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Born: May 16, 1954

Date of Passing: Dec 15, 2020

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May 16, 1954 - December 15, 2020

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected and sudden passing of Donald Tougas. With his wife and kids holding his hand, Donald passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the age of 66.
Beloved husband to Agnès Mao, beloved father to Samuel (Marcie) and Dariène (Mike), adored grand-papa to Annabelle, Juliette and Elodie, brother to Richard (Helen), Ginette (Jean), brother-in-law to Pierre (Kathy), Guy (Shannon), Diane (Gilles) and Denis (Ellen), uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Donald held many titles in his life; teacher, mentor, coach, principal, friend, believer, golfer, musician. However, the titles that he was most proud of were grand-papa, papa and husband. In retirement from being Principal at École Sacré-Coeur, you could find him laughing and complaining on the golf course, singing and playing guitar in his music room, travelling the world making lasting friendships, or spending time with his family and friends. Not a day went by without Donald sharing the love he had for his family. Grand-papa would happily get on the floor to play with his grandkids, read them a story, and generously scoop their ice cream. Donald was always a good listener and provided guidance to anyone who wanted it. He had an infectious laugh, and he brought life and humour to the party. Don was an entertainer, ready to embellish a story and laugh at his misfortunes, or sing songs and play guitar around the fire. Your kind soul, matter of fact opinions, and love for life will not be forgotten. On a daily basis you could hear his words "Life is good!"
Thank you for all the years of happiness you brought in our lives. We are all more confident and better people because of you. The only regret is that we will no longer be able to share time and stories. We are comforted in the thought that you continue to look out for us. The world would be a better place if everyone were a little more like Don.
Thank you to the staff of the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Resuscitation Team at St. Boniface Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Strachan who worked so hard to give us time to hold his hand and say goodbye, to Sarah who showed us so much kindness, and to Rachel for her tenacity, compassion and tenderness towards Donald and us.
We thank all of our family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours near and far who have surrounded us with prayers, virtual hugs, friendships and love. Your many messages and calls bring us comfort and courage to move forward without Donald. We are blessed to have your support!
Donald was a man of faith, and loved evenings with family and friends.
A funeral and a celebration of his life will take place when we can gather and celebrate the person he was in our lives.
Donald was also a generous man. He contributed to many charitable organizations, but his favourite charity was the Centre Flavie-Laurent. In this holiday season and in this pandemic, there is so much we can do for those in need. We encourage you to give generously to this charity that was so dear to him.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Agnes, truly so sorry for your loss. As I have only been a member of Elmhurst for a couple seasons, last season I was truly fortunate to be part of his playing group. On several occasions we had spoken about life and teaching others. It was an emerging friendship and I am at a loss where we will not have our chats on the course. Watching you and Don get together for Friday dinners was fun to watch and the times I joined you guys was a pleasure. - Posted by: Mike and Lorraine Lagace (Elmhurst Golf- group) on: Jan 28, 2021

  • J’ai de bons souvenirs de mon amitié avec Donald lors des années au Collège. Mathieu Son décès marque alors la fin d’une ère bien joyeuse et agréable. Je me souviens de sa discrétion, sa joie de vivre, , son humour, sa tendresse et Sa loyauté dans ses amitiés. Malheureusement,?nous avons perdu contacte après notre séjour au Collège mais c’est Tout même avec tristesse que j’apprends son départ. .Je prie pour son accueil au paradis, mais j’en ai aucun doute, sa vie faisant preuve d’une capacité.d’aimer et de croire A une présence aimante invisible. Que son âme repose en paix. Francine Morin J’offre donc mes sincères condoléances sincères à tout ceux et celles qui l’aimaient, moi- mémé inclue, Francine Morin - Posted by: Francine Motin (Amie du Collège Mathieu) on: Jan 07, 2021

  • A la famille Tougas: C’est avec empathie et amitiés que je prends part à votre chagrin. Je suis attristé du décès de Donald. Personne ne s’attendait à une perte si soudaine. Son départ laisse un grand vide au cœur de votre famille, vos amis ainsi que dans la paroisse. Je vous souhaite beaucoup de force et de courage. Mes plus sincères condoléances. Véronique - Posted by: Véronique (Plamondon) Fortier (Amie) on: Jan 03, 2021

  • Agnès et famille Tougas, Sincères condoléances à toi et ta famille. Vous êtes dans nos pensées et nos prières. Don sera manqué par la paroisse avec tout ce qu’il faisait avec toi. Bon courage pendant ce temps difficile. - Posted by: Louis et Barbara Guyot (Friend) on: Jan 03, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies Agnes, Darienne , Sam and family. I was very blessed to have your family as my clients . I will say Donald had an infectious smile . So sorry to hear of his passing . I adored your whole family. You are in my prayers. Adele Levreault - Posted by: Adele Levreault (Friend ) on: Dec 30, 2020

  • Agnes, Darienne et Samuel, je vous envoie mes plus sincères condoléances. Vous etes tous dans nos coeurs. - Posted by: Gisele Hansen (friend) on: Dec 30, 2020

  • Chère Agnès, Dariène et Samuel, Nous avons perdu un bon ami. Toute la paroisse est en deuil. La nécrologie du Free Press le décrivait parfaitement. Nous allons manquer son beau sourire, sa façon de saluer tout le monde, ses taquineries. En faisant du ménage dans mes courriels, j'ai trouvé la belle photo de lui au feu de camp en novembre. Et je vais chérir pour toujours la crèche qu'il a fait pour nous. Prenez soin de vous. On vous embrasse (darn air hugs) et on vous garde dans nos prières. Eugène et Michelle. - Posted by: Michelle et Eugène Prieur (good friends) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Sincéres condoléances à to Agnès et ta famille - Posted by: Leandre et Françoise Gauthier (Paroissien ) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • Nos plus sincères condoléances à toi Agnès, ainsi qu’à ta famille. Ce sont des moments pénibles et d’autant plus en ces temps de pandémie. Que votre Foi vous soutienne et que les bons et doux souvenirs gravés dans votre cœur et dans vos souvenirs vous apporte du réconfort. - Posted by: Armand et Lorraine Julien (Friends ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Our most sincere sympathy to Agnes, Sam, Darienne and all your families during these difficult times. Our thoughts, prayers and remembrance of good times with Donald will always be with you and among us . We are proud to have known him as he will continue to be here in all our hearts. RIP notre chere ami Donald. - Posted by: Norbert Andre Collette (amis) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Our hearts go out to you and your family. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow, we want you to know that we are with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you remember Don. - Posted by: Marcel & Gisele Rivard (Cousins) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Glenda and I wish to pass our condolences to Don's passing. Our time together walking the fairways will always be remembered, as well as discussions that followed about the game and other topics of the day. Farewell my friend. - Posted by: Alain Deforel (friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • My condolences to you Agnes and family my thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time 🙏 - Posted by: Suzanne Roy (Friend ) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • To Agnes and family. I am saddened to learn of Donald's passing. I had the genuine pleasure of working with Donald on the Board of a Provincial Foundation . Donald always came prepared to work and contribute. We could count on Donald for his thoughtful insight at just the right time. Donald was very kind and generous with his time and energy. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Wilmar Chopyk (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Dear Agnes and family. I am very sorry to learn of Donald's passing. We were companions is education. We studied Reality Therapy together and travelled to New Orleans for certification. I was very happy to have met Donald and spent time with him. Condolences to you and your family. May he rest in eternal peace. - Posted by: Milton Jones (friends) on: Dec 26, 2020

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