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Born: May 19, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2020

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May 19, 1931 - November 14, 2020

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, Donat passed away peacefully at Stonewall Hospital, at the age of 89 years, with family by his side.
He is predeceased by his wife Jeanette; his parents, Ludovic and Maggie; brother Norman; and sisters, Berthe, Therese, Denise, Rita and Patsy. Left to treasure his memory are his children, Marc (Therese), Huguette, Lea (Allan) Gaudry; his grandchildren, Tanya (Jody), Jean Claude (Jane), Crystal (Brad), and Courtney (Trevor); his great-grandchildren, Taylor (Austin), Ian, Anaka, Beau and Sadie; brother Alfred (Therese); sisters, Yolande and Donalda; brother-in-law Raymond Millar; sister-in-law Paulette Guiboche; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donat was born and lived all his life in his beloved St. Laurent, MB, a town he believed to be the best place in the world to live. He worked many years for the City of Winnipeg, in construction during the summer months, and as a commercial fisherman on Lake Manitoba during the winter months. In June 1967, together with his wife Jeanette, they took over one of the local general stores and operated it as Chartrand's Grocery for 32 years, retiring in August 1999 when he and Jeanette sold the business.
Dad enjoyed spending time with his family, in particular his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and there was always a looney or tooney in his pocket for them when they came by for a visit. He gave them endless rides in the wagon hitched to the riding lawn mower, built them snow slides in the back yard, played hide and seek outside and in the house (to Grandma's chagrin), showed them his favourite hunting spots, and took them for truck rides as long as they thought it was "cool" to go with him. Let's be honest, how many kids want to drive around endlessly at 25 kph on back roads? Throughout his life, Dad loved going for long drives around the Interlake taking in the scenery, checking out marshes, lakes, good hunting spots, and many other interesting areas along the way. Listening to old time country music on CFRY on that ever-present portable radio was something he did even during his last days with us. And then there was his daily beers, served warm (yuk!), and it had to be the same kind, he didn't do change well! Raise a glass of Sleeman Clear 2.0 when you have a minute, chilled is fine.
Our family would like to thank all the staff who cared for Dad at the St. Laurent Assisted Living Centre for this past year. Staying in St. Laurent was very important to him, and he would not have been able to do so without the Centre and its staff. Thank you to Dr. A Leylek and his staff, Jennifer and Danielle, at CancerCare, and to Dr. Wayne Hicks and all the staff at Stonewall Hospital for taking such wonderful care of our dad. Your professionalism and compassion was very much appreciated. And last but not least, thank you to all the folks (too numerous to mention) of St. Laurent who ran errands for him, took him out for drives, answered his nightly phone calls, and generally looked out for him, even when they had the unfortunate luck of being stuck driving behind him as he puttered at 25 kph in front of them.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will take place on November 28, 2020, in St. Laurent, with Fr. Paul Tinguely officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Laurent Assisted Living Centre, CancerCare Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.

Rest In Peace Dad.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Marc and sister Huggett, sorry for your loss Paula Ryplanski - Posted by: paula ryplanski marsch (knew the family when living is st laurent ) on: Dec 05, 2020

  • Best memory of uncle when we would go to the store and he would joke with us. Would be times where he would give us a little extra for the candy. Lol. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Florence (Flossy) DumontScharf (Great niece ) on: Dec 02, 2020

  • Condolences to all the family. I have many fond memories of him and he will be missed. - Posted by: Crocket Ducharme (Friend) on: Dec 01, 2020

  • Don was a friend of my Dad Bert and my Uncle Tom. He was a pillar of the local community and will be missed. Our condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace. God speed. - Posted by: Terry & Clare Meindl (Friend) on: Nov 30, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear Uncle Donat is gone. He took me on many hunting adventures growing up. Thank god he made me drive. Ha Ha. One time we went for birds before evening. Donat stayed with the truck as I layed along a fence line waiting for the geese. Sure enough they came in. As it started to get dark I walked back to the truck to find a sleeping Donat? I guess it had been a long day for him. I will miss him greatly, he always treated me like true family. And I loved Auntie Jeanette and Him for that. - Posted by: Darrell Ducharme (great nephew) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Sincerest condolences to the Chartrand family. - Posted by: Ian Petrie (friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • My funniest uncle. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Larry Chartrand (nephew) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • I really loved my uncle. Any chance I could get I would pop by to visit him and talk with him. He always asked about the family and how they are doing and how their health was. He always asked if I was still working for the city. I learned he too in his earlier years worked for the city of Winnipeg. He always kept busy. He and my Dad were good friends and he always mentioned how he missed my dad after he passed away. One of his drives was through the back roads of Lake Francis, MB and I often seen uncle's signature in a little book at the cemetery were my dad is resting. I have come across some earlier videos of my Uncle and Aunty playing cards with my Memere and Pepere in fact most of family enjoyed a good game of cards. The sounds of laughter I loved hearing. Rest easy uncle love you always. - Posted by: Jennifer Minchin (Godchild) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Our condolences. Don was as nice a man as you could meet. We will hoist a cold one in his honour. The Renouf’s at Twin Beach - Posted by: Rick Renouf (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Our condolences to the family! He will be missed! - Posted by: Jacinte and Ernest Lambert (Friends) on: Nov 28, 2020

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