DUCHESNE, Gilles Fernand
January 7, 2021

Gilles Duchesne

1945  – 2021

Although heaven has gained one more guardian angel, it is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Gilles Fernand Duchesne, on January 7, 2021, at the age of 75. Gilles passed away peacefully after battling health issues over the last 5 months. He faced each ailment with dignity and grace and his strong will and perseverance gave him the strength to fight the good fight.

At the end of it all, God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around you and whispered, “come to me”. – author unknown

The loving son of the late Andre and Philomene Duchesne, he is also predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Marian Duchesne.

He will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by his 3 children: Danny (Chantal), Darlene (Garth) and Debbie: by his sisters and brother: Louise, Andre (Pierrette), Gisele (Yvon), and Suzanne (Jean-Marie): by his 4 grandchildren: Kristin, Jean Francois, Alexandre, and Kyle, his many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. He will forever be in our hearts.

We extend our gratitude for the compassionate care he received by the medical teams at St. Mary’s, the Lakeshore General, and Jewish General Hospitals.

We also send our heartfelt gratitude to the entire staff at Chateau Pierrefonds for the daily care and support he received. We are comforted in knowing our dad experienced “La Joie de Vivre” throughout his 4 1/2 years, at a place he called home.

A private gathering and service for invited family members to celebrate his life will take place at Voluntas Commémoration, 4695 Boul. St-Jean, DDO, Quebec (514-695-7979) on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Due to the pandemic and health authorities’ restrictions, the gathering and service will be limited to family only. Those who wish to join us remotely, can view a livestream of the service that day at 3:00 pm eastern standard time. Access the link on the Voluntas obituary page.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association), https://www.diabetes.ca/ would be greatly appreciated.

To express condolences, share memories and photos, please feel free to sign the guestbook.

 

Live Streaming of service 2:50 PM

Slideshow

 

Private gathering

Voluntas Funeral Home

4695 St-Jean Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux (Qc) H9H 2A7

Public Web streaming 3 p.m.

87 responses

  1. Denis Beaulieu

    January 13, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Louis Riel nursing home(worker)

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 9:17 am

      Merci Denis pour votre reconnaissance. Cela a été apprécié par la famille.

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  2. Gisèle Duchesne Godin

    January 14, 2021 at 11:29 am

    To family, our deepest sympathy. He will be remembered and forever in our hearts. Gisèle, Yvon, Yani, Onile

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 1, 2021 at 10:24 pm

      Thank-you aunt Gisèle and family for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated. We thank-you for all your support, comfort, love and for being a special part of dad’s service. Your brother was truly smiling down at all of us!

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  3. Pat Lamb

    January 14, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Gill……is….now my friend you can sing and dance to your hearts content and you will have backup..you will be missed.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 1, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      Thank-You Pat for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated by the family.

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  4. Diane Fortin

    January 14, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    To family, my deepest condolences and i send prayers. Diane , Guy, Alexandre, Samuel

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    • Cousin Darlene

      February 1, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      Thank-you cousin Diane for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your comfort and support.

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  5. Dino, Terry, Alec and Erika

    January 15, 2021 at 8:45 am

    We will remember Gilles (Pop) always with his sweet, warm smile and courage to face anything that came his way which he handled with courage . Heaven has welcomed him to join his wife and parents. Rest In Peace Pop.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 1, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      Thank-you our extended family for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  6. Louise Duchesne

    January 15, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Mes pensées sont avec toi mon frère Gilles. Maintenant tes souffrances sont terminées repose en paix.

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    • Darlene

      February 1, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      Merci tante Louise pour votre expression de sympathie. Votre message est très apprécié. Nous vous remercions pour tout votre soutien, votre confort, votre amour et pour votre contribution spéciale au service de papa. Votre frère nous souriait vraiment à tous.

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  7. Tracey vachon

    January 15, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    We are so very sorry on the passing of your dad, who seemed to fight extremely hard over the last few months, especially.
    It’s always difficult to understand and accept, but he was welcomed into his new journey, with open arms. There will be no more suffering
    May be Rest In Peace.
    Tracey, Mike, Ryan and Vanessa xo

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:17 am

      Thank-you our extended family for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  8. Joanne Vrahiotis

    January 15, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    May he Rest In Peace

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:21 am

      Thank-You Joanne for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated by the family.

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  9. Debbie and Phil Legault

    January 16, 2021 at 9:51 am

    We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. May all the beautiful memories you hold on your hearts give you peace and strength. Thinking of you all.

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:26 am

      Thank-You so much Debbie and Phil for your expression of sympathy. Your message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  10. Dorothy Duchesne MacDonald

    January 16, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I have fond memories of Gilles from our childhood growing up. May your memories of him bring peace and comfort to the family. Rest in peace Gilles.

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    • Gisèle Duchesne Godin

      January 18, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Thank you Dorothy, for your lovely message. Gisèle Duchesne. xxx

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      • Dorothy Duchesne MacDonald

        January 24, 2021 at 4:27 pm

        I watched the beautiful service. Some wonderful stories about Gilles. I met him many times in pointe Claire, before he moved to the Chateau. Always happy! blessings again to the family.

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:30 am

      Thank-You so much Dorothy for your expression of sympathy. Your message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  11. Diana Porter

    January 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    My deepest sympathy to your family. May all your memories give you strength through this difficult time.

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:32 am

      Thank-You Diana for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated by the family.

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  12. Joni Shapiro

    January 16, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Wishing you strength and special memories to help you and your family through this most difficult time.

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:34 am

      Thank-You Joni for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated by the family.

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  13. Louise and Eddy

    January 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Darlene, we were saddened to hear that your father passed away. You and your love ones will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest assured that he will always be watching over you and your family.

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    • Darlene

      February 2, 2021 at 7:36 am

      Thank-You so much Louise and Eddy for your expression of sympathy. Your message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  14. Suzanne Duchesne

    January 16, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    un repos bien mérité, Au départ d un etre cher, c est un peu de nous qui s en va . condoléance a la famille

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 8:55 am

      Merci tante Suzanne d’être une partie spéciale du service virtuel de papa dimanche. Cela signifiait tellement pour notre famille. Nous nous sommes tous sentis tellement aimés et soutenus par toute notre famille et nos amis qui regardaient dans le confort de leur maison. Nous sommes en paix en sachant que vous avez parlé à papa pendant les nombreux mois où il a passé à l’hôpital. Chérissez les souvenirs de moments spéciaux passés ensemble, alors que papa est parti en sachant qu’il était aimé de sa famille et de ses amis.

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  15. jean marie veilleux

    January 16, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    salut Gilles bon voyage heureux de t avoir connu et d avoir travailler avec toi a louis – riel tu sera toujours dans mon coeur . Dieu te bénisse

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 8:33 am

      Merci beaucoup Jean-Marie pour votre expression de sympathie. Votre message de réconfort et de soutien est très apprécié par la famille. Merci d’avoir rejoint notre famille grâce au service virtuel, car nous avons ressenti votre amour, votre confort et votre soutien.

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  16. Arty and Frank

    January 16, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Dear Darlene and Family
    How lucky he was to have had a family like his.
    May he rest in peace

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Thank-You so much Arty and Frank for your expression of sympathy. Your message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  17. Tamara

    January 16, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Sending all our love and deepest sympathies for the loss of your dear dad. We’re thinking of you all during this very difficult time, but know that he is in the most beautiful place for eternity – with God, in Heaven, looking down with his arms around you forever. May you forever feel his love and presence and may he Rest In Peace. Love, Tamara, Neil, Liam & Sydney xox

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 9:06 am

      Thank-You so much Tamara and Family for your expression of sympathy. Your sincere message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Your words will forever resonate in our hearts.

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  18. Sylvie, Jason, Myriam

    January 17, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the family, may he be in peace. xxx

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      Thank-you cousin Sylvie, Jason and Myriam for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated. We thank-you for all your support, comfort, love and Sylvie, for being a special part of dad’s service. Your uncle was truly smiling down at all of us!

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  19. Cindy Charles

    January 18, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    My dearest Darlene and family. My deepest condolences. May he rest in peace. xoxo

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 11:41 pm

      Thank-You Cindy for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated by the family.

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  20. Margaret Keys

    January 18, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Debbie and Darlene and family, my sincere condolences in the loss of your Dad. I hope your happy memories of him help you through this difficult time.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 11:44 pm

      Thank-You Margaret for your expression of sympathy. Your message is very much appreciated by the family. It is so nice to read a peaceful entry from a longtime friend.

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  21. Norman and Loreit

    January 19, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Darlene and Family, Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      Thank-You so much Norman and Loreit for your expression of sympathy. Your sincere message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family

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  22. Francine Duchesne

    January 21, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Francine Duchesne
    20 janvier 2021 à 4:30 pm
    CONDOLÉANCES
    IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS DES GENS HEUREUX
    ILS S’APPELAIENT ANDRÉ ET PHILOMÈNE,
    LOUISE, GILLES, ANDRÉ, GISÈLE ET SUSANNE
    FERNAND ET YVONNE
    DENYS, FRANCINE ET LUC
    IL Y AVAIT DE L’AMOUR
    DANS CES DEUX FAMILLES COLLÉES, COLLÉES
    IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS TANT DE SOUVENIRS HEUREUX
    GARDONS EN MÉMOIRE, TOUS CES INSTANTS DE BONHEUR!
    À TOI, MON COUSIN GILLES,
    AUX YEUX CHARMEURS ET AU SOURIRE TAQUIN,
    JE TE DIS AU REVOIR
    ET JE T’ENVOIE PLEIN DE TENDRESSE LUMINEUSE
    LUC, DENYS ET RAOUL SE JOIGNENT À MOI, POUR OFFRIR NOS SINCÈRES CONDOLÉANCES À TOUTE TA BELLE FAMILLE!
    TA COUSINE,
    FRANCINE XXX
    Répondre

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    • Gisèle Duchesne

      January 21, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      Merci Francine, c’est très beau et sa fait chaud au cœur. Que de beaux souvenirs. ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 6, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      Merci cousine Francine d’avoir partagé tes beaux souvenirs et tes gentilles paroles. Votre expression de sympathie est très appréciée par la famille.

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  23. Valerie Robb-McKay

    January 22, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Dear Darlene, Dan, Debbie, our sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. It was a pleasure to have met him over the years, he was a man with a strong will and perseverance. His was lucky to have you, your devotion to him and ensuring he was well taken care was exceptional. Be comforted in knowing that you did your best. May he rest in peace. Valerie & Guy

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    • Darlene Duchene

      February 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      Thank-You so much Valerie and Guy for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  24. Maria Aloe

    January 22, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Darlene and family,
    Sending you my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad (grand father). May his memory give you peace and strength during this difficult time.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Thank-You so much Maria for your expression of sympathy. Your message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  25. Sandy, Matt, Ashley & Miki

    January 23, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. Gilles was a wonderful soul who brought smiles and laughter to many! He will be greatly missed and dearly remembered. <3

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      Thank-You so much Sandy, Matt, Ashley and Miki for your expression of sympathy. Your sincere message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. I will always cherish our special visits at Chateau Pierrefonds with nanny Margaret, you, my dad and me!

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  26. Eric Durocher

    January 23, 2021 at 11:43 am

    The Durocher clan joins in sorrow with the Duchesne family at the loss of their loved one, Gilles, our brother-in-law and uncle to 10 nephews and nieces on the Durocher side. For every major family event, Marian and Gilles could always be counted upon to be there, offering a special presence: Marian with her maternal concern and thoughtfulness, Gilles with his easy-going, fun-loving disposition and appreciation for good food. In these last years, Gilles still derived much joy out of life despite his growing health challenges, setting a good example for all of us. Rest in peace, Gilles, and God speed in the next chapter of life, enjoying being with those loved ones who have gone before us.
    Gerry Jr., Eric, Kenn and extended family

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      Thank-You so much to the Durocher Clan and Family members for your expression of sympathy. Your sincere message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Uncle Eric and aunt Marilyn thank-you for all your support, comfort, love and for being a special part of dad’s service. A special thanks to my cousins and family members who joined our family through the virtual service, we felt your love, comfort and support. Gilles was truly smiling down at all of us!

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  27. Jennifer Duchesne

    January 23, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Mes Sympathies.Repose en paix mon oncle.xxx

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Merci cousine Jenny pour votre expression de sympathie. Votre message est très apprécié par la famille.

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  28. Lynda Scott

    January 23, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Dearest Darlene and family
    My sympathies and love are with you all at this sad and difficult time. Happy memories of the good times together will help you through. His spirit from above will watch over all of you and give you strength.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Thank-You so much Mrs. Scott for your expression of sympathy. Your sincere message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  29. Tina Kokologiannis

    January 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

    My sympathies to you and the family. We are all living difficult times and losing someone you love during these times is not fair but knowing they are no longer suffering will bring us to some kind of closure. Giving you strength and love as we move forward. He was lucky to have you as his daughter, Darlene. May he rest in peace. Tina, Angelo, Michael, Tanya Vernoia

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Thank-You so much Tina, Angelo, Michael and Tanya for your expression of sympathy. Your sincere message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  30. ShirleyAnn and Mike

    January 24, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Dear Darlene and Family
    Our deepest sympathies. Your Dad (grandfather) will live on in your memories. May you be comforted knowing that he will be with you everyday.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      Thank-You so much ShirleyAnn and Mike for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  31. Karen, Tim and family

    January 24, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Our deepest heartfelt condolences to your family. Thank you all for being such a great example by how you took care of your dad during his illness. God bless your dad, may he Rest In Peace.
    Love Tim, Karen and family❤️

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:14 pm

      Thank-You so much Karen, Tim and grandma Jean for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  32. Kim Casey

    January 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Dear Darlene,
    To you and all of the family , please accept my sincere condolences.
    I was very saddened to hear about the passing of your Dad.
    Keep the beautiful memories you shared close to your heart and may the love, strength and support of your family and friends help you through this difficult time.
    RIP Gilles
    Love always, Kim <3 xo

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:09 pm

      Thank-You so much Kim for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  33. Melanie klachko

    January 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Rest easy dear friend. You will be missed. You have left a mark on my heart I will never forget. Listening to the oldies and evening laughs! ~melanie~ Chateau Pierrefonds.

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    • Melanie klachko

      January 24, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Beautiful service. Lean on your families and stay strong, stay safe. We all loved Gilles and we will hold onto our memories forever. Xoxx thank you for allowing a be a part of your service today. Xx

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:20 pm

      Thank-You so much Melanie for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  34. Sophie & Mo

    January 24, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Darlene and Family,
    Sophie and I express our deepest sympathies on the passing of your loving father and grandfather.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
    May he rest in peace,
    Sophie & Mo

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Thank-You so much Sophie and Mo for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  35. D’Erina Lawton

    January 24, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Darlene and Family, please accept my deepest condolences . Your Celebration today was heartwarming- keep well

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  36. D’Erina Lawton

    January 24, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Dear Darlene and Family, please accept my deepest condolences . The Celebration of your Dad’s life today was heartwarming- keep well

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      Thank-You so much D’Erina for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  37. Danny Campeau

    January 24, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    A beautiful celebration this afternoon. My deepest sympathies to all of Gilles’s loved ones.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:28 pm

      Thank-You so much Danny for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  38. Claude Lavoie Dorothy

    January 24, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    God Bless…Sing all you wish from

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      Thank-You so much Claude and Dorothy for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  39. sandra hall

    January 24, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Darlene and family,
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father and grandfather.
    I know he played an important part in all your lives.
    However remember and cherish those special moments with a smile a s he would want you too.
    He will be watching over you and guiding you through these trying times.

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:35 pm

      Thank-You so much Sandra for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  40. Nadia Abdalla Frabasile

    January 25, 2021 at 9:44 am

    My dearest friend Darlene and family,
    We would like to express our deepest condolences for the passing of your father. May his memory give you peace and strength during this difficult time. May he rest in eternal peace. Gob Bless you and your beautiful family.
    Love, Nadia, Giovanni, Bianca, Dahlia and Donato Frabasile xoxoxo

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      Thank-You so much Nadia, Giovanni, Bianca, Dahlia and Donato for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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  41. Dominic & Cinzia

    January 25, 2021 at 11:15 am

    What a beautiful service for a wonderful uncle, my sincere condolences to you and your family <3
    Hope to see you all soon! – Lots of Love

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    • Darlene Duchesne

      February 7, 2021 at 10:43 pm

      Thank-You so much cousin Dominic and Cinzia for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family. Thanks for joining our family through the virtual service, as we felt your love, comfort and support.

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  42. Annette Daley-Butcher

    January 27, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Dear Darlene,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father.

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  43. Darlene Duchesne

    February 7, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Thank-You so much Annette for your expression of sympathy. Your kind message of comfort and support is very much appreciated by the family.

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