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CHAPLAIN, Andre Rene Paul

December 13, 1917 – December 1, 2011

Andre Rene Paul Chaplain went home to be with God, after a long struggle with failing health, on December 1, 2011 at the age of 93 years.

Born on December 13, 1917, Andre served in the French navy during WWII, worked on road and railroad construction projects in Africa, returned to France but spent some time in England learning English and immigrated to Canada in 1951. He began working for Mac Millan Bloedel as a surveyor and later a cartographer and remained there until he retired in 1982. In 1958 he married Dorothy Isabel Smythe of Great Britain and had a daughter Nicole in 1959. In the early 1950s Andre was active in a car rally club and was always enthusiastic about travel, geography and exploration, ships and railroads and global culture. He collected stamps for many years and was a member of the Calgary Philatelic Society. After his wife’s passing in 1988 he came to Calgary and became a volunteer driver for the Canadian Cancer Society. Andre won a number of awards for his endeavours in both the above organisations.

Andre is survived by his daughter Nicole Chaplain-Pearman (Richard); brother Francois Chaplain; nephew Joel Fermal (Helene); niece Brigitte Roinvy (Pierre), grandnephews, Sylvain Fermal (Sophie), Yannick Fermal, Mikael Fermal (Aurore,) and Yann Fermal; and grandniece Martine Lorgeoux (Stephane).

Many thanks to current and former staff at Brentwood Intercare who provided Andre’s daily care. Special thanks to Linda Miller, Sarah Nitsche, Jean Eshiet and Dr. Marie Patton for providing a compassionate support network. Andre will be sorely missed by his family and all those he touched along his life’s journey but we look forward to seeing him again in a better place.

A Memorial Service will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church (711 – 37th Street N.W.) on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Andre Chaplain, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Nicole & Richard & Family
    My condolences on the loss of your father.

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  2. Nicole….I pray for our Abba Father, to wrap his loving arms around you, and comfort you…and your family, as you remember your Father, and all of his accomplishments, while on this earth. May he always, rest in peace…Shalom to you….I never knew your Father, but I know you, from Beth Schechinah. Sending you a hug!..Frannie

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  3. Rochelle Robinson :

    Beyond the darkness, light . . . Beyond the sorrow, peace. Wishing you everything you need to get through this difficult time.

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