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PAQUETTE, Bernie

January 16, 1944 – November 13, 2011

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bernie Paquette.

Bernie was raised in Embrun, Ontario. He earned his Certificate in Steam-fitting and was a member of the United Association Union. Bernie will be remembered as a person that loved life and thoroughly enjoyed his family and friends. You could never go into Bernie and Orion’s home without being offered a glass of his famous home made wine, which he always ensured was topped up, so that you would stay and visit a little longer. Bernie’s first passion was spending time with his wife and when he wasn’t with Orion, he loved to build and tinker with wood, tiles, plumbing, mechanics and pretty much anything around the house. He always had a home project on the go, but was never too busy to stop and help family and friends with their projects. Bernie never complained about anyone or anything. He was a big kind-hearted man who we know is waiting patiently in Heaven for us, ready to pour us a glass of his homemade wine.

He is survived by his loving wife Orion of almost 30 years of marriage, his children, Julie, Richard and Peter (Vicky), his stepchildren Laura Lee Goetjen, Leslie Ann Kalman (Chris Zipfel), Morrie Goetjen (Debbie) and Heather Porteous (Ken) and 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by 4 brothers and 3 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., T2N 1Z6, www.heartandstroke.ca. or to the Lions Eye Bank Alberta Society, c/o Rockyview General Hospital, 7007 – 14 Street S.W., T2V 1P9 or to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Bernie Paquette, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY.

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  1. Marlene Saunders :

    You will be deeply missed, Bernie. RIP. To Orion & family…be grateful for 30 wonderful years…not many people are fortunate enough to experience such love and joy. Thinking of you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Roxanne Praud-Smith :

    Dear Orion and family,
    I would like to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Bernie.
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    I hope your faith and the love of family and friends brings you the strength you need to get through these dark days.

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  3. Condolences to the family, may your memories give you some peace at this difficult time.

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  4. Nicole Lozanski :

    I will miss Bernie’s big hugs!!!! Love to the family you are all in my prayers, especially Orion!

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  5. Orion and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bernie’s death, what a great guy he was, and he’ll be SO missed by all of you. Hugs to you and to Heather, along with the rest of the family.

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  6. Greg & Gloria Matthews and Lorraine Harper :

    Dear Orion & Family:

    It is with shock and sadness that we send our condolences for your loss of dear Bernie. Our love and prayers are with you at this time. He was an amazing man whom we feel honoured to have known.

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  7. Cristina Roberts :

    You and your family are in our prayers. Our condolences to you all. May a lifetime of happy memories help to ease your sadness. With love xo

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  8. Kelli Palvesky (Grasley) :

    Orion, Heather and family, so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts, heart and prayers.

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  9. Clark Cunningham & Family :

    Dear Orion, Laura Lee Goetjen, Leslie Ann, Morrie and Heather we were very saddened to hear of your loss…our heart goes out to all of you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Tanya Thomlinson :

    So very sorry to hear about Bernie’s sudden passing. Bernie sounds like he was a very special man with a heart and a personality that filled any room he was in. Heather, Ken, Orion and your entire family — I am holding all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  11. Dear Orion, Morrie, Heather, Laura Lee and Leslie Ann.

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Bernie was a wonderful man with a big heart and I will always remember him for his kindheartedness and gentle spirit. You are all in our prayers.

    Ron & Tina

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  12. Irene Schatz,Toni Helfrich,Tara Hengst,Bonnie Marty,Donna Leece :

    Dear Orion and family…..Your family was dear to ours. We were saddened by the loss of such a great man, neighbor and friend (Bernie). Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time. We have fond memories of Bernie and will never forget the imprint he left on our family…..

    Love Irene, Donna, Bonnie,Toni and Tara

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  13. Orion, I heard the sad news from Ingrid. I am so sorry for your loss. Ernie has always been such a kind person and I remember he always had a smile on his face. My deepest condolences. You are all in my prayers.

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