Peacefully passed away at Montfort Hospital, in Ottawa, on October 31, 2013 at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his wife Maria (née Giroux) survived by Émilie's mother, Nicole de Niverville. Dear father of Joanne Bessette, Nicole Cardinal (née Bessette), Robert Bessette and Émilie Bessette. Cherished grandpa of Sophie Cardinal-Bessette and Josée St-Amour-Bessette. Dear brother of Bernard (Simone predeceased) (Beverley), Andrew (Anita, predeceased) (Lise), Gérald (Kathryn), Monique, Rodrique (Gord, predeceased), Richard (Thérèse), Roger (Heather, predeceased), Edmond (Debbie), Denis, Michel (Judy) and Gilbert. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Eldest son and raised in Astorville by Frances and Beatrice Bessette (both predeceased). Family will receive friends at the McGuinty Funeral Home in North Bay on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Memorial mass will be celebrated at Paroisse St-Thomas d'Aquin in Astorville on Saturday at 11 am. Interment will follow in Astorville Cemetery. Donations to Montfort Foundation (http:/ /www.hopitalmontfort.com/en/donors) or Canadian Mental Health Association (http:/ /www.cmha.ca/get-involved/donate). Funeral arrangements under the direction of McGuinty Funeral Home.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2013