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GILLES PAUL JOSEPH ALARIE
1936 - 2020
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of their father and grandfather Gilles Alarie on October 8, 2020, at l'Hôpital Saint-Boniface following complications after a cardiac operation.
The family would like to thank l'Hôpital Saint-Boniface and more specifically the Department of cariologie for their excellent care of papa. Their empathy and professionalism was without parallel.
Gilles leaves to mourn his children, Paulette, Richard (Danielle); his grandchildren, Gabriel and Cloé Langevin and Luc, Eric and Myriam Alarie. His wife Cécile (née Vermette) and his son Luc predeceased him. He also leaves to mourn his brother Donat Alarie, and his sisters, Yvette Cochingyan and Ninette Alarie.
Papa was born on June 6, 1936, and spent his life on the family farm in Ste-Agathe. He was the seventh child of a family of 10 children and he adored working as a farmer. He spent his elementary studies at Maison chapelle in St-Boniface. The life in the city away from his family did not sit well with papa. In 1949, he was elated to go to the Collège Otterburne run by the Clerc de St-Viateur. Papa much preferred Otterburne as he was in the country, he could work on the fields and he was much closer to the family farm.
On June 23, 1962, he married Cécile Vermette of St-Jean-Baptiste. Together, they raised three children on the farm along with taking care of the fields, the animals and the garden. Life was always busy for papa but he always had time to help a neighbour or give his time to help someone who required a helping hand. Oftentimes, papa would work on construction projects and it is there that he developed many skills that helped him on the farm.
Since his retirement in 2000, where he worked on the farm for 41 years, papa was very happy to spend time with his grandchildren; he loved them very much. He loved going to Paulette's house and on Halloween would help the grandchildren with getting candies in town. At Christmas, the family would gather at Richard's and everyone would laugh and exchange many amusing stories.
Your departure has caused much sadness but we are so grateful for all the years that we have spent with you. In spite of the many ups and downs that life on the farm has presented, you knew, cher papa, to always look at the bright side of things and to persevere. You always had good intentions and wanted to help those around you. You did it with love, humour and tenderness. As you often said, 'If we can be of help, we will help.'
With the health restrictions presently in place, papa's funeral will be held at a later date at the Ste-Agathe Catholic Church. The date will be communicated in the media.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 15, 2020
Condolences & Memories (15 entries)
Our most sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. Gilles was a hard working man and never said no when it came to lending a helping hand. He will be missed by many. Repose en paix Gilles. Tu es dans les bras de Jesus Christ! - Posted by: Darlene & Jacques Sorin (Close friends with the family ) on: Oct 21, 2020
Dear Richard and Paulette. We were shocked to hear the news of your Dad. We wish we could be there to comfort you. May our prayers for strength and courage guide you through this difficult time. Uncle Gilles was an outstanding man with a contagious laugh. Please extend our sympathy to your families and keep the memories alive. With caring thoughts, Don and Judy Vermette - Posted by: Donald Vermette (Nephew) on: Oct 18, 2020
Chère Paulette, cher Richard et la famille, Mes sincères condoléances de la perte de votre père, votre grand - papa. Avec la foi, on peut y passer à travers de tous ce que la vie nous lance. Les souvenirs qui me rendent chaud au coeur sont les rassemblements de familles, surtout durant les fêtes de Noël, comme enfants. Mon Oncle Gilles, avec ses yeux bruns foncés et perçant; son rire fort éclatant du fond de son âme sont imprimés dans ma mémoire. Sachiez que Dieu vous soutient durant ces temps de défis. Rassemblez - vous comme famille, sachant que vous avez le support de la famille élargie. Vous êtes dans nos pensées, dans nos prières. Nièce, Doris Alarie - Posted by: Doris Alarie (Nièce de Mon Oncle Gilles) on: Oct 18, 2020
Paulette et Richard. So sorry to hear the passing of your father. I remember the big hearty laugh your Dad had. I had the honor of working alongside with him that one winter. I learned so much from him. He was a great worker and was always happy to see friends and neighbors. My condolences. - Posted by: Ron Fontaine (neighbor) on: Oct 17, 2020
Dear Paulette,Richard and family. Celina and I have been very blessed to have spent numerous short visits with your Dad sharing stories about the past, today’s farming practices and last but not least, saying how proud he was of his kids and grandchildren. Your Dad / Grandfather had a BIG heart. He was a man of his word. He will be missed dearly. Our Deepest Condolences to you and your family. Roger and Celina Saurette - Posted by: Roger and Celina Saurette (Friends) on: Oct 17, 2020
Richard et Paulette Votre père je manquera avec toutes les plaisanteries et les disputes animées que nous avons eues au fil des ans sur l'agriculture, les silos à grains, le bon vieux temps, les finances et pourquoi je ne me suis jamais marié. Les rires étaient abondants. Il a toujours voulu ce qui était le mieux pour moi. Merci Gilles. - Posted by: Paul Peloquin (friend) on: Oct 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to you Paulette and family. I knew your dad for a long time. He was a good person. He’ll be missed . - Posted by: Maurice and Michelle Phaneuf (Neighbours ) on: Oct 15, 2020
Chers Paulette, Richard et leurs enfants et la famille Alarie, Nos prières et nos pensées sont avec vous en ces moments difficiles. Nos sincères condoléances! Nos amitiés, Richard et Laurence - Posted by: Richard et Laurence Dorge (friend) on: Oct 15, 2020
We enjoyed many chats with Mr. Alairie. He always made a point of asking if we liked our work and was always interested in our lives. We loved hearing his stories of the farm and his life. Many bowls of Cabbage Borscht, cups of coffee, and pie he consumed in our 11 years at the "Chef". We will miss his friendly pop ins at Wm Dyck and Sons. Condolences to the family at this time. - Posted by: Shawn and Merris Dyck (Friends from Chicken Chef) on: Oct 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Mr Alairie would often pop into the store, Wm Dyck and Sons, in Niverville with a friendly hello and just to chat! He came by a few times to share his tomatoes and potatoes that he grew in his garden. He always spoke fondly of his farm and family and especially his grand children. Will miss seeing his friendly face. - Posted by: carolyn turcotte (friend) on: Oct 15, 2020
Richard, Paulette et familles. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad/pépère. When we think of your dad, we remember his hearty laugh as well as his love of story telling, be it from the past or present. In times of great sadness, look back and take comfort in all of the beautiful memories you made. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Amour, Mitch & Michelle - Posted by: Michelle & Michel Gregoire (niece) on: Oct 15, 2020
Nos sincères sympathies à toute la famille Guy et Charlotte Chateau - Posted by: Charlotte and Guy Chateau (Friends ) on: Oct 15, 2020
Nos sincères sympathies à toi Richard, Danielle et les enfants. Avoir des parents qui peuvent nous accompagner dans la vie pendant plusieurs années, nous permettre de garder de bons souvenirs et connaître leurs petits-enfants est un boni dans la vie. Bon courage! Denise Perron - Posted by: George et Denise Perron (Collègue de travail) on: Oct 15, 2020
Nos sincères condoléances à la famille.. Andre et Liliane Lemoine - Posted by: Liliane Lemoine (Voisine) on: Oct 15, 2020
Cher Richard et chère Paulette ainsi qu'à vos familles, Malgré la distance physique qui nous sépare, je suis de proximité avec vous dans une profonde sympathie en ce temps de deuil. Puissiez-vous être consolés par sa présence au-delà du souvenir en attendant le rassemblement tant attendu Là-Haut. Ma prière vous accompagne. Une cousine, Madeleine - Posted by: Madeleine Vermette (niece of the departed) on: Oct 15, 2020
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