Raymond Joseph Desbiens

June 25, 1935-May 13, 2010

Born on June 25, 1935 in Shell River, Saskatchewan to Charles and Leonide Desbiens it is with sadness that we mourn the loss of Raymond Joseph Desbiens on May 13, 2010 surrounded by his family in Port McNeill. Raymond will be remembered by his loving wife Suzanne, children Nicole Carroll; Gilles Desbiens; Louis (Sherry) Desbiens; Yves Desbiens (Sylvie); Claire (Mike) Hodgson; Rene Desbiens (Jessica) and Lise (Reg) Hayward. Grandchildren: Alex, Brandie, Dustin, Alex, Leah, Maranda, Marleah, Alexandra, Kenneth, Sharlene, Tiana, Tyler, Danielle, David, Colette, Justin, Jacqueline, Austin, Vanessa, Destiny, Monique, Sharon and Rachel. He is also survived by brother Paul Desbiens along with sisters Carmen Breton, Grace Dube and many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.

His dedication to his family was foremost and he often found many creative ways to provide for his large family. His passions were mining gold, hunting, playing his fiddle, welding and inventing. All his adventures will be fondly remembered.

Raymond was predeceased by brothers Laurent, Albert and Maurice; sisters Therese, Antoinette, Aline, Irene and Blanche.

A service to celebrate his life will take place at 1pm on May 20, 2010 in the Port McNeill Lions Club. Refreshments to follow.

You can shed tears that he is gone,

Or you can smile because he 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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