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Born: Mar 23, 1923

Date of Passing: Jan 25, 2023

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Ovila Ernest (Ernie) Drouin in his 100th year, March 23, 1923 to January 25, 2023. Beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather died peacefully, surrounded by his family.
From altar boy at St. Boniface Cathedral through the Second World War in England with the RCAF to his years as executive member of the 500 "City of Winnipeg" Wing RCAFA, he led a life of service to all who needed him.
His professional career was spent at CBC Radio where he enjoyed the friendship of the people he worked with immensely. Dad was a devoted and active member of Saints Martyrs Canadiens parish.
Predeceased by his beautiful wife of 61 years, Thérèse, his sisters, Jeanne Vermander and Lucille Fancy, he leaves us bereft in grief. His siblings, Jim (Joan) Drouin and Alice Soulodre, his children, Marc (Christiane), Madeleine (John), Suzanne (Ken), Julie (Merv) and Paul (Lori), and sisters-in-law, Dora Pambrun and Danielle Pamburn will always remember his love, generosity, vast stores of knowledge, ready smile and beautiful twinkling blue eyes. He remained curious about the world around him to the end. Dad really was the best of men.
Many thanks to Concordia staff and all the supportive neighbours and home care workers who helped him remain in his home.
Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Saints Martyrs Canadiens Parish, 289 Dussault Ave.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I live in Montreal and was visiting my sister Evelyn Tomy. My plane came in around 6 pm. Suzanne kindly invited me to Ken's 70th birthday party which was being held that evening (complete with a lawn sign "Guess who is 70 today" (compliments of Ken's friends). Mr. Drouin was at the party. He came to speak to me (we were separated by 3 to 4 guests). I felt honoured by his graciousness. So much warmth! What an articulate individual! That was a wonderful 70th birthday party party because of the lawn sign and Mr. Drouin. - Posted by: Angie Caners (Sister of Evelyn Tomy (neighbour of Suzanne and Ken)) on: Feb 21, 2023

  • Uncle Ernieā€¦ you will always be remembered for your kind and caring demeanor, lending a hand to whomever needed it. I remember your many stories, and you being the tech savvy uncle at our family gatherings. You will be missed by so many. May you rest in peace. - Posted by: Lucie Vardaro (Niece) on: Feb 15, 2023

  • Over the last several years, I've had the honour and privilege of working with Ernie through our mutual affiliation with the RCAF Association. A kind, generous and thoughtful man, Ernie was well-liked and well-respected by all. I will certainly miss his upbeat and charismatic approach to our Association's activities, his enthusiasm in taking on his tasks and most of all, his genuine friendship. I remain grateful for his service and dedication to our country and to the RCAF Association. On behalf of the members of 500 (City of Winnipeg) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association, we offer our sincere condolences to Ernie's family and to those closest to him. Per Ardua Ad Astra - Posted by: Jason Graveline (Friend, Chair of 500 Wing RCAF Association) on: Feb 14, 2023

  • My deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of my Uncle Ernie. You were a sweet and gentle soul and will be remembered with many a kind word. May you rest in the peace that you so deserve after living such a blessed life. - Posted by: Diane Vermander (Niece) on: Feb 13, 2023

  • Condolences and heartfelt memories being sent to the family from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - Posted by: Eugene (Gene) and Denise Drouin (Gene is a nephew - son of Jim Drouin) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • Uncle Ernie, I will always remember you for the kind, knowledgeable and friendly person you were and you will be missed by all of us. - Posted by: Rose Vermander (Niece ) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • Heartfelt sympathies on your loss. Joe - Posted by: Joe Czubaty (friend of family) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • Ernest, you always will walk with us. I pass by a Timmy's and say that's where we shared many a coffee and chats. Thanks for the memories. Au revoir, mon ami, merci. - Posted by: Danielle (sister in law) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • My condolenses to the Drouin family for the loss of a great person. I as a member of the RCAFA 500 Wing (35 years) met Ernie several times or a call by phone. And also at the RBC convention centre on November 11th carrying the colors on parade for our veterans. Ernie will be missed but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to all..................Larry G. - Posted by: Larry Golembioski (friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • I knew Ernie for a few years at 500 wing RCAFA. He was such the gentleman. Loved hearing about the RCAF and the RCAFA. Always made me feel welcomed. Per Ardua Ad Astra - Posted by: Gary Boutilier (Colleague of 500 wing RCAFA) on: Feb 04, 2023

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