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Born: Aug 18, 1938

Date of Passing: Aug 19, 2017

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JEROME THEVENOT August 18, 1938 - August 19, 2017 Jerome Cyprien Thevenot passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 19, surrounded by family, a few hours after turning 79 on Friday. He was born and raised in Somerset, MB being the sixth of 12 children. From the age of five he worked as a farm hand feeding pigs, milking cows, picking stones, or mending barb wire fences, and is where he picked up the nickname Joe. In his teenage years, in addition to farm hand, he worked at the local Somerset restaurant manning the counter, where he met his future wife, Mary Henderson, who he married June 27, 1959, and recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. He left home at 16 to work for the CN Telegraph, travelling through parts of Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Some of his memories from these years included walking from north of Gillam to Churchill, getting a shock from a lightning strike while working on a line, and working out of a manhole at Portage and Main installing telegraph in the office buildings. He decided, with a young family, he would find work that would keep him closer to home and secured an electrical apprenticeship in Winnipeg working side jobs including security for Blue Bomber games. In December 1964, Joe moved to Thompson, MB to work for Inco. Mary joined him in March 1965 and they proceeded to raise seven children together in Thompson. He started as a labourer in the Mill and proceeded to electrician to Senior Foreman and then to General Maintenance Foreman, working in T-1, T-3, Soab Mine, Pipe Lake open pit mine and Birch Tree, retiring with over 30 years of service. Post-retirement jobs included NAPA, Commissionaires security, and self-proclaimed weather expert. Joe devoted his life to his wife and family. With them he always shared his love of hunting, fishing, gardening, smoking fish and meats, and loved carrying on these traditions with his grandchildren, including being a lifelong fan of the Montreal Canadiens. In past years he curled and played broomball. He coached his sons' minor hockey teams including in the first Munn Cup tournament. He attended Christmas Eve mass in December 1964 and continued to attend the St. Lawrence Church for the next 53 years. Joe is survived by his loving and supportive wife Mary, his children: Dale, Debbie (Kantomer), Loren, Leonard, Ken, Chris, Angelle (Boles) and their spouses. His pride was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Paul, Adrian, Roger, Maurice, Romeo, Juliette, Cecile (Grenier), Albert and Eva (Dansereau). He was predeceased by his father Paul, mother Yvonne, and siblings Yvonne (Lemieux) and Raymond. Funeral Service was held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Thompson, MB at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Bishop Albert Thevenot. Interment followed in the Thompson Cemetery.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 26, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Deepest sympathy to you Mary on the passing of your husband Joe. I was introduced to Joe, one Sunday before mass by our daughter, Giselle Luky. From that day on, every time I visited and attended mass at St. Lawrence Church, Joe made a point of having a short conversation with me, which led to my visit with you in your home. I'm truly sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Isabelle Hutlet Choquette (Classmate of Mary Henderson Thevenot) on: Aug 31, 2017

  • Our condolences to the Thevenot Family. Having grown up in the Altamont area, I knew Joe from baseball matches with Somerset in the mid-fifties. We met again when our family moved to Thompson in '71, I volunteered with Joe coaching Tom Thumb Hockey. Joe had a great personality and was always available to help his community, his church, and kid's sport programs. May you rest in peace, Joe. Ted and Dianne Scoles, Winnipeg - Posted by: Ted and Dianne Scoles (friend) on: Aug 28, 2017

  • I knew 'Joe' from our days together working for Inco in Thompson, MB. I worked in the Mines Engineering group and Joe ran the maintenance department at the mine. I guess we knew each other for over 20 years working together at many of Inco's mines in the Thompson area. Joe was always a real gentleman to work with and nothing was impossible for him to do to help you out of a 'jam' or to meet a critical deadline. If you had a problem, it was always, "Go see Joe" to get it done. I'm truly saddened to read of Joe's passing and would like to extend my deepest condolences to Joe's family at this time. There are many Thompsonites today, especially ex-Inco friends of Joe, who are equally sad to read of his passing. - Posted by: Barry Hadfield (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2017

  • Joe and I were both raised in Somerset and also raised our families in Thompson, Mb. We were there for 43 years and left 6 years ago. We heard Joe and Mary were trying to sell their house to move south so we were looking forward to having them closer. Unfortunately, it was not to be, Joe was a great guy, wonderful father and husband, a great friend and neighbor. Thompson was lucky to have wonderful citizens like Joe and Mary and their family. I know a lot of people will miss Joe and many of them probably have amazing stories to tell of some adventure with Joe. RIP Joe. Gone but never forgotten. - Posted by: Ron and Lorraine Henderson (Cousins) on: Aug 26, 2017

  • I enjoyed Jerome's teasing & laughs whenever we met. - Posted by: Jerry Van Deynze (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2017

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