Gervais, Donat Alcide “Don the Barber”


July 22, 1938 – July 23, 2018

Passed away on July 23, 2018 at the age of 80 after a brave but short battle with cancer at the Thessalon Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Cecile, his children Irene Patterson (Doug) of Ennismore, Don of Thunder Bay and Laurie Bradbury (Richard) of Kingsville. He leaves grandchildren Jennifer Guerin (Jeffrey), Jessica Dalliday (Mike), Geoffrey Patterson (Ryan), Amity Bradbury and Bradley and Kathleen Gervais and great grandchildren Emmett and Henry Guerin. Also survived by brother Aurele Gervais (Diane), sister Laurence Lariviere, brother in laws Robert Martin (Annette) and William Martin (Helene), and sister in law Gertrude Rioux.

Donat was affectionately known as “Don the Barber” serving the community of Hornepayne for over 40 years cutting hair. He continued to cut hair until his hospitalization. He also worked for CN Railroad as a carman and after retirement became a passionate floral gardener. He told many stories of Hornepayne and Iroquois Falls and will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, humour and loud voice. Those who knew him or anyone who came into contact with him are sure to smile.

The family would like to thank the Thessalon Hospital and its staff for their outstanding care and compassion. If desired, the family appreciates donations to North Shore Health Network, Thessalon Site.

The family invites you to celebrate the life of Donat Gervais at the Beggs Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 with visitation at 11am and funeral service at 12pm. Pastor Charlie Martin officiating. A light luncheon will follow service. Arrangements entrusted to Beggs Funeral Home.


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