Peacefully, at the Queensway Long Term Care Home, Hensall, on Thursday, January 20, 2022, Marcel Leo Vanneste, formerly of Kippen, in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Simonne Marie (Bilcke) Vanneste (2004). Proud father and father-in-law of Linda and David Johnson of Montreal, Brenda and Al Cotton of London, Cathy Vanneste of London, the late Dave (2014) and Sherri Vanneste of Brucefield, Diane and Earl Flynn of Stratford and Darcy and Terri Vanneste of Exeter. Beloved Pepe of Samuel and Robert Johnson, Brett, Rachel and Morgan Vanneste, Joseph and Simonne Flynn, and Jayden, Madisson, Brandon and Paiton Vanneste. Dear brother of Magda Vanopstal of Springford, and Monique Vancoille of Tavistock. Predeceased by his siblings; Martina Vanneste of Belgium, Marcella Lacriox of Belgium, Mariette Vanhoucke of Glanworth, and Mark Vanneste of PEI.
Born in Oostnieuwkerke, Belgium in 1930, Marcel emigrated to Canada in 1954. He and Simonne married in 1956 and together they started their loving family. In 1958, they purchased their farm east of Hensall, and that began Marcel’s hardworking career as farming entrepreneur, later being a founding member of Huron Produce. His proudest moments were the times he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER, on Tuesday evening from 6 – 8 PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 22 Mary Street, ZURICH on Wednesday, January 26th at 1 PM with Father Steve Eckert presiding. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery on the Bronson Line.
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For those unable to attend the funeral mass in person, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your own home. Stream the service live or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Queensway Long Term Care Home for their loving and compassionate care of Marcel for these past five years.