October 30, 1925 ~ August 21, 2020 (age 94)


Michel Guy de Bussac (Mitch)

Mitch passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of August 21, 2020 at Biggar and District Long Term Care, at the age of 94.

Mitch is survived by his only son, Paul (Karen Hockley); grandchildren, Evan (Amy), Lauren (Garrick) and Garrett (Kathleen) and his former daughter-in-law Charla; brother, Hervie de  Bussac; sister, Margeurite Wapple; sister-in-law, Yolande de Bussac; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mitch was predeceased by his wife Pauline; sister, Martha; brothers George, Charlie and Frank; brothers-in-law Abbey L’hoir and Allan Wapple; sisters-in-law, Elvera de Bussac and Lenore de  Bussac; niece, Michelle de Bussac; nephew, Frank de Bussac; great-nephews, Justin de Bussac and Jensen L’Hoir; nephews-in-law, Merv Woods and Daryl Diebert.

Michel was born on October 30, 1925 to Joseph and Marie Antoinette de Bussac.  He grew up on the family farm west of Biggar through the Great Depression.  He sent his three older brothers off to war; Charlie and Hervie returned but sadly George was shot down over Venlo, Netherlands on June 22, 1943 and rests peacefully at the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen, Netherlands.  Mitch spent time working in a sawmill on the West Coast where he lived with his brother Hervie and sister-in-law Elvera.  Mitch also spent time working jobs such as hauling gravel around Nipawin until he settled down and worked on the farm alongside his mother Marie and his uncle Guy.  Mitch met Pauline Daigneault in 1955, a nurse from Quebec.  They married on November 14, 1959 in Biggar, SK and their only son Paul was born in 1962.  After the death of Guy in 1969 Grandma moved to town and Mitch and his family moved to the farm in 1970 where he would remain until his retirement in 1994.  Sadly, his beloved Pauline passed away on November 19, 1984, 5 days after celebrating their Silver Anniversary.  After his retirement, Mitch fulfilled his dream of owning a cabin.  For the next 19 years, many cherished and lasting memories were made at Mitch’s cabin at Kivimaa Beach, Turtle Lake.  Mitch was an avid sports fan.  He especially loved hockey and adored the Montreal Canadians.  Mitch also enjoyed fishing and time spent at his cabin with his family.  With Mitch’s failing health he moved into the Westview apartments, then to sunshine care home and finally spent the last 4 years in Biggar and District Long Term Care where he passed away.

Mitch will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.

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