Hilaire Picard

Hilaire Joseph Ovide Picard

Monday, August 20th, 1934 - Friday, May 21st, 2021
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Hilaire Joseph Picard
August 20, 1934 – May 21, 2021

“If you knew him you loved him.” It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Hilaire Picard on May 21, 2021. Hilaire was born on August 20, 1934 into a large French-Canadian family and lived most of his life in Northern Ontario. Most of his career was spent in the forest industry as a true lumberjack. When he could no longer do that work, he became a skilled carpenter making cabinets and furniture for friends and family. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. Dad loved the outdoors and took his family camping every weekend. Dad’s real pride and joy was when he purchased the family camp at Dog Lake. By doing so he was able to keep his growing family together and that is what truly made him happy. His joy was watching everyone else have fun. The memories created at the lake will never be forgotten. Thank you, dad for doing that for us.

Hilaire met the love of his life Gabrielle Despres and they married on August 20, 1956. They had both good and bad times and supported each other all these years which is a true testament of marriage. It would have been their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Together, they raised four children; Michel ”Mike” (Fay), Gilles (Valerie), Sheila (Sergio), Perry (Holly). Dad loved children and was the best grandpa, spoiling every one of his grandchildren; Michael (Jess), Jason (Emily), Braydon (Erin), Paige (Jamie), Anthony, Savanna (Rowan), Elizabeth, and Sydney and his great grandchildren; Alexis, Heath, Kaitlyn, Kendrick, JJ and Alivia. Hilaire is survived by his sister Mariette LeMesurier and the extended Picard and Despres families.

The family would like to thank Dr. Woods and Dr. Miller for their support during these past few weeks. A special thank you goes out to Dr. John Coccimiglio for taking care of Braydon and Anthony’s grandpa. Not only were you there for him but you were there for us. Your compassion was much appreciated. Thank you to the nurses on 1A at Thunder Bay Regional. Your care and professionalism comforted us. A special thank you to Don and Eric from EMS for helping mom keep dad at home for as long as possible.

Hilaire was a true family man. He always said that if you take good care of your kids they will take good care of you. Dad took such good care of us. As per dad’s wishes there will be no funeral. He didn’t want us to be sad. Dad enjoyed the simple things in life so the next time you are sitting around a campfire and someone pulls out the marshmallows think of him. We will miss you, until we meet again. Online condolences may be made at
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Dani & Dave Chiodo-Merko

Posted at 08:19am
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Marty Shmanka

Posted at 09:38pm
Dear Sheila, Perry, Michel, Gile and Mrs. Picard I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Picard. What a wonderful, kind man and great father he was. I will always remember his friendliness, sense of humour and over-the-fence conversations he had with my Dad on Ontario St. for all those years. My condolences to all of you and yours.

Marty Shmanka

Tammy Horde-Blatchford

Posted at 03:12pm
Sheila & Sergio,
My deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. May you be blessed with all the wonderful memories you have of him. Sincerely, Tammy Horde-Blatchford

Natalie Turcotte

Posted at 04:11pm
Mike, Fay and family,
We were sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Thinking of you in these difficult times. May the memories you have shared comfort you.
Natalie and Paddy

Linda Scaffeo

Posted at 10:47am
Dear Sheila & Families. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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