Denis Joseph Marcel Trepanier, husband of Mickey (Allison) Trepanier of Red Bank, passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Monday, October 11, 2021 at the age of 80.
Born in Causapscal Quebec, he was the son of the late Romeo and Germaine (Auclair) Trepanier. He was a retired owner and operator of Mary’s Grocery Ltd and a member of the United Church.
He is survived by his wife Mickey, his daughter Traci Matchett (Perry) of Red Bank; his sons, Todd Trepanier of Red Bank and Trent Trepanier (Terry Lyn) of Sunny Corner; his sisters, Hugette, Danielle, Lise, Charline (Adalbert); his brother, Jacques Trepanier and his 8 Grandchildren, Justin, Anna, Sarah, Cole, Seth, Jacob, Landon and Lillian.
At the request of the family there will be no visitation. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday at 11 am at St. Stephen’s United Cemetery with Father Dan Melanson officiating.
Dad moved from Quebec to Red Bank NB when he was first married, not able to speak or write anything in English. He went to work and owned and operated a successful business, Mary’s Grocery Ltd for 38 years. He quickly developed a trusting relationship with the salesmen and wholesale representatives, and they would help him with the cheque writing and ordering. They were so good to Dad and quickly became lifelong friends to our family. It didn’t take Dad long to master the English way of speaking. It was a frequent thing for us to do as a family when we sat down at the supper table together every night, my brothers and I would pick a word that would be particularly hard to pronounce and let Dad have a go at it. Needless to say he would have some pretty funny ways of pronouncing some things. This was one of the things we loved about our Dad, his ability to laugh at himself and never to take things too seriously. He had a great sense of humor and a killer smile. When he smiled, his whole face lit up. He had such a kind face and was so caring. He and my mom raised us in a home where we always felt loved, always felt protected and always felt joy and happiness. We never heard him raise his voice. He loved to dance and move to music. He and my mom could be found every Saturday night at the local dances in Sunny Corner, spinning around the dance floor. Those were the good ole days. Dad worshiped his grandchildren. He never missed a birthday or hockey game or any family gathering. Dad worked hard his whole life, and at the end of every day he would come home only to put his boots on and get outside with his grandchildren to play hockey in the backyard or to drive them around on the 4wheeler. His grandchildren were his life. He loved his parents and his siblings and was proud of his French background. When you’re a kid with a Dad who spoke another language and had a unique last name such as “Trepanier” you thought it was pretty cool. Until we got into trouble and someone said, “ it was one of the Trepanier kids”, that narrowed it down pretty quickly. Dad loved his home and his view of the water. He enjoyed his retirement by spending most of it outside splitting wood and taking care of the lawn. Dad was one of a kind and we are sure going to miss him but he has left us with so many wonderful happy memories. We were blessed to have him!
Arrangements are in the care of Davidson’s Funeral Home, 622-7464 or online at www.davidsonsfh.com, your family-owned, family-operated Funeral Home.