Category Archives: Obituary

R.I.P. Robert Joseph (Joe) Turcotte


TURCOTTE, Robert Joseph “Joe” Merrill

Peacefully at Health Sciences North, Sudbury on December 20, 2019, in his 75 year.  Husband of Sheila Beachey (nee. O’Shaughnessy). Father of Michael (Judith) and Mark (Lisa). Brother to Vic (Nancy) Turcotte.  Step-dad to Stephanie (Sheldon) Nickerson; Colin (Stacey) Beachey and Rev. Mitchell Beachey; grandpa to Avery Turcotte; Caitlan, Cara, and Kyle Nickerson; Camryn and Avery Beachey.  Missed by Georgina Eckensviller.  Predeceased by his parents, Arthur Turcotte and Pearl (nee. Bean) and his siblings, Clarence, Brian, Mona, Gloria, Glen and Francis.  Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Trout Creek, Ontario on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  Spring Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Trout Creek.  If desired, please consider Masses said for the repose of his soul or donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association (cheques only please). For further information, to make a donation or to leave a condolence message, please visit or call the Paul Funeral Home 705-724-2024.

R.I.P. Eunice Meilleur (née Gray)

eunice-meilleurPassed away peacefully at Bonnechere Manor, Renfrew, ON on December 22, 2019, at the age of 93 years. Daughter of the late Emmett Gray and the late Loretta Merchant. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Meilleur. Sadly missed by her sisters, Irma Robillard (late Bert), Joan Pumphrey (late John), and Gerry Craig (Jack). Fondly remembered by her sister-in-law, Sister Marie Meilleur, by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by her siblings, Raymond (Elisabeth), Emmett (Aldene) and Loretta Hamilton (Robert). Eunice, a Registered Nurse, spent many years assisting the late Dr. Hal Keon at the Chapeau Hospital and Clinic. The family thanks the tireless staff at Bonnechere Manor for their kindness and caring. Friends may call at Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St. Jacques Street, Chapeau, Quebec on Friday, December 27, 2019, from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Friday, December 27, 2019, at 1:00 pm. Interment in St. Alphonsus Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial donations to the Bonnechere Manor Foundation, Hospice Renfrew or charity of your choice.

R.I.P. Patricia Smith

patricia-smithIn her 55th year, as a result of an accident, Patsy Smith, of Pembroke, Ontario. Loving daughter of Nora Conway and the late Lester Smith. Beloved partner of Ron Durant. Loving mother of Deborah Ann Lapointe. Survived by brothers Peter and Brian Smith and her sisters Cheryl Smith Trimm (Pat Trimm) and Sandra Smith-Morris (Tim Morris). Special godchild to Kempton Smith. Aunty Patsy will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews and her granddaughter, Hope. Patsy will be sadly missed by her many close neighbours and friends for her many acts of kindness. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec. Interment in Holy Spirit Cemetery, Nichabau, Quebec. Because of Patsy’s great love for animals, donations to the OSPCA or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

R.I.P. Mary Spence (nee Hynes)

SPENCE, Mary – Peacefully at CHSLD Manoir Sacre Coeur on Monday, October 7th, 2019 in her 90th year. Mary Spence (nee Hynes) of Allumette Island, beloved wife for 70 years of Leo Spence. Loving mother of Shirley Gareau (Andre), Danny Spence (Colette), the late Brenda Spence, Donna Spence and the late Patrick (Debbie) Spence. Predeceased by parents Michael and Rose Mary Hynes (nee Conroy), by brothers Cyril, Ambrose, Patrick, Michael, James, Joseph and Sylvester Hynes, and by sister Rita Gagnon. Sadly missed by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Neville Funeral Home 491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8 (613) 732-7481 on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Allumette Island on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 11 a.m. Interment St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Joseph Church, Allumette Island would be appreciated. Online Condolences may be left at


R.I.P. Alphire (Anchie) Bechamp

Alphire (Anchie) Bechamp

Peacefully in hospital, Pembroke, Ontario on October 3, 2019 surrounded by his family in his 88th year, Alphire Bechamp, of Chapeau, Quebec.  Beloved husband of Maggie Boivin for 62 years.  Loving mother of Debbie (Peter Komisar), Ricky (Judy) and Billy (Daniella).  Cherished grandfather of Faye (Dean O’Connor), Ben, Katie (Tyler Coffey), Ruby, Amanda (Jake Donohue), Alex, Drew, Jenna (René Plante) and Erica and great grandfather of Noah, Tinsley, Lachlan, Rosie, Mason, Jackson, Kaylab and Keegan.  Survived by brother Laurier and sister Angeline (Keith Davidson) and predeceased by 7 siblings, René, Joseph, Lorrain, Paul, Alyre and Lillian.  Funeral Mass will take place in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11 a.m.  Interment Parish Cemetery.  Donations to St. Alphonsus Church would be appreciated. 

R.I.P. Neil Morris

neil morris
Neil Raymond Morris


Morris, Neil Raymond – June 04, 1936 – September 20, 2019

Peacefully at home surrounded by family, on September 20, 2019, at the age of 83. Loving husband of Laura for 56 years. Devoted father of Joanna Tremblay (David Tremblay), Brian Morris (Kerry Morris), and Melanie Morris (Lee Jones). Cherished grandfather of Brendan and Keelan Tremblay, Raegen and Connor Jones, and Adam Morris. Beloved son and predeceased by parents Gilbert and Dorothy Morris (nee Vezina). Neil will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and the stories he told and will be deeply missed by his many extended family and friends.

Neil’s life took him from his birthplace of Schumacher in Northern Ontario to the cities of Chapleau, North Bay, Sarnia, London and finally the Ottawa area. He worked a variety of interesting jobs in his younger years, finally finding his calling as a Journalist. He specialized as a Medical Science reporter and received countless awards for his distinguished writing. He met his beautiful future wife Laura while spending time in Sheenboro, QC along the shores of the Ottawa River, a place that he treasured and became a part of him. Together they built the cottage, a place where family and friends have made countless wonderful memories through the years. The family would like to thank the Champlain Regional Palliative Consultation Team for their care and compassion during his final days.

Friends are invited to join the family at a Memorial Service at St. Paul the Hermit Parish, Sheenboro, QC at 11:00 on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. A Celebration of life will follow at the Cottage.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Kelly Funeral Home, Kanata Chapel. Condolences and Sharing Memories can be made at

Parish Bulletin – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21 July 2019

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 A.M

  Edmond Vaillancourt

By:  Denis Duchesne

Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 A.M.

  Deceased Members of the Hill, O’Brien & Venne Families

By:  Helen Hill

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 A.M.

  Mary Lapierre

By:  Sharon Gribbon

Friday St. Joseph

10:00 A.M

  Lorne Gagnon

By:  Maureen & Helen Morris

Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 P.M.

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 A.M

  Marilyn Raymond St. Cyr

By:  The O’Brien Family

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 A.M

  Rene & Camilla Chaput

By:  Marcel & Suzanne Chaput

Remi Vaillancourt

By:  St. Alphonsus Choir

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Karen Shea Jerry Muldoon
St. Joseph Andre Bouchard Ron, Margaret
Chapeau Mariette Sallafranque Mariette, Gail

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK:  Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Anchie Bechamp, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Aspyn Carroll, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan and Norma Ranger.

Parish Collection Counter
Sheen $ 690.00           Janet Retty, Monday, July 22nd
St. Joseph $1490.00  
Chapeau $1290.00  

On different days here and there the Office will be closed as the Secretary will taking some holidays.  So, this Friday, July 26th she will not be in the office.  Thank you.

MARRIAGE BANNS:  There is a promise of marriage between Jonathan Joseph Michaud, son of Frank Michaud and Susie Gagnon and Carly Elizabeth McDonald, daughter of Timothy McDonald and Gail Romain.  The wedding will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on July 27th at St. Alphonsus Church.

Funeral Mass Arrangements:  L/Col. Hugh Peacock funeral on Saturday, August 3, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Theresa of the Little Flower Chapel, Fort William Quebec. Followed by burial, St. Paul The Hermit Parish Cemetery, Sheenboro.  Luncheon gathering in the Sheen Hall. Donations can be made to The St. Paul The Hermit Parish Cemetery or the Sheenboro Hall.

ROY’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT:  The golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 2nd at the Island Brae Golf Course and Club de Golf Pontefract.  Proceeds are going to the Pontiac West Fire Services and the Meilleur Residence.  Entry Fees are $60 for Golf, Supper & Prizes, Golf only $40 and Supper only $30.  Supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheenboro Parish Hall. (Salad, Steak, Baked Potato and Dessert).  Register in Advance at George’s Bar 819-689-2715.  Book your carts in advance!!!


Walk The Opeongo Line, July 25-28, 2019 – Join pilgrims from ages 7-77 in this life-changing, 4-day journey from Our Lady of Fatima, Renfrew to St. Anne Shrine, Cormac. This will be our 4th year making the 67km walk! It’s an experience that merits many blessings and many wonderful memories. For more information and to register, visit:

Diocesan Pilgrimage – Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Fr. Réal Ouellette and Fr. Justin Bertrand:   are organizing a pilgrimage to the shrines of Notre-Dame-du-Cap, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (entire day) and St. Joseph’s Oratory from Tuesday, August 20th to Thursday, August 22nd. Spiritual Directors will be Fr. Réal Ouellette and Fr. Justin Bertrand. Departure at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Complete payment due by July 25th.  For further information please contact the website at, email, or telephone 819 683-2056.

Chapeau Gallery News:

  • Summer Hours – Posted on our outdoor sign. The Footwear & Handbag Fundraiser was a great success.  We will continue with the sale until further notice.  Check our Facebook page at Chapeau Regionale Gallerie for upcoming events.  Leave a message.
  • Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Beading with Patsea and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Teaching of Indigenous Medicine with Chrystal Cost – $30/person. Lunch and supplies included.  Tickets available at the Gallery.
  • Tea Room is now open on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Council 1531 will provide bus transportation to and from the pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Ann in Cormac on July 28. Stops will be made at The Church of the Most Holy Name on Trafalgar Street at 9 a.m. and St. Columbkille’s Cathedral at 9:15. The bus will return to Pembroke after the healing mass.

Marriage Preparation Program: The Fall Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is coming up on Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. James the Less Parish, Eganville. Deadline to register is October 11, 2019. Registration is available online at, or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquiries can be directed to Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208, or

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) Congratulations go out to Amy Lapierre and Jamie Hartwig who were married this weekend in St. Joseph’s Parish. Please keep this young couple in your prayers as they begin this new phase of their lives as husband and wife.

2) Hot enough for you? With the record-breaking heat and humidity, many shut-ins and people without air conditioning are suffering. Please reach out to your friends and neighbours, especially seniors who are living alone. Ensure that they are in good form and have all they need to deal with these sweltering and muggy days.

3) Here’s something for you to contemplate. Who would you be if you were one of the characters in this weekend’s Gospel? Mary or Martha? The fact is that we all need to manifest both of their qualities in the Christian life. This week might be an excellent opportunity to see if we are keeping the right balance between action and contemplation in our personal lives. Then, dedicate yourselves to some interior fine-tuning should you discover that you’re putting too much emphasis on one side or the other.

4) It’s time to remind everyone once again about our policy regarding the scheduling of Mass intentions. It is not our responsibility to reserve specific dates for people from year to year. Nor can we guarantee that the desired date will even be available for your intention if you do not allow sufficient advance notice. In short, if you want a Mass celebrated on a specific day, (particularly if it’s a weekend Mass) you have to call the Parish office and book it at many months in advance. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

5) While we’re on the subject of Masses, please remember that there will not be any weekday Masses celebrated in any of the three parishes from August 1st through to the Tuesday after Labour Day. Of course, I will be available to celebrate any funerals that might be required if someone dies. Every priest is allowed one month’s vacation according to the Code of Canon Law, so this is the way I traditionally take mine. Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick has also accepted to celebrate a few of the Saturday Masses in Sheenboro throughout the month. I thank him for his generous offer to help me get as much of a break as possible before things get ‘revved-up’ again in September.

R.I.P. Dr. Wilbert J. Keon

Dr. Wilbert Joseph Keon passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the age of 83 in the Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus. 

Dr. Keon’s personal accomplishments and contributions to his community and country are too numerous to list.  Highlights include: founder and retired Director General of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, retired Conservative Senator of almost 20 years (appointed by Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney), Officer of the Order of Canada (appointed by Gov. Gen Jeanne Sauvé), Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (appointed by Pope John Paul II).     

He was born in Sheenboro, QC, on May 17, 1935, the youngest of 13 children to Lawrence Keon and Loretta Ryan. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Anne Keon (nee Jennings), still the love of his life after almost 60 years of marriage.  His pride and joy were his children and grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law Dr. Claudia Keon and Dr. Mark Field; parents of Jack (age 20), Christopher (age 15), Ethan (age 14), and Sean (age 8); son Neil and daughter-in-law Debbie Loeb, parents to Sam (age 9) and Rosie (age 3); and son Ryan and daughter-in-law Cindy Tomlinson, parents to William (age 19) and Emily (age 17).     

Dr. Keon is also survived by his sisters Maisie (late Christy Gleason) and Lorna (Delbert Sloan), and was predeceased by brothers Alvin (Clarella), Clayton (Lolita), Claude (Mae), Mike (Francoise), Dr. Harold (Nora) and sisters Carmel (Bill Crilly), Mardie (Frank Carroll); Donna (Don Ackehurst) and Loretta. He was a loving Uncle to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.   

Funeral service will be held in St. Patrick’s Basilica, 220 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10 a.m.  followed by a reception.   A second funeral service will be held in St. Paul the Hermit Church, Sheenboro, Quebec on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the parish hall. 

In honour of Dr. Keon, donations may be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Hayes Funeral Homes, Shawville, Quebec.  Online condolences may be made at

R.I.P. Paul Keon

Paul Keon

Keon, Paul Joseph: born at Chapeau Hospital on November 25, 1955; passed away peacefully at Pontiac Community Hospital on February 20, 2019 at the age of 63. Beloved son of the late Dr. Harold Keon and the late Nora (Murphy) Keon and big brother to the late Mike Keon. Cherished brother to Catherine (Randy Godin), Margaret, Mary Anne (Andre Vaillancourt), Christine (Peter Adam), Lorie (Brian Leahey) and Patty (Sean Sullivan). Fun-loving uncle to the many nieces and nephews of the Koepsel, Conroy, Vaillancourt, Adam, Leahey and Rebis families, and indulgent great-uncle to their growing families. Paul said he was fortunate to be blessed with the loving support and steadfast companionship of many dear friends. Friends may call at Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St. Jacques Street, Chapeau, Quebec on Friday, February 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec at 10:30 a.m. In Paul’s memory, donations to the Palliative Care Unit of the Pontiac Community Hospital, Shawville, Quebec or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

R.I.P. Teresa Hayes

Teresa Hayes

Peacefully in Marianhill, Pembroke, Ontario on December 20, 2018, Teresa Hayes, of Sheenboro, Quebec at the age of 93 years.  Daughter of the late Gilbert Hayes and Mary Ellen ”Mae”  Berrigan.  Sister of the late Elmer Hayes.  Survived by many cousins and her Oblate companions. Teresa was a member of the Secular Institute of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate for over 60 years. During her lifetime she worked as a nurse and a social worker with Catholic Family Services of Ottawa.

Special thanks to the staff of Supples Landing and Marianhill for their kind and compassionate care. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 in St. Paul the Hermit Church, Sheenboro, Quebec at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Marianhill would be appreciated.