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Born: Jun 30, 1932
Date of Passing: Oct 26, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
A cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend, Denis, known by many as Pa, was a hard worker, who committed to whatever he set his mind to. This included his family, his company Chouinard's Plastering, hunting, fishing, curling, travelling, classic cars, playing cards and especially a good prank. He loved a good laugh almost as much as he loved his family. Denis had a nickname for everyone. He had a strong moral compass with an enormous heart. He was community oriented, always giving more than he took and he truly touched so many lives throughout his life. He enjoyed volunteering at Tache Centre, Red Nose and many sports events through the years. He loved his cottage in Lac du Bonnet and always worked hard to make it fun for everyone, with an open-door policy, where everyone was welcome. We all knew when it was Happy Hour, and enjoyed watching his favourite teams play with him. As much as he loved the Jets and Bombers, he much preferred watching his grandsons play hockey.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Doreen, daughters, Elaine and Karen (Dean), son, Dean, grandchildren, Cameron (Dinnah), Ryan (Lee), Jenna, Tanner, Jamie (Karli) and great-grandchildren, Tristyn, Rayna, Nash, Koen and Brody.
Denis also leaves behind sisters, Alice Plamondon, Eva Frechette (Raymond), Cecile St. Amant, and Adeline Major (Jim) and brothers, Victor Chouinard (Cecilia) and Lucien Chouinard, brother-in-law, Stan Neufeld and many nieces, nephews and godchildren who meant the world to him.
He was predeceased by his loving parents, Albert and Alexia Chouinard, sisters, Therese Hebert, Annette Steingart and Lucille Neufeld, brothers-in-law, Raymond Hebert, Emile Plamondon, Romeo St. Amant and Ed Steingart, sisters-in-law, Denise Chouinard and Clothilde Chouinard, son-in-law, Paddy O'Toole.
In keeping with Denis' wishes, cremation has taken place and due to restrictions on public gatherings, a private service will take place. A Requiem Mass will take place when covid restrictions allow.
Rest In Peace Kind Soul
Publish Date: Nov 7, 2020
In keeping with Denis' wishes, cremation has taken place and due to restrictions on public gatherings, a private service will be held at a later date.
A longer obituary will follow.
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
Publish Date: Oct 31, 2020
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 31, 2020, Nov 07, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Today I stumbled upon the CBC's special on the return of the Jets to Winnipeg in 2011. I was moved by Denis's passion to see the team return to Winnipeg, especially at his then-age of 79, and curiously, I googled his name. I was elated to see that Denis was able to watch nine whole seasons of the Jets. Although it has been years since his passing, I was moved by this small connection I could make with Denis over the passion for hockey. I wish the best to his family and thank you for this touching moment. - Posted by: Joseph Sanders () on: Mar 11, 2023
We have many fond memories of Denis and would like to share a few here... Denis had many best friends. He was the best landlord. He was the best at teaching many young people to water ski from "Rock Dock 25". He was the best at organizing cribbage games at Heather Game and Fish on Saturday nights. Denis and Doreen always had the very best costumes at all our Halloween parties! Denis was the best person to ask you to dance the polka! Denis was the best person to cut Mr. Laramee's hair. He was also the best person to volunteer taking seniors and disabled children to hockey and other games. He was the best "actor" to perform a marriage ceremony for fun - him being the minister at Heather! Denis was also best at plastering and remodeling basements, etc. Most importantly, Denis was the best father, grandfather and husband to his little English girl. - Posted by: Eugene and Shirley Pantel (Friends) on: Nov 08, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss Elaine.May all your wonderful memories comfort you. - Posted by: Marilyn Alexiou (Family Friend) on: Nov 08, 2020
My dear uncle Denis, how you will be missed! You truly made my childhood so fun and I thank you for that. I spent many a weekends over the summer at the Heather Game and fish camp ground enjoying swimming, , horse shoes, various planned games and driving the mini bikes with my cousins. He was such a big part of everyones happiness and always teasing us all one way or another. I would also often be at Brebeuf place playing with Elaine. Uncle Denis would come home from work with plaster all over his cloths .... and the teasing began! He often would have a “ wad”of money and would always have me try and guess how much there was! He would say “ if you guess right you can keep all the money” ....of course I never won but boy did i try hard! I also recall Chouinard family parties in the basement that were so very fun and such great memories for us. All my family have uncle Denis stories but my dad who is 90 years of age tells them the best and misses him greatly as does my mother. Mom is at peace with the loss of her brother in great part because she says “ he is in heaven....he was such a great person “ ❤️ Our family sends their condolences to the entire family as well as to his brothers and sisters and cousins. We love you Uncle Denis. Til we meet again. 🌺 - Posted by: Louise ( Niece ) on: Nov 07, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss, of Denis (stiff) always a lot of good times at LDB. He will be missed dearly.❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 - Posted by: Ron & Janice Simard (Family/friends) on: Nov 07, 2020
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