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Parkland Funeral Services

3502 44th Ave, Stony Plain, AB

OBITUARY

Fernand "Fern" Joseph Ulric de Repentigny

Passed away on May 13, 2020

Fernand “Fern” Joseph Ulric de Repentigny passed away in his home in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, suddenly, but peacefully in his sleep on May 13, 2020. He was 70 years old.

Fern was born in 1949 in St. Anicet, Québec, to Maurice and Simone (née Trepanier) de Repentigny. In 1966, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served in the Canadian Military for 21 years. He retired from the military in 1987 as a Second Class Engineer. He continued to work for the Department of National Defense at the CFB Cold Lake Air Base as a public servant until 2004. Then he went on to work for the Alberta oil industry and retired from Nexen, Fort McMurray in 2014.

Fern also volunteered for Search and Rescue for many years with the military and continued to volunteer for the Cold Lake RCMP Search and Rescue after retiring from the military.

Fern loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, reading, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends, and above all else, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He first met Suzanne (née Gravel) de Repentigny, in 1968 in Moosonee, Ontario, and they were married on September 14, 1968. They celebrated almost 52 years of marriage together.

Fern is survived by his wife, Suzanne; son Alain de Repentigny; daughter Johanne (née de Repentigny) Regunathan (Arun); 4 grandchildren: Arielle, Dakota, Archer, and Rylee; Fern also had a 5th grandchild, Holdon, who passed away in July 2010.

Fern is also survived by his sister Francine de Repentigny of Hull, Quebec; brothers-in-law: Octave Gravel (Jacqueline), Fernand Gravel, and Yvon Gravel (Giselle) of Cochrane, Ontario and Gerard “Pit” Gravel (Bonnie) of Stony Plain, Alberta; sisters-in-law: Irene, wife of Maurice; Carmen, wife of Laurent; Gisel, wife of Jean-Louis, all from Cochrane, Ontario and Denise, wife of Robert of Ramore, Ontario as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Fern was predeceased by his father and mother Maurice and Simone (née Trepanier) de Repentigny; his paternal grandparents Alfred and Alma (née Leclerc) de Repentigny; his maternal grandparents François Xavier and Annie (née Quenneville) Trepanier; his father and mother in-law Lorenzo and Claire (née Bois) Gravel; his sister-in-law Celine Trepenier (née Gravel); brothers-in-law: Maurice Gravel, Laurent Gravel, Henri Gravel, Jean-Louis Gravel, Robert Gravel, and sisters in-law: Barbara wife of Fernand and Carol Ann first wife of Yvon.

A small Memorial Service will be held at the acreage of Fern’s niece Amanda, and her husband, Ian Trace on June 2, 2020. The Officiant of the Celebration of Life will be provided by Fern’s nephew and his wife, Pastors Christopher and Jennifer Banas. Due to the current social distancing restrictions, this will be a closed service for immediate family and a few friends. A larger service will be held at a later date in Ontario when travel restrictions have been lifted.

Fern was the life of the party and he always made sure every family event was filled with joy and laughter. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations may be made in Fern’s memory to the Stollery Children’s Hospital or to a local Children’s Hospital of your choosing.

Services

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Perialwar Regunathan

May 22, 2020

I am Fern's "Sambanthi" (a term in our language in India meaning one of my offspring is married to one of his) which is a special relationship in our culture, one with mutual respect towards each other.
In the last 12 years we have known to each other we have met at least once a year. We have enjoyed each other's company in spite of having somewhat different political philosophies. We have always discussed matters openly with respect towards each other's points of view.
I have always admired his extensive general knowledge and his level of energy at work or otherwise. We enjoyed watching shows and our mutual company.
I will miss his sense of happy thoughts and good company. Will always think of him when I see our mutual grandkids Archer and Rylee who will miss him a great deal.
Regu

Ken Parthasarathy

May 22, 2020

Suzanne, Alain, and Johanne:
I met Fern only once and it was relatively brief. But it was a memorable one; he impressed me as a down to earth guy with admirable manners – caring, sincere and family orientated. Our heart felt condolences to the entire family, and our prayers for the peace of his soul. May the Lord bless and comfort you and the rest of family during this time of grief.
Sara and Ken Parthasarathy

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