In Loving Memory Of
Donat Després
1919 ~ 2022

Moncton, NB – Donat Després, 102, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Born in Cocagne, NB, he was the son of the late Eric and the late Anna Després (Bourgeois).

Donat served in the second world war from 1941-1946, he then opened his own garage called: Don’s Auto Body. He also worked for many garages in the Moncton area. His passions were fishing, hunting, gardening, bowling (he bowled until he was 97 years old), playing cards and in his younger days he loved to play songs from Hank Snow and Jimmie Rodgers on his guitar. Donat was a charitable man and would always donate to many causes. He was a very religious man who attended Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix RC Church in Moncton and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Donat will be sadly missed by his children: Jean-Paul (Noella), Simone Després (Armand) both of Moncton; Denise Tapp (Gene) of Irishtown, Jacques (Annette), Marcel (Shawna) both of Moncton and Donald of Notre-Dame; his grandchildren: Michel (Toni), Lynne (Ricky), Ginette, Wanda (Rick), Martin (Sarata), Emery (Andréa), Louis (April), Robert (Kate), Joceline (Seth), Monique (Michael), Janice, Serge (Marielle), Natalie (Serge), Robert “Bob” (Joanne), Matthew, Maria, Kyle, Melissa (Denis), Luc (Katie); his great grandchildren: Emma (Véronique), Justin, Alexandre (Sam), Jérémie, William, Austin, Leila, Xaeden, Olivia, Phenix, Kai, Mila, Sofia, Isaac, Jeffrey, Isabella, Jordyn, Justin, Emma, Hugh, Sasha, James, Nicholas, Mathieu, Julie (Nick), Brandon, Sabrina (Justin), Emily, Caleb, Noah, Ben, Danika and Emmett; his great great grandson: Arthur; also by many nieces and nephews.

 Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife: Oliva (Langis); his two daughters: Francine and Fernande; his siblings: Gracia, Joseph (Florence), François (Rachel), Jeanne (Delphis).

Visitations will be held at Passage-Chartersville, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB E1A 1G1 – (506) 857-1901, on Friday, April 8, 2022, from 7pm to 9pm. Please note that there will be no visitation on Saturday morning. Funeral service will be held at Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix RC Church, on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11am. Burial will take place at Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur RC Cemetery in Notre-Dame-de-Kent where he will rest in peace with his wife and daughter.

For those unable to attend, there will be a live virtual at  and a recording of the funeral celebration will be available on the website after.

In Donat’s memory, a donation can be made to the Heart and Stroke, the Moncton Food Bank or to a charity of your choice.

We, the family would like to thank the staff of the Extra-Mural Program, also to his daughter: Simone for taking good care of Dad for so long.

The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:

Arrangements under the professional care of

Passage-Chartersville Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre

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  1. I always had the highest regard for my uncle Donat. In many ways the way he lived his life was an inspiration. Living away from the Maritimes I rarely saw him but he will be missed. My sincerest condolences to his immediate family.

  2. To all of the Despres families,
    My deepest condolences on your loss. He is on his way to a new beginning.

  3. My condolences to Simone and all your family. Your father had a lovely long life.

  4. We want to send our deepest condolences to the family and are thinking and praying for you.

  5. Dorine and I just found out about your dad’s passing today. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to all the family. Your parents were a very big part of my growing up on the East End! I have such fond memories of all of you. It’s never easy to loose our parents, but you were lucky to have them with you for these many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. My deepest condolences for your wonderful dad’s passing I was Jeannette LeBlanc who lived across on Belleview.I’ll always cherish my memories of Olivia and Donat and Denise..simonne and Fernande.I’m 71 now so my memory of the others are not good .

  7. Dear Noella, JP & family. Please accept our most sincere condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. Catin, catin…

  8. Thank you. To all who sent condolences your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.Death is such an enemy, it robs us of our loved ones,we must keep them in our hearts until we meet again. Thanks again. The Despres family

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