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Born: Feb 18, 1959

Date of Passing: Sep 09, 2020

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February 18, 1959 - September 9, 2020

What grief! Since Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Beauchemin - MacDougall families are mourning the loss of a husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.
Michel was born the youngest of seven children to Gérard and Mary (Smessaert) Beauchemin. He has resided in Ile-Des-Chênes all his life.
Mitch was predeceased by his father Gérard, mother Mary, sister Agnès, brother Gilles, brother-in-law Gord Ross, and Mitch's in-laws, Gerry and John MacDougall.
Left to cherish Mitch's memory are his wife, soul mate and friend Cathy (MacDougall), Mitch's children: son Robert (Erica), daughter Nicole (Alex) Anderson, and their mother Michelle (Lima); Mitch's siblings: Mike Syganiec, Armand (Marjorie), Lucien (Judy), Cec Ross, Lucie (Gil) St. Laurent; and 12 nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends; Cathy's son Darryl (Tracy) Giles; stepgrandchildren: Cody and Kera (Austyn); his brothers-in-law, Ron (Danielle) MacDougall, Darrell (Rita) MacDougall, and sister-in-law Barbie (Billy) Draper.
Mitch was a quiet, gentle and generous individual, always ready to lend a helping hand, yet never needing recognition! He was a member of the Ile-Des-Chênes Knights of Columbus Council and an advocate for Diabetes Manitoba.
Having had diabetes since his teen years, Mitch lobbied the government in the name of all those afflicted with the disease, in order to have the price of insulin pumps covered under Health Care.
On February 2, 2020...great news! Toronto hospital had a donor. Within hours, Cathy and Mitch were flown to Toronto! Mitch became the recipient of a kidney and pancreas transplant...meaning no more diabetes! What joy! Mitch was ever so grateful to the donor who had given him a second chance at a normal life.
Every day thereafter, Mitch prayed for the donor, and praised God who had made all this come together. And so began Mitch's journey to recovery, as he returned to Manitoba on February 29, 2020.
Come March, with the pandemic, so began his journey of fear and doubt. Being a man of profound faith, Mitch prayed and fought so hard to overcome his fear and depression. However, September 9, 2020, proved Mitch had no more strength to fight.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will be held at Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Manitoba.

Rest in well-deserved peace, Michel (Mitch)!
We love you!

Publish Date: Sep 26, 2020

1959 - 2020

On September 9, 2020, Mitch passed away suddenly at his home in Ile Des Chenes, Manitoba.
Longer obituary to follow.

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Publish Date: Sep 19, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020, Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Cathy and family, so very sorry for your loss, Mitch was truly a warm and caring soul, always willing to help others. He will greatly be missed. Our diabetes meetings won't be the same without his smiling face. - Posted by: Sherri Pockett (friend) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • Our condolences to you, Cathy and your extended families. We will always remember his warm smile and gentle, friendly manner. - Posted by: Bert and LInda Berard (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Sorry that I can't be with you at this difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. - Posted by: Eveline BĂ©riault (Family Friend ) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Cathy and family. We worked together at NFI. Although gone, you have not been forgotten. Take care and be safe in these times of stress and isolation. Tony Zienkiewicz Union Rep @ NFI CAIMAW, CAW, UNIFOR - Posted by: Tony Zienkiewicz (co-worker) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Worked with Mitch at Woolco (GRANT PARK) for Achille Trudeau in 78-79. He left to start working for the Iles Des Chene school board. He was young but a very hard worker and his boss, Achille and I were both sad to see him leave! I talked to him on the phone several times during the 80's and he was doing well. So young to leave us all, R.I.P. Mitch:) Your friend I'll always be:) - Posted by: RICK BOUX (CO-WORKER) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • My condolences to the family for their loss. May he RIP. - Posted by: Claudia (Old Friend) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to all family members. So sad to hear Mitch was a very pleasant person easy to talk to. Our prayers are with you at this time of grief. - Posted by: Helene & Bert Bonneteau (Friend ) on: Sep 19, 2020

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