Marcel GIRARD

GIRARD, Marcel (July 14, 1922 – Jan 10, 2011) – Passed away peacefully at Village at Smith Creek, West Kelowna, BC with wife Colette by his side. He was 88 years of age. Born in St-Simeon, Charlevoix-Est, Quebec, Marcel later moved west to homestead in Codesa, Alberta with his family. At 18 he enrolled into the Canadian armed forces where he served four years in World War II as a Corporal. Returning to Alberta, Marcel danced his way into the heart of his future bride, Colette. This would mark the beginning of a happy marriage spanning 56 years. Five children: Denise, Annette, Ronald, Rene and Marc would make this marriage complete. Marcel would later move his family to the Peace River Country; he worked for Canadian Coachways in Dawson Creek, BC as a mechanic for seven years. In 1964, the family moved to Chetwynd, BC and purchased the Chetwynd Confectionary which they successfully operated for twenty seven years. He was a proud member of Branch 258 of The Royal Canadian Legion and Elks Branch 500. Marcel was an active minor hockey dad, transporting players to tournaments throughout the Peace River Country. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the entire staff at Village at Smith Creek for their professional, loving care towards Marcel. A prayer service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:00PM and the funeral mass held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:00AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hebert Rd., West Kelowna, BC. Father Dave DeSouza officiating. Lunch to follow at the parish centre. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to Village at Smith Creek, 2425 Orlind Rd., West Kelowna, BC, V4T 3C7) to help refurbish the palliative care suite. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. Condolences may be sent to the family by visitingeverdenrust.com


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