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Born: May 24, 1946

Date of Passing: Feb 12, 2021

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Sadly on February 12, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus - Rochester, MN, Maurice Chaput of Ste. Anne, MB, age 74, passed away suddenly from complications of pancreatic cancer. Peacefully, surrounded by his beloved partner Diane Verrier, his eldest son Daniel and wife Emma and his youngest son Robert. Special thanks to Ste. Anne Hospital, notably Dr. Fredette, and Dr. De Moissac.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son Daniel (Emma), her son Samuel and daughter Sara (Philip); grandchildren, Brayden, Kayden, Natalie and Cora. His son Robert and loving partner Pamela, her children, Vienna, Luca and his pride and joy latest grandson Caleb.
Predeceased by his loving parents, Camille Chaput (age 90 in 2011) and Alice (nee Charriere age 87 in 2009) and beautiful younger sister Suzanne (age 54 in 2014) The third of 11 children survived by sisters, Maria (Louis Bernardin), Louise (Claude Vincent), Alice (Ron Vincent); and brothers, André (Thérèse), Hubert (Joan), Roger (Georgette), Lucien (Monique), Gerald (Gerry), Clem (Myrna) and his son's mother Florence (nee Fiola).
He will also be sadly missed by Diane his love of last 15 years and her extended family, her children, Thérêse (Ken Dandeneau), Roselyne (Allen Sawka), Claude (Chantal) Robert (Corry). Lovingly remembered as Mo-mo and amazing grandpa to Marissa, Jessica, Daniel, Danica, Déanne, Brady, Natasha, Justin, Janelle, Alex, Andrew, Gavin, Max; and his little peanut - great-granddaughter Kingsley. Diane's father, veteran Marcel Chatel (Moe's favourite little buddy age 95) from Woodridge; brothers, Ron (Louise) and Alan; sisters, Janette (Danny Letkeman), Cheryl (Brian Tysoski).
Diane credits Moe for bringing her back to life after losing her husband to the same cancer. His loving, giving, caring personality brought so much joy and love to our lives. We are all truly blessed to have loved and been loved by this incredible man.
Born at St. Boniface Hospital on May 24, 1946, his family moved early on from St. Adolphe to Ste. Anne. Maurice grew up helping/watching his dad respectfully and generously run a large vegetable farm that seasonally employed many people in the community and surrounding RM. Family and community was ingrained in Maurice, a natural born team leader. To not continue the family farm was difficult for him, even if reassured by his father. After working for Gardener Sales in Winnipeg and briefly Alberta, in 1971, Ste. Anne Mayor Roger Smith wisely hired Maurice as the town operations manager. 'Moe' lived the job, on call seven days a week 24 hours a day, taking civil engineering courses while also Minor Hockey President and Fire Chief. He surrounded himself with loyal/effective team, notably Cecil Lafrenière, Roger Semko, Phil Gregoire. This team overlooked most of the infrastructure in Ste Anne, including the sports complex still used today. Friend Guy Levesque, respected town councilor, then town secretary treasurer remembers Maurice as 'fun to work with' and 'nothing he couldn't do'.
In 1988 Maurice traded his often muddy cowboy boots, 4x4 truck filled with shovels, survey equipment for dress shoes and a computer (rubber boots/overalls now kept mostly in trunk) joining his older brother André at the Seine River School Division. Faced with new challenges came the opportunity to improve many schools in several communities. At SRSD he made a new team of co-workers and friends notably Jean Guy Tetrault, Denis Perrin, Denis Levesque (also all together later at DSFM) there was nothing they couldn't efficiently fix or do.
Unexpectedly in 1994 Maurice was recruited and became the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine's first Director of maintenance and transportation. Maurice enjoyed his work, doing renovations to schools now across the province. His true reward the pride and joy this brought to students and school staff. He always made time for his beloved janitors who looked after his schools. Countless bus routes were planned and overseen, notable was help from King Transportation eventual long-time friends the Langdon family. After he retired in 2014, he continued as a consultant on a few more building projects including one last new school. In total his achievements included 23 schools (plus many daycares) from St Jean Baptiste to Thompson.
Maurice always completed projects he took on! By the time he left an organization, he had either groomed a long term replacement or ensured such a solid foundation to not fail anytime soon. His last great legacy for his beloved community was overseeing the construction of the helipad built to federal aviation standards for the Ste Anne Hospital. When possible 'Moe' would attend monthly Town of Ste Anne meetings, simply to support council and their tough decisions (cared more than they knew), notably his late friend Mayor Bernie Vermette, whom he enjoyed "grilling" a little more. 'Moe' loved his ACES games, home or away close friend Cornie Klassen his first call. Then it was motorcycle 'spyder' rides and road trips, mostly planned at local coffee shop with special friends Roger and Celeste Plouffe and William Setlack.
Following his retirement in 2014, Maurice and Diane became snowbirds destination Texas. Staying at Daniel and Emma's home was such a joy! He so enjoyed the precious time spent with his eldest son and amazing extended Texas family! It was Daniel who was instrumental helping Maurice beat kidney Cancer in 2016 arranging first consultations at Mayo Clinic. Following two successful risky surgeries and many prayers from his loving families and friends, Maurice was blessed with five more years free of kidney cancer.
He enjoyed many more road trips, lake time, birthdays, holidays, weddings and graduations, even seeing his beloved Blue Bombers win the grey cup. During his remaining years he was most proud and at peace seeing his youngest son Robert re-establish his faith, buy the family insurance business all while starting a family he adored.
To any family members, trustees, co-workers, old friends not mentioned just remember everyone knew where they stood with Maurice / Moe, so if you admired/ respected/cared/now miss him, he felt same towards you. Clem he loved you for all the right reasons. Duffy, Matt, Jean Guy, Denis were mentioned as friends unfairly passed away too early.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A public celebration is being planned as the ACES, Minor Hockey and Town of Ste. Anne honour him in renaming the sports complex. Per his wishes, Maurice was cremated and his ashes will be placed alongside his parents and sister at Ste. Anne Parish Mausoleum conveniently facing the river and hospital helipad.

In Loving memory of our beloved Maurice

God saw you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So He put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come with Me".

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • I first worked with Andre Chaput when he was with the SRSD. Later when SRSD became the DSFM my work and acquaintance widened to include Andre's little brother Moe. Over many years and many projects I had the honour and privilege of working with Andre and Moe, mostly with Moe in the later years. We spent a lot of time together over those years and Maurice was always gracious, supportive, professional, a good friend. I am shocked and saddened to learn of his passing, and extend my heartfelt condolences to all of his family. - Posted by: Don Courtnage (Architect, friend and assistant on many school projects.) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Former colleagues at the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine, he was a warm and close associate as we were putting in place the foundations of this new provincial school division. I remember him with fondness. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Normand Dupasquier (Former colleague) on: Apr 08, 2021

  • Sadden by the lost of a great man. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Brian Richard (Saint river coworker) on: Apr 06, 2021

  • Louise, Alice, and family, I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved brother Maurice. May the many memories you and your family made with Maurice bring you comfort now and forever. Sincere condolences and with deep sympathy. RIP Maurice. Iris Johnson friend from Cherry Hill and BMO - Posted by: Iris Johnson (friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Maurice, or Moe, was a true gentleman. I met him during my time as President of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. We shared many moments together, although the fun times we had travelling around Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario were simply the best. His love of family, his community and hockey always came through. As I moved on from hockey involvement we have lost touch, but he is truly one of my most memorable friends. To his family, may your memories sustain you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Sheldon Lanchbery (Friend) on: Mar 23, 2021

  • I was saddened to read of Maurice's passing. It was always a pleasure to attend mast meetings, with Maurice in the room. I think everyone who met Maurice knew that he was very accomplished in all that was required to manage his department responsibility. I was hoping to compete with Maurice again for the coveted plaid jacket presented to the best golfer at the annual golf tournament. I still need more time on the practice course. - Posted by: patrick lennox (friend) on: Mar 22, 2021

  • Maurice a été l'un de mes premiers patrons et un homme très gentil avec un bon sens de l'humour. Cela fait plus de vingt ans mais le souvenir de lui restera avec moi. Pensées et prières à sa famille. - Posted by: Patricia Gagnon (Past co-worker) on: Mar 21, 2021

  • J'ai eu le grand plaisir de consulter Maurice lorsqu'il était responsable de l'entretien de la division scolaire DSFM. Il était toujours très agréable et son rire contagieux ainsi que son sens de l'humour manqueront à tous. Sincères condoléances à sa compagne Diane et à ses proches. George Marchildon, ingénieur retraité de la commission des finances des écoles publiques - Posted by: George Marchildon (ami et confrère de travail) on: Mar 21, 2021

  • Our condolences to the Chaput family. He was an amazing man. - Posted by: Bert & Linda Berard (co-worker) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Sincères condoléances à la famille Chaput. Maurice était une personne unique qui à librement partager son amour et sa vie avec sa famille et sa communauté . Quelles belles mémoires qu'il laisse avec chaque de vous. Prières, bisous et câlins . - Posted by: Claudette Moquin & Harm Bouwman (Friends of André & Thérèse) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • C'est avec gtande surprise que j'apprends ce matin le départ de Maurice. C'est si jeune, 74 ans, lorsque l'on considère l'âge où son père et sa mère sont partis ainsi que l'âge de "his little buddy" qui poursuit sa route à 95 ans. Mes plus sincères condoléances à la grande famille Chaput, ses soeurs et ses frères ainsi qu'à Florence, Daniel, Robert et Diane et tous les siens. Ma prière vous accompagne dans ces jours sans doute très difficiles pour vous tous et toutes. - Posted by: Camille Légaré (connaissance de la famille ) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Will miss you, deepest condolences to Daniel and Emma Robert and Pam, take care. Praying for you guys, stay safe. - Posted by: Gerald and Denise St Vincent (Cousin very good friend) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Mes sincères condoléances a mes petits cousins du côté des familles Chaput et Baril. - Posted by: Richard Girouard - Montreal, Quebec (3rd cousin on the Baril side.) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • J'offre mes plus sincères sympathies à Diane et à la famille de Maurice. Il m'a beaucoup manqué lors de mes dernières années de travail au Manitoba. Bon courage à la famille dans ces moments difficiles. - Posted by: Marco Ratté (Ancien collègue) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • J'ai connu Maurice fans la division Scolaire Seine et dans le DSFM. Homme engagé, très amical, toujours prêt à écouter et surtout arriver à une bonne solution. Avec le décès de Maurice, je pense qu'on a cassé le moule pour en faire d'autres comme lui! Un vrai gentleman! - Posted by: Denise Perron (enseignante) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Pensées, prières et condoléances à toute la famille et amis. Que Dieu vous accompagne dans ces moments difficiles - Posted by: Julie Lemoine (Classmate of Daniel ) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Mes sincères sympathies à toi Diane & ta famille ainsi qu'à la grande famille Chaput. Jean- Guy aimait tant Big Moe. J'imagine qu'ils sont ensemble & jase des beaux temps passé pendant tellement d'années. Bon courage. - Posted by: Lorraine Tetrault(Jean-Guy) (Amie) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Sincères condoléances à la famille Chaput et Charrière, nous gardons de beaux souvenirs de Maurice lors des tournois d’hockey Eastman. Un homme doux, sincère, gentil! - Posted by: Raymond et Nicole Lavergne (Ami/co équipier d’hocke ) on: Mar 20, 2021

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