Funeral licence on the line after director drives drunk with ashes

Aurele LeClaire, 51, of LeClaire Brothers Funeral Home, was convicted of driving drunk at a funeral...

Aurele LeClaire, 51, of LeClaire Brothers Funeral Home, was convicted of driving drunk at a funeral service two years ago and is now facing the possibility of losing his licence.

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

A Winnipeg funeral director convicted of driving drunk at a funeral service two years ago is now facing the possibility of losing his licence.

Aurele LeClaire, 51, of LeClaire Brothers Funeral Home, appeared last week before the Funeral Board of Manitoba and admitted to breaching its code of ethics and the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Act.

The funeral board has 60 days to decide on a penalty, which can range from an apology to LeClaire losing his licence.

The hearing was prompted by a complaint from a church minister who said LeClaire arrived drunk at a March 30, 2012 funeral service and drove drunk to the accompanying cemetery service.

LeClaire was convicted after a provincial court trial last summer of one count of driving over .08. He was fined $2,500 and prohibited from driving for one year.

Rev. Carol Janke, of the Messiah Lutheran Church, testified at trial LeClaire had a "strong smell of alcohol" and "seemed confused."

 


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