It is with sadness that, we the family wish to announce the passing of Joseph Albanie (Johnny) Couture which occurred peacefully surrounded by family on October 25th at the Chaleur Regional Hospital at the age of 79. Born in Bathurst, he was the son of the late George Couture and late Alfreda Chiasson.
He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Lynn Colborne (Jason) of Dieppe, his grandson, the light of his life and best friend, Brandon Colborne (Brooke) of Bathurst
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Raymond and nephew Glen.
He is also survived by his brother, Lionel of Bathurst; his sisters: Bella (late Albanie) of Moncton, Dianna (Richard) Roy of Petit Rocher and Yvette (Rheal) Thibodeau of Bathurst.
His nephews: Marc, Gilles, Eddie, Neil, Keith, Joey, Jordan, Patrick; nieces: Louise and Rachelle, as well as several cousins.
He worked for the City of Bathurst Public Works Department for 32 Years.
Albanie “Johnny “was an amazing father and grandfather, He was loving, easy going and had a love for Fishing which he spent countless hours in search of trout, salmon or sea bass. He could always be found down by the wharf, at the falls or his closely guarded secret fishing holes whether it be with co workers, friends or his daughter and her friends teaching them the ropes and how to bait a hook.
He was known as the jokester in the family and at work with his funny antics and sly demeanour. he could make anyone laugh and always put a smile on Someone’s face.
At a young age he developed a love for softball, handed down from his father George who was an exceptional player in his own right who was once offered a professional tryout and is now a member of the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame.
Johnny played for several teams including Danny’s Hawks, Bathurst Union Center and Brunswick Mines where he went on to become MVP for their provincial championship winning team. He was considered at the time to be one of the finest 3rd basemen in the region. Although he was small in stature, he was very fast and quick on his feet.
While not limited to softball and fastball, he was also an equipment manager for the Bathurst Papermakers hockey team for several years.
As per his wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. A celebration of his life will be held later.
Family would like to thank the staff at Southern Comfort care home, Dr Nathalie White, and Palliative care unit at the Chaleur Regional Hospital for the care they have provided to our father.
In memory of Joseph Albanie, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Elhatton Funeral Home in Bathurst. www.elhatton.com