William Edward Dionne
Our dad, William Edward Dionne, left this world peacefully on March 25, 2021, after a lifetime of carrying Mom’s electric organ to dance halls and churches all over "Hell’s Creation" (genuinely proud to be her roadie), ensuring we three kids had opportunities he never had (undoubtedly embellishing our accomplishments to anyone who would listen), appreciating the scenery on his many drives across Canada and the US (too many road trips to count), and being the most sought-after dance partner for every old-fashioned waltz played by any band.
Born in Bath, NB, on September 6, 1935, Dad was the eldest child of the late George and Mary (McLaughlin) Dionne. Dad met Mom, Vivian (Green), in Saint John, where they married in 1958. When an opportunity to buy a dairy farm arose in 1963, Dad returned to Carleton County with mom and their toddler son in tow. Two daughters followed in the ensuing years. Dad remained devoted to Mom throughout their 43 years of marriage, and was committed to protecting and providing for his family. Over the years, he worked as a CPR fireman, dairy farmer, transport truck and school bus driver. The job of which he was proudest was being a dad. Most recently, Dad was a resident of the Carleton Manor, Woodstock, NB, where he amused and charmed the staff who, in turn, loved and appreciated him even as he lived with the indignities visited by dementia.
Through his example, Dad taught us the importance of family, the value of hard work and helping others, the joy of telling and listening to stories, and the pleasures of extending hospitality to friends old and new. He held strong opinions, was a good neighbour, loved to tease, and had an immensely tender heart (albeit well covered up at times.)
Dad was a long-time 4th degree member (and past Grand Knight) of the Knights of Columbus, Council #2234; former Knights of Columbus District Deputy; former Old Home Week Commissioner, and Director of the Carleton Co-op; Honourary Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11 (Woodstock); member of the Maritime Fiddling Association; organizer of and attendee at many local Fiddle Doo’s; and the originator/co-founder/survivor of the annual Skiff Lake Cholesterol Breakfast.
Left with appreciation for his life are: his son, Michael Dionne, daughters Anne Katherine Dionne (Doug Henderson) and Jean Marie Dionne (Andrew Lane), grandsons Nathan and Oliver Lane, sister Marie Dionne, brother Nicholas (Ruth) Dionne, sisters-in-law Precille Dionne, Mary Ann Williams (Ron), Barb Dionne, and Rose Marie Foster (Gerard LeBlanc), brothers-in-law Barry Hennessey and Frank Green, several nieces and nephews. Dad also leaves behind many cherished cousins and friends, with special affection for Mavis McKay.
Besides his parents, Dad was predeceased by his wife, Vivian; sisters Anne Dionne and Marian Hennessey; brothers Maurice, Paul, Joe, Henry; sisters-in-law Norma Johnson (Deverne), and Maura Green; and brothers-in-law Billy Doyle and Doug Foster.
To honour Dad's memory, raise a toast with a glass of rum and Sprite, get to know where the backroads lead, insist that EVERY occasion benefits from the addition of an Old-Time fiddler, volunteer and make sure charitable organizations don't frivolously squander their hard-raised money, appreciate your spouse in an understated but deeply genuine way, and send your kids to bed each night (even when they are adults) with a "Good Night and God Bless".
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Woodstock, NB. For those who feel comfortable joining us, visitation will be on Friday, April 9, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Carleton Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at St. Gertrude’s Church (now St. John the Baptist) on Saturday, April 10, 11:00 am. All covid-19 protocols will be observed. For those unable to attend in person, the funeral will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/st.g.church.1.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the (recently renamed) "Vivian and William Dionne Memorial Scholarship" would be appreciated. (Please make the cheque out to School District #12 Scholarship Trust, with "Vivian and William Dionne Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line, c/o Woodstock High School (144 Connell Park Road, Woodstock NB, E7M 1M5.)
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the staff of Upper Goodine Lane (Carleton Manor), the Bayshore staff who cared for Dad at home, his caring neighbours, friends, and all those who looked out for him these last years.