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February 9, 1948 - January 1, 2021

It is with great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Denis Pilloud of St. Claude, Manitoba, on January 1, 2021, at the age 72 years.


Denis was predeceased by his father Edouard; mother Valentine (née LeGarff); siblings, Roland and Roger; sister-in-law Claudette (née Le Cunff); and brother-in-law Denis Lacroix. He is survived by his sisters, Yvonne Lacroix and Denise Pilloud. Also left to mourn his loss his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many, many great friends.


In his early younger days, Denis worked at Versatile in Winnipeg for many years. His work would take him away from time to time.  Even though he found himself as far north as Flin Flon, Manitoba to work in the mines and as far south as Hobart, Oklahoma to Custom Combine with his good friends the Bruneau’s, he always found his way back home to St. Claude. Farming was his life, and was in his blood. He first farmed with his dad on the family farm, eventually taking it over. Later on, Denis joined the Bruneau Farm family and farmed with them, which he loved. His great nephews and great nieces were lucky to have had many opportunities to ride along with Denis on the machinery over the years. 


Denis was well known in the community for his quick humour, his willingness to help and the jokes. So many jokes. It didn’t matter if you were 5 years old or 90 years old, he always had a joke ready. The same rang true when it came to having a drink. You could be 18 or 90, Denis was always ready and willing to have a drink with you.  Denis was also known for his generosity, and he was especially generous for his infamous cabbage rolls. He loved to share them with friends and family. They will be missed as well.


The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of Denis' friends for their many words of kindness and support during this difficult time. A special thank you to Maurice Rouire, Claude Bruneau and Ron Green for their care, concern and compassion for Denis on January 1.


Rest in peace Denis, you will be greatly missed but we are comforted with the thought you are reunited with loved ones. We are also sure that your good friend, Jack Forbes was waiting for you at the gates with a rye.


A celebration of Denis’ life will be announced at a later date, when COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed. In the meantime, Denis’ family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.

He is gone

You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


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