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It is with saddened hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Edgar Desrochers, of Winnipeg, MB, at the age of 83 years.
He is survived by his loving wife Velma (nee Buydens), his children, Lianne (Richard) Picton, Marc (Lise) Desrochers and Dean (Jenn) Desrochers; grandchildren, Dylan (Jessica), Logan (Alixe), Taryn, Ariel, Neiva, Jett, Reeve, Van and great-grandchild Maëlle; his siblings, Flora Poirier (John), Tony (Germaine), Cecile Labossiere (Norbert), Lucien (Terry) and Clement (Marilyn) and in-laws, Eddie Goderis, Cecile Desrochers and Laurent Girouard.
He was predeceased by his parents, Israel and Celende Desrochers, brothers, Guy and Thomas, sisters, Rita and Marie-Ange, parents-in-law, Victor and Suzanne Buydens, and sister-in-law Rita Goderis.
Edgar was born in Mariapolis, MB on May 19, 1939. As a young boy, Edgar attended school in Mariapolis and Bruxelles and completed his grade 9 before quitting school and going to work on the family farm with his mom, dad and brothers. In 1962 Edgar married Velma Buydens, a young lady from Swan Lake and together they purchased their own land and called it Norquay Farm after the small country school that once occupied the section. He resided there and continued to farm for 40 years until his retirement to Oak Bluff in 1998.
Edgar was a hard worker who took great pride in his farm, yard and machinery. His motivation for farming was not only to provide a living for his family, but also knowing that he was growing food to feed others. He was a patient teacher when working with his kids, always directing in a way that taught a lesson yet had an element of fun built in. He was also a dedicated community member, donating many hours over his lifetime to the church, rink, town of Swan Lake, and any neighbour who needed a helping hand.
Edgar loved classic cars, woodworking, and listening to as well as playing music. He enjoyed socializing with friends and family, and always enjoyed a joke and a hearty laugh, especially when there was an element of mischief involved. The true highlight of his life were his grandchildren, including the newest member, his first great-grandchild, Maëlle. They were all a constant source of happiness and pride.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg https://mbwpg.cmha.ca/
"Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man"
Funeral service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 774 Archibald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Armand Le Gal officiating. Private family burial will take place in the Swan Lake Parish Cemetery.
Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 204-248-2201.
To view this obituary and leave condolences, please visit www.afh.ca
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 13, 2022
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Our condolenses to all of the families of Edgar. We always question ourselves why things happen to great individuals. You have to have faith to accept things that happen you cannot change. Edgar was a great leader and a model that he transferred to his family of them being great human beings. All of our love to those who are mourning. Look beyond and cherish the memories. - Posted by: Alcide and Elizabeth Boulet (Cousins) on: Aug 20, 2022
We are so deeply saddened to hear about Edgar’s passing. We will cherish all the laughter we shared with him at the lake. Sending deepest condolences to Velma and family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Lisa, Sean, Matthew and Keanna Bailey - Posted by: Lisa and Sean (Friend ) on: Aug 18, 2022
My thoughts are with the family during this difficult, trying time, so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Patricia Willis (Cousin) on: Aug 16, 2022
Our deepest condolences Velma and family on the loss of your dear husband Edgar .. - Posted by: Andy & Diane Desrochers (Friends ) on: Aug 14, 2022
WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. EDGAR WAS A GREAT CULB MEMBER AND A GREAT GUY AT ALL THE EVENTS HE ATTENDED AND WILL BE MISSED. SHIRLY LESTER AND GENO - Posted by: SHIRLEY AND GENO (FAB 50 CAR CLUB) on: Aug 13, 2022
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