En Souvenir De
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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6 commentaires

  1. Sincères condoléances à toute la famille. Diane Maillet et Pierre Roy

  2. À Aline et Donna:
    Nous sommes touchés par le départ si vite de Donnie.
    Nous vous partageons notre sympathie

  3. Rita et la famille Arsenault. Nos plus sinceres sympathies a toute la famille. Vous etes dans nos pensees et nos prieres.

  4. Nos plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille
    Yvette et Zoel Robichaud

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