Solemn High Mass
To the LaPraire Family,
Our belated condolence to the passing of your father ,Cliff.
He was a Genuine Friend to all who where fortunate enough to call him a friend.
Too many fond memories, but
P.S. Cliff, keep scrambling the eggs, shells and all (Boyne bus trip) .
SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY, CLIFF WAS A GOOD FRIEND, I HAVE GOOD MEMEORIES OF CLIFF AND HIS BUDDY CARL F.
ROGER LAUZON ELLIOT LAKE ON.
Please accept our sincere condolences to the family. Our memories of Cliff are of a unique and hardworking character who experienced life on his own terms. Definitely a life well-lived!
Bob and Cathie Grant
Dear Octavia and the LaPrarie family
Gwen and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Your father was an amazing man and has left a great mark on this world. We consider ourselves lucky to have met him. Peace and love.
Danny & Gwen
Dear LaPrairie Family:
Please accept our deepest condolences. Clifford is and will be an example to all. He lived a great life and thus should be celebrated.
LaPrairie Group of Companies Employees
A nice service. Sorry I couldn't be there. Canon Christian it must of been very challenging and joyous to send off your grandpa Cliff into the arms of the angels. You did a great job. I have copious memories of Uncle Clifford from my numerous summer stays in Elliot Lake. I was welcomed into looking after Shannon when she was 2. I was 12. A few years later I got to work in the snack bar. One fine morning I was trying to load up the soft serve machine and I couldn't get the creamer container open. I tried with a sledge hammer and accidentally smashed the freezer door behind me. Uncle Cliff just gave me that LaPrairie look, no scolding, and didn't even deduct the repairs from my paycheck!
When I was about 16, still kept my job at the snack bar, a local smoothie knocked on the LaPrairie door and asked Uncle Cliff if he could take me out for a date. Uncle Cliff looked at me, looked at him in his leather jacket and slick hair and said "Buddy, you better go home." Uncle Cliff always looked after all the kids, even if they weren't his.
When I was little he gave me a nickname and always called me by it, with a big smile.
When I moved to Faro in 1988, Cliff encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a machinist. A number of years later I finally made the dream come true. I always enjoyed visiting the ranch and was made to feel welcome any time I was there.
My condolences go out to all of Cliff's family. Finding out his passing was a shock which I took harder than expected yet I knew he was finally at peace. There aren't really any words I can say but what an amazing opportunity I had with him and his family.
The last trip to the Yukon was a dream of his to go and be in one last time and I'm glad he got the chance to go and be at home one last time. Making his dreams come true was a blessing. I had the opportunity to care for Cliff for a short period of time and during that time, we've bonded to another level. He and I would talk about anything and everything, from his early life in Toronto, Elliot lake and the Yukon to talking about the history of indigenous people and how he tackled different trades throughout his life. He truly had a blessing life with some hick ups along the way but overall he had a full filled life. He was the most proudest of all his children and how each and everyone of them have their unique personalities and how similar they all are with their father. He had so much love and talked so highly about his first wife/mother of his children, and when meeting her for the first time I knew why. He also had great things to say about his children, especially his baby who he adored the most (no favorites). I would talk to him about my daughter and he would always reassure me that she will become a strong lady when she grows up and not too worry as much. He always was mesmerized by my strength and the ability to move him with ease around, he always said "there's no woman as strong as you who has been able to handle me as you have." He was special and will always be. He's touched so many peoples life, especially mine.
From being with him I later found out that his house he grew up in Toronto was just a block away from my home I used to live in and his children went to the same high school as I did in Ottawa! There were so many little bits of coincidences that has been a part of his life that matched with mine. When I used to live in toronto, I would spend some weekends in Elliot lake taking in the peace and getting away from the city life. Later finding out that was a place he enjoyed to be in. The timing of his death was so personal to me, he passed exactly 12 hours after my daughter was born in her birthday. I take that as a sign that he'll always be in my heart forever and his way of thanking me for everything.
In life things happen for a reason, and I believe Cliff entering my life and vise versa was for a good reason. I tried to make his last moments here as special as I can and at the end, he was happy to be surrounded by all his family. As sad as it is for his ending, his legacy will always continue. He has taught his family great values and it shows. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Cliff, may you rest in peace and always protect your family. It was my honor to care and be there for you, you have touched my heart in ways that I'll never forget.
Condolences go out to the LaPrairie Family from the employees of CSI Sands and Wolverine Trucking in Buffalo, NY
I first met Cliff in 1992 as I had become one of the Klaver family members, being he with Virginia. My Son's being at there wedding in one of the largest Teepees ever, they will never forget that . Cliff was a very down to earth and endearing man. I Loved the fact that he knew farming etc. and we hit it off with stories to tell. I will never forget a vacation on the Ranch and Cliff teasing me as I was afraid of mice and he laughed at me but also respected my fear. He was a laid back kind of man even with all of his business to deal with, he made you very comfortable and invited. My Son's enjoyed being on the Ranch and as well as the presence of his company. RIP Cliff Condolences to all the family and friends.
What happened when my mom's beautiful and fiercely intelligent sister (Aunt Colleen) married Uncle Clifford with his 'joie de vivre', innately gifted mechanical sense and the most generous spirit and who became my dad's best friend? They have 8 bright, creative, driven, brave and beautiful children and the Flintoff siblings (myself included) get best friend, cousins (I got 2 Shannon and Octavia)
Thank you Uncle Clifford for always including me on your road trips, flying me around in the Cessna, making me listen to the Irish Rovers and Johnny Cash (I now have an appreciation), making me buttermilk waffles with heated maple syrup and butter, making me special eggs, letting Shannon and I play house in your massive rock garden and teaching me that sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Uncle Clifford was truly authentic!
Some of my most vivid memories of Cliff La Prairie was a long drive with him early in my marriage to Cecelia and relationship with the Family
Cliff did most of the talking and I asked questions
He spoke of his brothers and sisters and their successes
He talked of all of his kids his early years in Elliot lake
And obviously Business
What I remember most of the long discussion is his respect/admiration of his father brothers and sisters
The love he had for his kids his adventurous nature and his genuine entrepreneurial spirit that seems to have been inherited by all the kids
Listening to my father tell stories of growing up with the LaPrairie Cousins in Toronto was always a highlight. We dreamed of operating cranes in the Yukon as boys. Condolences from Gruyere, Switzerland; Land of the Cranes. Liebherr Crane Headquarters is our next door neighbor, I think often about LaPrairie Cranes, we will light a candle in our chapel from the 1500s and make a toast to a life well lived.
Condolences for you and your special Dad. What a life he lead..... and what a character with his inquiring mind. The memories I have of you and your family! Your Mom and your Dad. All of you kids and how close we were. What fun and kooky times we had in Elliot Lake.....those are memories that really stick. My sister and I talk about that often. ...and to have the Flintoffs and Winpenny Clarkes in Elliot Lake too, what a bonus. . thanks for this great tribute. Anne Grimes
Sending my deepest condolences at this time. I have so many special memories of the friendships between our families. I still make iced tea ‘LaPrairie’ style. The laughter, sings and fun were ever present. Thinking if you all at this time.
Deepest condolences to the LaPrairie Family. May the memories of Cliff bring you peace in the days ahead. Working with Cliff in Elliot Lake and Faro was always a fun time and indeed he truly is a legend♥️
Rest easy Cliff
Cathie Harper Randell
My condolences to the LaPrairie family. Your father was a good friend to our father. My father always spoke very highly of Cliff.
My condolences to the Laprairie family.
I was very young when he and my father Rudy would hang out I remember as a young boy hanging around my dad’s shop and couldn’t wait to hear from my dad “hey Marc let’s go see what cliff’s up to today”
He will be missed
My condolences to the Laprairie family , Cliff was a great man and helped out a lot whenever he could . The Laprairie name is still strong in Elliot Lake.
As one of the middle children in the family of course I have many lifelong memories of our father but what I wish to share most was the memory I will cherish the most. Three weeks before his passing I witnessed such true and deep joy for those he loved most. This joy was always what I wished the most for my father and this is what I got to see in his last days. My father was so blessed. Anastasia