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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dennis Labossiere on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 61 years.


Dennis was predeceased by his father Walter Labossiere, mother Marcel Serack and brother Brian Labossiere.  Dennis leaves to mourn his loving wife of 42 years, Colleen (nee Eaton); his sons Jeremy (Nikki), DJ (Jen), as well as his daughter Vanessa; his eight grandchildren: Lucas, Haydon, Lilly, Braelyn, Ivy, Brody, Tessa and Ryland. Also left to mourn his passing are his brothers Allan (Gisele), Ken (Lena), Stan, along with his sisters Donna (Rick), Patsy and Christine.  He will also be missed by his: sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins, friends and many co-workers whom he considered family.


Dennis was born in Winnipeg, MB, May 30, 1957.  The youngest of eight children.  He lived in BC for a short time during his younger years and grew up with the Murray family who he held dear and was treated by them as one of the family.


After coming back to Winnipeg, he joined his brothers in the auto body industry.  But Dennis’ passion was the military which he joined and made many close friends which he talked about up until his passing.  Most notably the Queen’s own Cameron Highlanders.  An accident forced his path back to auto body and he joined his brothers again in the auto body industry.  He worked there for many years and was passionate as a painter up until health issues turned his path to his position as Bioscience Technologist at the U of M.  It was because of his longing of the military he joined the Commissionaires and was working at 17 Wing which brought back the military feeling he missed.


Dennis Loved music and often could be seen at his computer with the tunes blaring as he absorbed himself in his work, which he loved.  He always was one to put others before himself and his commitment to his work with the students and staff showed that.


He loved camping and made regular summer trips to various campgrounds throughout the summer months.  It was always a priority of his to ensure that he was surrounded by his family and loved ones as much as possible in all he did.  Dennis was also an avid movie buff and a social butterfly. So, with that combination he would often be quoting movies, striking up random conversations with strangers at the supermarket or other public places.  He loved to laugh with others and regularly reminisced about times of his younger years, recounting stories or adventures he had.


His biggest passion of all was his grandchildren. Amongst his other health issues he would always say how complete and full his grandchildren made him feel.


Dad, you were a very loving and selfless man.  With a heart genuine like no other.  You never let your health issues or life’s realities bring you down.  We will miss so many things about you.  We will always love you and be comforted knowing it doesn’t hurt no more.  Xxxooo


We would also like to extend a special thanks to Aunty Darlene  for all her help and being there everyday with us to guide us through this hard time.


In keeping with Dennis’ wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Holy Family Church, 778 Archibald Street.


680 Archibald Street


17 Guest Book

  • April Angus Posted January 28, 2019 8:43 pm

    We will all truely miss you uncle. Love & peace to the family. Love the Angus family.

  • Don Labossiere Posted January 28, 2019 9:09 pm

    He was a very kind man,, I’m fortunate to have childhood memories with him. Thanks for all the bike rides in Stanley Park uncle,,, you’ will be missed.

  • Little Nichols family. xoxo Posted January 28, 2019 9:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our condolences and love sending your way.

  • Carla Posted January 28, 2019 10:03 pm

    He was a great uncle…we will miss him.

  • Leslee Tworek Posted January 29, 2019 8:07 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Dennis during my time at the St. Boniface Research Centre. A wealth of knowledge. Dennis had a passion for science and was always willing to help out/teach you his ways. He was as friendly as they come, always smiling and helping out in any way he could. I remember him talking about his children and grandchildren with such great love and admiration, it was clear nothing gave him more happiness in life than them. No matter what was going on Dennis would always take time to sit and talk with you. He was a great friend and colleague. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones during this difficult time.

  • Jay Cline Posted January 29, 2019 9:07 am

    Dennis was a warm soul and always good for a laugh. He will forever be in our hearts.

  • Norma and Dave Murray Posted January 29, 2019 9:14 pm

    Dennis was a True Friend. A Good Listener. He will be missed. Thank you for the memories. RIP Buddy
    Love Dave and Norma Murray Mission BC.

  • Norma and Dave Murray Posted January 29, 2019 9:15 pm

    Dennis was a True Friend. A Good Listener. He will be missed. Thank you for the memories. RIP Buddy
    Love Mission BC.

  • Wayne and Lisa Parchaliuk Posted January 30, 2019 9:36 am

    DJ, Jen, the entire Labossiere family… we are so sorry for his untimely passing. Our thoughts and love are with you.

  • Danielle Perera Posted January 31, 2019 8:01 am

    I had the honor of working with Dennis at the University of Manitoba as well as at the St. Boniface hospital. Dennis’s warm smile was contagious and he was more like family than a coworker. He will be greatly missed, Sending love and well wishes to all of his family and friends!

  • Derek Arthur Posted January 31, 2019 11:09 am

    My deepest sympathies to you Colleen, Jeremy, DJ and Vanessa. He was a kind man with a great sense of humour. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Darryl Lucier Posted January 31, 2019 6:48 pm

    Sending Prayers To Colleen And All The Eaton Family

  • Russell and Heather Krasey Posted January 31, 2019 10:17 pm

    Heather and I will always hold Dennis very near our hearts. It was the Junior Leaders course that they were on that was the reason that we met. I taught Heather how to use the FN C1 rifle and gave her my cake from my rations that Saturday so long ago. Dennis and I got to blow up a lot of things in the time we served together in the Cameron’s. Dennis would often be pacer while I would be navigator while we were on patrol. We had a lot of wonderful adventures together, we always had each other’s back.

  • Andrea Edel Posted January 31, 2019 11:08 pm

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Dennis’ family. I also had the privilege of working with Dennis in the lab. He would often talk about how much he loved his work and then we would eventually talk about his grandchildren and how much he loved them. He felt so blessed to be a grandpa! He was a very generous man and always a joy to be around. He will be dearly missed.

  • Lou and Diane Posted February 9, 2019 12:04 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. Our deepest sympathy to Dennis’ family. We met him only a few times at an Eaton’s get togethether. Very nice and warm hearted man, much too early to lose a very good person as Dennis. Our deepest condoleneces to all the families.

  • Robert Brodie Posted February 10, 2019 8:21 pm

    So sad to hear of Dennis’s passing. It’s been quite a while since I last got the chance to say Hi to Dennis when passing quickly thru Winnipeg, But memories of Dennis still bring a smile to my face. My deepest sympathies to Colleen, the kids, grandkids, the Labossiere clan and all Dennis’s friends. My hopes that memories of Dennis bring just smiles to you too.

  • Jordan Betteridge Posted May 26, 2019 10:33 pm

    I had the pleasure to work with Dennis at the Saint Boniface Research Centre and University of Manitoba- Fort Garry from 2007 – 2013. Dennis was one of the finest scientists I have ever worked with and had the best work ethic I have ever seen in my life. He deeply cared about doing his best at this job (which he remarked was due to his military background). He was never too busy to help. I enjoyed conversations with Dennis about his military days, his autobody days, camping, his family, and many other topics. Speaking with him it was often like speaking with someone my own age as Dennis could often be young at heart. He was always the Grillmaster at the Faculty barbecues. I’m sure his family must be missing such a wonderful man but please know that this was a man whose life was worth celebrating. My apologies for the lateness of this message I only was recently informed of his passing.

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