Lionel Duplessis

Obituary of Lionel Joseph Duplessis

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DUPLESSIS, Lionel Joseph River John It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our father, grandfather and brother Lionel Joseph Duplessis (GoGo), at the age of 81 years. Born on August 16, 1941, he was a son of Ernest and Dorilla Duplessis, Bouctouche, New Brunswick. He married the love of his life Darlene (nee Thompson) of River John, Nova Scotia. They were blessed with children, Randy (Claire), Joanne (Brian), Michele (Paul), Dolora (Lolly), Brian (Brenda), Steven (Donna), and Lennie (Cathy). Lionel was blessed to have many siblings, Donald (Edith), Aurella (Myles), Jeannine (Raymond), Noel (Jeannita), Freda (Alcide), Gloria (Elmo) and predeceased by brother, Ralph (Aldea). Dad was blessed with many grandchildren, Chris, Rachel, Jared, Muriel, James, William, Sharla, Matthew, Amanda, Jayden, Ryland, Tanner, Timmy, Jacqueline and Joshua; he adored his great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In his early 20’s, GoGo moved to Nova Scotia for work where he met Darlene at Maritime Packers in Caribou, Nova Scotia. He then went on to make his lifelong profession at Michelin Tire in Granton and retired after 30 years at the age of 60. Dad loved retirement taking trips annually back home to Bouctouche, traveling with the family down south. He loved to fish and take his catches home to enjoy. He loved watching the fishing boats come in with their daily catches at both Cape John and Skinner’s Cove and chatting with friends. Dad was one of the hockey legends of Pictou County for his hockey skills and how fast he could skate down the ice. That is how he earned the nickname GoGo. Dad was a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf and Blue Jays fan. He loved gardening, his fruit trees and loved mowing the lawn on his ride on. He loved to whittle for hours making things out of wood and spending time outside. He watched sports daily, Survivor, and enjoyed connecting with old friends on social media. His greatest joy was family day. Sunday was always family day at the Duplessis home and he looked forward to seeing his children and grandchildren faithfully. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 15, 2023, from the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 1917 NS-6, River John, Nova Scotia. Following the family committal service at Hamilton Cemetery, a reception will be held at the St. John Anglican Church Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, 110 Blair Ave, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. We were fortunate to have you for over 81 years. Our dad, our best friend. Until we meet again.