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Dr. Yves Morissette, age 75, passed away in his home Dec. 10, 2013, after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 9, 1938 in Hull in the Province of Quebec, Canada. Yves was the son of Amaury and Cecile Morissette. He was born French Canadian.
He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal, Canada in 1963. There he completed his residency and internship and specialized in otolaryngology. Yves practiced in Toronto for ten years. He settled in Russellville, Ala. in 1983, and practiced medicine until June, 2013.
Yves was accomplished in many areas. He was Chief of Staff at Russellville Hospital for eight years. He was a member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama where he also served as counsellor. He was a member of the Southern Medical Association and the Franklin County Medical Society. He loved his practice as well as his patients.
His hobbies included biking, in which he finished a 100 mile race, and running, in which he finished a 55 mile race. He won awards and participated in many marathons and 10 triathlons during his fifties and sixties. He was a horse back rider and won endurance champion of the Mississippi National Distance Association. He enjoyed sailing and loved sailboat racing. Yves became a ballroom dancer and favored the dances Bolero and Mambo. He won many first place awards in the bronze category. He also enjoyed pistol shooting. He played the flute. He sang soprano in the Opera "Carmen" at age 12. He was the Provincial Swimming Champion of backstroke at 12 years old. He enjoyed water and snow skiing and won water skiing awards. He was an avid book reader. He loved God, family and friends. He was very polite and trusting and will be missed by his families and friends.
Yves was preceded in death by his parents, Amaury and Cecile Morissette; one brother, Guy; one sister, Gisele Gascon; and a son, Kevin.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; one son, Olivier (Claudie), of Saint Therese, Canada; one daughter, Jamie, of Sheffield, Ala.; three stepchildren, April (Mark) Greenway, Lindsey Foy and David Foy. He has two grandsons in Canada, Youri and Zachary Morissette and four granddaughters, of Sheffield, Ala.
The family extends a special thank you to those participating in his care during his illness. Thanks to the friends that called and helped during our time of need. Thank you to Dr. Miranda Decker and staff, Russellville, to the Russellville hospital employees, UAB Cardiology ICU staff, Dr. Kelly Godby of UAB, the hospitalists of Cullman Regional Hospital, Dr. Heslin, surgeon at UAB, Dr. Kalliath and staff, Florence, Ala., Gentiva Home Health, Russellville, Hospice of North Alabama, Russellville, and Russellville City Pharmacy.
A memorial will be held at the Pinkard Funeral Home, 27305 Hwy. 24 E., Russellville, Ala. today at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Yves requested donations be made to
, 104 S. Poplar Street, Florence, AL 35630 (256-767-0825); ask for Dorothy Gargis; or e-mail c.c. information to email@example.com in memory of Yves Morissette for colon cancer research.
Condolences may be left at pinkardfh.com.
Pinkard Funeral Home - Russellville
27305 Highway 24E Russellville, AL 35653
Published in Florence Times Daily on Dec. 11, 2013