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Born: Nov 29, 1917
Date of Passing: Apr 09, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
November 29, 1917- April 9, 2019
He leaves to mourn in his passing his two daughters, Mona-Lynne Ayotte, and Michèle Cadieux (Bob); his grandchildren, Samantha Howden (Luca Chandler), Julie French (Kelcey), Aimée Cadieux (Leigh Lange), Kerry Cadieux (Brittany); his great-grandchildren, Taylor and Campbell French (Julie), Mackenzie Rodewald, Emmett and Vivian Lange (Aimée), Reegan, Chyler and Nolan Cadieux (Kerry); his brother René (Lucille), his sister-in-laws, Annette Coates (Clifford) and Irène Marchand (Ernie).
Bernard was predeceased by his wife Yvonne in 2011; his father Louis Philippe Ayotte and his mother Marie-Louise (Bissonnette); his sisters, Florence Fortier (Roméo), Jeanne Brunet (Émile), Claire Dansereau (Omer), Lucille Johnson (Henry), Évangeline Ayotte; two brothers, Claude (Hortense) and Roméo; his in-laws, Ernie Marchand (Irène), Eva Leclair (Amedée), Florina Delaquis (Marcel), Arthur Marchand (José), Alphonse (Lucie), and Léo Marchand (Hélène).
Bernard was the first son born on the family farm in St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba. Dad valued education, and attended Whitehaven School, Collège St. Jean Baptiste, and St. Boniface College. He served with distinction in many municipal and provincial posts ranging from Municipal Administrator for the Rural Municipality of Montcalm from 1948 to 1978. He served as President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in 1965 and 1966. He was instrumental in setting up a four year certificate course in 1966, which was approved and sponsored by The Municipal Administrator's Association, the Department of Municipal Affairs, and the Province of Manitoba. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Certification for the Municipal Administrator Program, which was delivered through the Adult Education Department of the University of Manitoba. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Letellier Athletic Association for 28 years, as well as a beloved bilingual Bingo caller! Bernard was a Board member of the Manitoba Flood Disaster Assistance Program for the Province of Manitoba after the flood of 1979, and co-ordinator and editor of the Centennial Book Reapers of the Valley for the Rural Municipality of Montcalm in 1982. In 1989, he headed an exhaustive survey of the Red River Valley flood area in eight municipalities and part of Winnipeg.
He married his beloved wife Yvonne in 1950 and lived in Letellier, Manitoba for 20 years, retiring from the Municipality of Montcalm in 1978. He joined the Knights of Columbus, Provencher Council in 1955 and helped organize the Montcalm Council chapter to which he belonged. He transferred to the St. Eugène Council in 1981, as a 3rd degree member and recorder for 10 years and was exemplified as a Sir Knight 4th Degree within "l'Assemblée Monseigneur Taché"; for which he served as faithful treasurer for 10 years. He devoted almost 20 years to performing the role of Chancellor to 1st and 2nd degree teams, still doing this by heart at the age of 88!
In his leisure hours, he enjoyed curling, gardening, fishing, golfing and cooking. To top off all of his achievements in the fall of 2002, he joined and acted in Le Théâtre des Ainés. Bernard, an impeccable dresser and lover of hats, was a positive, well-respected and loved man with a sense of humour, which he employed daily. He had a facility with words, writing many speeches for a number of events. One of his rare gifts was to listen actively to many with an open and compassionate heart.
The family would like to thank the care home staff of Actionmarguerite, Saint-Vital, and in particular nurses Mac, Carla, Aga, Olivia, and Karen who cared for him over the last number of years as he displayed a remarkable strong independence. Dad was well known by all staff as he volunteered at Foyer Valade for many years enjoying the musical Wednesday afternoon activities! We would also like to thank the Knights of Columbus who will be present serving as "la garde d'honneur."
In keeping with Bernard's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Eugène Catholic Church, 1009 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, Roland Ayotte, Gabriel Ayotte, Laurent Dansereau, Jacques Dansereau, Roger Ayotte, Richard Ayotte, and Marcel Brunet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
A private interment will follow at a later date.
E. J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
Publish Date: Apr 20, 2019
November 29, 1917 - April 9, 2019
A memorial service is currently being planned for April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Eugène Catholic Church.
A longer obituary will follow.
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
Publish Date: Apr 13, 2019
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 13, 2019, Apr 20, 2019
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Dear Mona-Lynne, Michele, Bob and family, it is with great sadness that we express our most sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad, Father-in-law, Grandfather and our Uncle Barney. Your Father was a truly remarkable man with many accomplishments in his long life. He was a true gentleman, kind, compassionate, intelligent and funny. He was a pleasure to be around. We will always cherish the memories we have of Uncle Barney. All the wonderful speeches he made at family functions, the visits we had with him and your Mom years ago when we lived in Meadowood and stopped by with our children for ice cream. And later in time when we were able to catch up with him once again while visiting Pat’s father at Foyer Valade. We will remember him with warm smiles in our hearts. Sending our love and condolences to you all during this time of sorrow. Love, Ray and Pat Marchand - Posted by: Raymond Marchand (Nephew) on: Apr 30, 2019
Our family lived in Letellier for 12 years and so I did know your mother and father. Your father was a remarkable person who left his footprint in life. Unfortunately and regrettably, I was not able to attend his funeral. I do keep your family in my prayers as you grieve his loss and mourn his absence in your lives. May you treasure all the wonderful memories that you have made and shared with both your mom and dad. - Posted by: Claudette Moquin (My mother, Thérèse (Parent) Moquin, was your father's cousin. My father was Omer Moquin.) on: Apr 30, 2019
To Mona Lynne and Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Ben was indeed a very special man, always interested in what I was doing. He indeed had a great sense of humour...for Uncle Ben, life was a gift and a joy to embrace and live to it's greatest capacity. He was a very positive person, he didn't let things get to him even when illness came to Ma Tante Yvonne. This is one trait that I try to adapt in my life. Much love Jeannine - Posted by: Jeannine Brown (niece) on: Apr 28, 2019
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Mr. Ayotte. We will always remember him as a carefree, beautifully spirited gentleman each time he came to our dental office. For those that loved him, we are sure he has left you with an abundance of beautiful memories to treasure. May he rest in eternal peace. - Posted by: Dr. Zoltan & Janice Horvath (Dentist) on: Apr 23, 2019
J’ai eu l’extrême Bonheur de côtoyer mon cher M. Ayotte au Foyer Valade. Que de belles conversations,rires etc....Il arrivait toujours plutôt au Foyer pour piquer une jasette avec moi, il aimait faire son bénévolat,aider les résidents etc...il était un homme fier de sa personne,toujours habillé de manière impeccable. Il me parlait de son épouse dont la mémoire était affectée,des ses filles et petits-enfants qu’il adorait. Je pensais souvent a mon bon M. Ayotte depuis mon départ en 2001 j’aiGatineau, Qc, bizarrement la semaine dernière j’ai eu une belle pensée pour lui,me demandais comment il allait.Votre père me disait souvent,”tu sais Sylvie je vit sur du temps emprunté,et il riait. Toutes mes sympathies a la famille,mes prières seront dédiées a mon Bon M. Ayotte et la famille Sylvie Scott Chasles,Gatineau ,Québec - Posted by: Sylvie Scott Chasles (Ex-coordonnatrice des bénévoles au Foyer Valade (1997-2001)) on: Apr 22, 2019
I met your Dad when I was working at the Victoria Hospital Foundation. He was passionate about everything he did and was an absolute inspiration. I moved to Kelowna in 2008 but thought of him often. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Diane Paterson - Posted by: Diane Paterson (Friend) on: Apr 20, 2019
To Mona-Lynne, Michelle and family. In Deepest Sympathy. Renee-Rena-Jon-Robbie Ayotte. ooxx - Posted by: Renee Ayotte (cousin) on: Apr 18, 2019
Our sincere condolences to Michelle & Mona-Lynne and family. Went to talk to him every time we visited my mom at Foyer Valade. Sorry we cannot attend the funeral as we will be holding my Mom's funeral the same day. Our thought will be with you on this day as well. - Posted by: Roger & Irene Loiselle (Friends) on: Apr 15, 2019
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