In Loving Memory Of
Donald Joseph Arsenault
1943 ~ 2024

Donald Joseph Arsenault

March 24, 1943- April 25, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald J. Arsenault of Moncton on April 25, 2024, at Hospice SENB Maison Albert House.

Born in Minto, New Brunswick, he was the son of the late Charles and Emma (Babineau) Arsenault.

He leaves behind his devoted and loving wife Aline (Maillet) Arsenault of almost 57 years, their daughter Donna Arsenault (Scott Downey) of Shediac, and his greatest pride and joy, his two grandsons, Justin LeBlanc (Tanya Gulati) of Toronto, ON, and Benoît LeBlanc (Fiona Landells) of St. John’s, NFLD. Donald will also be sadly missed by his sister Rita (Elie) Richard of Dieppe, his brother Leo (Ellen) Arsenault of Dieppe, his sisters-in-law Marielle Bouchard (late Normand) of Dieppe,  Cecile Scott (Dick) of Bridgewater, NS, Claudette Maillet (late Omer) of Moncton and Bernice Maillet (late Guy) of Moncton; his brothers-in-law, Gilles Godbout (late Ginette) of Grand-Falls , Norman Richard (late Carmen) of Ayer, Mass., and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was predeceased by his sister Bella Richard (late Noël), and his brother Roger Arsenault (late Verda).

Don left home at a very young age after working a brief period in the coal mines, to find work in Waltham, Massachusetts. While working as a labourer in construction, he received his Draft Letter from the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Faced with the decision to return home where there was little work, or take the draft, Don chose the draft. He did his Basic Training in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. There, he was trained as an Army Medic and sent to Germany. That is where he proudly served most of his remaining 2 years of service, assisting doctors in the operating rooms as they tried to save the lives of their soldiers who were wounded in Vietnam.

Following his service in the Army, Donald returned to Massachusetts to court Aline, whom he had met on a blind date just before the Draft. After a brief courtship they married. Donnie knew he needed a trade to better support his family. He enrolled in the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology to become an electrician, and worked for various contractors. Donnie, Aline, and their young daughter Donna, returned to Canada and settled in Moncton in 1971 where he began to work for himself and started Donald Electric Ltd. which he ran for 20 years. Donald then went to work for the Government  of New Brunswick as Electrical Inspector in the South East region of NB, until his retirement in 2008.

Like many who grew up in that era, music was an integral part of their lives. It was always a treat to hear Donnie sing and play his guitar. He never gave himself credit, always saying he was just an ok player; but his family and friends always loved to hear him sing and play a good old George Jones song.

Donnie was a natural athlete and had many hobbies over the years: hunting, fishing, playing golf, and downhill skiing were but a few. But in his later years, playing pool was his passion. He very much enjoyed playing with friends at Dooly’s in Moncton.

At his request there will be no visitation or service. A private family celebration will be held at a later date.

Should anyone wish to make a donation in Donald’s memory, it is suggested it be made to Hospice SENB, Maison Albert House.

The family invites you to sign a book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.

Arrangements under the professional care of 

Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center

363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB E1A 1G1 (506) 857-1901

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50 comments

  1. Mes sincères condoléances concernant le décès de Donald. Je vous garde dans mes pensées.

  2. Nos plus sincères condoléances Aline et Donna et familles. Nous sommes désolés d’apprendre le départ de Don. Prières et pensées sont avec vous tous. Que le Seigneur lui accorde le repos éternel…Bon courage..Albert et Lucille…

  3. Sorry to hear about going in such a short time,our sincere sympathy to Aline & Donna and all the Familly your friend

  4. Mes plus sincères condoléances à Aline et Donna, ainsi qu’à toute la famille.

  5. Our most sincere condolences to Donnie’s family, especially Aline, Donna ,Justin and Benoit .
    Donnie was a great neighbor ,he was humble and respectful and we will miss him .May he RIP !
    Jean-Paul & Anna Goguen

  6. Nos plus sincères sympathies Aline, Donna et la famille Arsenault et Maillet

  7. Sincere condolences to Aline, Rita. Leo, and all other kinfolk of Don. May God give you the peace that only He can give during difficult days. I grew up in Minto, lived across the road from Don and his family. Although my close friendship was with his brother Leo, Don was a member of the Slope Road gang who shared many hours playing hockey on the pond near the mud dump and softball and soccer on Joe Breton’s field. As was the case with many of my cousins and friends, leaving Minto meant separating from them as we moved to different places, and thus it was with Don and me. I am glad that his obituary mentions George Jones. Just recently I said to Claudette how Don did such a good job in singing George Jones songs.

  8. Sincere condolences. It was privilege to have met him, and to have our families connected. His legacy will live on through all his family.

  9. Bonjour Aline et famille
    Mes plus sinceres sympathies a l’occasion du deces de Don.
    Yolande Hebert

  10. Nos sinceres sympathies a Aline et familles. Je me souviendrai toujours de notre journée de pêche a la camp. Bon courage, nos pensées sont avec vous!

  11. Aline so sorry to hear the news that Don had pass He was not sick for long My deepest sympathy to you and the family I will keep you in my prayers Always an old friend Gloria

  12. Nos plus sincères condoléances à toi Aline,Donna et toute votre famille 💔On a que des beaux souvenirs de Donny.Bon courage!!On vous embrasse 😇🙏

  13. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Donnie pranking Cecile in a downtown Halifax hotel after Dutchie Masons 65th birthday event. It was a night to remember.

  14. Sincere condolences to the family..Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time..

  15. Nos sinceres sympathies Aline et famille. Nous pensons a vous autres durant ces temps difficile.

  16. Mes sincères sympathies a routes votre grande famille! Mes pensées les plus prodondes sont avec vous tous!

  17. Nos plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille. Repose en paix mon cher cousin!

  18. Aline, Donna & family,
    Our most sincere condolences on the passing of Donald. So so sorry for your loss!
    Bob & Louise Beers. 🙏🙏🙏

  19. I might get this posted twice… can’t find my first one… so here goes #2 … My sincere condolences to Aline, Donna & families.., I worked with Don & Guy, they loved to tease me… I still laugh at a night we were at Guy & Bernice’ cottage in Bouctouche, they were all playing guitar’s & singing…I was 8 months pregnant…they were all drinking & having fun…( what I wanted to do)..@ 1 am.. I started crying… Don came up to me & said ‘guess you don’t like country music’ ! Lol I just wanted to go home! We were a great group !

  20. Sincères condoléances à Aline , Donna et le reste de la famille.Que l’ont garde les beaux souvenirs des moments passer ensembles juste qu’au moment qu’on se retrouves la haut. Nos pensés sont avec vous durant ce temps douloureux .

  21. We are so saddened to hear about Don’s passing, our sincere condolences to the entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Rest in peace Donnie.
    Brian Hildreth & Premela Bastarache

  22. Aline, c’est avec peine que nous avons appris le décès de Donny. Un autre grand vide pour la famille des Maillet.
    Donald et moi t’offrons ainsi qu’à Donna et sa famille nos plus sincères condoléances.

  23. Our sincere condolences to Aline, Donna and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  24. Aline, Donna and family. Sincere condolences on the passing of Donald. May he rest in peace.

  25. We are so saddened to hear about Donnie ´s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  26. Our Sincere Sympathies Aline, Donna , Arsenault and Maillet Family Our Prayers are with you at this difficult time

  27. My deepest condolences Aline, Donna and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Donald🙏🙏🙏

  28. Aline and Family I am so Sorry for you loss , Don was a great friend and a very special person and loved playing pool with him , my Condolences to the family .

  29. Donna & Scott,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  30. Dear Aline…Our Sincere Condolences. Your certainly in our thoughts & prayers.

    JACKIE DOUCET FRASER & CHARLENE

  31. Nos sincères sympathies Aline, Donna et familles. Nos pensées sont toujours avec vous tous.
    Neil et Annette

  32. Don played many years in our pool league and will be missed by us all. Our sympathies go to the family.

  33. Aline and family.
    We are so sorry for the loss of Donny, hope our thoughts and prayers give you strength and support during difficult times.
    May he rest in peace.

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