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DONALD THOMAS MEUNIER

Born: Dec 28, 1935

Date of Passing: Oct 26, 2021

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DONALD THOMAS MEUNIER

Donald Thomas Meunier, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully, with family at his side, at Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg, on October 26, 2021, at the age of 85 years.
Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on December 28, 1935, Donald was the first born of Romuald (Bob) and Mary (Mae) Meunier (nee Sullivan). Growing up, Don developed into a naturally collaborative leader and service oriented person. He married the love of his life, Connie Maclennan Tapp, in 1957. They built a wonderful life together, established on love, friendship, family, commitment and engagement in the community.
Don formed lifelong friendships founded on loyalty, caring and concern for others with his school classmates, with colleagues throughout his career journey and in the broader community, wherever life took him. After completing his studies in accounting at the University of Calgary, he became a Chartered Accountant and began his work in health care and hospital administration, first in North Battleford and then Regina, before moving in 1967 to what would become the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) in Winnipeg. He took on several senior roles in accounting and planning, retiring in 2001 after serving several years as the HSC Director of Planning.
From an early age, Don developed a strong work ethic and a deep sense of responsibility for family, friends, work and personal commitments. He was a dedicated family man. Together, he and Connie raised six children, providing each of them with love, a caring home, a wonderful model of family life, encouragement and practical support for their development and interests. Don spent countless hours ferrying children and grandchildren to their sports and other activities, while sharing wisdom and stories and being a careful listener. Holidays were spent packing up the family station wagon going on road trips to go camping and visiting family. Later, with the support of family, he built a cabin in Grindstone Park on the shores of Lake Winnipeg where he and Connie enjoyed many years hosting summer family gatherings and friends. They also enjoyed singing, music, ballroom dancing, and hosting get-togethers of friends made through the Catholic Family Movement (CFM), Worldwide Marriage Encounter, at the parish, other interest groups or in the community. Later in life, he and Connie also enjoyed annual winter holidays in Florida, often accompanied by close friends and other getaways with friends at Elkhorn Resort in Riding Mountain National Park.
Don freely shared his many gifts and talents. As a father and grandfather, he loved each child dearly and was a strong presence, a teacher, a mentor and an ally until his final year. He enjoyed puns and sharing a good joke and often lightened the room with his good humour and spirit. He enjoyed books, especially non-fiction related to history, biographies and politics, kept up with current affairs and issues right to the end and relished conversations with family and friends related to such topics. Don was also very proud of his Saskatchewan roots and maintained a lifelong love of the prairies including the landscapes, the people and its history. Over the years, he volunteered on numerous boards and freely provided his accounting expertise to multiple non-profits. He served as a Returning Officer in numerous elections. He served the Liberal Party St. Boniface constituency for many years, volunteered at St. Amant Centre, St. Bernadette Parish Council, St. Rafael Centre and numerous small non-profit agencies. He also served on the Condo Owners board at the Canoe Club Residence for many years.
Don is survived by his wife Connie, his brother Neil (Daphne) of Estevan, sister-in-law Betty Bolen (Carl) of Regina, and his children, Andree Lussier (Tom), Marie-Terese Jackson (David), David (Lesley), Paul (Laurie), Marc (Lynne), and Claire Klatt (Alan). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Daniel (Marie-Pascale), Martin (Amanda), Matthew (Dana), Michael (Tiffany), Aimee (Cyrus), Gabrielle, Ben, Jon, Will, James, Sarah, and Robert, step-grandchildren, Margaret, Thomas and Gordon, great-grandchildren, Raymond and Marie-Claire, seven step-great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Golden Links Lodge for their kindness and care.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Instead, it was Donald's desire that donations in his memory be made to Gonzaga Middle School of Winnipeg, 174 Maple Street North, Winnipeg, MB R2W 3L4.
Cremation has taken place. A service and celebration of his life for immediate family and invited guests will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Coutu Funeral Home.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
204-253-5086
ejcoutu.ca


Publish Date: Nov 13, 2021

DONALD THOMAS MEUNIER

Donald Meunier, 85, beloved husband to Connie (nee Tapp), passed away peacefully with family at his side at Golden Links Lodge on October 26, 2021.
He will be deeply missed by Connie, his brother Neil (Daphne) of Estevan, sister-in-law Betty Bolen (Carl) of Regina; his children, Andree Lussier (Tom), Marie-Terese Jackson (David), David (Lesley), Paul (Laurie), Marc (Lynne), and Claire Klatt (Alan); his 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Cremation has taken place and a service for immediate family and a few invited guests will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Coutu Funeral Home.
Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Oct 30, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 30, 2021, Nov 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Sending heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father, Marc, with hugs and prayers for you and your family. - Posted by: Paul & Mary Jo Steffes (Friend of Marc Meunier ) on: Dec 20, 2021

  • Thoughts and prayers for Connie, Neil and all the kids along with their families. - Posted by: kevin pearson (cousin ) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • My sincere condolences on your loss. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! "God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter. I remember Don as an honest, sincere gentleman and fellow employee at HSC. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Bob Strong (Acquaintance) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I got to know Don best while he and Connie lived at the Canoe Club. Don became known to me as the official greeter there as his smiling face was almost always there when I entered the facility. Such a gentleman! I am certain that he will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to Connie and the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Remember that loss, sorrow, time and distance can never take away the memory of Don's love for you and your love for him. - Posted by: Alice Arnal (friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • It was an honour to have Don come in for haircut in my shop for many years, my sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ralph Masi (Friend & his barber ) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I was so saddened to hear of Mr. Meunier's passing. He hired me personally in August of 1970 as a clerical assistant in the Business Office of the then Winnipeg General Hospital. It was at his constant encouragement to promote me to Junior Accountant and then Senior Accountant. He was a wonderful mentor and friend. I have to smile when I recall how he insisted that I call him "Don" which is something I could never do; never. He was always "Mr. Meunier". He deserved that respect. I only met his lovely wife, Connie, when they attended my wedding in 1973 and I recall how they loved to dance. As he moved on within the hospital to the Planning Department, we were always in touch and had a wonderful working relationship. He was an important part of my life over the next 30 plus years. May the family find peace knowing that he is resting now with our Lord. You will be greatly missed and always remembered "Mr. Meunier" - Posted by: Joanne LaVallee (Former Co-worker and Friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • Sending our love, hugs and prayers to Connie and the wonderful "kids". Love this whole beautiful family despite not keeping in touch with the kids over the years. We will miss receiving our {always FIRST} Christmas card from Don this year. Thanks to Andree for trying to contact us. Sorry we missed the call. B & J - Posted by: Barry & Joan Coombes (old friends) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • Our love and blessings to Connie and all the family. There is flood of memories that come with remembering Don: all those evenings of meeting and Women's groups at the house on D'Orsay..... Pilgrim Walks together... Laughter and singing.... staying with it through hard times. Thank you for a life well and thoughtfully lived. Blessings on you all as you grieve this loss. - Posted by: Melody Newcomb (friend) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • Don was a friend and neighbour to my father-in-law Jerry at the Canoe Club. I had worked with Connie years ago at St Amant so we had a few common links. I fondly remember many hallway chats with him - he showed such kind concern for Jerry - and his love for Connie shone through. My condolences to you all. - Posted by: Jillian Lamothe (Acquaintance) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • Don was a friend and neighbour to my father-in-law Jerry at the Canoe Club. I had worked with Connie years ago at St Amant so we had a few common links. I fondly remember many hallway chats with him - he showed such kind concern for Jerry - and his love for Connie shone through. My condolences to you all. - Posted by: Jillian Lamothe (Acquaintance) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • My condolences to Connie and all the family.. my thoughts are with you all I loved our talks & laughs and listening to you sing….Don you made Lionel smile Pamela Sabourin - Posted by: Pamela Sabourn (Friend) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • My condolences to Connie and all the family.. my thoughts are with you all I loved our talks & laughs and listening to you sing….Don you made Lionel smile Pamela Sabourin - Posted by: Pamela Sabourn (Friend) on: Oct 30, 2021

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