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Born: Feb 05, 1932

Date of Passing: Oct 09, 2020

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February 5, 1932 - October 9, 2020

Early in the morning of October 9, 2020, in palliative care at the Riverview Health Centre, Albert Barnabé passed away at the age of 88 years.
He was predeceased by eight of his siblings and leaves behind his loving wife, Lilianne (Arsenault), son, Paul (Nicole), grandson Gabriel, daughter, Nicole, older sister, Denise Langlois, older brother, Roland (Charlotte), and younger sister, Thérèse (Georges Gosselin), as well as countless nieces and nephews.
Born the tenth of twelve children during the Great Depression, Albert knew what it was to live in want. At 18, struck by Crohn's disease, he nearly died. He had his first ostomy surgery on his twentieth birthday and remained grateful all his life for the care he had received from his revered mother, Emilia (née Champagne). The respect and care he showed for her in her later years were an example to his children.
Despite ongoing health problems, he went on to live a full life. He met the beautiful Lilianne Arsenault in 1963, and married her the following year. Over the next few years, his son Paul and daughter Nicole were born. He worked hard for many years to provide for his family so they would never know the want that he had experienced in his youth.
Albert's passions also included carefully tending to the yard and garden of the house in which he lived for almost 60 years. In later years, he would be able to exercise this passion with the invaluable support of his dear friend and nephew, Denis Collette. He loved music, especially classical, and listened to it from his favorite chairs in the living room of his house, basement woodcarving studio, and the living room of the apartment in which he spent his final years. After retiring from CNCP Telecommunications, he produced many beautiful and whimsical carvings in his studio and gave them to family members.
He was a playful and tender-hearted man, who showed his love quietly. Albert was deeply appreciative of his wife's tenderness and care, and he loved her very much. He once gave CPR to a little black mouse that his young daughter Nicole had smuggled into the house as a pet because he knew that she would be heartbroken at its death. His grandson Gabriel's favourite memory is of a day spent together, sitting on the swing building toys from chocolate Kinder eggs, and later enjoying ice cream bought from a truck.
During his frequent hospitalizations, he was unfailingly courteous and kind to everyone around him, often more concerned with their well-being even before his own, and expressing his appreciation to everyone. His family would like to echo that appreciation at this time, in gratitude for Albert's long and fruitful life.
Due to the pandemic, interment of the ashes has been held privately at Green Acres Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Ostomy Association
The family is very thankful for the outpouring of love and support from friends and family.

Tu nous manques, Albert, "Bebert", Dad, Grandpapa. Tu nous manques.

Publish Date: Oct 17, 2020

February 5, 1932 - October 9, 2020

Albert passed away peacefully at Riverview.
He leaves behind his loving wife Lilianne (née Arsenault), son Paul (Nicole), grandson Gabriel, and daughter Nicole.
Donations to the Winnipeg Ostomy Association ( are requested in lieu of flowers.
A longer obituary for this wonderful, kind man will follow.
Publish Date: Oct 10, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 10, 2020, Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I came to know Albert at my place of employment. He always inquired about my family’s well being. I mentioned my sons struggle with ulcerative colitis. He shares some encouraging words and then over many years always asked how he was doing. He was always such a kind gentleman. I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet him. My deepest condolences to all his family. - Posted by: Jocelyn L (Friendly acquaintance ) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • To Nicole, My sincerest condolences on the loss of your dad. I know that you had a very special relationship with him. Wishing you and your family peace during this difficult time. - Posted by: Amber Pohl (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Sincere sympathy to you Lillian and family in the loss of your dear Albert. - Posted by: Mary-Lynn Wilson (Friend and coworker with Lillian in ICM) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Chère Lilianne je viens vous souhaiter mes sincères condoléances au décès d’Albert. Il était spécial. Je ne l’oublierai jamais. - Posted by: Bernadette Normandeau (Bernie) (Friends ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Mes condoléances à toi Paul et ta famille. I remember your Dad always took the same seat taking the Aulneau bus coming home from work back in the day. Take care and stay safe. - Posted by: Marcel Soulodre (friend) on: Oct 12, 2020

  • Très cher Paul, nous tenons à t'offrir nos sincères condoléances. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec toi et ta famille. - Posted by: Suzanne et Dave Kennelly (Amis/friends) on: Oct 10, 2020

  • Sincere sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Germaine (Tessier) Cook Edmonton, AB - Posted by: Germaine (Tessier) Cook (co-worker at CN Telecommunication in the 60's) on: Oct 10, 2020

  • Albert was a very kind man & helpful influence to my Dad Raymond Piche when he struggled with ‘colostomy life’. I will remember visits with my parents with Albert and family - Thank you for your kind support oh so many years ago. Never forgotten. - Posted by: Carmen Whittle (Piche) (Friend) on: Oct 10, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss to Barnabe Family. - Posted by: Val Settee (Acquaintance to Leonard nd Lillianne) on: Oct 10, 2020

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