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Born: Oct 13, 1938

Date of Passing: Jan 20, 2021

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October 13, 1938 - January 20, 2021

With heavy hearts we share the sad news of the peaceful passing of Doe, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed at home with his wife Fran by his side.
For the past several years Doe had a battle with cancer. He stayed strong and always had a sense of humour.
He was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Agnes (Belisle); brothers, Maurice and Felix; sisters-in-law, Mary and Brenda; a grandson David; and a great-grandson Maximillion.
Doria and Fran had six children, June Charison (Curtis), Daniel Gauthier (Deb), Michel Gauthier, Monique Ruchkall (Richard), Elise Hawryluk (Darcy) and Paul Gauthier (Trena). Doe had 11 grandchildren, Cameron (Whytnie), Jodie (Nicole), Shane (Precious Joy), Celia (Jan), Hope, Corey, Kyle, Megan (Colin), Amanda (Terry) and Janae. Doe had 14 great-grandchildren, Chloe, Ryan, Brady, Hadley, Mayla, Levi, Jaxon, Peyton, Jazzlyn, Jagger, Nate, Nixon and Zayden. Included in his family circle are ex-daughters-in-law, Connie and Tara. Doe dearly loved and was so proud of all of his family.
Doe was born to Emil and Agnes, and was the third born of four boys; Maurice, Ralph and Felix. He had a few years of primary school, but quit to take care of his older, blind brother while his parents worked. At a young age he sought out employment. Doe worked at various jobs; he worked at the bakery Robinson Shortbread, as a delivery driver, a gravel truck driver, worked at Independent Fish, Simpson Sears as a roofer, a sanitary engineer, he worked for the city of St. Boniface in the water department checking water levels during flood season, and worked at Quality Construction. He was a jack of all trades. He moved with his family to Gunton, Manitoba in 1970, and soon after took a job with Charisons Turkey Hatchery, and later at Maksymyk Homes. Then he became a self- employed general contractor. Doe learned his trade of carpentry from his father, and a lot of it was self taught. He worked hard his entire life until the age of 80. One day he had difficulty putting a set of stairs together and he knew it was time to put down the hammer and hang up the tool belt. He loved working, and enjoyed his many jobs and the interaction with his many, many customers; some of whom became very good friends.
He married the love of his life, Fran Roy, in April of 1958. They resided in Winnipeg and Gunton, Manitoba and in 1987 they moved west to Egremont, Acme and then on to Bashaw, Alberta where Doe and Fran owned and operated a motel for five years. Then from Bashaw to Glade, BC where Doe absolutely thrived living right next to the Kootenay river, and he loved the waterfalls in the bush right in his back yard so to speak. In the fall of 2019, his ill health brought him back to his Manitoba roots, where he lived in Lac Du Bonnet until the present time.
Doe was proud of his Metis roots and they really shone through with his love of nature and the wilderness. He hunted, fished, trapped, and loved berry picking. His other loves were his family and friends, dogs, the goose and the moose, motorcycling (in his younger years), old time country and fiddling music, dancing and jigging; he loved to party, gardening (for the cucumbers and beans), hockey (his Montreal Canadiens and then the Winnipeg Jets), black forest cake, Chinese food, and his beer. He was such a friendly guy who took up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, and walked away having made a new friend. He especially liked his coffee clutches where he could shoot the breeze with the guys. He played the lotto tickets and always had one either in his pocket or in his truck. He had quite a refined palate; he ate with his eyes and his comment was always nope don't like that. Doe had a stubborn streak and his opinions. If someone or something ruffled his feathers, it was a constant source of angst for him and all those who heard about it over and over again. He certainly was one of a kind. Doe said he wanted to return in his next life as a goose.

"Let the wide open skies be your domain
and you be the lead bird in your echelon.
We'll give a quick wave and call out your name, so long for now, we all love you."
We miss you deeply and will forever
treasure your memory in our hearts.

"Do not look at my grave and weep; I am not there. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle spring rain. I am not there, I did not die. When you awaken in the morning hush. I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine over your head at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die."

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Uncle Doe was my favourite Uncle. One of my favourite memories of him is my wedding day. I had asked him to do the toast to the bride. I’m very short my husband was tall, uncle Doe thought it would be a idea to make me some shoes to wear so that I could be taller. He made me wear those shoes all through the speeches and he laughed the whole time. He will be sadly missed by his family and anyone who knew him. I’m sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. Condolences to all of his loved ones. - Posted by: Donna (Bibeau ) Normand (Family ) on: Jan 25, 2021

  • Knew Doria,Maurice and Ralph.Nice bunch of people. - Posted by: Diana Pritchard (Childhood friend) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • I was truly sad to hear the news of Doe's passing. I was 17 when I met him and he was nothing but kind to me. I learned alot about nature,hunting,trapping and life from him all of which I've always held dear to my heart. I had no family to speak of and with open arms he accepted me into the family. I wish I had spent more time with him after the separation but life moved fast and got away on us all. I love you Doe....may you soar! - Posted by: Tara Lee Gauthier (Ex-Daughter in law) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • We were fortunate to meet Doe just a few years ago when he was building a woodshed for a neighbour. What a friendly, vibrant man . Condolences to the family . - Posted by: Margy and Eddy Brown (Aquatinted ) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • I will never forget Papa Smurf and his love of life. He always had a smile on his face and a mischievous glint in his eye! Love and hugs to the family. ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Sherry Persoage (Family friend) on: Jan 23, 2021

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