1936 – 2019
Suddenly, in hospital, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Denny passed away. Denny was 82 years young and was the beloved husband and best friend to Adrienne (Audrey) Crépin for the past 58 years. He was the dear father, best friend and mentor to Jeffrey (Brynn McLachlan) of Saskatoon, Kim (Bruno LaVecchia) of Ottawa and Bradley of Mont Tremblant. He was also the proud grandfather of Alissa (Nigel), Shayla (Velen), Sarah Anne, Liam, Marie-Christine and Parker. Denny was predeceased by his brothers Stanley and Cletus as well as sisters Bernice (late Joe Brown) and Viola Veck (Stu). He is survived by his sisters Maureen (Maurice Lalonde) of Edmonton and Erma Williams (late Frank) of Trenton. Predeceased by his mother Marguerite Hammill and his father Basil Charlebois. Denny graduated from South Carleton High and furthered his studies in advanced political science and economics at Carleton University. Denny was very proud of his roots, his family and his 36-year career in the high technology areas of the Public Service of Canada. His career plan was to gain experience in a new government department every 5 years in order to broaden his perspective of the Federal Government. In that context, he worked in the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Defence Production, Supply & Services, Manpower and Immigration, Canada Employment & Immigration Commission, Statistics Canada and the Solicitor General Office. All of this experience qualified him for a secondment with the Canadian Centre for Management Development as a visiting faculty member focusing on the Canadian Executive Interchange Program, where he mentored Senior Executives from both the Federal Government and the Private Sector with respect to their possible management roles with the Federal Government. Denny was a passionate softball player, skier, windsurfer, curler and golfer, as well as an active volunteer. “President of numerous organizations: Ottawa Valley Curling Association where he also served as Historian; Governor General’s Curling Club (Emeritus member); Strathcona Cup Tours to and from Scotland; Twinning Games between The Hague and Ottawa; Mixed Curling Tours between Ottawa Valley Curling Clubs and the Renfrewshire Province in Scotland, Lake Ste. Marie Ski Club, Pillar Society, to name a few. Denny was a member of the City View Curling Club, Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club and the Broomhall Curling Club in Scotland. He loved the family cottage at Lake-Sainte-Marie; the retirement home on the Rideau; the numerous vacations around the world and the winter months spent in Naples, Florida. He described himself as a passionate Canadian, a proud former public servant, a compulsive volunteer, an avid sportsman, a humourist, but most of all, a man who deeply loved his family and many friends.
Many thanks to our many amazing neighbors who were quick to assist until the Fire Department, Paramedics and the Ottawa Police Department arrived. Also, many thanks to the compassionate and very professional staff of the Kemptville Hospital and the Ottawa Heart Institute. A Celebration of Denny’s life will be held at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, One Hunt Club Road, between 1:00 and 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
In memoriam, donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation; https://foundation.ottawaheart.ca/, would be most appreciated.