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Frank Le Sann treated himself to scrambled eggs every Sunday morning at a local restaurant in Elie after church.

Restaurant employees knew the 85-year-old man as one of the regulars.

"He would always say, 'Good morning,' and he was always very friendly," said one of the employees. "He would come in just to visit with people."

Fellow coffee drinkers recognized Le Sann by his laughter and big personality.

"The coffee shop always knew he was around because of his loud voice. He couldn't hear and his hearing aids were always bothering him," said Edmund Dufresne, a close friend of Le Sann.

Le Sann's voice, his generosity and his laugh will be just a fond memory for coffee-shop regulars and employees from now on.

Le Sann and his brother, Alain Le Sann, who was visiting from British Columbia, died in a house fire at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Headingley RCMP and local emergency services were dispatched to the scene of the fire on Le Sann's property just east of Elie, in the RM of Cartier.

Alain Le Sann was in Manitoba this week to visit their brother, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

"It was a shock to everybody, he (Frank) touched everybody," said Dufresne. "He went to bed and never woke up. What a way to die."

Dufresne and Le Sann had been friends for over 40 years. They would meet every day to discuss farming, grain and welding over a fresh cup of coffee.

Le Sann was a welder in the Elie area. His family moved to the town, just west of Winnipeg, from Saskatchewan in 1947 to grow grain and raise beef cattle.

People in the community knew Le Sann as a hard worker.

"He would help people in the fields and never asked anything for it," said Dufresne. "Frank would drive me around for medication in the city. He was a pretty nice fellow and a good friend."

Dufresne remembers the last time he spent with Le Sann and his brother.

"They came by on Friday morning to visit me, they were killing time," he said at his home in Elie. "I saw him at 4 p.m. at the restaurant, he was there with his brother. They paid for my coffee."

The two brothers were known as generous men by their family members who live in St. Francois Xavier, just down the highway from Elie.

RCMP continue to investigate the house fire, and the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner is assisting with the investigation.

elizabeth.fraser@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 17, 2013 A12

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