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Denis Bissonnette

May 29, 1937 - December 13, 2009


Denis Robert Joseph Bissonnette passed away peacefully Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the Penticton Regional Hospital with his family by his side. Denis was the youngest of 12 children and was born May 29, 1937 in Assiniboia, SK. He was raised on the family farm in St. Victor, SK and moved to BC in 1958. His wife of 40 years, Carole Bissonnette and his children Laurel Turner (Patrick) and Cameron Bissonnette (Kelsi) survives Denis. His 3 grandchildren Katie, Liam & Sophie also survive him. Denis enjoyed a career with the Department of Transport in the Coast Guard working on weather ships and also at the South Terminal at the Vancouver airport. In 1978 Denis moved his family to Osoyoos to operate the Husky Car & Truck Stop. In 1985 Denis & Carole were awarded the license to operate the Osoyoos and Kingsgate Duty Free Shops. They were among the pioneers in the Canadian Duty Free Industry. Denis was a very active member of the Osoyoos community serving and holding various board positions of the Osoyoos Gyro Club, Osoyoos International Curling Club, and the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club. Denis was involved with a group of partners that developed the first phase of properties at Fairway Hills Estates. “El Capitano” was an avid golfer, poker player, curler, investor, and passionate Canucks and BC Lions fan. He also loved to dance as was exhibited at many bonspiels. Denis was a great family man and loved being around friends and always enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. Denis loved to travel, he and Carole were fortunate to travel to many countries and exotic destinations around the world. Denis’s health declined in the last year and he was suffering from various ailments all the while maintaining a very positive attitude. Denis will be greatly missed by all. Until we see you again “El Capitano”, there is an 8 minute call for you on the 1st tee box.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday January 2, 2010 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Fr. Rex Velmonte. A reception will follow at the Watermark Beach Resort, 15 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC.
No flowers please. Donations gratefully requested to the South Okanagan Medical Foundation for a new CT Scanner. Condolences and fond memories may be directed to the family by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Donald Hills
Relation: Did business with Dennis

Carole and family. Shock to hear the news about Denis. I always enjoyed doing business with him in the 80’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Ann Zuk
Relation: Friend

Carol and family: You are all in my thoughts and prayers in yoour time of sorrow. May your cherished memories give you peace and strength for the days to come. Denis will be missed by many.

From: Gerry Bissonnette
Relation: nephew

Dear Carole and family, Dolores and I send our sincere condolences along with our prayers. We will unfortunately be unable to attenf the funeral mass as we will be out of the countre.

May God take care.

From: Marion & Gordie Cameron
Relation: Friend

We were so sorry to hear of Denis’ passing. What a great guy and friend. He will be missed.

From: Celeste Bissonnette Kucy
Relation: Great-niece

It was a shock to hear of Uncle Denis’ passing. I will always remember his bright smile & the warmth of his hug!!! My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

From: Frank Dunbar
Relation: Former work associate/radiooperator

To the bissonette family.
My name is Frank Dunbar and I first met Biss in 1944 when he came to Crescent Valley Radio Range station in 1944 as a relief operator for a few months. Both my wife and I remember him as aperonably young man.
years later I used to chat with him when I visited VAI at the Airport when I was a Reginal Supervisor in the Vancouver Office.
By chance I met his nephew Mike at the Fraser Vally Credit Union in Sardis where we now live. I would often ask him of his uncle.
I am sorry I cannot not attend his service but my wife and I are now 90 years of age and cannot travel.
Biss looks like a great guy in his photo – would like to have met him again laster in life and downsed a beer or two with hi.
Again my condolenses to the Family.

Frank Dunbar

From: Yeni and Cec Sampert
Relation: Relative of a good friend of mine

Dear Annette and George, Duke and Jean and Family
Just wanted to express our condolences to you Annette on your Uncle, and to you Jean on your brothers passing. Thinking of you during this time of loss

From: bob knight
Relation: business partner and respected

to carol cameron and family dennis was a great man my thoughts are with youand ill always remember dennis

From: Shelley Eberle (Atkinson)
Relation: Osoyoos Golf Club in the 80's

Dear Carole and family,
Thinking of you at this difficult time and hoping that special memories will bring you comfort and strength.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 2, 2010
Beginning at 11:00am

St. Anne''s Catholic Church
7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday January 2, 2010 at St. Anne”s Catholic Church, Osoyoos, BC with celebrant Fr. Rex Velmonte. A reception will follow at Walnut Beach Resort, 4200 Lakeshore Dr., Osoyoos, BC.

7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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The South Okanagan Medical Foundation
55 Carmi Avenue
Penticton, BC
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“For the purchase of a new CT Scanner”

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