Michel Caron, pharmacist, craftsman, will long be remembered in Dunany.

Michel Caron passed away peacefully on May 23 at l’hôpital d’Argenteuil de Lachute. He was 87.

He has left an indelible mark on Dunany, and especially it’s little Church: St. Paul’s.

A pharmacist and pharmacologist by trade, Michel was also a superior craftsman. In 2009 he co-managed with Robert Percy the exhaustive renovation of the church and made a very personal contribution: the windows. He crafted each of the six windows in the church. His contribution was recognized by the MRC (Ordre d’Argenteuil), the Wentworth Township and,  evidently, St. Paul’s.

Like many of you, I have known Michel for many years and to me he was the perfect gentlemen. I found out he worked as a young pharmacist at la Phramacie Demers in Quebec City very close to where I lived. Years later he worked as a pharmacologist at Ayerst, McKenna, Harrison (later Wyeth and now Pfizer)  in Montreal with my uncle Roger Gaudry. It is a small world indeed.


Funeral will be held Saturday June 3 at Église Sainte-Anastasie, 174 Bethany Street in Lachute at 10:30

Family will receive condolences from 9:30-10:30.

A lunch reception will follow the service in the church basement.


35 thoughts on “Michel Caron, pharmacist, craftsman, will long be remembered in Dunany.

  1. Sue Nish

    What a fine man. So quietly unassuming and kind.
    Heartfelt sympathy to Cheryl and family.
    Sue Nish and John Nolan

  2. Joanne and Bill Moore

    Such a quiet gentle man with so many talents. He will be missed by the whole community. Our thought are with Sheryl at this time.

  3. Steve Brewer

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of a dear neighbour and friend. Michel will be remembered with great appreciation and respect by many of us in the Dunany community. Please convey my condolences to his family.

    Steve Brewer
    Curran Lake

  4. Marilyn Wynn

    My condolences to Sheryl and Michel’s family. His contribution to the community was immense and he will be missed by all of Dunany.

  5. Ed & Chris Kasprzyk

    Michel was a wonderful, talented and kind man. Our condolences to Sheryl and the rest of his family at this sad time.
    Ed & Chris Kasprzyk

  6. Susan & Cliff Barry

    A very classy, special gentleman and neighbour. We will miss him dearly!

    Our deepest sympathies to Cheryl and family.

  7. lois finch

    rest in peace Michel. we will miss you and your smile and ever ready glass of wine

  8. Dorothy Gauley

    My very deepest sympathy to Sheryl and family. A very gentle
    and quiet man who will be remembered for his wonderful work
    to our church and the Dunany area.

  9. Carol and John wilson

    Our deepest sympathy, Cheryl to you and your family. Such a kind and lovely man. We will think of him paddling his beautiful canoe.

  10. Rick and Ida Findlay

    Our condolences to you, Cheryl, and your family. We always enjoyed our impromptu visits with you as we walked around Curran’s Lake.

  11. Jean Reeves

    My first (and lasting) impression of Michel was of a joyous, enthusiastic person with a curious mind and a wide array of talents and interests.
    This is the memory of him that I will carry with me forever and try to emulate every day.
    Heartfelt sympathies to Sheryl and the whole family.
    Jean Reeves

  12. Becky Thompson

    Michel was a true gentleman who will sorely be missed. My sincere condolences to Cheryl and all the family.

  13. Carol Hanna Wight

    My deepest sympathy to Sheryl and family.

    Michel was loved, admired and respected by everyone in the Dunany community.
    May you find comfort in memories of a wonderful, loving husband and father, and an amazing man.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Carol Wight

  14. Pat and Ewald

    We have so many fond memories of times shared with Sheryl and Michel. He was truly a unique person: kind, generous, multi-talented, creative, fun. We were privileged to have called him a friend.

  15. Wendy Crooks

    My sympathies to you, Sheryl, and to Michel’s many family and friends. He was a very special gentleman, loved by all who were so blessed to know him. He will be especially missed by his Dunany family. May your many wonderful memories be comforting to you. Love and blessings, Wendy xxxooo

  16. Joan and Geoff. Gale

    What a gentleman he was- kind; caring and beloved by all around him! The windows, which he designed and built for St. Paul’s in Dunany, will allow all of us to permanently remember his kindness and skills.
    Joan and Geoff. Gale

  17. Michel & June

    Dear Sheryl & family,
    We have so many fond memories, Michel’s
    smile, a hug when needed, and always ready
    to help with the next project.
    Huge hugs to all.

  18. Anne

    So many years of true friendship, Sheryl, through good times and bad times. So many memories of shared events here in Hudson and elsewhere. Lots of fun, story telling. and laughter. And throughout it all, Michel with twinkling eyes, uncritical demeanour and charming gentility. A gentle man and a gentleman. Condolences to all members of the family.

  19. Daniel Payette

    Johanne and I offer our condoleances to Sheryl and Michel’s family.. dunany is in mourning

  20. Mary Limeburner

    Dear Sheryl and family,

    “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” – Louis Nizer

    Feel our arms around you as we toast Michel, a man who raised the bar to higher level beyond “artist” because even as he faced his illness he responded with dignity and class.

    Rest in well-deserved peace, dear friend.

    Mary and Wayne xoxo

  21. John Riviere

    Every time I saw him he would welcome me with enthusiasm and a generous smile. Even though we didn’t know each other for very long, he embraced me like an old friend. What a special gift. I’ll always remember him that way. When I brag about the Dunany community and it’s wonderful people, he is the archetype. I can imagine all the hugs he’s now handing out.
    Deepest sympathies to Cheryl who always showed strength and kindness. Peace be with you all.

  22. David and Pam

    Our deepest sympathies to Sheryl and family. Calling Michel a friend was truly special. The great ski trips, laughs, and countless glasses of wine will always be remembered so fondly. Rest in peace, friend.

  23. Yves Poirier

    Michel was inspiring, his joie de vivre, calm, natural caring, good humour were just few of his qualities. He will be miss. Deepest sympathies to Sheryl and her love ones

  24. Chrissie & John Harper

    Today the world is a worse place with the passing of Michel. Like everyone who knew this charming, fun man, we count ourselves as so lucky to have known him as a great friend. Michel was the epitome of the complete gentleman, academically brilliant, such a craftsman, a skier with whom it was difficult to keep up and someone completely at home on the wild rivers of Canada.

    We remember Michel with so much love and fondness. We are so sad.

    Chrissie and John from Northern Ireland.

  25. Chrys Tindale

    My deepest condolences to Sheryl and her family. We have lost a kind, thoughtful and generous soul.

  26. Sandra & Richard

    Nous offrons à Sheryl ainsi qu’à toute la belle famille Caron nos sincères condoléances suite au décès de « Michel ».
    Il fut un homme extraordinaire et son absence sera une grande perte pour nous tous!
    Tel qu’en témoigne les nombreux commentaires sur le portail de Dunany sa contribution à l’Église St-Paul et pour la communauté en général nous présente Michel comme étant un homme engagé et dévoué.
    Plusieurs le connaissait bien pour ses grandes habiletés en ébénisterie et sa rigueur en gestion de projets. De plus, Michel fut un passionné du grand air et un grand athlète en descente nordique.!
    Il a déferlé et conquis les pistes les plus exigeantes de Chamonix et Les Trois Vallées en France, Big Sky au Montana, Telluride et Snowmass au Colorado , Jackson Hole, au Wyoming, Sugarloaf au Maine et, plus près de chez nous, au Massif, au Mont Ste-Anne et au Mont-Tremblant où il a eu une passe de ski jusqu’à ses 80 ans et plus!.
    Amateur de canoë/camping, Michel, Sheryl et de bons amis ont fait la découverte du parc Algonquin en Ontario ainsi que la réserve faunique La Vérendrye au Québec, le tout à bord de son canoë en cèdre fait de ses propres mains, un vraie coureur des bois!
    Cher Michel, nous te souhaitons de trouver La Paix et de revoir tous ces beaux endroits dans ton nouveau périple
    Nous t’aimerons à toujours,
    Sandra & Richard

  27. Rick & Barb

    Our deepest sympathies Sheryl, to you and your family…Barb and Rick

  28. Cathy Riviere

    My deepest sympathy to you Sheryl and family, Michel was one of the sweetest men I have ever met. He was very welcoming and polite and always made you feel that he was happy to see you. He was a real gentlemen and one classy guy.He will be greatly missed.

  29. Anne Caron

    I always loved how bright and clever he was. He was talented and successful and he was an absolute perfectionist. Countless memories fill my head. Some are beautiful, and some are hilarious, but all of them will always be precious.

    It is comforting to see how much he meant to all who knew him. With family and friends, he enjoyed good times. His life was filled with wonderful adventures he gladly shared with so many near and far. Everything he did seemed to have a purpose and he made the best of every day. He was a role model in countless ways and taught me how to persevere, to work harder and never give up. He was definitely a driving force behind my accomplishments, I can only dream of doing the same for my own children.

    I feel heaviness in my chest, but in my heart another emotion dominates: it’s the intense feeling of pride and honour that comes with being his daughter…


  30. Ray & Lynn Lee

    Michel was a quiet and kind man who liked to work on his projects with a little humor too. He did what needed to be done without acknowledgement, just to to what needed to be done. We enjoyed seeing Michel and Cheryl paddling by.
    The soul of the loved one gone, lives on in so many ways.
    We shall all remember.
    Sorry for your loss Cheryl and family.

  31. Louise Charbonneau et Marc Labelle

    Our deepest condolences, Sheryl.
    Nous partageons ta peine de voir partir Michel .
    Nous souhaitons que tous les souvenirs d’un grand amour
    et d’une vie si riche avec lui te soient d’une aide précieuse.
    Bon courage.
    Peace to him.
    Peace to the family.
    Louise et Marc

  32. Dianne Vanstone

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Sheryl and all the family for the loss of a wonderful man. Michel will be dearly missed. Dianne, John and Betty

  33. Tom and Marg

    A light has passed out of all our lives with the loss of Michel. He was a steadfast friend, generous and resourceful and full of joie de vivre. We were so fortunate to have shared so many adventures and good times with Sheryl and Michel.

    We raise a glass in your honour, Michel and will remember you with a smile – always.

    Tom and Marg

  34. Shirley Osterman

    We are saddened by the loss of our neighbour Michel. Bill always admired his fine woodworking.
    Our condolences,
    Mirjam and Shirley Osterman

  35. Kathy and Peter Wright

    Dear Sheryl, Peter and I were very saddened to learn of your loss of your wonderful,sweet Michel. Unfortunately we were away and unable to be with you on Saturday, but our thoughts and prayers were (and are) with you. Michel was a true gentleman and we admired him very much. With sympathy and love, Kathy & Pete xo