First Memorial Funeral Services - Riverview Chapel

11090 86 Ave, Fort Saskatchewan, AB


Des DesRoches

April 21, 1940June 16, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Des (Alfred) DesRoches, formerly of Redwater, AB, announce his passing on June 16, 2020, at the age of 80 years. He is survived by his children, Doug DesRoches, Derrel (Tina) DesRoches, Dave DesRoches (Betty Anne) and Sharon Toppe; his grandchildren, Shaun Dubois (Amy), Anthony DesRoches, Sarah DesRoches, Tarrin DesRoches, Tiffani Lambert, Andrew (Traci) DesRoches, Taylor DesRoches, Taylan (Kj) Gamblin, Kody DesRoches and Victoria Toppe; his 14 great grandchildren; his sisters, RoseAnn Dietz, Joan (Walter) Owen , Connie (Maurice) Marquette, his sisters-inlaw Mary DesRoches, Margaret DesRoches, Carol (Joe) Negele, many nieces, nephews and friends. Des was predeceased by his loving wife, Beth, of 56 years, his parents, Alfred and Jane DesRoches, his brothers Bill DesRoches, John DesRoches, Raymond DesRoches and sisters Velma DesRoches, Joyce Zahariuk.

Des was a family man through and through. His wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews meant the world to him. He treasured his frequent trips back to his roots in Saskatchewan to spend time with family and his home was always open to family for visits. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 10 years, traveling extensively all over the world. Des was self employed in construction for a number of years in Edmonton, but his heart was on the farm, so in 1971 he bought land to establish his own farm just south of Redwater. He raised cattle and custom baled hay, later purchasing trucks to haul cattle, hay and grain. Des loved to entertain, he played guitar (and less frequently the electric organ) and sang (often changing up the words for a laugh). For many years he played at family functions and in a small band. After retiring, Des spent much time drinking coffee with friends and tending to his garden, sharing what he harvested with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please share a coffee with a loved one, spending time with family and friends is the most important time spent.

Memorial Donations can be made in Des’s name to the Lamont Health Care Centre 5216 53 St, Lamont, AB, T0B 2R0 or The Alzheimer Society Alberta and NWT Allendale Professional Centre 306, 10430 61 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2J3.

The family wishes to send a very special thank you to the Lamont Health Care Centre Long Term Care staff. Your care and compassion for Des over the last three and a half years has been an incredible blessing for us all.


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Robert Glasman

June 27, 2020

It was always fun chatting with Des, he always had a good story (or a few of them) to share while we were sorting or loading cattle. As he was recently in the same extended care as my father I found myself remembering his humorous stories to share with the staff. I remember one evening in January this year sitting with him, dad, and another resident talking farming and laughing, each to the best of their ability. I will remember this evening fondly. I know from years back his family was important to him, please accept our sincere condolences.

Margaret DesRoches

June 25, 2020

Loved you, Des. Wonderful memories of you and Ray entertaining us at many family functions. You are greatly missed. 🥰🥰🥰. Your sister in law and her family Margaret.

Sheldon Regula

June 20, 2020

sorry for ur loss

Kevin Hauer

June 20, 2020

So sorry to hear of Des' passing. I was just thinking of him today while using the truck and liner and am very glad my last visit with him was full of stories and laughter. We shared a lot of 'cow' time together over the years that I will be forever grateful for. My sincerest condolences to all of you.