In Loving Memory Of
       John Henry “Big Red” Cormier
1947 - 2022

After years of courageous struggle against an increasing host of health issues, John Henry Cormier—the eldest son of J. Rodolphe (Réné) Cormier and Blanche Arseneault of St. Anselme, NB—passed peacefully on the afternoon of May 24, 2022 at his Trois-Ruisseaux cottage home, with his family by his side

Born in Moncton, NB on October 23, 1947, he was a provider to those he loved: as an Architect’s Draftsman, a Carman with CNR, and as a 30+-year member of Correctional Services at Dorchester Penitentiary. Above all, John was a real-world Storybook Hero from birth to his very last days—a larger-than-life protector of all those in need. Humble and generous, he was a paragon of charity and goodwill who seemed genuinely oblivious of just how much his everyday, selfless acts of kindness forever transformed all those around him for the better.

This obituary’s selfsame (too) few words of praise for John would doubtlessly embarrass him, yet they barely scratch the surface of his Good Works. Speak to anyone who has crossed his path, and you will hear of innumerable noble deeds that sound like they were taken straight from a fairy tale… except each word is true.

There was no-one like him and there will never be anyone like him again.

He is survived by Pauline Stella LeBlanc—an equally remarkable wife whom he cherished without limits; Blanche Véronique (& Eric), Brigitte (& Jerry), and François (& Meaghan)—three quirky children he carefully cultivated with Love, Respect, and Honesty; and Jasper JonJon—a darling grandson he adored.

A funeral mass will be held at l’Église St.-Anselme on Friday June 10 at 4pm, followed by a Celebration of his Life at Passage-Chartersville’s Funeral Home’s Reception Hall. Just like John would want, all are welcome.

The family invites you to sign a book of condolences at:

Arrangements under the professional care of

Passage-Chartersville Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center,

363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB,

 (506) 857-1901.

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  1. My dear Uncle. So many good memories growing up with you & your family. You were more than just an Uncle but a very special person who loved all us kids unconditionally. Life won’t ever be the same without you. Miss you already but love you always

  2. We will miss him dearly, it is a big loss for his family and a loss to all his numerous friends.

  3. Adieux mon ami. Je vais me souvenir de ton humour, de ton calme et de ta sagesse. Nos conversations sont gravées dans ma mémoire.
    Toutes mes condoléances à la famille.

  4. Nos amis très chers sympathies Pauline, Brigitte, François et Véronique ainsi qu’à toute la famille Cormier! Nos pensées et prières sont avec vous tous!
    Marie et Ron LeBlanc

  5. Adieux m’noncle. Mes souvenirs de ton humour, de tes petites attentions, ton amour pour les Beatles, ta voiture et tes motos resteront avec moi. Mais c’est ton amour pour ta famille, immédiate et éloignée, qui fait de toi l’homme que j’admire.
    A ma marraine, mes cousines et mon cousin, toutes mes condoléances. Je vous aime de tout mon cœur.

  6. My deepest Sympathies to you Pauline and the family RIP JOHN 🙏

  7. So sorry to hear of the passing of John. He is now at peace and his suffering is over for good. Condolences to you Pauline, his children, in-laws and all who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during these difficult times.

  8. Sincères condoléances Pauline et toute la famille Cormier!

  9. C’est tellement triste… Un homme si bon , gentil , attentionné. Un homme qui a tant aimé ses enfants et son épouse. Mes sincères condoléances très chère Pauline ainsi qu’à ta belle famille. Je t’envoie tout mon amour! Bon courage…❤️

  10. My deepest sympathies Pauline and family , our thoughts and prayers are with you on this difficult journey. Don Diane ( College Bridge )

  11. Nos plus sincères condoléances Pauline et toute la famille 💕😢💖

  12. Mes sincères condoléances à toi chère Pauline, à Brigitte et Jerry, Véronique et Éric, François et Meghan avec une pensée particulière pour le petit-fils tant aimé Jasper. Je vous envoie beaucoup d’amour.

  13. Sincères condoléances Pauline & famille, sachez que vous êtes parmi nos pensées & prières pendant ce temps difficile ♡
    John était un homme très gentil, honnête, ainsi il était drôle et son rire et son aire agréable seront ceux de mes souvenir de John🤍
    Je t’embrasse très fort Pauline 🤍

    Amie, Paulette

  14. Sympathies à toute la famille . Bon courage dans les jours à venir. Nous avons perdu notre père / mari un an passer. On comprend votre peine.

  15. No sympathies a toute la famille. La perte d’un être cher n’est pas facile. Bon courage dans les jours à venir.

  16. Nos sincères condoléances Pauline et famille.
    Pensées et prières vous accompagnent en ces temps difficiles.
    Bon courage!

  17. Mes très sincères sympathies Pauline, les enfants et la famille Cormier et LeBlanc- nos prières et nos pensées sont avec vous durant ces temps difficiles- RIP John 🙏

  18. Chère famille Cormier!
    Vous avez tous une place spéciale dans mon coeur grâce à nos experiences d’enfance!! Pauline et John… une couple exceptionnel! Je suis très attristée d’entendre cette nouvelle mais contente de voir qu’il est parti bien entouré! Je vous souhaite mes plus sincères condoléances. J’ai le regret d’habiter très loin car autrement j’irais témoigner mon respect pour ce “grand homme” ainsi qu’à Brigitte et Frank. Grosse caresse à vous tous!

  19. Rest easy, your work here is done , thanks for all the direction and guidance afforded me by you ,working as a nurse in the institution, my sympathies to your family and all brothers and sisters in blue 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  20. My sympathies to Pauline and the family and His kids , John was one of a kind and will be miss RIP John xoxox

  21. Mes condoléances à Pauline,François, Brigitte et Véronique. Je garde le souvenir d’un homme bon et aimant. Je vous accompagne dans mes pensées et prières

  22. Les plus sincères sympathies à la famille. Beaucoup de souvenir d’enfance de John et la derrière “old car ride” à Pugwash avec mon ami.

  23. Pauline and family please accept our sincere condolences on John’s passing! John was an excellent correctional officer who offered very good advice to me and I sure others, when I began my career at Dorchester Pen, I recall the pride he took in the restoration of an old Army motorcycle and how he was able to connect with shop instructors and inmates when he allowed them to complete some parts for his project. John was always able to have a great report with all his colleagues, both uniform and non uniform, he could and did state his mind , but always in a positve direction. John made a valuable contribution where ever he he could! Rest in Peace John!

  24. Our sympathies to Pauline and the family.
    John made me a better driver, thanks John for the lessons in a new Nova.
    You will be fondly missed 😢
    RIP 🙏

  25. Désolé d’apprendre du décès de John. Sincères condoléances Pauline ainsi que vos enfants.
    On pense à vous autres durant ces temps difficiles.

  26. C’est avec regret que nous apprenons le décès de John. A toi, Pauline et à toute la famille, à tous ceux qui l’ont aimé ainsi qu’à tous ceux qu’il a aimés, nous offrons nos condoléances les plus profondes. Nous sommes avec vous de tout coeur pendant ces jours pénibles.
    Valmore et Patsy

  27. Nos sympathies à toi Pauline et à votre famille. Triste d’apprendre le décès de John.

  28. Pauline et familles mes sincères condoléances du décès de John.
    Bernice LeBlanc

  29. Mes plus sincères sympathies à toi Pauline,à vos enfants et leurs douces moitiés,ainsi la famille Cormier…Que John RIP… 💞🙏💞

  30. Condoléances à toi Pauline et à vos enfants. J’ai beaucoup de bons souvenirs de John pendant notre jeunesse. Mes pensées et prières sont avec vous autres en ces temps difficiles.

    Jeannette Richard (Cormier)

  31. My heart is aching for you Pauline <3 This sad news has brought on a flood of memory's. The kindness and support from Aunt Blanche and Uncle Rene, and then from you and John, that you gave Mom over the years, trickling down to us kids, made a difference to our family
    Rest in Peace John <3

    Louise Cormier

  32. Sincères sympathies a toute la famille. Nos pensées et nos prières
    sont avec vous pendant ces moments difficiles.

  33. Love you dad ❣️🫂👼🌅🌹🙏💟
    You will and always be with me mom Bridg Frank especially Jasper and everyone whom you’ve touched and made a mark on….witch I know is a lot of people so start making lists in your little booklets and sharpen your pencil cause you are going to be one busy angel in heaven looking after all of us I know 🙏💗
    You are a part of me in my heart soul mind and spirit and I feel your presence of strength and hope and courage with me always ❤️
    I keep you alive by making you proud and expressing all of the amazing lifetime of blessed memories I have of you🙏
    You were my father but also my rock and best friend growing up 👩‍❤️‍👨
    Thank you for always and I mean always being there for me no matter what;)
    You taught me the emportance of family .,.many important values…love respect honesty…but for most you showed me the best example of a great father husband and best friend which I now find and live and cherish every day in my beyond amazing life partner Eric and his two very special children Anna-Belle and Charlie.
    I love you plus grand que lunivers!!!🌠🌌
    Thank you for finding me a little special family to whom I can pass on the amazing experience of just being a kid with such loving parents and you’d be glad to know that we take them on many car fun adventures….museums will come next when their a little older…
    …I could go on but I just wanted to express how much I love you and am so great full of our family…I seriously could not have chosen better parents and siblings 👪👪👪
    De toute Mon Coeur
    Ta petite petite fille

    Blanche Veronique Ella Cormier
    Ou Vero 😘😉🥰

  34. The love, beauty, courage, and strength John lived his life by is visible in the marriage he cultivated and in the lives of his amazing children. I wish you all peace and love during this difficult time. ❤

  35. Toute mes sympathies,Pauline,Veronique,Brigitte,Francois! John était surement un homme special! Toutes les années qu,on a fait tout vos projets de renovations au chalet on été bien special pour moi! John était toujours plein d,idees et planait toujours différents projets.It was very interesting to pick his brains to get all kinds of solutions at times.Stay strong and be happy that he has stopped suffering!

  36. Mon cher mon oncle John… si tant aimé par toutes tes neveux et nièces comme moi. Tu étais un oncle plein d’amour pour nous les petits pendant tellement de réunions de la grande famille des LeBlanc pendant toute mon enfance.. des moments précieux qui resteront dans mon coeur. Merci pour m’avoir appris à conduire en plus. Nos sincères condoléances et toute notre amour à toi ma tante Pauline, cousin François (et Meghan), cousine Brigitte (Jerry et le petit Jasper) et cousine Véronique(et Eric).

  37. Sincères sympathies a toute la famille. Mes pensées et prières sont avec vous pendant ces moments difficiles.

  38. Toutes mes plus sincères condoléances, Pauline et toute ta belle famille!! Sois assurée de mes prières pendant ces temps difficiles!! Je t’embrasse bien fort!!
    Bon courage, Pauline!!

  39. Chère Pauline,
    Toutes mes plus sincères condoléances à toi et ta belle petite famille! Sois assurée de mes prières pendant ces jours difficiles! Je t’embrasse très fort!
    Bon courage, mon amie!!

  40. Nos sincères sympathies à Pauline et à la famille. Ayant grandies voisines de John, que de souvenirs d’enfance et de jeunesse de “dear John” et de “cher Pierre” -comme sa mère les appelait. Un gros morceau important de la vieille gang est parti. Nos pensées pendant ces temps difficiles.

  41. The National Association of Federal Retirees-C/O Eileen L. Whyte, Caring Committee/ says:

    The National Association of Federal Retirees extend heartfelt condolences to Pauline and family on the passing of John Henry.

    Sincerely, NB-64 South-East NB Branch

  42. Mon oncle John a touché la vie de toutes les personnes autour de lui par sa gentillesse, sa bonne humeur et son sens de l’humour. Merci mon oncle John, de m’avoir toujours accueillie les bras ouverts dans la famille LeBlanc.

  43. My deepest condolences to Johns family and friends. John was a very special and caring person. He will always have a place in my heart. When my wife was sick with cancer and in her final months, John took it on himself to arrange for fellow officers to cover all my shifts. He realized that my place was with Marie. He even offered us the use of the family cottage. The time John and fellow officers gave Marie and I will never be forgotten. John my friend, you walked the walk in life! Rest in Peace.

  44. Our most sincerest sympathies to my cousin Pauline and family. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thinking of you as always xoxo

  45. Nos plus sincères sympathies de la part de George, Claire, André, Pierre, Sophie et Chocolat. Nous pensons à vous pendant cette période difficile et nous vous envoyons de l’amitié et de l’amour.

  46. My deepest sympathy, Pauline, I lost my husband last September, so I understand and feel your pain. One day at a time. A big hug . Carmelle Stewart

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