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Date of Passing: Dec 22, 2020

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On Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, at the age of 90.
He is survived by his children: Mike, his children, Crystal (Jeff) Grela, and grandsons, Silas and Jeremy, Joel and granddaughter Sophie; Marcia (Bruce) Tait, their children Charles (Karen Almasi-Tait), and Andrew (Jenny), and grandchildren, Tiberius and Yvette; Theresa (James Lavoie), and their children Annick, Julien, and Emi; Denis (Jo-Anne), and their children, Patrick (Melissa Greavette), and Chantal (Anthony Beach); Sylvia (Lisa Rapley); and Barbara's children, Katrine (Kyle) Harris, and her grandchildren, Kaliyah and Kai, and Nicholas Fisette (Amanda Boyd). Also survived by his sister Aurore Sanche, brother Arthur Marion (who died December 29, 2020), sister-in-law Sylvia (Kasun) Godbout, brother-in-law Maurice Kasun, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fernand is predeceased by his wife Jeanne Barbara (Kasun) in 2011, daughter Barbara Fisette (1990), daughter-in-law Margaret (Williams), brother-in-law Leo Kasun (2011), and sisters, Florence and Lucille (2019).
He was born in Marcelin, Saskatchewan. After graduating high school he attended St. Joseph's College in Edmonton. After graduating with a bachelor degree, he moved to Winnipeg where he met Jeanne Kasun, and they were married in Leask, Saskatchewan on August 2, 1955. He worked for the city of St. Boniface until 1972, then for the City of Winnipeg, where he became the chief archivist, retiring in 1990. He started a small engine repair business after retirement, and continued doing this until moving to the Parkway with Jeanne in December 2007.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at St Vital Parish Church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only immediate family will be allowed to attend. The service will be live streamed
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Please accept my condolences, I just learned today of Fern's passing. Our Lord taught us that we will know others by their fruits. Fern had many fruits, one of them was the concern for the life issues. He was a strong supporter and defender of the pro-life movement, and did what he could beside prayers. May God reward him generously and may the unborn meet him in heaven. "Well done good and faithful servant..." Matthew 25:23 Campaign Life Coalition MB - Posted by: Maria Slykerman (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • My condolences to your family on the passing of Fern. I first met Fern at Cora’s where I worked. He always had a smile on his face and had kind words to say. I started seeing Fern at the 4 pm mass at St Vital Parish. And as per usual, always smiling. Fern was a bright light and will surely be missed. I am saddened to hear of his passing, but I feel blessed to have known him. God’s blessings on all of you. - Posted by: Kimberly Mrena (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2021

  • To Theresa and Family Our sincerest condolences to all of you. We will keep all of you in our prayers during this difficult time. Angelina and Angel - Posted by: Angelina Stiglich (Family) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • Mr. Marion sat directly in front of us each week at the Saturday, 4:00pm Mass. On Saturday, February 22, 2020 he turned to us with a big smile on his face and announced that it was his birthday. We expressed our best wishes and asked him how old he was. "90" he replied with an even broader smile on his face. When we returned home we marked his birthdate on our calendar so we would be sure to remember to extend our best wishes to him again in 2021. Sadly, that was not meant to be but we wish him a Heavenly Happy Birthday instead! Our condolences to Marcia and all the family. - Posted by: Jim & Bunny Paci (Fellow parishioners) on: Jan 06, 2021

  • To the family: Our sincere condolences to all Ferne's family. We got to know Ferne and his family at his Boxing Day party several times with our daughter Heather and Allan Sanche. - Posted by: Gordon and Jackie Eisnor (Friend,Liverpool,N.S.) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • Marcia, Bruce, Charles and Andrew, we were so sorry to hear of Fern’s passing. He and Jean were a big part of our family life at birthdays, holidays and memorable weekends spent at Morden’s Meadows. We will remember Fern very fondly and send our love to you and the extended family at this time. - Posted by: Janet Tait (Extended family) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • When I was a child, Fern and his family lived a few houses away on Place Cabana. Many years later, I got to know Fern when he visited Jeanne's niche at the columbarium. I fondly remember that he always had time for conversation and story telling. - Posted by: Monique (friend) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • I remember Fern, arriving at church with his beautiful fur coat. He always sat right up front. I got to know him when he had tickets to the CWL dinner at Canadinns on Pembina. He gave us two tickets that he had gotten to help the fund raiser. Fern backed up his faith with action. A nice friendly man of faith and a good example for all of us. God rest his Faithful Soul and bless his family. Thanks Fern - Posted by: kevin gavin (Brother Knight) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • Mike, Theresa, Marcia, Denis, Sylvia and families, When we moved from northern Manitoba to Stonewall 23 years ago, both Fern and Jean welcomed us and always included us in special occasions and family celebrations. We have many fond memories of our visits to Morden Meadows and the annual Boxing Day party at The Canad Inn and more recently The Parkway. We always enjoyed this time spent together with Fern, Jean and family. Thinking of you all in your time of loss. Sincere condolences, Allan, Heather and family - Posted by: Allan and Heather Sanche & family (Nephew and family ) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • I met Fern when he worked for the City of St. Boniface. He hired and worked with me on the North St. Boniface Improvement Program. In later years he helped arrange a grant that enabled us to help publish ' The Belgians in Manitoba.' In recent years, I visited him for a meal at his assisted living residence and we would discuss history and politics. I sent him a Christmas card this year and unfortunately the pandemic prevented me from making an annual visit to Winnipeg. I will always remember a very kind man , principled and a man of strong faith. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: james ( jim) Wyndels (friend) on: Jan 04, 2021

  • Please accept my condolences. I knew Fern for the last few years and certainly will miss his positive outlook and good sense of humour. - Posted by: Gordon Luy (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2021

  • I remember them as a lovely couple and easy to talk to, he was very devoted to her. I met them first at the Stroke Recovery Association. - Posted by: Joyce Lancaster (friend) on: Jan 03, 2021

  • He was a very nice neighbour and friend to us. We wish to send our deepest and sincere condolences to all the family. We will miss him and we are sure you will too very much. But its comforting to know that he is now reunited with Jeanne his very loved and missed wife. Hugs and kisses to all. - Posted by: Florent & Berthe Robert (Good freinds) on: Jan 03, 2021

  • I knew Mr. Marion very well from my years at St. Vital Parish. He was a man of deep faith who attended Mass regularly. He will be missed. - Posted by: Father Colin Peterson (Priest) on: Jan 03, 2021

  • Fern was always such a warm and friendly man. He had a beautiful singing voice, which he proudly shared at Mass! He was also a man of great faith, I can just picture him smiling up in heaven. Marcia, my prayers are with you and your entire family. Take care, Nicole - Posted by: Nicole Savard (Fellow parishioner, St. Vital Parish) on: Jan 02, 2021

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