MARION, Armand Andre

February 6, 1937 – February 21, 2020

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Armand Andre Marion on Friday, February 21, 2020, shortly after his 83rd birthday.  Armand peacefully passed away at his home, lovingly surrounded by his family.

Dad was born in St. Jean Baptiste, MB on February 6, 1937 to parents Ulric and Angélina (Asselin) Marion. He was the second youngest of 15 children and enjoyed his childhood being raised on the farm with his siblings.  At the age of 21, Dad began working as a paper maker at the former Boise Cascade paper mill in Kenora, ON, where he would remain until his retirement 37 years later. 

Dad married our beloved mother Lorraine Joyal of St. Agathe, MB, on October 3, 1959.  Together, they moved to Kenora where they put down roots and raised their family of three children.  Mom and Dad remained happily married for 35 years until Mom’s sudden passing in 1994.  Many years later, Dad found love and companionship with Norma (Pepper) Reishel, whom he affectionately called his ‘Peppercorn’.

Dad enjoyed cooking, gardening, and playing tennis, but his true passion was fishing on Lake of the Woods.  He loved to be outside in nature and enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with family and friends throughout his life.  He also loved to travel and wintered in Arizona for many years.  After his retirement, Dad sat on the Board of Directors at the condominium complex where he resided.  There, he was known as the “SIC” (second in command) where he took great pride and care in all responsibilities that he performed in that role.  Dad was also a very active member with the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Canadian Legion Br.12 (Kenora) and enjoyed volunteering at Pinecrest Home for the Aged.

Dad always kept busy.   He liked to tinker and could often be seen using his favourite tool of choice, the garden hose.  Dad was a social butterfly and was always the life of the party.  He enjoyed entertaining and going for regular coffee outings with friends.  Lovingly known as Shortstuff, Frenchie, and Armandillo, Dad will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor and countless jokes that always brought on a chuckle (or a groan).

Dad will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his three children Carol Marchand, Denis (Sarah Gould), and Mona (Jim) Boss.  Dad is also survived by his grandchildren Jordan (Delaney) Marchand, Adrian (Jonie) Marchand, Kaitlynn (Cory) Lomnes, Lara (Cameron) Breadner, Leah Proulx, Alyssa Boss, Keegan Quinton (Rylan Wood), Kimberly Quinton (Matthew Messer), and great-grandchildren Makylah, Emma, Abigail, and Lilia Lomnes, Oliver and Xavier Proulx, Braeden and Maverick Marchand, and Magnolia Breadner.  Also left to cherish Dad’s memory are Roxanne McLeod, Joelle Lemay and families, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, and many family members and friends whom he held very dear. Dad will also be missed by his many grand-furbabies, whom he adored.

Dad was predeceased by his parents, Ulric and Angélina Marion, wife Lorraine, son-in-law Bill Marchand, fiancé Pepper Reishel, and Ron McLeod.  Also predeceased by his siblings Lucien Marion, Cécille Vermette, Florence Fillion, Noëlla Marion, David Marion, Georges Marion, Germaine Desautels, Hortense Ayotte, Fernande Marion, Agathe Gratton, Irène Fontaine, Léo Marion, Denise Barnabé, and Yvette Fontaine.

The family would like to thank the staff at CancerCare Manitoba, NWLHIN Palliative Community Care, and The Borrowing Cupboard.  Special thanks to Dr. Diamond, Alexis Peplinskie, and Susan Lacroix for their professional care and compassion during Dad’s final days. In addition, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Wayne Marcino, Fr. Maurice Jeaneaux, Deacon Earl Johnson, and the community at Lakeview Condominiums for their support during this difficult time.

Funeral Mass to celebrate Dad’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 28, 2020 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Kenora, ON. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation.

Dad is no longer suffering and is now at peace in his final resting place. 

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.  Unseen, unheard but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.”