Després, Jean-Claude

DESPRÉS, Jean-Claude

1952 - 2021

On February 21st 2021, Jean-Claude Després, 69, passed away, at the Hull Hospital, in Gatineau. 

Jean-Claude loved life and he loved people. Although he often joked otherwise, everything he did showed how deeply he cared about others. He was a loving, kind and upstanding man. He loved to laugh, tease, chat and recount stories, but most of all, he knew how to listen. 

He loved his 40 years in the Navy, during which time he made many friends. Although his career took him to other shores over the years, he always remained attached to his neck of the woods and always spoke with pride of his Acadian roots.  

He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren, whom he dearly loved. He was also a favourite uncle of his nephews and nieces. 

He faced with outstanding courage and dignity, a terrible decease that robbed him of his life and took him away from those who loved him much too soon.

He is survived by his mother Aline Després (Roger), by his wife Jasmine, his children: René (Lisa) and Erin (Chad) and his grandchildren: Lilianna and Greyson. Jean-Claude is also survived by his sister Roberta (Glen) and his brother Roger (Martine). He will also be greatly missed by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephew, nieces and friends. He was predeceased by his father Bertin Després.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. 

Donations to the ALS Society would be appreciated.

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38 messages received

Jasmine, Erin, Rene & family

We just want to extend our deepest sympathies to you with the loss of your dear husband and father. My family had the pleasure of meeting Jean-Claude and Jasmine the summer before last at Chad's when they were down for a visit. Erin's face would light up whenever she spoke about her Dad and when we met him, he was everything she said he was. We were honored to have met him, a kind and gentle soul. We pray that God will give you the strength to get through this but know that you have an angel in heaven looking down at you and guiding your way.

God bless you all.
Linda & Ozzie, Erin & Mike, & Michelle.

Linda Gray, March 1, 2021

Toute la famille Despres

Je vous offre mes plus sincères sympathies . Je garde de merveilleux souvenirs de Jean-Claude, Roberta et Roger du temps de notre jeunesse. Mes pensées sont avec vous tous pendant ses moments difficiles.

Murielle, March 1, 2021

Erin Despres

Hey Erin: so sorry about your dad. We are thinking of you and your family. Lots of love,
Peter and Marian

Peter Cheney, March 2, 2021

The whole Despres family

I offer you my most sincere sympathies. Growing up next door to our cousins was a lot of fun when we were kids . I have wonderful memories of Jean-Claude, Roberta and Roger from the days of our youth. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during his difficult times.

Jean-Charles & Gail Despres, March 2, 2021

La famille!

Nos sincères sympathies à la famille. C’est certainement très difficile de perdre quelqu’un qu’on aime. Vous êtes dans nos pensées.

Laurette et Jean-Charles Nowlan , March 2, 2021

Jasmine, Erin, Rene and family

Our memories of Claude will stay with us forever. We remember him as a man who was exceptionally generous with his time, talents, his "joie de vivre" spirit, and his love of family and friends during his connection to our family. We will treasure these times and the communications we had with him of late.
Our heartfelt sympathies to you all.

Jean Fillatre and Claude Lambert, March 2, 2021

René,Erin et toute la famille

Nos pensées vous accompagnent en ses moments si difficiles
Bon courage!!

Francine Lambert et Jean Noel, March 2, 2021

Jasmine and family

So very sorry to hear of JC passing! Such a wonderful person who I had the pleasure to serve with. We have many found memories of those fun evenings spent at the mess! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and hope that loving memories of JC comfort you during this difficult time.

Luc and Vicky Tremblay, March 2, 2021

Family of J C Despres

I am so sorry for your loss. I
I sailed with Patate I the mid to late 70’s and he had a great influence on me. He was a very fine person.

Sandy Letourneau , March 2, 2021

Jasmine, René, Erin et famille

Nous vous offrons les plus sincères condoléances et nous sommes avec vous dans ces moments difficiles.

Raoul, Cécile, Yves, Lise et Rosaire, March 2, 2021


So sorry for your loss thinking of you ❤️ Nancy Owen

Nancy owen, March 3, 2021

familie Jean Claude Depres

Nos sincères sympathies à la famille. C’est certainement très difficile de perdre quelqu’un qu’on aime. Vous êtes dans nos pensées. On pense a vous Annie , Denis et la Famile Robert Thibault

Denis Thibault, March 3, 2021

Jasmine et la famille

Cet avis de décès lui ressemble tellement ! Je n'oublierai jamais sa bonté, son humour pince sans rire, raffiné mais jamais vulgaire. Bon voyage Jean-Claude ! Mes condoléances à toi et à la famille.

Sylvie Raymond, March 3, 2021

Jasmine Fréchette

Chère Jasmine. Mes sincères sympathies à toi ainsi que la famille de Jean-Claude. Je garde le souvenir d'un homme sincère, qui savait écouter les autres et qui aimait rire. Il a démontré un courage et résilience impressionnants durant sa maladie ! Il repose maintenant en paix.

Helene Vincent, March 3, 2021


I am so sorry to hear about Jean! We only first meet at the WO & Sergeant's Mess playing Texas Hold'em when I moved here in 2018 but I really enjoyed his humor and laughter! I would join him every so often for a few drinks after poker finished downtown... sometimes we would have to take a cab... haha... enjoying ourselves a little to much but we always made it home safe! I will miss him! My deepest condolences and prayers!

Rob Patenaude , March 3, 2021

Jasmine,Michelle et Freyda

Mes plus sincères condoléances pour la perte de cet être si précieux dans vos vies.
Puissent ces quelques mots vous apporter réconfort et sérénité.
Les beaux moments et souvenirs vécus avec Jean-Claude demeureront à jamais dans vos coeurs.

Lise ,Sylvie et Micheline Clément, March 3, 2021

JC's Family

My sincere condolences, JC was a great person and a true shipmate. Rest easy my friend, Thank you for the great memories at sea in HMCS Athabaskan.

Gerry Doutre, March 3, 2021

Jasmine & famille

J.C. / Patate / Le Chief était un un rassembleur au franc parlé, avec qui il était agréable de travailler, prendre conseil, une p'tite frette (dans le Mess), ou simplement de le croiser sur la rue avec son grand sourire moqueur mais sans malice.

Sincères condoléances

Paule Labrecque et Guy Lavoie (Toutou), March 3, 2021


JC loved you. He always spoke about you around friends at the mess. He was so proud of you and could not believe you were in his life. I am so sorry for your loss, for his children’s loss and his families loss. Condolences to you and your family and extended family. Deepest sympathy to you all. Yours Respectfully CPO2 Joanne Legge

If you need something let me know.

Joanne Legge, March 3, 2021

Jasmine, Erin, Rene and family

My deepest sympathies. We have lost an excellent Shipmate, Friend, Sailor and a fine Gentleman. JC worked for me at Pointe à Carcy in Quebec City in late 1990's and I remember the time fondly. Our paths crossed a few times since in Ottawa until he retired. I lost my older brother to ALS in August 1999 and remember it like it was yesterday. Remember your husband and father with pride. He lived life to the fullest.

LCdr Craig Dewar, March 3, 2021

Jasmine , Erin , René ,Lilianna , Greyson ,Roger , Roberta & Aline

Nos plus Sincères Condoléances à vous tous durant cet dure épreuves ; comme vous ne savez peut-être pas , moi j'avais seulement 9 ans quand JC es né ; il devenait le petit TRÉSOR de la famille Després , car étant le premier des petits enfants , il avait tout l'attention et était aimer inconditionel ; par après ma soeur A-Marie et moi étaits les BB-Sitter pour bien des années . Tu vas nous manquer énormément ; et tu seras toujours aimer.

Repose en Paix mon cher Jean-Claude

Mon Oncle Paul , Ma Tante Jeanne , Rino , Christine & Familles
Que ce message vous apporte le témoignage d'une sympathies profonde et sincère .

Paul E. Despres, March 3, 2021


Jasmine, Michelle, Paul et toute la famille, André et moi s'associons à votre peine immense de perde ton conjoint, chère Jasmine ! Nos profondes Condoléances à vous tous devant le décès de l'être cher !
Sincères sympathies ! Doux CÂLINS XXXX

Louise Tremblay, March 4, 2021


Your words are such a heartfelt and forthright send off for CPO1 Despres. He was a true leader and inspiration among many lessor beings. He always stood up for his sailors. Did the right thing for the right reason - integrity. He was a man who could see truth when little was given. His genuine care, concern, way of understanding and HUMOUR with be a cherished example of how to be.

Thank you JC

Chief We have the watch
Rest in piece

Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce, March 5, 2021


Reçois ici toutes mes condoléances, chère Jasmine. Je garde un bon souvenir du Chief qui incarnait le respect, la sévérité et la bonhomie.

Fabrice Mosseray, March 5, 2021

Jasmine, Rene, Erin and family

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. JC was a wonderful person and an amazing friend. He will be sorely missed by all who were privileged enough to have known and loved him. While our hearts are profoundly sad because he is no longer with us, we believe that he is in a better place and free from the cruelty of this dreadful disease. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Pierre & Julie, March 5, 2021

Erin, Rene and Family

Dear Erin and Rene and family,
We are sending you our deepest sympathy, and warmest love. You are all in our thoughts.
Jean - Claude is fondly remembered at our Beare kitchen parties sharing his keen wit, sharp humour, and great laughter. I can vividly recall him sharing a warm Olands beer with our father Ron, and teasing Marjorie our mother cooking her baked beans in the tiny kitchen. Silly skits with hats, and comedy vignettes- Jean- Claude would roar at the family antics....
Wishing we were near to raise a toast to your dad.
Much love, Susan Madeline and Sophie

Susan Beare , March 7, 2021

Jasmine Fréchette

Bonjour Jasmine
C’est bien triste,on savait qu’il était malade mais on ne pense pas toujours à la mort.
Nous t’offrons nos plus sincères condoléances ainsi qu’à la famille.
Très bel avis de décès très représentatif de Jean-Claude qui était un homme simple et chaleureux.
Nous sommes de tout cœur avec toi dans ses moments difficiles
Ginette et Firmin. Xx

Ginette et Firmin Fréchette , March 8, 2021


Chère Jasmine,

Je suis vraiment désolée d'apprendre cette nouvelle. En lisant cet avis, j'ai l'impression de connaître un peu ton mari. Il semblait une personne vraiment formidable.

Je suis de tout cœur avec toi,


Marie-Ève Mongrain, March 12, 2021

Jasmine Fréchette + famille

Chère Jasmine, mes pensées t'accompagnent. C'est toujours difficile de dire aurevoir aux personnes qu'on aime. Je garderai de Jean-Claude et toi le souvenir de deux complices qui s'aiment d'un amour loyal et indéfectible. Bon courage à toute la famille.

Anik Bard , March 12, 2021

Jasmine et la famille

Chère Jasmine, mes plus sincères condoléances à toi et à ta famille. Je suis de tout cœur avec vous. Bon courage!

Valérie Chevrier, March 12, 2021

Jasmine et toute la famille

Chère Jasmine,
Toutes nos sympathies. Nous pensons à toi très fort. Nous avons peu connu Jean-Claude, mais nos interactions avec lui ont toujours été fort agréables. Il donnait l'impression d'être une vraie force de la nature. Je ne peux qu'imaginer à quel point les derniers mois ont dû être difficiles. Nous sommes toujours là pour toi si tu as besoin de quoi que ce soit. Bon courage.

Jean-François, Valérie et Margaux

Jean-François Baril, March 12, 2021

Jasmine et la famille

Chère Jasmine, toutes mes condoléances à toi et à tes proches. Prenez minutieusement soin de vous!

Catherine Richard, March 12, 2021


Très chère Jasmine,
Maxime et moi pensons très fort à toi en ces moments difficiles. J'espère que tu sauras trouver le courage de passer à travers et de faire la paix avec ta douleur. Sache que tu peux compter sur nous si tu as besoin de quoi que ce soit.
Prends bien soin de toi, surtout.
Frédéric et Maxime

Frédéric Lapointe, March 12, 2021


Chère Jasmine,
Je ne sais où on trouve le courage nécessaire pour traverser une telle épreuve. J'ai beaucoup pensé à toi dans les derniers mois. Je n'avais rencontré Jean-Claude qu'une seule fois, mais il m'avait beaucoup impressionnée par sa gentillesse et son charisme. Je te souhaite toutes les vertus qu'il faudra pour te refaire une vie enrichissante où son souvenir t'accompagnera pour ton plus grand bonheur.

Isabelle Rochon, March 13, 2021


Chère Jasmine, mes plus sincères condoléances. Je pense à toi. Prends bien soin de toi, et bon courage. xx

Sonia Dumont , March 13, 2021


Dear Jasmine,
My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of Jean-Claude. I know that no words can take away the pain and suffering, but the circle of love you created with him will give you strength and sustain you. Take good care of yourself.

Luisa Maika, March 16, 2021


Chère Jasmine,

Mes pensées t'accompagnent.

Je me souviens d’avoir passé une soirée avec vous deux, à l’occasion d’une fête de Noël du bureau. Jean-Claude m'avait paru très chaleureux et sympathique. Son affection pour toi sautait aux yeux.

Je t’offre mes sincères condoléances. Je te souhaite de la paix et du courage.


Catherine Lavergne, March 23, 2021


Dear Jasmine -

I am so sad and sorry for your loss. Jean-Claude was a VERY special person and I feel lucky that he was my god-father. Although, we did not keep in touch over the years - something I truly regret, I want you to know that whenever I think of him, I smile thinking about his smile and his charm.

Wishing you strength. And, my condolences to your family.

Rachelle Oliphant (Maillet)

Rachelle (Maillet) Oliphant, March 26, 2021

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