It is with great sadness that the family of Merle Daniel Perreault, age 63, of Couchiching First Nation announce his passing on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Heart Institute in Ottawa, Ontario.       
He was born Sept. 21, 1947 in Fort Frances, Ontario, and raised in Couchiching First Nation. In his younger years he always was known to have had a paint brush in his hand and a guitar in the other.
Merle moved to Chicago at the age of 15 to work in the B-Bindery for a while and later returned home to live and attend Art College.
On Oct. 25, 1969 he was united in marriage to Janice Walton, the love of his life.
He loved hockey and was an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He especially loved to watch his children play hockey.
His grandchildren brought him great joy and he would do anything and go many places for them.
He was always known by everyone as a very hard worker and dedicated over 20 years of his life to the Board of Education before retiring.
He was a man with a great sense of humour that could bring laughter to all who had known him. He loved his music and playing in the band Centreline and The Blue Emotions. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and those whose lives he touched.           
He was predeceased by his father, James Perreault; son, Dennis Perreault; sister, Jean Archie, brother, Joey Perreault; mother- and father-in-law, Stan and Yvonne Walton; two sisters-in-law, Joyce and Shelley Walton; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Walton and Bill Carmody.        
Merle is survived by his mother, Janet Perreault of Couchiching First Nation; wife, Janice Perreault of Couchiching First Nation; three children, Derek Perreault (Andrea) of Fort Frances, Denise Bragg (Darren) of Stratton, and Brett Perreault (Victoria Gosselin) of Couchiching First Nation; four grandchildren, Samantha Perreault, Payton, Hailey and Corburn Bragg.
He is also survived by one brother, James Perreault Jr.; two sisters, Janice Carmody (William) of St. Paul, MN., and Jocelyn Johnson (Steve) of Naicatchewenin First Nation; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home.  
Funeral services to celebrate Merle’s life will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ontario.
Rev. Mr. Bob Grynol will officiate with interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Couchiching First Nation, Ontario.
Active pallbearers will be Gib Tucker Sr., Owen Woods, Wes Morrisseau, Tony Marinaro, Geoff Gillon and Jim Walton.
Honourary pallbearers will be Merle’s grandchildren, Samantha Perreault, Payton Bragg, Hailey Bragg, Corburn Bragg, and lifetime friend, Chuck McPherson.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice in c/o Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 3M8.
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