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Date of Passing: Oct 17, 2019

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It is with sadness that the family, friends and community of Elie wish to announce that Edmond Leon Dufresne passed away peacefully on October 17, 2019, at the age of 93. We are grateful that his suffering has ended and that he has now gone to meet his Lord and Saviour.
Edmond is survived by his sister, Elenne Dufresne of Penticton, and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the USA. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Claire Patry and Jeanette Gauvin, as well as his three brothers, George, Arthur and Charles Dufresne.
Edmond is one of the few residents who was born in Elie and chose to reside there his entire life. Being a direct descendant of Elie Dufresne has caused him to truly cherish his heritage. He has always honoured and treasured the family homestead and has often been quoted to say that "working the land has been the only love of his life". He saw technology change from horses to modern machinery and was always buying the latest new equipment. His passion for the land and the miracle of new life invigorated him at the first sign of spring. Edmond couldn't wait to hit those fields again after a winter of rest. He quietly relished summer and the growth of a new crop. He loved his garden and always shared his abundant vegetable crops with family and neighbours. Harvest was a special time for reaping and rejoicing in the blessings that flowed through the combines. Fall for him was a new beginning, as he nurtured the ground to rejuvenate it, once again looking forward to next year's crop. Yes, Edmond truly enjoyed all of our four seasons.
As his crops quietly matured day by day and year after year, so too did his faith grow. Edmond cared and prepared himself for eternity. He was a faithful Sunday mass attendant and regularly received the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist. Edmond prayed the rosary every night, as he listened along with the radio. He nurtured his soul like he nurtured the land that God entrusted to him.
Edmond served on many different committees in his community over the years. Among them were the Credit Union Board, Manitoba Pool Elevators Board of Directors, Knights of Columbus, and Parish Council. He was always very concerned about the church, graveyard and township and liked to be involved in important decisions.
For those of us who got to know who Edmond really was, we can say that "he was like a fine wine, he mellowed with age".
His funeral service will be held at the Elie Blessed Sacrament Church on October 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., with interment to follow.

"Well done, good and faithful Servant"
"Eternal rest, grant to him O Lord..."

Arrangements entrusted to:
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

Publish Date: Oct 22, 2019


Peacefully in the early morning of October 17, 2019, Edmond passed away at Actionmarguerite, Winnipeg, MB.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Elie, MB.
A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday's edition.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Service

Publish Date: Oct 19, 2019


Peacefully in the early morning of October 17, 2019, Edmond passed away at Actionmarguerite, Winnipeg, MB.
Funeral arrangements are pending with complete obituary to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to:

Publish Date: Oct 18, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 18, 2019, Oct 19, 2019, Oct 22, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • May you rest in peace. - Posted by: RICK & Francine Dufresne (Nephew ) on: Oct 22, 2019

  • So many good memories at the Elie farm. George, Edmond’s brother, and Marge Dufresne moved to California in 1959 but George’s love of Elie and his Canadian family were part of his soul. Us Cali kids had so much fun on the farm and Edmond let us be part of the harvest. Edmond and dad had many good memories and long phone chats when they were apart. May you Rest In Peace Edmond with our Lord Jesus Christ and your family. - Posted by: Anne Marie Dufresne-Wurdeman (Niece) on: Oct 22, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to the Dufresne Family. We will miss his wonderful stories of long ago about Elie and surrounding area. We appreciated his generosity of vegetables and eggs as we shared our morning coffee at the Elie Hotel with many of his friends. We will miss him. From the Elie Hotel Coffee Crew - Posted by: Jocelyne Godin (friend) on: Oct 22, 2019

  • Deepest sympathies to all of Edmond's family. Pat Thomaschewski - Posted by: Pat Thomaschewski (Friend ) on: Oct 22, 2019

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