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Born: Oct 20, 1927

Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2019

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October 20, 1927 - September 17, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fernand Champagne, at the age of 91, on September 17, 2019.
Predeceased by his parents, Adelard and Josephine (nee Blanchette); son Richard; sisters, Juliette Leclerc, and Aurore (Cady) Landry; brothers-in-law, Louis Leclerc, Raymond Landry, and John Jones; nephew Robert Landry, and niece Particia Bouchard.
Fern is survived by is his wife Doreen; his daughters, Diane (Roland) Charriere, Paulette (Murray) Klassen, and Renee (Bob) Dewar; grandchildren, Carrie Berlan, Lise Charriere (Robert Hansson), Joel (Erin) Boissonneault, Kyla (Chris) Perreault, and Brandon Dewar; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Tamara Berlan, Julien, Amelie and Olivia Boissonneault, Zac, Paris, and Oakley Perreault; and niece Claudette Landry.
He will be missed by the Young family, Len (Betty) Gary (Linda), Trudy (Grant) Harrison, Janet Jones, Lorna Young, and their families.
Fern dearly loved his family, he would do anything for them. He loved to tease his girls and grandkids. His greatest joy was to play tricks on them. Fern had a wonderful sense of humour and a quick wit.
With his strong faith in God, and Doreen by his side, Fern continued to enjoy his life. He loved his wife deeply as she continued to provide care and compassion throughout his last years.
Fern excelled in the mechanical trades, validated by the many large projects he supervised over his 40 year career.
Fern held a private pilot's licence. He loved flying. In 1988 he became an advanced ham radio operator, call sign "VE4 IA".This hobby enabled him to have contact with people all over the world and across Canada.
He enjoyed his fifth wheel at Pointe du Bois where he could relax with his wife and his beloved sheltie, Todd. There he could boat and fish on the Winnipeg River to his heart's content. Fern and Doreen travelled in and around Manitoba, most notably Aikens Fly-In Fishing Lodge. Other special travels are Hawaii, Florida, Costa Rica, Key West, Playa del Carmen, British Columbia and best of all the Holy Land.
Sincere appreciation to all the medical professionals who have cared for Fern over the years and our grateful thanks for the Health Care System of Manitoba especially the Interim Ward 2nd floor at the Miscercordia Health Centre.
Cremation has taken place. As per Fernand's wishes there will be no formal service.

Arrangements entrusted to:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Dad I hold you in a special place in my heart. Your funny sense of humor with all your practical jokes. You loved to make us laugh and especially make Doreen roar with laughter. Your fabulous singing voice and your love unending for dogs. The joy your kids gave you and then your grandkids and great-grandkids. My favorite memory was in Mexico when you wanted to go deep sea fishing with Bob. You mustered up all your strength and needed help to reel in that amberjack. But the sea tossed you around in that boat and you came back black and blue but had the biggest smile and that day was not only your highlight, your joy made it ours as well. Miss you and love you so much! - Posted by: Renee Dewar (Daughter) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Sincere condolences to you Doreen and family on Fern's demise. It was always such a pleasure to re-connect at St. Bernadette on Sunday mornings. Please take care. Adèle Bouvier - Posted by: Adele Bouvier (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • My sympathy to all the family. Fern was a great friend with a great smile. - Posted by: Kathy veroneau (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • To all of your extended family, deepest sympathy is extended. It was always a nice time when I would run into you and Doreen anywhere. We shared nice visits and conversations. We always found lot's to talk about. You will be missed. From Beverley Bettens and family. - Posted by: Beverley Bettens (Cousin) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Thanks for the funny memories Dad. I will miss the teasing, especially the teasing of my grandkids. It was so much fun to watch. I'm grateful for how you provided for us growing up. Oh and for not losing it when I smashed up the Dodge Charger in 1969. But I'm especially thankful that because you loved Jesus, we will see each other again. Enjoy your new body, free of pain and suffering. Love you forever Dad. Your daughter (favorite I'm sure), Paulette - Posted by: Paulette (Daughter) on: Sep 21, 2019

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