Funeral to be held Friday
for Lucknow man
killed in Goderich tornado
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A funeral will be held Friday (Aug. 26) for the Lucknow-area man killed in the tornado that ripped through Goderich Sunday afternoon.
Normand J. Laberge, 61, of RR 7, Lucknow, was working at the Sifto Salt Mine when the twister hit and pinned him under the rubble.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Turcotte-Laberge; children, Mary-Louise Laberge and Jocelyn (Michael) Cockburn; and grandchild, Franklin Cockburn. Also survived by stepsons, Shaun and Arden Laird and their children, Megan, Morgan, Macheala, Brianna, Aaron and Dylan.
Greatly missed by his mother, Ruth Laberge (Morrow); brother, Richard Laberge; sister, Johane Laberge; and father-in-law, David Turcotte and family.
He was predeceased by his father, Maurice Laberge.
A memorial service will be held at Normand Laberge's residence at 36575 Belfast Rd., RR 7, Lucknow, Friday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m.
Donations to the Goderich Salvation Army would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
According to news reports, Turcotte-Laberge said her husband had worked at the mine for more than 30 years and always kept a close watch on the weather during his shift. He had reported seeing a bad storm on the horizon but the tornado just shot right out before anyone could do anything, and within seconds, it was over.
Turcotte-Laberge, her husband was manning the boom, an extendable arm that loads freight onto ships, when the tornado hit. Emergency crews recovered his body Monday night.
A spokesperson for Sifto's parent company, Compass Minerals, said the mine was being evacuated but Laberge wasn't able to escape. The majority of the mine's employees work underground but Laberge was up high because he oversees the loading of ships, said Kelly Barton. His position may have made him more vulnerable to the storm.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011