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Marcel Labbé

Marcel Labbé

Monday, July 6th, 1925 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Marcel Robert Labbé

The family announces with sorrow his death in Sturgeon Falls on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 at the age of 95 years.
Born, July 6, 1925 on a farm near East Angus, Quebec in a tightly bound family of 13, Marcel learned early of the importance of family and hard work. Both these priorities were reflected in his diligent commitment to community service.
His life in Ontario began with his bold immigration to Red Rock at 21 (he was unilingual at the time), where he worked his way up as a Stationary Engineer and courted the love of his life, his lifetime partner, best friend, confident and companion, Jane Callwood. They married on July 31, 1950. Together they moved to Sturgeon Falls in 1957, raised five children, and became part of the community fabric. Marcel became a Member of Council in 1964 and served for 31 consecutive years. He demonstrated his wisdom and sense of justice in his drive to have the first arena build in 1964, the first pool sponsored and built by the Kinsman in 1966, as well as in shaping our community geared-to-income housing and seniors apartments, constructing the Stats Can Building, and spear-heading the funding and construction of the Complex. Marcel also served on the Hospital Board that oversaw the building of the West Nipissing General Hospital. All of this was accomplished while working shift work and running a small business, Labbé Monuments. He is also a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree, and has been honoured with several awards recognizing his contributions to the community, including The Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of Canada and the Community Recognition Award by the Chamber of Commerce.
Marcel also had a great love for the wild and being out at the “camp” hunting and bringing home moose meat and partridge for the freezer. His love of the outdoors is part of the legacy he leaves to his children and grandchildren.
But all of this does not capture the essence of Marcel Labbé, which was family. His deep and abiding love for his wife is the stuff love stories are made of. His children and grandchildren have relied on his wisdom, good nature, guidance, love and affection throughout their lives and his memory will continue to guide them. “On n’a pas tous les jours vingt ans”: Sing a bit, laugh a bit, do the right thing, and take care of each other… in our father and grandfather’s honour.
Marcel is survived by his beloved wife, Jane Labbé (Callwood). He will be sadly missed by his children: Linda (Keith Perrin), Michel, Pamela Morel (Chip), Dianne (Glen Saumier), Bryan (Rhiana), and extra daughter Anne Maranda (Gerry Muller); his grandchildren: Rob (Lorna), Shayna (Brian Magill), Jessica Toth (Darnell Koch Toth), Mickayla, Daniel, Samantha Morel (Terrance Franklin), Erin Morel-Rowe (Mike Rowe), Derek Shank (Jackie Reed), Alex Shank (Lyndsey Young), Jamie Monette (Gerry), Jason Saumier, Fred, Jaycelynn; his great-grandchildren: Shannon, Taylor, Olivia and Tuukka. Marcel is survived by his brothers Gilles Labbé (Gertrude, deceased) and Bertrand Labbé (Ghislaine Fortin), and his sisters Therese Labbé-Roy (Donio), Marie Paul Labbé-Begin (Réal) and Huguette Labbé-Bouchard. Marcel is pre-deceased by his father Antonio Joseph Labbé, his mother Maria Turcotte-Labbé, his brother Jean Paul Labbé (Mary), and his sisters Cecile Labbé-Travers (Ronald), Rita Labbé-Thompson (Lawrence), Gilberte Labbé-Beaudoin (Gerald), and Madeline Labbé-Perron (Lionel).

Special Thanks to Dr. Katsuno for a lifetime of care and to the home care workers for their support. Thanks to Martin Desjardins for his help and to the loving staff at the WNGH: merci.
There will be a memorial celebration following the end of pandemic restrictions. Cremation arrangements in care Theoret Bourgeois Funeral Home, Sturgeon Falls. Contributions to the Sturgeon Falls Hospice and Palliative Care would be deeply appreciated.
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Robert Labbe

Posted at 02:10pm
Aunt Jane, it is with great sadness and deepest sympathy we send your way to you and your family.
Uncle Marcel was such a warm, friendly and genuine man that will be missed. 
My fondest memories were the early days of family trips to Sturgeon Falls every summer.   A lot of happy memories are with me today from the time spent with you, Uncle Marcel and family.     
We're older now and busy with our own lives but we managed to stay in touch. 

Love,  

Robert & Diane Labbe
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Cathy Mayer

Posted at 04:10pm
Our deepest sympathies to Jane and the Labbé family. Marcel has been a mentor for me for many years... his active lifestyle is much admired, amongst many other things! Cathy and Carl
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Brian and Lorraine Laflèche

Posted at 10:04pm
We were surprised and saddened to hear of Marcel's passing. We saw him weekly walking by our residence. I also was a member of council with Marcel and we worked well together.On behalf of the Laflèche family we offer our condolences. May he R.I.P
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Colette Viens

Posted at 06:57pm
Dear Jane and family, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. It was always a joy to meet Marcel at No Frills during is daily walk. Sometimes I would sit with him during a rest at the area at the pharmacy for a chit chat. I remember when he ran for council getting his ads ready for him to be publish in the Tribune. Such a great soul, positive attitude and so much empathy I will miss brim doing is daily walk at No Frills. RIP Marcel😪🙏
 
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Kim Jarbeau Edie Posted at 09:01am

So sorry for your loss Jane, Marcel was a great and gentle man. It gave me great pleasure to serve you guys at Gervais. ( many years ago now) You always brightened my day. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
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