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Born: Jan 21, 1944
Date of Passing: Jan 17, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
January 21, 1944 - January 17, 2020
"I did it my way"
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Gilles Dubé passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Odile (Vincent), of 53 years, his daughters, Lynne Dubé (Rhéal Bourrier), Pamela Dubé and Monique Dubé, his precious grandson Gavin Farrell, his best friends - his brothers and sisters, Norman, Roger (Margaret), Leon (Sadie), Edgar (Diane) and Marcel (Lila), Freda, Marie (Glen), Armande and Lucy, sister-in-law Simone, the Van Humbeck family, the Vincent family and long-time friend, Maureen McCorry.
Predeceased family were parents, Oscar and Flora, aunt Simone, brothers, Henry and Fern, his beloved grandson Stéphane Cormier, and brothers-in-law, Maurice Bruneau, Bill Antonyshyn, and Ken Sellers.
Gilles was a man of integrity who honoured his mother and father. He was a devoted husband, father and brother. Gilles viewed work as a means to an end. His motto was "live hard, play hard" His frequent sayings were "if you start something finish it and whatever you do, do it well". Gilles was a perfectionist in work and in play. He hardly ever brought his vehicles to a garage and neither did his daughters. He was skillful in many trades, a carpenter, a plumber, and a mechanic. He shared his skills with many, building cottages, renovating houses and even fixing farm machinery. His fondest memories were making a ring in the garage with his grandson Gavin and re-building the Subaru motor with his grandson Stéphane. He landscaped his present home in St-Georges, taking it from a field of thistles to a manicured lawn and estate. Gilles took pride in his work!
He was a man of many talents. He had a lovely voice and was a great dancer. His favourite sports were cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and golfing. He so enjoyed golfing with his grandsons and was very observant. He would help whomever wanted advice on the golf field. Gilles was also an intellect often winning in games of cards and trivia. He liked his quiet times too, doing crosswords and watching golf and car shows.
He enjoyed hosting his family, friends and all of his nieces and nephews at his home and at the Albert Beach cottage. He had fond memories of travelling with Norman and Grace and the Van Humbeck family. Amongst his last travels, were a Caribbean cruise and winters in Arizona.
Gilles always made his loved ones feel special. He was kind, gentle, the protector, the provider, the rock for his family. He was witty and had a great sense of humour. He was known for his creative sayings, and his affectionate touches. His spontaneous comedic nature often had everyone in stiches. His greatest gifts were bringing humour and lightheartedness into our lives. We learned the gift of laughter through him.
Gilles lived in Winnipeg for 40 years working at State Electric and Vansco Electronics. Prior, he worked in Pine Falls for the Abitibi Mill.
Family members want to express their thanks and gratefulness to Norman Dubé, to the best of the best, "le docteur Bruneau" and to the Pinawa Hospital staff.
A Celebration of Life will be announced and held July 2020 for family, friends and acquaintances of now and long ago. In the meantime, all are welcome to call, text and visit.
"Toujours dans nos coeurs"
Mon amour, Notre cher Papa
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
We are so sorry to hear of Gilles passing. He was always so cheerful and the tremendous love and pride he had for his family was very evident. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Garry and Shirley Stewart - Posted by: Garry & Shirley Stewart (Friends ) on: Jan 25, 2020
C'est très beau ce que vous avez écrit au sujet de Gilles. Je me souviens de lui comme étant un homme très doux et aimable. Mes sincères condoléances à toi Odlie et à toute la famille. Hélène Mc - Posted by: Hélène McCarthy (amie de la famille) on: Jan 25, 2020
Dear Odile and family So sorry for your loss. Sound like Gilles lived a full and productive life. You have many memories to cherish. Thinking of you and your family at this time. - Posted by: Rachel Bylsma (Bouthillier) (Acquaintance from long ago) on: Jan 25, 2020
Terry and I are very saddened to learn of Gilles' passing. We have fond memories of ski trips and winter getaways at the lake with the Dubes. Gilles was a kind, gentle man and he will be remembered as such, by all who had the good fortune to know him. Our most sincere condolences to Odile and the Dube family. Remember the good times, and there were many with Gilles. - Posted by: Ken Thomson (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020
Deepest condolences to your family during this sad time. Gilles was very friendly, happy and positive man and it was always a pleasure chatting with him. We are so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: David & Belinda (Friends) on: Jan 25, 2020
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