It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Jean-Guy Moreau who left us peacefully with his family at his side on 24 August, 2018. A family man extra- ordinaire and a friend to all who knew him; his spirit is strong and our memories will remain a comforting and safe harbor.
Our family was incredibly blessed to have this man in our lives. A wonderful and well-loved husband and father he leaves behind to mourn: his wife of almost 57 years Catherine, daughters Johanne (Ernie) and Denise, sons Allan (Tricia) and Marc (Carla) and many relatives in his hometown of Joliette Quebec. Jean- Guy was very proud of and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren (Jordan, Olivia, Jessie, Josh, Aiden, Tasia, Kylan, Reid and Serena) and great-grandchildren (Zach and Caedon) and his loss will be intensely felt.
Jean-Guy served over 35 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force starting out in Greenwood Nova Scotia where he met the love of his life Cathy. As an Instrument Technician he moved through postings to Germany, Ottawa, Bagotville (twice) and in 1978 transferred to Comox where he ultimately retired as Master Warrant Officer.
Always an active man, Jean-Guy enjoyed keeping busy and socializing. A founding member of the Mt Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol he remained active on the Patrol over 35 years gaining notoriety for his winning personality selling the coveted Ski Patrol buttons. Many will fondly remember him as “The Button Man”. Square Dancing was another great passion. Jean-Guy and Cathy began dancing in 1983 with the Ocean Waves reveling in great dancing and fellowship on Vancouver Island and across the country. Over the years they served the organization in many capacities, were named Couple of the Year multiple times, recognized for distinction with the Sillery Award from BC Square and Round Dance Federation, and named Honorary Members.
In 2018, after over a year of struggles with shortness of breath and spontaneous bone fractures, Jean- Guy was officially diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. His incredibly stoic, proud and determined nature hid much of his chronic pain. Our hearts are lightened knowing that he is now at rest, yet his presence is very deeply missed.
An intimate family viewing was held to say our immediate farewell and a public Celebration of Life is anticipated later in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.