Jean-Marie Rivard

Jean-Marie Rivard

Sunday, November 30th, 1930 Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

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Obituary for Jean-Marie Joseph Rivard

RIVARD- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean-Marie Joseph Rivard on February 10, 2021, at the age of 90 years. Jean was born in Stratford Quebec on November 30, 1930, the son of Marie-Laetitia (Beliveau) and Joseph Aime Rivard. As a young man he left home and travelled from Quebec to Ontario working in many occupations. He picked tobacco, was a linesman for a power company, worked as a laborer in construction and cut pulp.
His work brought him to the Port Arthur area in the early 1950’s. After a work accident in the mid 1950’s he met the love of his life, Carole Heritage. They were married in 1962 and together they raised two sons. After he was married he did his apprenticeship in plumbing and steam fitting, of which he was a U.A. Local 628 member for 50+ years. He later started a construction business, and operated it for 11 years before retiring.
He was always happy when he was busy. He built a camp on Hawkeye Lake, renovated his home in Thunder Bay and in Florida and there was always a project on the go in his garage. He was generous and the first to help out others in need. In retirement he enjoyed golfing and travelling with Carole throughout the USA, and to places like Australia, Hong Kong, Africa, and the Caribbean. Jean was strong willed and resilient and never slowed down for a day.
He will be lovingly remembered by his sons Reginald and Mark (Lisa), grandchildren Connor, Garrett and Kilee, sister, Julie, brothers Michel, Gilles and Marius, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Carole his wife, his sisters Claudette and Gilbert and his brothers Mark, Joseph, Felician, and Rodrigue.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions visitation with social distancing will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. Those wishing to attend the visitation are asked to register on Jean-Marie’s page at A private funeral service for immediate family will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February, 23rd with Fr Francis Pudicherry officiating. Those wishing to watch the live stream service may do so, on the Sargent & Son Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Jean’s memory to be made to the Heart & Lung Association. Online condolences may be made at

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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
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    Monday, February 22nd, 2021
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Private Service

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
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    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
    Rev. Francis Pudicherry
  • Interment

    Riverside Cemetery
    800 Oliver Road
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Sorry for your dad's passing.
I worked with Jean and for Jean several times. He was a great man to be with.
Jack Bylund
Comment | Posted at 10:54am via Condolence

Brian Soldera

Mark and Reg,
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing.
My condolences.
I have so many great memories of our families when we were growing up. So many laughs, so much fun. Your dad was such a great guy. He will be missed.

Brian Soldera
Comment | Posted at 09:48pm via Condolence

Bert Dube

Dear Mark and Reg;
Truly sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. Your dad was a remarkable person, a gifted mentor, passionate and generous to any cause. I will remember him as an honest service manager during his involvement in my projects years ago, having you two under his wings. Many laughs were had over a drink at the Moose Hall after a long day's work, and in later years, sharing a table amongst colleagues between games at bonspiels here in town. Mes sinceres sympathies.
Bert Dube, P.Eng. (Ret.)
Comment | Posted at 09:40am via Condolence

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Michael Dunn Sr

Reg and Mark , so sad to hear of your Father going to the Great Beyond.
Your Parents treated me like Family.
I am truly lucky to have met your parents and to meet such genuine folks.
Your Mom got me a job at McKellar.
Your DaD was the coolest.
Once driving back from Camp, Mark at the wheel. Your MoM and DaD in the back seat. Your MoM start asking what speed you where travelling seemed a little fast. Your DaD said, “Carol you are nervous because Mark is driving and it seems fast”
Your Dad knew you where going fast and to show that trust in you.
I will always have the Utmost Respect for You Gentlemen and Your Family.
Sorry for The Loss of Your DaD.
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