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MARCEL JULIAN DEGRAVE
Date of Passing: Dec 28, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
MARCEL JULIAN DEGRAVE
It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Marcel Julian DeGrave, on December 28, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 76.
Marcel was predeceased by his mother Irene (nee VanDeKerkhove), father Julian and sister Linda. He is lovingly remembered by his son David (Melanie), daughter Renea (Peter); grandchildren Talula, Raini (Nick), India (Xavier), Kiana and Jacob; great-grandson, River; siblings Lorraine (John), Julian/Tookie (Glenda), Bob (Bev), Larry (Tracy), Ray (Diane); step-siblings Steve and Christine (Ryan); his father's spouse Anna, Aunt Mary, Uncle Hilaire and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family was important to Marcel, the eldest of seven children with a huge extended family. He loved to share stories about his siblings and their misadventures, which he mysteriously was never a part of. Marcel never missed a birthday or special occasion, making sure to call or send a card to let you know he was thinking of you. Marcel's five grandchildren were very special to him and he bragged about their accomplishments to whomever would listen. He held a special place in his heart for his first great-grandchild, River.
Marcel forged friendships with many people over the years, having maintained contact with friends from his youth and making new ones through various sports, work, volunteerism and being a good neighbour. Marcel possessed the gift of conversation and loved to meet new people. It was amazing how he could find a commonality with anyone he spoke to and never forgot anyone he met.
Marcel knew the value of an honest day's work, having worked the family dairy farm, construction and starting a successful business, Seven Oaks Transmissions, with his younger brother, Bob. While he "retired" in 2007, he was busier than ever. He volunteered at the Belgian Club and Belgian Legion, shovelled snow, cut grass and rototilled gardens. Marcel loved to keep busy, loved working with his hands and in the past several years had honed his carpentry skills, specifically building decks and fences.
Along with his work ethic, Marcel was a very patient man who lived a simple life. He valued people and relationships more than material items and this was very evident in how he lived his life.
In accordance with Marcel's wishes, cremation has taken place. A service, interment and celebration of Marcel's life will be held in late spring or early summer, to be announced. This will allow all who loved and knew Marcel an opportunity to gather together to grieve and share stories and fond memories.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marcel's memory to Harvest Manitoba, The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund, or a charity of your personal choice.
Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca.
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022
Condolences & Memories (15 entries)
He was a special and great man. I will always remember how kind hearted and honest he was. He helped me thru some dark times and I will forever be in debt to him. Thank you Marcel. From Chelsy - Posted by: Chelsy Mentuck (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2022
We are so very sorry to hear of Marcel's passing. Jerome spoke so often about what a wonderful person he was and the many good times they had. They will be reunited in heaven and I am sure having a wonderful time. I know that Marcel's passing must be so hard to his family and I hope that the memories you share will bring comfort in the coming days. God bless you. - Posted by: Vernelle Mirosh and Kaley Malbranck (Cousin) on: Jan 31, 2022
Thoughts and prayers to all Marcel's family, and the family he worked with at the Belgian Club. Meeting him and brother Bob through Seven Oaks Transmission and later seeing his friendly face at the club. He always took time for a friendly hello. He will be greatly missed by many. Beverley Bettens and family. - Posted by: Beverley Bettens (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2022
My condolences to all of Marcel’s family. Marcel and I met in 1990 and instantly became great friends. We played pool together for years. We always kept in touch. We phoned each other on our birthdays and holidays. I will miss him deeply and our phone conversations. Rest in peace Marcel. - Posted by: Charlene Cline (Friend) on: Jan 17, 2022
My condolences to the family, Marcel was always a great teammate of ours playing pool for the last 15-20 years .. always looked forward to pool nights and picking him up weekly .. great man /friend always will definitely be missed .. sad day for sure - Posted by: Derrick Topley (Teammate/friend) on: Jan 16, 2022
To Ray & family It was a sad day to hear that Marcel was gone. I for one looked forward to our weekly presentation of retail communication. A few brief words along his way, one was quick to tell he was a kind gentle man. He braved the elements with constant positivity with word such as: If it was cold "It's not bad if you're dressed for it." "Tomorrow will be warmer." If it was hot " Well, tomorrow will be a little cooler." The community has lost a friend. Thank you Marcel, Safe journey With much gratitude! Diane Chliboyko Neighbour - Posted by: Diane J Chliboyko (Neighbour) on: Jan 16, 2022
From my family to yours our deepest condolence on the loss of Marcel - Posted by: Jeff sobie (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2022
"Moose" was my best friend while we were growing up. We were more like brothers than friends. We worked together, attended school together, and played together. Many were the parties and dances we enjoyed. There was no better companionship to wish for growing up. Marcel loved challenges. He enjoyed track and field sports. One of the valuable lessons learned was do not drink a bottle of Coke before running the mile. Distance made communication difficult during our later years, but we were always glad to see each other when the opportunity presented itself. Rest In Peace my friend. Our sincerest condolences to all of Marcel's family. Eric and Liz Dieter - Posted by: Eric and Elizabeth Dieter (Friend and Neighbour) on: Jan 15, 2022
Marcel was always a friend and when I worked with him was honest and appreciated all anyone done for him. Will miss you buddy - Posted by: Thomas and Sheila Mccaffrey (Friend ) on: Jan 15, 2022
Marcel was always a friend and when I worked with him was honest and appreciated all anyone done for him . Will miss you buddy - Posted by: Thomas and Sheila Mccaffrey (Friend ) on: Jan 15, 2022
Renea, Peter, Kiana and Jacob - our deepest condolences to you in the loss of your father and grandfather. Thinking of you. Hugs to all. — Diana, Gord and Nathan Krahn - Posted by: Diana Scheper (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2022
To all of the DeGrave family I extend my most sincere condolences. Marcel was that special lifetime friend one has from youth to senior years. I remember Marcel from our youth, he never seemed to age as the rest of us did. I'm certain the stories of our camping exploits where passed onto his grandchildren. I value my memories of our friendship. - Posted by: RONALD HARRISON (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2022
So sorry to hear of the passing of Marcel. My thoughts and prayers are with the DeGrave family at this difficult time. Marcel "Frenchy" as we called him on the North End Frontier Men's Slo-Pitch Team was a terrific 1st baseman and very unique batting style (cross handed). A gentle soul with terrific smile and twinkle in his eyes that made you wonder what he maybe up to. He will be missed. - Posted by: Greg Ferguson (friend / teammate) on: Jan 15, 2022
Condolences To all the family and friends! Special to Renea Peter Kiana and Jacob! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! - Posted by: Germano and Matilde Oliveira (Friends ) on: Jan 15, 2022
Marcel was a wonderful person, we remember having great conversations with him at different family events, he would always take the time to ask how we were all doing, about the kids and would share a funny story from his youth or from the week before. He had a love for his family always ready to help, and was clearly a very proud father, grandfather & great grandfather. Our condolences to the entire family, may the many beautiful moments you all shared be in your hearts always. Sending love to you all, Ralph, Leticia & family - Posted by: The DiRisio Family (Friend’s ) on: Jan 15, 2022
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