Art Loupret, who served as Hay River’s bylaw officer for more than a decade, passed away last week following a long battle with cancer. He was 65.
Hay River residents filled the Community Hall on Saturday to solemnly remember and celebrate the life of Loupret, one of the town’s most respected residents.
Born on March 28, 1948 in Arberdeen, Scotland, Loupret and his family made the move to Canada when he was just nine months old.
Loupret served as a volunteer fire fighter in both the United States and Canada up until 1988. He also served in law enforcement, starting off with Pinkerton’s Security. Upon moving to Yellowknife in 1978, Loupret worked in Crash Rescue at the Yellowknife Airport Fire Department for eight years, and as a Correction Officer at the Yellowknife Correctional Centre.
In 1998 he moved to Hay River with his wife Marjorie, and became the town’s bylaw officer. He was sworn in as the Community Constable/Peace Officer under the RCMP in May 2000.
He was fondly remembered by RCMP officers who have been stationed in the area for his hard work, but also his welcoming attitude for any new officer coming into town.
“He had a deep devotion for his work, and was always there for his members,” said Sgt. Ron Pragnell from the Fort Simpson RCMP detachment.
Murray Gordon, another RCMP officer formerly stationed in Hay River, also spoke words of kind remembrance before presenting Majorie with a plaque, signifying Loupret’s dedication to the RCMP.
Loupret is remembered for his involvement in racing, either working on or racing stock cars, or cruising on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
“He loved being at the race track,” said his daughter Maxime Sherren in her eulogy.
“Even after his diagnosis, he just had to be involved.”
Loupret was diagnosed with cancer in February 2009, and fought a hard battle until his untimely death on Oct. 12.
“We have been so touched to see how much my dad meant to you, because he meant so much to us,” said Sherren.
“He was the best dad a girl could ever have.”