Jacques Marie Joseph
The fourth child of Charles and Anna (Randon) Dupont;
September 24, 1920 – October 18, 2013.
Jacques was born in Castor AB, he came home some days later and grew up on the family farm at Fenn AB. He received his formal education at Spring Lake School. His practical knowledge was acquired working with his brothers, uncles, and neighbours who were all pioneers and determined to prove to themselves and each other that despite the harshness and privation of pioneer life in general, the depression years; the war years; through thick and thin they would be victorious in establishing roots and bearing fruit. There were very few problems that he could not solve, sometimes with ingenuity and often by thinking outside the box. Jacques was a self-taught welder, mechanic, carpenter, plumber, electrician, veterinarian, and of course farmer. Jacques received basic training with the Royal Canadian Engineers during WWII. He spent time in Nanaimo BC, Chilliwack BC, Port Alberni BC, and Calgary AB. In 1967 he married Therese Gagnon of La Baie QC. To this union 3 children were born; Claude, Madeleine, and Louis. Therese passed away in 1986 leaving him with the responsibility of raising the children alone, a challenge that he accepted and accomplished with courage, determination and Faith. Baptized on Oct 3 1920 and raised in a practicing Catholic home he received most of his Faith formation from his parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. A faith that carried him through all his life and influenced all his decisions and strengthened him through many difficult moments especially after a serious back injury in 1974 that compromised his mobility and caused him much pain for the remainder of his life; finally through complications leading to the amputation of both legs and total loss of mobility. It was this same faith that provided for him and Therese the conviction and courage to provide a Christian education for their children; a decision which at the time was not popular and seriously questioned in the neighborhood. He never allowed himself to become so involved in farming or any other project that he could not attend Sunday Mass or keep Sunday as a day of rest. His philosophy was to serve God first; He will provide sufficient time to seed and to harvest. It never let him down. Jacques was very willing to hear all arguments for or against any idea or inspiration he might have however when he had weighed it all and considered his own position and sought wisdom through prayer very few were the times when he reconsidered his decision; he set his hand to the plow and didn’t look back. Proud of his French heritage and culture he made it a point to try and preserve the language and the ancestral customs successfully passing the language as well as some of the French cultural heritage on to his children. Predeceased by his wife Therese, sister and brother in-laws Marie and Victor Tremmel, brother and sister in-law Antoine and Penny (Campbell), and brother Ernest, He leaves to cherish his memory his youngest brother Maurice, His children Claude, Madeleine (Calvin Lindstrom) Louis (Tamara), 14 grandchildren, Natalie, Pascal, Paul, Bridget and Sophie Dupont. Mathew, Sarah, Aaron, Emily, Amos, Noel, Leo, Jerome, and Annabelle Lindstrom. His brothers and sisters in-laws in Quebec, nephews, nieces and cousins in France, and many friends and neighbors. A Prayer Vigil will be held at the Christ-King Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. with the Mass Of Christian Burial taking place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Donatus Ihekwoaba as celebrant. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Jacques, memorial contributions may be made to Stettler Home Care, Stettler Health Services Foundation – Heritage House or to Catholic Missions Canada in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315.
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