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April 6, 1954 – January 9, 2013
With sadness in our hearts, we acknowledge the passing of Denis Thibodeau on January 9, 2013. An exceptional man, who will be missed by his family, but remembered for his quiet nature, his easy smile, and gentle soul.
He leaves in his memory, his father Raymond, his brother Marc (Trudy) their children Hannah and Shawn; and central to his world, his wife Carol of almost 24 years. To carry on his legacy of generosity and integrity are his daughters Colette and Kellie, who will honour his memory in the years to come. He was recently predeceased by his mother, Alice Thibodeau.
Denis was born in Montreal Quebec on April 6, 1954, and eventually moved westward to grow up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It was there he discovered his love for golf, and it remained a lifelong passion he enjoyed with his brother, his uncle, cousins, and his many friends.
He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1977. It is in Wetaskiwin that he worked in the finance department at Toyota City, and was in partnership with his brother in the Q-Mart business.
Denis continued to build his life in Wetaskiwin, and married Carol Dyck in 1989. Together they raised two beautiful daughters whom he cherished without reserve.
In 1990, Denis and his brother purchased Leduc Insurance, a business that still thrives today.
Denis' last few years have been spent in a courageous battle with Pick's Disease. He faced each day with unwavering grace and was always surrounded by the uncompromising compassion and care of his family, and dedicated friends. He received wonderful care and companionship from his caregiver of three years, Michael Mauleon who had a special touch, instinctively anticipating his every need.
He was an unrelenting Roughrider fan and a respected talent on the golf course. His faithful commitment to Canadian Blood Services allowed 75 lives to be saved by his donations alone.
Denis is best remembered for his optimism, his integrity, his dedication to his family, and his unexpected sense of humour. He will forever remain in our hearts and minds as an example to live by.
A private funeral mass will be held at St. Theresa's Church in Edmonton, AB. Memorial donations may be made in Denis' name
through the Canadian Blood Services website, www.blood.ca, under financial gifts.
The family of Denis Thibodeau wishes to extend special gratitude to all caregivers, friends and the Palliative staff at St. Joseph's Hospital. They filled Denis' final years with compassion, dignity, and love.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 23, 2013