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Born: Nov 12, 1939
Date of Passing: Aug 13, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Denis leaves behind to mourn his loving wife of 58 years, Pauline. Also left to grieve are his son, Raymond; daughter, Janice Bellisle along with son-in-law, Mike, and grandchildren, Wyatt, Abbey and Kyla. He is survived by his sister, Mariette Thompson (Al); brother, Gerry (Ginette); sister-in-law, Glenda Alary; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Loraine Lavallee; sister-in-law, Gail Lavallee; and sister-in-law, Linda Lavallee; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends.
Denis was born in La Salle, MB on November 12, 1939. In 1962, Denis married the love of his life, Pauline. In 1965, they welcomed a son, Raymond, and in 1970, they welcomed a daughter, Janice. After living in Winnipeg and Point-du-Bois, they finally settled in La Salle in 1974, where they continued to live until the time of his passing. Denis had several careers over his early working life, and he spent many years with Manitoba Government Trades until his retirement in 1997.
Denis was a patient, fun-loving man, with a keen sense of humour. Denis truly loved and enjoyed life, making the very most of every day. Denis was always active, often seen riding his bike around La Salle in the warmer months, or walking around home or the cabin regardless the weather. Denis loved golf, and he spent every available opportunity golfing with his best friends and family. He and Pauline travelled for many years in winter to Phoenix, to soak up the sun and golf. They also travelled to Mexico for many years, always enjoying family and friends. They enjoyed a Caribbean cruise in 2018. Denis enjoyed almost 45 years at the family cabin at Lester Beach, leaving us with enough cherished memories to last a lifetime.
Denis loved his family unconditionally, and he was always there to help with any projects we tackled. Regardless what we were doing, you could count on two things Denis was either there helping you directly, or he was going to show up at some point to check on how you were making out on the project, just to make sure you were doing it right. He adored his wife, Pauline, doting over her even when he was in his wheelchair the past little while. He was an incredibly patient and loving father to Raymond and Janice. He never said much about personal choices, but when he said something, you listened.
Denis was a tremendous Pepere to Wyatt, Abbey and Kyla always there for them at sporting events, dance recitals, and school events. He was up for whatever they had cooked up with him often dressing him up in a silly outfit or styling his hair he just loved being with them, taking goofy selfies with and for them, was so fiercely proud of his grandchildren, and always told them he loved them. Mere words cannot express how much we loved Denis, and the hole in our lives from his passing is immense. A man of short stature, but a giant in every way to his family and friends.
Our sincere thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Health Sciences Centre SICU unit.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a family Mass and funeral will take place at a yet to be determined date in La Salle. As per Denis' wishes, cremation has taken place with E.J. Coutu & Co.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Denis' memory to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
HIGH SCHOOL AT MAISON ST. JOSEPH OTTERBURNE FOR 2 YRS 1950'S - Posted by: MARCEL ROCHON (Married to my cousin Pauline Lavalee) on: Sep 02, 2020
I got to know Denis a few years back and enjoyed his company and his sense of humor. Went on many driving trips with him and his jokes always made the time go by quickly. He will be missed. RIP Denis. - Posted by: al paul (friend) on: Aug 24, 2020
My deepest sympathies Pauline, Raymond, Janice and family. He was a wonderful man and will sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Lots of good memories of his friendship! - Posted by: Lucille Desrochers (friend) on: Aug 22, 2020
Worked with Denis at River City Ford driving. He will be missed and our sympathy and thoughts go out to the entire family. - Posted by: Myles Nelson (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2020
Sincerest condolences to Aunt Pauline, Raymond, Janice and family. Words seem insufficient in times like this. Want to let you all know, we are thinking of you and are deeply saddened by your loss. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you all. - Posted by: Victoria Cormier (niece) on: Aug 22, 2020
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