Denis Nault, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away Tuesday May 8, 2012, with his family by his side, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Denis was born Feb. 14, 1939 in St. Boniface, Man. to Ulysse and Lucienne Nault. He spent his early years in Atikokan, Ont. working at the Steep Rock Mine.
On Oct. 3, 1964, Denis married the love of his life, Vicky Bernier, in Rainy River. Denis and Vicky lived in Atikokan, Fort Frances, and Rainy River, where they raised their four children.
In 1987, they moved to Oakbank, Man. When Denis retired in 1994, they returned to Rainy River.
Tragically, in October, 1997, Denis lost his wife. With a broken heart, Denis lived the remainder of his days in Rainy River, where he enjoyed his children and all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He had a great love for the outdoors. He was happiest when he could farm, go hunting or fishing, or gardening.
He is survived by his four children, Tammy (Dave) Armstrong, Lori (Tom) Abma, Leanne (Marty) Leefe, and Mark (Kathleen) Nault; grandchildren, Christian (Dawn) Armstrong, Ashley (Dewey) Beckel, Rachelle and Tyler Abma, Josh and Madison Leefe, and Noah and Phoenix Nault; and great-grandchildren, Ivory, Mya, and Colby Armstrong and Easton and Lila Beckel.
Denis also is survived by his siblings, Noel Nault, Denise Friesen, Ida (Ed) Maryniuk, Aurel (June) Nault, Michael Nault, Oliver Nault, and Linda (Gary) Foster; mother-in-law, Blanche Bernier; sister-in-law, Deany (Dennis) Ewald; brother-in-law, Don (Gail) Bernier; and many nieces and nephews.
Denis was predeceased by his wife, Vicky Nault; infant son, Robin; his parents, Ulysse and Lucienne; sister, Irene Neddo; infant brother, Roger; and father-in-law, George Bernier.
Funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Rainy River, with Fr. Alan Albao as celebrant.
Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Rainy River, Ont. Honourary pallbearers will be all of Denis’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
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