Obituaries

Patrick Robert Fournier

14/06/1959 - 01/07/2020

Obituary for Patrick Robert Fournier

Patrick Robert Fournier passed away suddenly near Grande Prairie on July 1, 2020 at the age of 61 years.
Pat was born in Edmonton on June 14, 1959 and his family moved to Crooked Creek when he was a year old. He attended Ridgevalley School from grade one through to graduating from grade 12. In 1985 he married Mona Nadeau, they celebrated their 35th Anniversary in May of this year. When first out of school he worked at various jobs including oil rigs, construction, logging and sawmill. Shortly after he was married he began his career as a Millwright with Weyerhaeuser and was there until his passing. Pat’s enjoyment of life included hunting, fishing, travel, motor biking and the company of his family and good friends.
He leaves to mourn, his wife Mona, children Chantelle (Joey) and Justin, the apples of his eye - his grandchildren Axton, Reeve and Thatcher, siblings Sandra (Bill), Wendy (Mike), Joseph (Pam), Dianh (Donny), Lorna (Albert) and David (Pauline), many nieces and nephews, extended family, friends and co-workers.
Pat was predeceased by his mother Nancy and his father Joe.
Those wishing to view Patrick may do so any time between 11 am and 3 pm on Thursday July 9, 2020 at Bear Creek Funeral Home.
With Covid-19 restrictions currently in place the Celebration of Life for Pat is by invitation only but anyone wishing to take part in the service can watch on line at Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube channel at 11 am Friday July 10, 2020. Patrick will rest with his parents in the Rosedale cemetery, Crooked Creek.
In lieu of flowers donations in Patrick’s name can be made to a charity of ones choice.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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My condolences to all of Pat's family . I was saddened to hear of his passing. May you all find comfort in the memories you shared with him. His wit and humour will be missed. - Liz Chapman
- na
Our hearts go out to the family for the loss of Pat, taken way to soon. Cherish the memories. Flo & Scott Redelback
- Flo Redelback
Rest in peace my friend, thanks for the memories. My family extends our deepest sympathies to your family and the Fournier family.
- Bill Turner
I can still see Pat rolling a giant trampoline through the bush between our yards telling Dan "I'm sure your kids need a trampoline". He was an awesome friend to Dan and my heart breaks for his family. Maybe he and Dan are having a beer and a good laugh.
- Laureen Nelson
I'm deeply sadened by Pats sudden passing. We were in the same class all thru school. Rode the same bus. I was happy to reconnect with him when he came to work at Weyerhaeuser. Pat's big smile/laugh/sense of humor. My condolences to his wife and family. He will be missed.
- Marg Reimer
Mona and family; We are shocked, heartbroken and so very sad over the sudden passing of our friend. We have awesome memories and we are hoping the special memories that you and your family have will help you thru this tragic time. Big hugs to you all and may you Rest In Peace Pat. Harry and Judy Vincent
- Harry Vincent
I was heart broken to hear the news of Pat's unexpected and sudden passing. I have always thought of him as so kind and funny.... a say it like it is kinda of guy which I loved about him, and his kindness. Even though we were distant cousins I have always seen him this way. Rest in peace Pat I hope you are enjoying celebratory times with all that have passed before.
- Stephanie May
My heart brakes for you and the Family he was a wounderful man, who left great memories with everyone that got the privilege to know him. !
- Nicole Strugari
Mona ,I am so sorry to see the news of Pat passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. May your memories comfort you
- Esther Stierle
Mona and family I am so sorry to see this news ,may your memories comfort you in coming days
- Esther Stierle
I am saddened by the news of Pat's passing, and my heart goes out to his family and close friends.
- jim wohlgemuth
I am proud to say Pat was a friend of mine. His attitude and humor was infectious. I always enjoyed being around him. He will be missed by all that knew him. From my family we send our condolences to Pat's wife and children and also all of his family and friends. Rest in peace my friend.
- Danny Dievert
I remember Pat fondly from our mission trip to Mexico in 1996. He helped me haggle and held my hand when I was too scared to go on a rollercoaster for the first time in Disneyland. I pray you feel the peace only God can give (John 14:27). Love Mandy (Siebert)
- Amanda Seinen

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