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Born: Jul 20, 1954

Date of Passing: Feb 22, 2021

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July 20, 1954 - February 22, 2021

Pain free at last, with Terry holding his hand, Marcel left us and is now able to soar with the eagles.
Predeceased by parents, Bill and Mae; parents-in-law, Pete and Clara; brothers-in-law, Ben and Fred; and sister-in-law Betty.
Survived by wife and other half, Terry and his pride and joy; their children, Donna and Derek; sister Margaret (Doug), brother-in-law Bob (Wendy), sister-in-law Kim and many nephews and nieces, some who always looked to Unc for advice.
Born in Gimli, he lived most of his life in the Homer District, first on the farm that he grew up on and then at his new home with his own family. He was a farmer at heart and was working the land from a teenager. He knew the value of hard work and never shied away from it. He met Terry in August, 1976 and they were married two and one-half months later. Some people thought it would never last but they proved all wrong. They celebrated 44 plus years together. He tried working in Winnipeg after marriage, but lasted only three months. Indoors didn't work for a farm boy. In 1979, they welcomed their daughter Donna and two and one-half years later their son Derek completed the perfect family. Farming, although he loved it, was not the only thing he did. Fixing things, mechanicing, cutting pulp and firewood, trapping and working for Manitoba Highways as grader operator and anything else they needed him to be, for 30 years showed that he was a man of all trades.
Retiring when he was 55, the perfect opportunity presented itself. Doing everything together, Marcel and Terry now went camping to Fairford, trapping in their side-by-side, hunting, ice fishing and they had the chance to farm full-time. Doing what he always loved, he was happy to go for a ride with his dog, his shadow, when Terry had other things to do.
Family meant everything to Marcel. He loved Terry and his kids unreservedly. If he could, he gave them anything and everything that they wanted or needed. Especially his time and love.
Friends and neighbours would always know who was coming when they saw the Suzuki driving slowly down the road. Known affectionately as the mayor of Homer, he kept an eye on friend's cabins in the area. People also knew that, if they needed it, Marcel would be there to help or fix whatever, charging only a handshake or a thank-you. He said "That's what friends do".
Having beat cancer once 33 years ago and two heart attacks, his body was not strong enough this time to beat the cancer.
Again, so in lieu of flowers, please donate to CancerCare Manitoba or to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Many thanks to Dr. Komolafe and the nurses at the Arborg Hospital for all their care and compassion at this time.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Marcel's life will take place when it is safe to do so.

When I get where I'm going
There'll only be happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fears
Yeah, when I get where I'm going
Don't cry for me down here.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences going out to Terry, Derek and Donna. Marcel was a very positive, knowledgeable and helpful neighbor. We nicknamed him “The Supervisor” as we would look to see the Suzuki going by during haying season. Will be missed. - Posted by: Scott Hamblin (Neighbor) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Every once in awhile you meet people you have an instant connection with. When ever we got together with Marcel and Terry there was always good stories, good food and good drink! We will miss you Marcel! You were one of the good ones! Love the Wright's 💕 - Posted by: Frank, Brenda, Andrew, Ashely, Jesse & Sam (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • I remember how nice Marcel was. Him and my dad did lots of things together. Rode the school bus with Donna and Derek and remember the good news of his first triumph over cancer. It was good to see him a few years ago when I came to bring my Dad home to rest. Always remembered by me as a wonderful neighbor and a good man. Heartfelt condolences to family, friends, and community. He will be missed. - Posted by: Nicole Peers (Weik) (Old Neighbor) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • Terry, Donna & Derek, our deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Gordon & Valerie Klym (Friends) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Terry and Family remembering the days going to visit with Mae & Bill and seeing Marcel & Terry and watching there family grow. Although we haven’t been in touch for a long time he will always be in our fondest memories. God Bless - Posted by: Joanne & Betty Petrachek (Friends & lived in area) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Dear Terry and Family We are so sorry for your loss . We are remembering Marcel as such a good man.Hold on to those beautiful memories. Deb and Jim - Posted by: Debbie & Jim Gerbrandt (Friends) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • A lot of great memories during our school years. Marcel will be missed by many people . - Posted by: Harvey Kilbrei (friend from elementary school at homer school) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • Remembering Marcel with respect from my years at Arborg ( 86 -93 ) as an excellent grader operator and a very capable member of the maintenance crew. My condolences to his family and friends. Chuck Lund - Posted by: Chuck Lund (MB Highways - Retired) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • I was a friend to Marcel for many many times. We used to go to friends houses to drink with others. Marcel and I always talked when we ran into him. Condolences to Family. Roy and Sue Petrachek - Posted by: Roy Petrachek (Froend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Terry, Donna and Derek. We didn't see each other often over the years but enjoyed each visit. Whether we were butchering chickens or sharing a coffee it was always nice. Marcel always had great stories to tell and we enjoyed hearing them. We will miss him. - Posted by: Jim & Shelley kitchur (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • My condolences Terry, Donna, Derek, Margaret, Doug and family. Yes I remember “The Farm” at Aunty and uncles. Marcel was always there working with uncle and always there making the kids laugh. Milking the cows and shooting the cats with milk. Those were the good old days for sure. No more suffering my dear cousin. Give Aunty and uncle a big hug for us. Gone but not forgotten. 🙏❤️ - Posted by: Andrea Medeiros (Cousin) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Kurt & Marj Janzen (friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Kurt & Marj Janzen (friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

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