Paul Lorieau, Edmont Oilers Anthem, Robson Valley, Valemount, Kinbasket Reservoir, valemount marina
Paul Lorieau sings the national anthem prior to a game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings at Rexall Place on March 29, 2011 in Edmonton. (Greg Southam / Edmonton Journal)

Paul Lorieau, the former Edmonton Oilers anthem singer who was rescued last summer from Kinbasket Lake, has died of cancer.

Lorieau was a frequent user of the Valemount Marina along Kinbasket Lake during the summer.

Last summer we covered a story about his rescue at the lake. In July, he fell into Kinbasket after failing to jump into his boat; he gripped the side of the boat as it drifted down the lake. Two local men and a local woman noticed his boat drifting in the water and rescued Lorieau from the water by Len Chisholm and Marc Lohse and given first aid by Kerry-Lynne Fontaine.

He succumbed to esophageal cancer. Lorieau’s memorial service was held earlier this month at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton.

By: Laura Keil