Emile was born on October 31, 1929 to Victor and Anna Detillieux. He was the second oldest of eight children who grew up and worked on the family farm in Vonda. He attended Vonda School until Grade 8 and obtained Grade 9 by correspondence. One winter he ventured to Toronto, ON, with some friends and worked in a chocolate factory. He really enjoyed that winter and ‘on the job’ product sampling! On June 10, 1953, he married the love of his life, Alice Tremel, at St. Paul’s R.C. Cathedral in Saskatoon. Emile and Alice lived in a log house while they built their first home. They farmed in Peterson, milked cows, and raised chickens for many years. In 1973, Emile lost his little finger in a farming accident. His sense of humour was quite evident as he would often play tricks on kids with his missing pinky. Emile belonged to the Meacham Co-op Board, the St. Agnes Parish Committee, the Peterson Sask. Wheat Pool and Hall Committees and the Bruno Credit Union Board. He was a self-taught carpenter who built beautiful cabinets for several kitchens and helped in many renovation projects over the years. In their retirement, Emile and Alice helped their children with farming, renovations, babysitting, and helping out wherever needed. During their weekly trips to haul hogs to Saskatoon, Emile and Alice made sure to visit her parents who lived there in a nursing home. This routine lasted for 10 years until her parents passed away. Emile was also an avid reader who read many a newspaper from front to back, always in the living room with the TV on. He loved to talk for hours with family and friends, even engaging in conversation with complete strangers. Emile was a hard-working, humble man with a deep faith and gentle nature, mixed in with a good sense of humour and fun- loving personality. In his last days, Emile often repeated the words, “my beautiful wife,” while looking at Alice, and “mon bon Jésus”, while clutching his crucifix.