In Loving Memory Of
Paul Sylvio Menard
1955 ~ 2023

Husband and beloved father Paul Sylvio Menard of Shediac, NB passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023.

Paul was a two-time cancer survivor who never complained and met his last cancer with as much courage as always.

Born in Sudbury, ON to Sylvio and Thérèse Menard, Paul was a proud Franco Ontarien. He met the love of his life Judith LaBrie in Ottawa.

In 1997 he and Judith and their baby daughter moved to NB and l’Acadie became their forever home. Paul completely embraced his Shediac Community and the community fiercely returned his embrace.

Here are a few of the organizations where you may have met Paul.

He was President of the Shediac Public Library with a great focus on Literacy and Children Reading (2000 to 2015), founder of Centre Accès, a devoted volunteer at both MFB and LJR schools, President of the Shediac Winter Carnaval, Santa Claus in the Shediac Christmas parade, and he held the role of President of the Shediac Lobster Festival. He was a Knight of Columbus, taught catechism, and he could be seen going out in all kinds of weather to deliver food via the Vestiare Saint-Joseph. After his first cancer, he immediately gave back by volunteering at the Georges Dumont Hospital too which he did for several years.

Paul was also involved in the Centre de Resources et Crises Familiale Beauséjour working with NB Government representatives focusing on providing resources to NB Seniors so they could remain in their homes as long as possible.

If you were an MFB student between the years 2000 and 2008 you may have benefitted from his annual end of school year BBQs.

In 2010 he was the recipient of New Brunswick’s Governor General Award for Volunteer Service to his community.

He was known as Papa Paul to many youngsters. He loved to cook and showed his love by feeding people. No one ever left the house hungry.

He will be missed by his daughter Chloe (Austin Despres, Shediac River NB) and his son Pierre (Melanie Landry, Wahnapitae ON), his father-in-law Yvan LaBrie (Terrebonne QC), he was known as “Menoncle Paulo” to several nieces and nephews, and an incomparable life partner of 34 years to Judith LaBrie. Other than the above named, his loss will be felt by his sisters Carmen (Rémi Gagné, Orleans ON) and Julie, his brother Robert, several cousins in law and many friends.

He was predeceased by his sisters Collette Olive and Nicole Gilmore, his parents Sylvio and Thérèse and his mother in law Ann Higgins.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements under the professional care of
Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre
3754 Route 134, Shediac Bridge, NB E4R 1T3

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20 comments

  1. Please except my Heartfelt Sympathy. Paul was such a nice Special Customer. He always had a Smile and I truly enjoyed serving him. He will be Missed by All who were Lucky enough of known him
    I am one of those people.R.I.P. Paul you have earned your Wings.
    Sincerely and with Friendship, Linda Boudreau, Sobeys Shediac.

  2. We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a valuable person in your life. The memories of someone as special as Paul will live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Chloe and all your family at this difficult time.
    Our deepest sympathies Margot, Richard, Andrew and Emma

  3. Sincere sympathies a toute la famille. Paul a toujours été une personne spéciale qui s’est implique dans la communauté. J’ai eu la chance de faire du bénévolat avec Paul et ce fut un plaisir.

  4. Chère Chloé, Marc, les filles et moi voulons t’offrir toutes nos condoléances à toi et à ta famille. Perdre son papa n’est certainement pas chose facile. Bon courage dans ces temps difficiles! Nous pensons à vous!

  5. My sincere sympathies to his family and friends. My prayers are with you all during these difficult times. I met Paul through MFB school BBQs when he was cooking and I was helping out too. He was the kindest and most devoted man I’ve ever met. He will be truly missed by all. Rest in peace dear Paul. You’ve more than earned your wings to heaven. ❤❤❤

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
    As a German woman I’m not very good in formal expression, please let me speak simple but friend my heart, which isn’t easy when tears spray out of my eye the same time.
    My family and I moved to Shediac 18 years ago, right next door to Paul is Judith Mernard.
    It didn’t take long to connect and after a while we became friends. Enjoyed each other’s company at bonfires in our backyard, having lobster fests together, celebrating new years eve, and checked in on each other. Watching our kids grow up together.
    When I look out my window and see your house, I feel like Paul has to go in or come out any moment.
    Not many neigbours truly become friends.
    We honor and cherish the memories of Paul Mernard. He will be in our hearts always. Love and light.
    The Kershaw family.

  7. I know that memories of Paul will certainly live on in the hearts of the people in the Shediac community. His amazing contributions will be clearly missed. Wishing the Menard family peace and courage in the days ahead . Rest in Paradise, Paul.

  8. Je tiens à dire merci pour son engagement dans la vie paroissial. Très bon courage devant les obstacles de la santé. Mes prières et sympathies.

  9. My deepest sympathies to you and to your family. I’m certain that his passing is a great loss to you all, as Paul was a very special and courageous person. I have known Paul for many years, having the pleasure of serving him at the Co-op. Always a smile on his face, and with a great story of his love of cooking. He’ll be dearly missed 😔
    Rest peacefully.

  10. My sincere condolences Judith and Chloe. I will never ever forget Paul’s kindness and comforting support to my Suanne when we visited you in Shediac. Sending you love and peace and light moving forward…

  11. So very sorry for your loss, Judith. Many many years of cherished memories to reflect on. It’s evident he was truly a genuine and loving person. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  12. Judith, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious partner Paul. I’m sending you prayers and love during this difficult time.

  13. I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I will treasure my memories of him, and my condolences go to the whole family. We will all cross paths again together in a better place. My love and prayers to all of you.

  14. Toutes mes sympathies à la famille! Vous êtes dans mes pensées Judith et Chloe! Je n’oublierai jamais l’aide que Paul a donné à notre classe lorsque Chloe était en maternelle. Il était spécial. La communauté perd une personne exceptionnelle. 💔

  15. Nos plus sincères condoléances à Judith, Chloé et la famille Ménard.
    Paul était Chevalier de Colomb au conseil #7334 depuis avril 2006.
    Par l’entremise de Fr. Paul les Chevaliers ont supporté financièrement la bibliothèque de Shediac.
    Nous avons aussi sous sa direction aidé au BBQ de l’école MFB. D’ailleurs nous avons pris l’engagement de le faire chaque année. Paul a supporté le conseil dans tous les projets ou levée de fond que nous faisons. (Billets d’État, 50-50 hebdomadaire) et ainsi de suite. Grand merci à Paul pour tout le temps qu’il a consacré à nos bonnes oeuvres et merci à vous, Judith et Chloé de nous l’avoir prêté.+++

  16. While the years have flown by since we were friends and classmates of Paul’s at Sudbury High School, the friendships, fun memories and our admiration of Paul have remained. Our deepest condolences to your family.

  17. Thoughts and prayers are with you and Chloe as you both find your way through this difficult journey. So many memories to cherish. Stay strong.

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