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Date of Passing: Jan 03, 2019

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DEBRA GAIL SOURISSEAU (nee HARDER) It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Debi on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Grace Hospital following complications from surgery. Debi is survived by her loving husband Robert and sister Eileen McDowell (Bruce), niece Jessica Maciel (Andrew), great-niece Caitlin, nephew Chris (Lara), brothers-in-law, Don Sourisseau (Joy Simpson) and nephew Duncan; Ken Sourisseau (Theresa), nieces, Madeleine and Hannah and nephew Matthew, brother-in-law Kevin (Rene) Amber, Madison and Kylie. She was a faithful friend to Francis Sinclair-Kaspick, Wendy Trudel and Val Yarmie for many years. Debi was predeceased by her mother Vivian Harder Koper and father Cornelius Harder. She leaves behind many cousins. We were graced with the presence of a very special person who had numerous talents and passions. Debi was an accomplished artist in cross-stitch, a singer with soul who sang with the Assiniboine Chorus of the Sweet Adelines and also enjoyed karaoke. She enjoyed numerous activities which included horseback riding for the disabled, bowling and swimming with her special friends. Most of all she enjoyed gardening with husband Robert. Together they created a sanctuary and retreat in their beautiful yard which was enjoyed by all their friends. She had a gift for humour and could help others engage in laughter. She was hospitable and enjoyed entertaining. Debi was generous and would go the extra mile without hesitation. She was courageous in spirit and dauntless in her determination despite a disability that plagued her from day one. Rest in peace beautiful lady, let your spirit soar and fly! A service to celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m., Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. Reception to follow. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Spina Bifida Association.
Publish Date: Jan 12, 2019

DEBRA GAIL SOURISSEAU (nee HARDER) Quite suddenly on January 3, 2019, following post-surgical complications, with family by her side, Debi passed away at the Grace Hospital. Thank you to all the caring fourth floor and emergency nurses and doctors who helped with her care. Longer obituary and memorial service information to follow.
Publish Date: Jan 7, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2019, Jan 12, 2019

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I met them both many months ago and grew such an attachment to them! You two have the strongest bond that I ever did see and for that I look up to you both! I was beyond shocked when I received the call from Robert and in which it left me speechless! Debi is and forever will be remembered as such a sweet, loving, positive, supportive and full of life individual! She always made sure she said hi with a smile to anyone she met at my work and left such a lasting impression to the point that all my residents who had met you both are beyond devastated to hear this devastating news! Robert once again all of my deepest condolences to you!!! I don’t have enough words to say as to how much she was loved by us all and most importantly how much she and you both impacted my life in such a short timeframe! I am forever here for you!! May Debi RIP - Posted by: Deanna (Friend of Robert & Debi) on: Jan 20, 2019

  • Robert I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and condolences go out to you and your family - Posted by: Erin McKendry (Former co-worker of Robery) on: Jan 15, 2019

  • Debi was a very strong and spirited woman who will be greatly missed! In addition to Debi’s wonderful husband, Robert, and many friends, Debi also had tremendous support from her sister, Eileen. Eileen looked after Debi a lot as a child and continued to help her throughout the years. Eileen helped to mold the wonderful lady, we all came to know. Debi was a very positive, happy individual and nothing held her back. She lived her life to the fullest. Her wonderful husband, Robert, was always there to support Debi in any and all of her adventures. Debi told me how they had renovated their back yard and house, so they could both enjoy it to the fullest, as they spent so much time in and around their home. Debi was blessed to have such a wonderful family and friends. My sincere condolences to Robert, Eileen and Bruce and family. Debi may have left this earth but will remain with us in spirit always. - Posted by: Cathie McDowell (Debi’s sister, Eileen’s -sister-in-law) on: Jan 15, 2019

  • I write this on behalf of "Simply Unique", Debi's Tuesday evening swim family. Together with her husband Robert, she was a long standing member, faithful attender, and pot-luck contributor of tasty offerings. Not only that, Debi was an active conversationalist, and promoter of our swim group, inviting anyone she met in life, to join us, for fitness, fun and socializing. Simply Unique has lost a vital member and good friend. We will all miss Debi and remember her fondly. - Posted by: Linda Henderson (Pool Friend) on: Jan 14, 2019

  • I am very sorry to learn of Debi’s sudden passing. My sincere condolences to you Bob and family. So much in life is out of our control but we can all be sure to remember Debi with love. I can clearly picture her with a smiling face and arms stretched up to give me a hug of condolence when Nick passed away. I now offer you a virtual hug Bob as I am away for the winter. With understanding and sincere sympathy. - Posted by: Sharon Mooney (Cousin-in-law) on: Jan 13, 2019

  • Debi was a wonderful, kind person and I enjoyed many nights singing karaoke with her and other friends. I remember her kindness and vitality for life. She will be missed. Condolences to Robert and family and friends in Winnipeg. - Posted by: Susan Thomson-Lafosse (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2019

  • Robert I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Joanne Boyer (Montagnon) (Former co-worker of Robert) on: Jan 11, 2019

  • May you rest in peace Debi. You will be sorely missed by so many. You have touched a lot of hearts with your wit, your humor, and your love. I enjoyed the few times that I had the opportunity to visit you in Paula's front yard. The neighbourhood will not be the same without you, but, the presence of your spirit will never leave us. Gone way too soon. My condolences Robert. - Posted by: Cindy Nicholls (Friend and Neighbour) on: Jan 11, 2019

  • With much sadness I was informed of Debi's passing. I remember my mom, Sara, taking my sister Audrey and I to visit quite a bit when we were young. We would all peddle our bikes in the alleyways. Deb was such a positive person from very young and I am glad she spread happiness as a memory for us all. Condolences, Richard Harder - Posted by: Richard Harder (First Cousin) on: Jan 10, 2019

  • I’m so sorry Robert and family for your loss. Debbi was a wonderful person and I loved talking to her as well as yourself Robert, I’m so glad to have met you two! She was a very inspirational person every time I came to clean for you guys, she was almost always very positive even when she wasn’t feeling the greatest. I’m glad to have been at service for you guys for the last year and a half and Robert know you have many supports. Thanks for listening I’m still in shock! Ashley from mm - Posted by: Ashley soutter (They were clients of mine) on: Jan 09, 2019

  • My condolences to Bob on the loss of his wife, Debi. I have known Bob for many years and I know what a blow this must be for him. I lost my wife Solesta, 10 years ago. Hang in there Bob. - Posted by: Gerard Bruneau (Friend) on: Jan 07, 2019

  • I have known Debi for 25 years and we quickly became great friends, I had met her husband Robert first singing Christmas carols at his workplace-Birchwood Inn/Holiday Inn airport west then met Debi. We went singing all over the city and also hosted for different events and groups throughout the years. We spent many summer's having bbqs in their back yard having various parties and just enjoying life. I was with a group called the "Sweet Adelines" - a woman's 4-part harmony a capella which eventually I got Debi involved in my group and we had many great times singing with in this group. I used to house sit for them and even worked for them for a few years. We celebrated all the holidays together birthdays and anniversaries. Spent summers with mutual friends we knew from karaoke at pool parties. With all her struggles she had throughout all her life she'd call on me whenever she'd need to go to the hospital or for anything at home, I wanted do do all I could for her so I felt I became an advocate for anyone with disabilities well as far as parking was concerned as I'd remind people where they were parking and if they didn't have a permit to park there that they should move. Debi and Robert were there for me during some tough times in my life and I am forever grateful for what they did for me. We spent many weekends watching movies playing board games or just hanging out even through the week, we'd cook together decorate for holidays and even renovations in the house. So many memories and friends that we shared together and people would always know when going out we'd usually be together in so many things that we did. She was the strongest person I knew and given the hand she was dealt with I don't know anyone who could handle what she had to live with, Debi, Robert and my Mom and Dad had made a plan when I was moving they all planned that mom and dad would surprise me to come help me with my packing, well I was working at a show and Debi and Robert came and told me that they had invited some old friends which when said friends along with Debi and Robert showed up to my show I had turned around to see who it was only to see my mom and dad standing there, well it was like what you'd see on TV with my jaw dropping to the floor and in total shock and pale as a ghost not believing what I was seeing, so yes they surprised me big time and I was in tears. So my dear friend I miss you so much and never thought that when mom and I talked with you on that Sunday you went into the hospital would be the last time we would talk. Life will never be the same anymore without you in it and it's going to take a long time before I think I will get past this, we might not have been blood sisters but we were as close as blood sisters and shared a lot together. Rest easy my dearest friend and I know you aren't in pain now, God has you in his hands and now you will only feel peace and rest. Love you Debi always and forever and will miss you forever ❤❤❤ - Posted by: Wendy Trudel (Best friend) on: Jan 07, 2019

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