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Sylvain Dumonceaux

April 15, 1935April 28, 2021

Sylvain Lucien Antoine Dumonceaux of Langbank, SK, age 86, passed away peacefully with family by his side in Kipling, SK on April 28, 2021.

Sylvain was born on April 15, 1935 to Genevieve (Saive) and Arthur Dumonceaux in the Golden Plain district. He is survived by his wife Anne; his children Adrien (Maureen) Dumonceaux, Gisele Dumonceaux (David Klinger), Celeste Delahey, and Stephanie (Shawn) Tillman; his grandchildren Scott Dumonceaux, Jeremy Dumonceaux, Carl (Alexandra) Dumonceaux, Nathalie Klinger, Julian Klinger, Graeme Delahey, Marissa Delahey, Cameron Delahey, Sylvianne Tillman and Jonah Tillman; his great grandchildren Braxton, Kinsley, Arya and Odin Dumonceaux; and his sister Monique (Philip) Straker. Sylvain was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Raphael and Andre, and his sister Solange.

Sylvain grew up on the farm he was born on and completed Grade 8 at Golden Plain school. He started farming with his father when he was 15. In 1959, Sylvain and Anne were married and lived near Langbank for two years before moving back to the home farm. They lived and farmed there until 2018, when they moved to Kipling after harvesting their 66th crop.

Sylvain was a life-long learner and valued education for himself and everyone in his family. He helped organize and attended numerous community college courses and completed the GE for Grade 12 in 1976. He earned his pilot’s license in 1978 and enjoyed flying his plane and giving rides. Sylvain was a cooperating farmer for University of Saskatchewan field trials, and in 1994 completed an agricultural certificate in crop production from University of Saskatchewan extension. He read widely and was always interested in adopting new farming techniques and learning skills that come in handy around a house and farm, especially welding.

Sylvain served his church and community as president of parish council and as a member of the Langbank Co-op and Wheat Pool boards. Sylvain was known for his distinctive “booming” voice. He used it emceeing family celebrations, Knights of Columbus events and playing Santa Claus at Langbank School and St. Hubert’s church. He also used his voice to encourage others and cast his positive light on his family, friends and neighbors. He was a compassionate listener, gifted conversationalist and talked to anyone he met. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Anne and Sylvain traveled throughout Canada and to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA, Mexico, Cuba and Panama. Sylvain loved to meet people, hear their stories, and discuss everything from world events to farming practices. He was an entertaining storyteller and the memory bank for his family and others in the community. One of his favorite pastimes was visiting with friends and neighbors.

Sylvain was a dedicated father, husband, brother and grandfather. He taught his family to work hard, appreciate the simple, good things in life like a good meal, see the glass half full, and always thank people for their smallest efforts. He truly loved all his children and grandchildren, was proud of them, encouraged them, and was interested in their pursuits. Their first driving lessons were all with Grandpa. We will remember him for his commanding presence, his endless store of colorful figures of speech, his sense of humor, and his welcoming and genuine manner.

Sylvain’s family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Kipling Hospital for the excellent, kind and compassionate care he received during his stays in the last years of his life. We are also grateful for the friendship and support from St Hubert’s, Langbank, Kennedy and Kipling neighbours and friends.

A private funeral mass will be held in St. Ann R.C. Church, Kennedy on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Livestreaming of the mass will be available with the link that will posted below by early next week. The interment will be held in Whitewood, SK. Later in the year, Sylvain’s family hopes to host a celebration of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sylvain’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, (www.cancer.ca/en/donate)

Services

21 May

Private Funeral Mass

1:30 pm

St. Ann R.C. Church


Kennedy, Saskatchewan

Livestreaming of the funeral mass will be available with the link that will be posted by early next week.

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Wayne Kells

May 6, 2021

To Anne and Family - We are deeply saddened to hear of Sylvain’s passing. This is an especially great loss to all of the family and as well to anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. I had that opportunity some forty five years ago while attending ground school and that friendship most certainly endured. We enjoyed every moment of every visit since that time. Our Sincere Condolence to Anne and Family and our thoughts are with you at this your time of loss. Wayne and Gail Kells

Mel & Wendy Lineman

May 6, 2021

Our sincere sympathies and prayers to the family. We miss his stories and good humour. May he rest in God's arms.

David and Heather McMillan

May 6, 2021

He was a gracious man... he will be missed.

Laurie Dube

May 6, 2021

My deepest condolence on your loss. I was in my second or third year of teaching and I received a call from Celeste, she wanted to know if I wanted to go flying with her Dad because no one else wanted too. Sylvan took me for the second flight I had ever had. I loved it. I quite often remember that flight whenever I see a small plane. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dick & Diane Worley

May 6, 2021

Our deepest sympathies Anne and Family
Dick & Diane

Marie Clements

May 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Anne and family. Sylvain was always such an upbeat guy and always had lots to talk about. He and Gordon had many good visits.

Brady Sproat

May 5, 2021

Anne and family,
Very sorry to hear of Sylvain’s passing. I got to know him first in 2004 scouting his crops with Cargill and then again when I moved back to Kipling to farm in 2011 and sold him and Anne canola seed. I always enjoyed visiting with him and hearing all his stories about farming or what his kids and grand kids were doing and it was easy to see he was very proud of them. He reminded me a lot of my grandfather with his inquisitive nature. He will be missed.

Karen Swanson Blackstock

May 5, 2021

Anne and Family, I only knew Sylvain for a few years when I hauled grain for you, but I thought he was the nicest man. I remember the first time I came to the yard. He had all hopper bottom bins and more than one auger set up, so no shovelling was needed. He then told me he would load the semi and I could go have toast and coffee with his wife, which I had a nice time doing. At the time I was not romantically involved with Donald Blackstock, and when he found out he was grumpy and said that he had been hauling grain for you for many years and never got toast and coffee! Sylvain also gave me good advice about always tying the ladder to the bin top if you needed a ladder because a neighbour had sat on a bin for several hours after the ladder fell down and he was finally rescued by the school bus driver. Another time I was hauling through the Pipestone Valley and the road was icy and several sets of deer ran across the road in front of me so I had to keep braking. When I got to the elevator in Whitewood Sylvain was behind me and thanked me for clearing all the deer out of the valley with a big smile on his face. After I was in pharmacy school I saw him in Whitewood occasionally in the summer and he was always happy to see me and asked how Donald and I were doing. Our sincerest condolences, Karen Swanson Blackstock and Donald Blackstock

Diane Dartige

May 5, 2021

Dear Anne and Family-- So sorry for your loss!! Sylvain was a great Friend and neighbor to all who knew him. Always a helping hand-always a smile! He will be missed!!

Diane Dartige

Crystal Dumonceaux

May 5, 2021

Dear Anne and family,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of such a good man. The time he took us up in his plane is just one of the many memories I will cherish. He will be greatly missed.

I’m sure Dad and Uncle Harvey and Sylvain are sitting together, talking about all the things they love, but especially their families.

Much love to you all,
Crystal

FROM THE FAMILY