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Born: Feb 19, 1936
Date of Passing: Jan 31, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
February 19, 1936 January 31, 2022
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that Marcel passed away on Monday, January 31, 2022, at the age of 85.
Marcel was predeceased by his loving wife Evelyn Pattyn (March 2021); his parents, Lucien and Rose Pattyn; and sisters, Lena and Lorraine. He leaves behind, with wonderful memories, daughter Estelle Young; his sons, Richard, Claude (Diane), and Paul; sisters, Cecile (Denis) and Claudette; as well as his grandchildren, Craig, Jamie, Brannan and Meagen; great-grandchildren, Owen and Peyton; and many nieces and nephews.
Dad was a loving and devoted father first and foremost. His family was his whole world, and he was always there for all of us. He enjoyed playing crib, crokinole, dancing, and a celebration of anything with his family.
Dad had been a Winnipeg Transit bus driver for over 28 years and everyone loved him for his kind and friendly disposition. His greatest passion was for playing music and having his children join him on stage. He had played for the Festival du Voyageur for over 45 years and had collaborated on various recordings for other musicians as well.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nursing and support staff at St. Boniface Hospital for taking care of our father.
In accordance with Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 05, 2022
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
I will always remember that he never said an unkind word to me. The word negative was no where in his smile or his kind words. Whenever I could I would try and find his bus route and climb aboard and talk with him. Through many jokes and his understandings of where I was at emotionally or other he listened and offered gentle guidance. I watched as his love encompassed his wife and kids. When at the farm, "adult time" I would sneak as close to the house I could and listen to the music & laughter. Those were my cherished times. One song in particular was "cab driver". To know him is to love him. - Posted by: CC Vandale (neice) on: Feb 13, 2023
I'm so very sorry to hear of Marcel's passing (and surprised to see we share February 19th as our birthday). I hadn't seen him in many years, but I got to know him a little through sharing the stage at old time dances. I met Marcel at one of his gigs at the Dakota. I remember it was him in particular who taught me the right chord (I'd been getting one of them wrong) for Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight" and I was so grateful as it always sounded so much better. I think of Marcel always smiling and so wonderful at getting people onto the dance floor. Sending wishes of ease and comfort along with condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones. - Posted by: Stacey Terry (musical friend) on: Feb 13, 2022
Sad to hear of Marcel's passing late last month. Marcel played guitar and sang in my grandfather's band for many years and later joined my band when I started playing the old time dance circuit. I can still hear him say "you play that just like your grandpa! " after finishing a set or "Hello there young man" as he'd walk in with his guitar, smiling and humming. He knew every old time fiddle tune by heart and loved to see everyone dancing. The Manitoba old time music scene lost a legend of a guitar player/musician. Thank you for all the music and the memories Marcel, until we meet again. - Posted by: Michael Audette (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2022
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our Dad, Marcel Vermette was the drummer along side with Alex Carrière and your Dad for many years, playing at Le Festival du Voyageur and Le Club LaVerendrye from the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s, their music brought joy to many. Our Moms spent many a Saturday evening together listening to the band play while attending the several events. Your Dad was a true gentleman and always so friendly when we have crossed paths in the past years. May your memories comfort you and bring you peace. - Posted by: Anita (Vermette) and Allan (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2022
My condolences to Paul and the family. We're almost family (there's a family connection with Evelyn's mother so hugs). - Posted by: Annette Bonomo (friend of the family) on: Feb 05, 2022
Sorry to hear of Marcel’s passing. He was an easy person work with, a true gentleman. - Posted by: Henry Claeys (Co-worker) on: Feb 05, 2022
Sorry for your loss Estelle and family. - Posted by: Val Settee (Friend of Estelle) on: Feb 05, 2022
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