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Born: May 08, 1944

Date of Passing: Aug 14, 2019

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May 8, 1944 - August 14, 2019

"He never met a stranger."

Our hearts are broken to announce that Maurice Mazerolle passed away August 14, 2019, on his own terms, following a six year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Maurice is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonnie (Kessler); son Drew (Jane Carson), Kristian and Jasmyn; daughter Danielle, Lilli and Mia; sister Carmel Neighbour; and in-laws, Alan (deceased 2019) and Shirley Kessler, Chuck and Dianne Biggs, Hugh Kessler, Maxine Kessler and their families. He was known as "Uncle Moe" to his nieces and nephews and their friends.
Maurice was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Theresa Mazerolle.
Maurice was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick and embraced his Acadian heritage, making many visits keeping connected to his family there.
His family moved to Manitoba when he was two years old settling in St. Lazare, then moving to Minnedosa when he was 12. His family owned and operated Leo's Bakery in Minnedosa.
Maurice and Bonnie met in Minnedosa and were married in Winnipeg, July 3, 1965.
He attended Brandon University, graduating in 1974 with a degree in science which set the stage for his future career. Maurice worked an Environment Officer with the province of Manitoba and was devoted to his job and colleagues. Although he retired in 2003, he continued as a consultant until July 2019.
He was well known for his booming voice and his "joie de vivre".
He was an athlete, an organizer and a leader, serving as science stick in university and participating in the community and various organizations.
Maurice and Bonnie travelled to many parts of the world and even after his diagnosis continued to travel closer to home.
Maurice was a devoted husband, father, and Papa.
He faced his illness with courage and never complained about the tests and treatments he had to endure.
We would like to thank CancerCare Manitoba, Cross Cancer Institute, and our friends and family who walked this path with us. A special thank you to Dr. Patrick Lawrence who has been our guardian angel.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m on September 15, 2019 at the Irish Association of Manitoba, located at 654 Erin Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M3, CancerCare Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • Bonnie and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and love are with you. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Mutimer (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Bonnie and family. So sorry to hear of Maurice's passing. Our family knew him from D.L.C.C. and will always remember him smiling and his laughter could be heard for miles ....Rest in Peace...from Grace Taylor and family - Posted by: grace taylor (friend) on: Sep 15, 2019

  • Our condolences to Bonnie and family. Maurice was such a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by all who had the honour of knowing him. His booming voice and infectious laugh will surely be missed at the Irish Myst and Erin St. Pipeband events. Sincerely Ian and Anita - Posted by: Anita and Ian Evans (Friends) on: Sep 13, 2019

  • Deepest sympathy to Moe's family on his passing. He was a great guy and a unique character with a wonderful wit and sense of humour. - Posted by: Marie Friesen (Friends ) on: Sep 08, 2019

  • Bonnie and family, we offer our sincere condolences on Moe's passing. He was such a great neighbour and friend to my daughter Christine next door and I made sure every visit to shake his hand and crack a joke or two with him. Moe was a power of example for how to overcome adversity with grace. He will be greatly missed. Robert Way and Louise Brunet, Gatineau, Quebec - Posted by: Robert Way (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2019

  • To Bonnie and family. We are so,so,so, so sorry to hear about the pass of our dear Maurice. I will never forget your visit and staying at the old farm stead in St-André New Brunswick. You will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Linda & Gerard Mazerolle (Cousin) on: Sep 02, 2019

  • All our condolences to Bonnie and family. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Ginette Mazerolle - Posted by: Ginette Mazerolle and family (Cousin) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • We are so very sorry for your loss and hope that Maurice is now resting in peace. Sending much love and condolences. Laurie and Gord - Posted by: Laurie McRae (Cousin) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • Moe you will be greatly missed by all of those who had the pleasure of working with you. Although he hasn’t been with Manitoba Sustainable Development for quite a while he was very good at keeping in touch with his former co-workers, providing onsite training opportunities for newer Environment Officers, and even providing some formal training to the Branch in 2011. Rest in peace Moe. - Posted by: Katie Martin (co-worker) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • Sheila and I enjoyed going to Celebrations and the Irish Club with Moe & Bonnie and having them over for dinner and Pizza/Ladies' night. Moe was a source of great entertainment on Thursday Poker night and he will be deeply missed. Our condolences to you Bonnie and family. - Posted by: Craig & Sheila Vickery (Friends) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • I've known Moe since middle school in Minnedosa. Always a great guy and a great friend. My heartfelt condolences to Bonnie and family. - Posted by: Lynda (Montgomery) Hotchkiss (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • So sorry to hear and wish your family the very best. - Posted by: Laurence Bertram (Brandon University Alumni) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Maurice or Moe as I always called him was a gentle man and I as his older sister always wanted to protect him whenever he was in trouble with mom which led with me to also be standing in that corner. Great memories of youth. I only wish that I had more time with him one on one but so hard with living so far away. He was so smart, a heart of gold and many trials in his life....and the Irish were very important in his life. Good Friends Good Life Moe. See you later. You are always in my heart dear brother. - Posted by: Carmel Neighbour nee Mazerolle (Sister) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Bonnie and family, We are so sorry about Maurice’s passing. Many many years of memories of Maurice and you in Minnedosa. Catching up again these past years have been great and I will miss Maurice very much. Much love and thoughts to you all. Hot Lips extends her heartfelt condolences to you as well. - Posted by: Bruce MacKay (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • I worked with Moe, but retired before him. Since my wife and I had relatives in Ontario, we went back there. However we visited Winnipeg in the early 2000 and I remember meeting Moe at the breakfast of retired colleagues. He was a very kind friend! My sincere condolence for his loss to the family. - Posted by: Max Morelli (former co-worker of Moe from the former Manitoba Department of Environment) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • Words cannot express our sadness. Both Bruce and myself regret not having more time with this wonderful man. We send our prayers and hugs to you Bonnie and to Danielle and the girls, and your son and his family, and to all who are hurting from this loss. He was larger than life! He left behind love size large and memories ... memories to cherish! Audrey and Bruce Hosegood - Posted by: Audrey Hosegood (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • Dear Bonnie, Drew, Danielle and Carmel, So very sorry to hear of Moe's passing. I'll always remember "Big Hands" when he babysat us 7 angels. He was always kind and tough, smart and wicked funny. Just a lovely man. Pease take comfort and strength from all those around you that think the world of you and your families. Sending love and prayers. - Posted by: Shirley Stevenson (Old neighbour) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • I attended Minnedosa School with Maurice and was his patrol leader when he was in Scouts. He was always a very positive individual and always had my respect and admiration. I'm sorry we lost him so soon but he made a difference in our community and world! Condolences to family. Merv Letts - Posted by: R Merv Letts (Schoolmate) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • Moe was a big man with a big voice, big laugh and big heart. He will be missed. - Posted by: Barbara Ediger (Co-worker and friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

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