PETE (PIERRE) DROUIN

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Pete (Pierre) Drouin, at the age of 56, on February 20, 2022 in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Pete was born in Cornwall, Ontario on February 25, 1965, to the late Marcel and Iona Drouin. Son-in-law of Wayne Poirier and the late Donna Poirier of Cornwall, Ontario. Beloved husband of 33 years to Pam Drouin. He is survived by his daughter Emily (Matt); his son Michael (Sydney); and his best furry pal Charlie. Loving brother of John Drouin (Debbie) of Shawville, Que., Rita Drouin of Toronto, and Nancy Drouin-Renaud (Pierre) of Gatineau, Que. Predeceased by his sister Susan Drouin and his brother Michael Drouin. He leaves behind his nephews Mario, Matthew and Christopher; and his nieces Rachel, Michelle, Valérie and Mélodie. Pete also leaves behind many special friends who are family.

Pete joined the Ontario Provincial Police as Constable #7343 on February 29, 1988, at the age of 23, and was posted to the Chatham Detachment. He worked at four detachments between the years of 1992-2000: Pickle Lake, Long Sault, Morrisburg, and Fort Frances. Pete lived with his family in Fort Frances until he retired on February 28, 2018. Pete spent the last four years of his career with the O.P.P.’s Project Sunset, working with kids from Crossroads School to help build their resiliency, and sharing his love and appreciation of the outdoors and his community. His integral role in this project was the perfect way to culminate his 30 years of service. He was an honourable officer who always led with kindness, thoughtfulness, and patience. 

Anyone who spent time with Pete knew how much love he held for his family, his dear friends, fishing and time spent on the lake. Pete taught many people to fish, loved watching his kids play sports and enjoyed being outside in the sunshine. Anyone getting into his boat knew they were in for a wonderful day of catching fish, talking about life and listening to great conversation and laughter. After his policing career, he loved to work with his hands and would often refer to himself as a “Jack of all trades, but master of none.” He was extremely creative and could solve any problem by creating a new ingenious solution. Pete would always say to his kids, “Your dad’s pretty smart, hey?” and they would always laugh and repeat it back to him.

Pete’s family was the biggest pride and joy of his life and he loved spending time with them every chance he got. He was so proud of his children Emily and Michael, and was always the first to cheer them on in their new adventures and endeavours. He was a loving father and an excellent role model and teacher to his kids. He was resilient and was the definition of selfless. He was always looking to brighten someone’s day without expecting anything in return. He was truly one-of-a-kind in that way. He was an extraordinary friend who made everyone feel welcome, joyful and taken care of – something we will all strive to continue in his memory. His loud and infectious laugh and his immense joie de vivre is something we will all hold onto while his loss is grieved. While tears fill our eyes, laughter is filling our hearts as we reminisce about the exceptional moments we shared with Pete.

We recognize Pete’s immense service to the community and to our family. As Pete would always say, “Use words that help, not hurt.” We will miss you forever and know your legacy will live on in the lives you’ve helped, shaped and touched. 

The Drouin Family would greatly appreciate donations made to support mental health initiatives in the Fort Frances community. Pete dedicated his life to serving his communities honourably and to de-stigmatize mental illness. Any donation will support those continuing this important work for those in need of support in the community.

Any donations in Pete’s honour can be made to Canadian Mental Health Association Fort Frances: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/64712.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer, when we can properly celebrate the most incredible husband, dad, brother and friend, Pete.

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