John Gavel, 71, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 1998 at his residence.
John was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Gent, Belgium to the late Leon and Anna Gavel. As a young boy, John spent many summers on farms where he developed a profound liking for this particular way of life.
After completion of his Humanoria, he obtained his diploma at Agricultural College, after which he completed his compulsory military service.
John immigrated to Canada in January, 1950 for the purpose of working on farms, and eventually buying his own. He travelled back to Belgium and there he met his future wife, Marie Agnes Ballinckx.
Marie followed John to Canada. On July 18, 1955, they were united in marriage and lived together in Pinewood, Ont. John worked hard on the farm but had to supplement his income by working at the local paper mill.
He was a member of the Fort Frances Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29.
John’s children were his pride and joy. He also very much appreciated the presence and love of his grandchildren.
John is survived by his former wife, Marie Gavel of Thunder Bay, Ont.; his five children, Brigitte Kellar of Thunder Bay, Ont., Anne and her husband, Mike Long, of Gravenhurst, Ont., Philip Gavel and his wife, Max, of Fort Frances, Ont., John Gavel and his wife, Janette, of Stratton, Ont., and Frances and her husband, Brendan Grant, of Emo, Ont.; grandchildren, Paula, Michelle, Mara, Kyle, Don, Michael, Danny, Robbie, Casey, and Ian; and one great-grandchild, Matthew Porietis.
Also surviving are his brothers, Paul Gavel and his wife, Marie Therese, Antoine Gavel and his wife, Monique, and Pierre Gavel and his wife, Annie; sister, Jaqueline Gavel; and numerous nieces and nephews in Belgium.
John was predeceased by his sister, Elise Gavel.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 4, 1998 at Our Lady of the Way Roman Catholic Church in Pinewood. Father Panikulam, OMI, officiated, with interment at the Pinewood Catholic Cemetery in Pinewood.
Visitation was held prior to the service.
Pallbearers were Romeo Jodoin, Tony Gouliquer, Alfred Roisin, Hal Woolsey, Dennis Jodoin, David Brown, and George Chojko-Bolec.
Honourary pallbearers were Felix Sequin, Gerald Lauzon, and Laurence Desserre.
In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.