General News · 5th May 2017
Remembering Marcel Nov 8, 1942 - April 30, 2017
On Sunday April 30 Marcel Creurer) died in the Royal Jubilee Hospital at 4.10 in the afternoon. After two operations he made a deliberate choice to have no further interventions. He courageously took destiny into his own hands and asked to be released. Marcel always lived his life to the full and anything less was totally inadequate.
Marcel came to Cortes in 1994. He loved the island and as he often said “when I saw the Newt Crossing sign I knew I was home”. For twenty two years he and Julia lived a busy and fulfilling, fun-filled life together. They travelled to many parts of the world, S.E. Asia, Europe ad Brazil where they taught a course on Remote setting for the budding Brazilian oyster industry.
For over 5 years the two of them worked hard to build their house together, pounding in every nail and wooden peg. Each detail of the house was minutely crafted by Marcel, from louvered doors to staircases to wooden cabinets..
Marcel was an energetic member of the Shellfish Industry, operating a 50 acre oyster farm in Waddington Channel for several years. In 2004 he was instrumental in starting the “Oysterfest”, with the Food Court concept. Two years later he applied for funding and built the Shellfish Interpretive Centre at Squirrel Cove where it still is today.
Before coming to Cortes, Marcel spent several years in New Zealand and Australia where he worked in the Resort development industry. At about this time, he took up creative writing. Though he only spoke French until he was 6 years old, growing up in the French community of St Brieux, Sask. he had an amazing ability to write and his imagination was boundless. He has written a cook book and was working on his third novel when he died. He also wrote short stories, which were published in various magazines. For the past few years apart from the cooking of exotic meals, writing has been his main passion.
Along with his exuberant and giving personality Marcel choreographed his life according to his own terms. His unique presence and view of life will be sadly missed.
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us”. Helen Keller
Marcel leaves behind two children Ailene and husband John and Brian and wife Debbie; also a stepdaughter Siouan, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren
There will be a memorial for Marcel at the beginning of July.TBA
Comment by Pat and Geoff on 14th May 2017
So sorry to get your news.We remember Marcel with affection,we recall our stays with Jan ,Frank and Rose,they would not have been the same without Marcel next door.
Our love to you.Pat and Geoff.
A Cortes Character....
Comment by Heather Bruce on 11th May 2017
I didn't meet Marcel but a few times....but I have to say that I thought of him as someone who tried hard to see both sides to the story, whatever it was. Reading Julia's lovely tribute brought tears to my eyes. Oh that we should all be so well loved and such creative thinkers. I can tell that this Island has lost one of it's VSC's (Very Special Characters)...meant in the BEST of ways. Our sincere sympathies to Julie and their whole family....and all Marcel's friends that will miss him so.
A Joyful Man
Comment by Brock Willett on 7th May 2017
Julia, I will miss the joyful thoughtful humorous Maecel. He made many evenings most enjoyable. My thoughts are with you.
Marcel the shellfish farmer
Comment by Steve & linda pocock on 7th May 2017
We will always remember Marcel as being a great encouragement to us when we started out oyster farming , he and Julia welcomed us as strangers to visit their farm and home ten years ago. This was the start to a great friendship over the years ,we will miss you Marcel and send our condolences and love to all his nearest and dearest
missing my dad
Comment by Alene Veenstra on 6th May 2017
I cant believe he is gone. My dad truly did live life on his own terms. So sad knowing I will never be able to have another long conversation with him. Having such a hard time saying good bye
So Much Laughter
Comment by Mike Moore on 6th May 2017
Thinking of you Julia and remembering the many years of stories, meals, wine and laughter we have shared with you and Marcel.
marcel and julia
Comment by Yvonne Kipp on 6th May 2017
"All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." You two together lived that statement. The places you traveled in the wide world the teaching the giving and informed support you both offered. You as the most wonderful paramedic and Marcel as a flame of laughter and intelligence. You were a unit, a team and there was love all around at your home and land.
I will miss knowing he is no longer here with us and for you to know how loved and supported you are by us in this community. So many blessings.
Comment by JP Obbagy on 6th May 2017
He was a big man with a big personality and life which Julia has captured perfectly. RIP Uncle Marcel...you are already missed.
Comment by Alice Grange on 6th May 2017
Marcel was one of a kind. I can still hear his hearty laugh. My condolences to Julia and the rest of his friends and family.
Comment by ian king on 5th May 2017
Thanks Julia for always reminding me how improper it was to swear and to Marcel who employed me for many years ,always pushing productively forward. your laugh, almost stabbing yourself daily with a knife on the wheel of death.You will be truly missed.