Fernand Joseph Vallieres
December 14, 1937 – July 4, 2018
Fernand Vallières was born in Iroquois Falls, Ontario, on December 14th, 1937. He was the second oldest in a family of six children. At the age of sixteen, Fern left home and travelled to Hearst for work to help support his family. His diligent work led to several promotions and he moved to the northern parts of Ontario where he did payroll for bush camps run by the major wood and paper mill company, Abitibi Price. It was there that he met Nicole Morin, a widow with two children, Dominique and Suzanne Létourneau. Fern married Nicole and they had two children together, the late Jean Vallières and Colombe Graham. A further promotion led Fern back to Iroquois Falls, now managing Abitibi Price’s payroll department in the main mill. He established his family in nearby Cochrane, where the children grew up and went to school. During this time, Fern held a private pilot licence and enjoyed flying but would most frequently be found on the water with a fishing rod. As empty nesters, he and Nicole moved to Mont-Laurier to be closer to their grand-children and to return Nicole to her Québécois roots. Fern was a hard-working man who upheld Christian values such as honesty, generosity, and hard work. By his friends, he was known as a respectable man, by his siblings, a loving man, by his wife, a faithful man, by his children, a responsible man, and by his grandchildren, a gentle man. In 2013, Fern was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was moved to Toronto in 2015 to be cared for by his daughter Colombe and was later transferred to Sherwood Court Long Term Care Facility as his medical condition deteriorated. On June 4th, 2018, Fern had a significant cardiac arrest from which he did not recover. Surrounded by his wife and family members, Fern passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2018 to be with the Lord at age 80. He is survived by his wife, three children, and sixteen grand-children. He will be deeply missed.
A Memorial Service will occur Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Sovereign Grace Church Toronto, 1555 King Road, King City, ON.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, alzheimer.ca/en/Home or Sovereign Grace Church, Toronto firstname.lastname@example.org - Fern’s home church for the last 2 1/2 years.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the Vallieres family.
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
Fernand Joseph Vallieres
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July 13, 2018
My deepest condolences goes out to all the Family and friends of mon Oncle Fern at this sad time. I was extremely close to Oncle Fern and he has made such an impact in my life personally. He was loved very much and he loved very well. He was always smiling, giving sound advice when needed and always the optimist. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. May you Rest In Peace Oncle Fern. I love you very much..
July 10, 2018
There are no words to describe the passing of Uncle Fern, but I am sure he is in a happy place. He was always fun to be around and I think the one thing he taught me was to always be patient and respect people. His laugh always made me laugh as quirky as it sounds. My condolences to the immediate family. I am thinking of you from a distance away.
July 9, 2018
My deepest sympathy to all of Fern's family. He will be missed by all. Fern was always so much fun to talk with and to be around with to share memories and jokes and more. He was always happy and in a good mood. May he rest in peace with his deceased loved ones.
Roger & Patricia Trudel
July 9, 2018
Our sincere condolances to the whole family, siblings and children, at the loss of your beloved brother and father. We pray for courage and the peace of the Spirit to be with you all at this time. We are unable to attend the memorial service since we have an important event to attend that day in Brampton from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It's been in the planning for over a year and involves numerous people across Ontario, making it impossible to postpone. We will be in the Toronto Ontario temple to do ordinances for our deceased son John-Paul among other activities. Nonetheless, we will surely be thinking about you all throughout the day. The last time we all saw one another was at the funeral of Fern's son, Jean. I'm sure he is currently experiencing great joy at having been welcomed into the spirit world by our Saviour Jesus Christ and visiting with his mom, dad, sister Magella and especially Jean. He well deserves it as he was always a considerate and charitable man to those around him.
As a young man, he would let me type on his Underwood typewriter which I loved when we would visit him at his mother's place in Timmins. He would tease and play with us and as I grew up we had numerous great discussions on diverse topics from religion to cars to science. He was always interesting and nonjudgemental and really listened to what you had to say. While working at Abitibi, Fern would come to my parents' home for supper almost every Friday night after work to chat and relax. He loved my mother's cooking and my father's company, along with a beer! I remember him fondly as a great and respectful cousin and will miss him dearly until we meet again at Jesus' feet. Take comfort in your many great memories of Fernand and remember always that this is not goodbye but simply au revoir.
Roger and Pat