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January 30, 1948 – May 10, 2022

After a lengthy time with health complications, Reg passed at the young age of 74, in the arms of his wife.

He enjoyed three weeks of retirement before going to Mexico where he was finally warm, and said good-bye to this world.

Reg comes from a family whose ancestors go back to 1656 when two Therrien brothers sailed to New France from La Rochelle, France. Born in Montreal, Reg was the youngest of eleven children. He lost his father when he was only six years old to a drunk driver.

He had always helped his father on payday counting out the change that went in envelopes for each of the staff. Reg's first business was selling bleach in small bottles carried on his little wagon when he was about seven, to the housewives along the street. When he was of age, he joined the Canadian Air force in hopes of learning to speak English.

That was the year that a French speaking regiment was formed. Reg learned how to fly many different types of aircraft. Upon leaving the Force with an honourable discharge, he was able to hitch a ride on a Canadian Air force plane bringing dignitaries to the Yukon. When he deplaned, the Midnight Sun Pipe Band was playing. Reg thought this was a wonderful welcome to Whitehorse, so he stayed.

Reg worked at a few mining camps, was a geologist's assistant and helped build the Dempster Highway to the Arctic. He could operate many different kinds of equipment. Reg got to witness a huge caribou herd passing around him while he sat on the roof of his truck having his lunch out there on the tundra.

Reg opened and operated the very successful Monte Carlo Dining Room for ten years. It was recognized as one of the top restaurants in Canada. The Monte Carlo catered to many special guests over the years including the Governor General, Prime Minister, Princess Anne, writers and actors, and the Montreal Canadian Hockey Team; however in his mind, every customer was important to him. 

In 1983 he owned and operated Peacock Sales for thirty-nine years before retiring. During that time, he was President of the Klondike Visitors Association for two years. He successfully organized the first Yukon Economic Conference for small business owners. Reg believed that small business and tourism were the backbone of the city, the Yukon, and the country.

Reg had a wonderful sense of humour, was not shy and never boring. Sometimes a playful mischief maker and full of surprises. The attention he gave to his cooking skills and presentation always seemed so perfect. He also was a good singer and a wonderful dancer. A man of many talents.

Stone masonry was fun for him. He built stone walls, stairs and stone sidings. He could fix most things or know when to call the experts. Reg enjoyed taking his old 1930 Ford Model A for a drive. He called the car "Henry." And he loved to be out on the lake in his boat, fishing, but he rarely caught any fish. Through all that life sets for us, Reg was never a quitter, always found a way to carry on. Brave and dependable and never gave up until the end.

Reg is survived by his wife Joyce, and two stepsons, Ashley and Richard Andersen and their families. Also many Therriens: brother Pierre, sisters Micheline and Colette plus many cousins, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Maxwell Andersen. Reg and Joyce were together for fifty years less a month.

They worked together for forty eight years, side by side. He was one of a kind.

Reg Therrien did not want a funeral or a celebration of life. His ashes will be dedicated by the family at a later time.   

Comments (5)

bonanzajoe on Jun 16, 2022 at 9:09 pm

Always remembered Reg wearing his Montreal Canadiens hockey sweater in the the spring. RIP Reg.

Rob Krauzig on Jun 12, 2022 at 6:53 pm

I am so sad to hear this today, my heart goes out to Joyce, Ashley and the rest of his family and friends.
During my years working at Peacock Sales, Reg and Joyce were what I called my work parents, Reg had another humorous term he used to call me.
Many years before that one of my first jobs was washing dishes at the Monte Carlo, I only remember the staff meals and eating like royalty they knew how to treat both the customers and their staff.
Reg and I developed a great bond as we shared a similar work ethic, sense of loyalty and warped sense of humor. I kept in contact with him regularly through the store and even after I left the Yukon 20+ years ago, Every visit back I made sure I stopped in to say hello, reminisce and laugh with him in his cramped office and of course, go and see Joyce upstairs if she was too busy to come down.
One summer when I worked at Peacock, on their on either Joyce’s birthday or an anniversary. Reg had me setup a surprise fully furnished and catered table for 2 luncheon on a sandbar below the rapids on the Yukon River, a simple blanket / picnic was not good enough, I dragged tables, umbrella, chairs, champagne ice bucket, a servers station etc., and a fully suited Maître d’ was there to serve them their many courses as the river flowed by them only a few feet away on either side, it was impressive and romantic to say the least.
As a tip he gave me a bottle of 1976 Dom Perrion! Reg was always a class act and a gentleman and it’s was easy to see how much he loved and cherished Joyce.
Rest i peace my friend.

Ray & Lou Hall on Jun 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm

We are so sorry for your loss, Joyce. Thank goodness for all the memories you two made together that will carry you. Our condolences to you and your family - Ashley and Richard and their families. May he rest in peace. Thinking of you.

Lucille on Jun 10, 2022 at 9:17 pm

Joyce - my heart is breaking for you and all of us that had the pleasure of knowing your sweet Reg, he was the funniest, sweetest man and he gave the best hugs ever! He lit up a room just by walking in - he will be so very missed😢

Kat Secord on Jun 10, 2022 at 3:05 pm

I feel very fortunate to be one of those customers who felt pampered at the Monte Carlo. My husband and i had a small wedding supper there for six of us in March 1983. It was grand. And Reg was the reason it was grand. We did feel very special. Thinking of Reg's family at this time.

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