traditional pipe ceremony will be held on June 21, 2020, Summer Solstice/Father’s Day/National Indigenous People’s Day, in Calgary, Alberta for all who wish to attend.

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Judy Herscovitch

I only just learned of his passing today. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew him through the Winnipeg Folk Festival and other Winnipeg music events. A deep loss, but his memory and work will live on.
Comment | Posted at 12:25pm via Condolence

Trudy Johnson

I have known Lawrence and Michelle for years and all I can say is these are great people. Condolences to all concerned. Trudy Johnson
Comment | Posted at 11:20am via Condolence

Elana (Lainy) Beaver

I first meet Teddy Boy when I was 16, he came to the Inuin Group Home to perform a ceremony, afterwards we were sitting around the dining table having a coffee. He looked at me and said, "who are you?" I told him my name and he said, "does anyone look out for you?" I said no, not really I'm pretty much alone in this world. It caught me off guard as no one has every paid that much attention to me before. He said i'm going to watch over now, It makes me cry thinking about this as he has been a spiritual guide for so long and the one person that believed in me and my potential.

The last time I spoke to Teddy Boy he encouraged me to pursue my educational goals. He told me don't try to go to school, just do it! I followed his lead and now I will be graduating in Child & Youth Care at Macewan University in Edmonton AB. I have worked with a lot of children, youth & families in the community and I love it! Graduation has been cancelled and I am devastated as I am one of the very few Indigenous students in the program.

It would have been amazing to have Teddy Boy be there when i crossed that stage. If I get that chance, I will def. think about you bud and how you encouraged me to work with our people and be a role model for all of those that need someone to look up to.

It saddens me that I wont ever have a chance to speak to you again, the world has lost an amazing man. We are all honored to have had a chance to be led by you, I thank you for your protection and guidance.

Megwitch, Ke Watino Ekwe, Nootin and Meyotehiw.
Comment | Posted at 08:40pm via Condolence

Dawnalee Dudgeon

Hi Lori. You don’t know how often I think of You, Mark and Jennifer. I was very sorry to hear of Teddy’s passing. It sounds like it was rather sudden so that makes it all the more difficult. Take care of yourselves in these difficult times.
If you want to talk, you can contact me at
Love and Hugs, Dawnalee Dudgeon
Comment | Posted at 09:38pm via Condolence

Trina Sleigh

I just heard the news about Teddy Boys passing, I would like to extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to Lori, Jen, and Thelma, and the rest of the family. I learned so many things from Teddy Boy, he accepted others unconditionally, which is a rare trait these days. He always had a smile and a hug and was always so welcoming. RIP Teddy Boy!!
Comment | Posted at 06:51pm via Condolence

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