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Born: Mar 19, 1953

Date of Passing: Sep 26, 2021

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March 19, 1953 - September 26, 2021

We are sad to announce that our brother and mon oncle died peacefully September 26, 2021 at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.
Gilles was predeceased by his parents, Jimmy (Gédéon) and Lucienne.
His sisters, Jeannine Dumaine (John Campbell, deceased) and Juliette Smith (Hugh); and nieces and nephew, Danièle Behn Smith, Andrea and Garth Smith, remember him fondly as a gentle quiet individual who valued his privacy. Yet, he willingly shared his love and knowledge of music, film, books (history and the classics, especially), and good food with family and friends.

We miss you little brother,
mon oncle, dear friend.
Rest in peace.

There will be a private burial of his ashes with his parents for immediate family only.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • When I was literally trying to get back on my feet in 1981 after being in a hospital bed most of the previous 14 months, I met someone who shared, unhesitatingly, with me his knowledge of and passion for literature and music. He was also supportive of my first steps toward becoming a working musician and songwriter. In fact, he introduced me to two fellows, Bill and Gord, with whom I formed a lifelong friendship and a collaboration called The Ministers of Soul. Here’s to Gilles Dumaine, he had eclectic tastes. He preferred being by himself, reading and listening to his favourites. He introduced me to Léo Ferré, then Eric Dolphy, and just to keep me on my toes, novelist John Gardner and the film The Ruling Class. This man opened the door for me to the endless wonder and possibilities that can be found in life. Rest easy Gilles, and thank you. - Posted by: Marcel Soulodre (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • Jeanine, Juliette and Hugh and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Special memories will always be in our hearts. Hugs to all. Garth and Diane - Posted by: Diane Nolin (Cousin) on: Oct 05, 2021

  • My thoughts and condolences to Jeannine, Juliette and all the family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Suzanne Sabot Feyereisen (Cousin) on: Oct 02, 2021

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