In Loving Memory Of
Emile Goguen (Dupre)
1936 ~ 2023

Shediac, NB – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Emile Goguen (Dupre),86, on Sunday, September 17, 2023 with his wife by his side at the Moncton Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born in Shediac, NB on October 20th, 1936. He was the son of the late Edmond and Rosanna Goguen (Cormier).

Emile will be dearly missed by his surviving wife of 46 years, Paula (Wells); his two sons: Jeffery and Rene (Kanako) both of Shediac; his daughter: Heather (Bender); 3 grandchildren: Megan, Sara and Mary and one step grandson: Farris all from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; his siblings: Ronald (late Dorothy) of Shediac, Claudette Karolyi of Halifax, NS, Maria Goguen of Montreal, QC and Jeannine Aldworth (Ron) of Barrie, ON; as well as his cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Emile was exceptional, he was proud, he loved to laugh and mostly he loved his family dearly.  As a young man, he became a pro-wrestler in 1955 in the US and then travelled the world. He then settled down in his beloved Shediac in the 70’s and then became a wrestling promoter with Grand Prix Wrestling. They travelled the Maritimes every summer. Spending over 30 years in the wrestling business he loved to entertained fans. After retiring from promoting in the 90’S, he went into real estate business.

Emile will be remembered as one of the greatest wrestler and promoters.

Respecting the family’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private Celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In memory of Emile, a donation can be made to the CNIB Foundation.

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

Arrangements under the professional care of

Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre

3754 Route 134, Shediac Bridge, NB E4R 1T3 (506) 532-1050

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  1. Rest well Emile you deserve it.Shediac is proud to have had you as one of us. My deepest condolences to your family .

  2. Sending my deepest condolences to Emile’s family. Will keep good memories of Emile when I was a tenant in one of.his apartments back in the 90s. He was a very proud man, and a good landlord.
    Keeping Paula, René and Jeff in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

  3. Our sincere condolences to the Goguen family. We were so sorry to hear of Emile’s passing!

    Robert & Loretta Poirier

  4. Our sympathies Paula to you and your family on Emile’s passing.
    He was so friendly and easy to talk with,
    He will be missed in the neighborhood.

  5. So sorry to learn of Emile’s passing.Paul and I send our sincere condolences Paula,to you and the entire family.

  6. My deepest condolences to the family. I grew up watching Emile, Leo Burke, Bobby Kay, Steven Pettipas and others with my dad. We were big fans! May you rest in peace Emile.

  7. So very sorry for the loss of a legend. Paula, Jeffrey and Rene, I’m sending my love to you all. I have such wonderful memories being with you all every summer growing up.

  8. Our sympathies to Paula, Jeffery and Rene, so sorry for your loss, may he RIP….Hugs to you all
    Roger Leontine Boudreau

  9. My deepest sympathies to Paula Jeff and René and the whole family. We will certainly miss our neighbor Emile who left his mark in everyone’s heart. He was a kind and highly respected community minded gentleman. He certainly left his mark in this little part of the universe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With love Odette and Roland.

  10. Our deepest condolences to Paula and family. Emile was an icon in the wrestling world and will be missed.

  11. Close friend for over 76 years. I remember when he first took up body building at the room he had set up in his home. So many trips to Boston and the great times we had there will never be forgotten. I miss you Emile.

  12. Our deepest sympathy to Paula and boys Emile was an amazing man andwill be missed by all who knew him

  13. Oscar & I wish to send our condolences on the passing of Emile to you, Paula, & family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  14. Lots of great memories that I will hold onto forever. Thank you Emile for giving the Maritimes so many great years of entertainment. Sorry for your loss Paula, Geoff and Rene.

  15. Our deepest condolences to you Rene and your family. Your father was a kind gentleman and easy to talk with. Rest in peace Emile.

  16. My sincerest condolences sent to Paula, Rene and Jeff on Emile’s passing. Your family has long held a special place in my heart with Emile, of course, being the patriarch. May you all find comfort in the cherished memories of Emile that you hold so dear. God bless.

  17. My sincere sympathies to all of his family. My prayers are with you all. I remember when I was younger, we used to go to the wrestling and we so enjoyed watching Emile. He was a great wrestler. He will be missed by lots.

  18. As a kid growing up in New Glasgow Nova Scotia, Sunday nights were working nights for Atlantic Grand Prix. My Dad, Brother, and Grandfather and me. Those were some of my favourite childhood memories. So much so, that I was able to turn those memories into a short story “When Wrestling Was Real”. During the school week, my friends and I spoke more about what happened on the Saturday TV tapings of Grand Prix more than we ever spoke of WWF. Emile’s contributions to entertainment in Atlantic Canada are significantly under-appreciated, and I hope the family knows how grateful we all are. We only ever heard of good things about Emile as a person and promoter. Merci pour les souvenirs. Condoléances à tous.

  19. With all the suffering you had to endure during your illness, you now deserve your eternal rest.
    Tu resteras toujours dans nos pensées.
    Repose en paix. Maria

  20. Rest easy Emile. My condolences to the entire family, as well as Emile’s wrestling family. I have so many fond memories of Emile from when I was a kid attending his wrestling events. Gone but never forgotten.

  21. To the Family of the Late Emile Dupre you all have my Deepest Heartfelt Condolences 🙏 I never missed wrestling between Berwick and the Halifax Forum and the TV. Emile was my Fav Wrestler I never missed. He and Leo were the tops. I could see the Pride in his eyes and his heart and in his voice for Wrestling and his Family. He was one of greats . We will never forget you. God Bless you Sir . Rest In Peace ❤️

  22. Our condolences to Emile’s family from our family in the wrestling Sledgehammer Spike and family

  23. Emile, may God accept you in the big ring in the sky. You were a shining star to the community in which you lived and my hope is that you are never forgotten.
    An inspiration to the athletes you worked with and the stars in which you developed over the years to become strong and able sportsmen’s. It was a pleasure to have met, chatted and even worked with you over the years. Godspeed Dupre!
    Sincere condolences to your entire family.

  24. my dear Brother,you were always nice to me & my family
    We will miss you and you will never be forgotten.
    Rest in peace,you will no longer have to suffer. With lots of love from all of us.

  25. I only saw him a few times over the years (my fault), usually at the Bayou when I dropped in to have a beer. We would talk a little and he was always in good spirits, which gave me a boost. The last time I saw him was in the van at the Pointe du Chêne post office. We only talked for a bit, he told me that they were adjusting his medication because it was making him dizzy.
    I’m cheering you right now Emile, at the Pump House with a Fire Chief’s Red beer or maybe two.
    My deepest condolences to Paula, Jeff, Rene, Ronald and the rest of the family. What a great man. I will definitely miss him.

  26. It had been a pleasure to be a neighbor and friend to Emile and Paula. I have enjoyed listening to him tell his incredible story. His emphasis on Paula’s input as well as the love for his family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and I offer my condolences to his wife and family.

  27. My deepest sympathy for your loss. May his memory be a Blessing and may he always live on in your hearts.

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