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Roger René Damphousse

It is with great sorrow and a deep sense of loss that we announce the passing of Roger Damphousse on March 23, 2019 at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus at the age of 75. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Lionel Damphousse and Eva Damphousse (Charlebois) of Vanier, ON. He is deeply mourned by his common-law wife, love and dear friend Lucie Gosset (aka Lauren Hall) and her son Nick (Tracy) Gosset.
Survived by his children, Alain, Sandra, Nathalie Laplante (Stéphane Charlebois); grandpapa (GP) to Keven and Jessica Damphousse, Audrée and Michaël La Salle, great granddaughter Laïla Damphousse.

Already greatly missed by his siblings Helene (Andre Landry), Claude (Monique Raymond), Claire, Pauline (Peter Sinclair) and Aline (Mauro Cuccaro). Uncle Rog was very special to his nieces and nephews : Sylvie and Guylaine Roy, Mélanie, Chantal and Michel Damphousse and Chanel Damphousse as well as great nephews and nieces. Up to the last minute, Roger enjoyed a very successful career for 32 years with Fenex Windows and Doors in Orleans and will forever be remembered by all his colleagues for his wit and gregarious laugh.

Roger had a wide range of interests but his greatest passion was music. In 2007, along with his brother Claude (aka Quincy), they were inducted in the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame. Musicians from across the country, north, south, east and west, are in deep pain today thinking of their talented and accomplished friend, Roger Rabbit. His other favorite passtime was riding on his Harley with his buddies to see the world. They know who they are. He would want us to thank the wonderful doctors and the nurses of the 5th floor west wing, Ottawa Hospital General Campus, for their excellent care and Dr. Prisilla Bright, his personal GP.

As per Roger’s wish, there will be no visitation or service. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Let the Good Times Roll
Laissez les bons temps rouler

53 thoughts on “Roger René Damphousse”

  1. Aline says:

    Roger, my Bro,

    I will miss you terribly my drinking buddy.

    We’ve had laughs, and crazier laughs, and plenty of parties. You were greater than life and enjoyed it to the fullest. Don’t stop now.

    I will miss our chats… when I could get a word in. OK, c’est mon tour… LOL

    Rest in peace my dear bro. Glad we had our last beer last Monday.

    Your sis…Toots

  2. Nathalie Laplante says:

    Dad
    Mon beau petit papa d’amour, je t’aime et je chéris précieusement les moments partagés avec toi.
    Merci pour tout
    Ta fille Nathalie
    Xox Xox

  3. Sylvain La Salle says:

    Roger, c’est avec tristesse que je t’écris aujourd’hui ce petit mot pour te dire merci, merci pour ce que tu as fait pour Michaël, Audrée et moi.

    Ta joie de vivre était contamineuse et un modèle pour moi. Je garderai en moi tous les beaux souvenirs passés ensemble.

    Repose en paix cher Roger

  4. Keven Gaudreault Damphousse says:

    You’ll be greatly missed gp!!! To some you where my grandfather but to me you where more like a mentor that I will never forget, you guided me to the light and now it is your turn, the light will guide you! RIP ❤😘

  5. Mauro Cuccaro says:

    Goodbye my very good friend. I will miss our long discussions and shared laughs over a beer or two. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration in my life. I love you my brother.

  6. Roch Lapensee says:

    Met Roger once at the Moose Lodge in Vanier. Lauren which i’ve known for many years had invited me to go over and do a couple songs. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Roger and keep playing and singing up there. Rocky.Lapensée

  7. Serge and Judy Millen says:

    We are so very happy to have known you Roger and Serge will never forget you as he danced so hard with your playing the violin that he couldn’t straighten up for 6 wks and I know Lauren remembers that – what a man of great talent and such a wonderful musician. Our hearts go out to your family and to your sweetheart Lauren – who we dearly love. Keep playing your music and your loved ones will hear it.

  8. Bob Boucher says:

    From the days at the Golden Rail, Rog became my guitar mentor. When he decided to take a break from traveling with the often-renamed group of musicians/brothers, eventually becoming Tenderfoot, I was asked to step into an impossible spot to fill. Of course I could never replace or even come close to his talents (on and off stage!). He was and will remain my mentor but most of all, I will miss the respect and friendship we had for each other…
    Heartfelt condolences to you Lauren and families.
    Bob Boucher

  9. Darlene (Voyce) & Dan Monette says:

    Lucy, Our deepest sympathy to you & the family. So sorry to hear this.

  10. Line Cardinal says:

    My deepest sympathies to you my dear friend Lauren an family I met Roger a few months ago and something I will never forget about him is his smile and the love of life he had in him. Music will always be in him.

  11. Darlene MacDonald says:

    Lucy:
    Very sorry for your loss.💕. Thinking of you in your time of sadness. Hugs my friend.💜

  12. Elaine Dumais says:

    To my dear friend Lauren, Hélène, the Damphousse family, Roger’s children, grand-children and Pat, my sincere condolences. The Moose lodge is were we met and he immediately made me feel at home. He was so much fun to be around, his great laugh and smile and his willingness to help, a real gentleman. I will cherish all the great memories and hold on to them forever. RIP my friend.

  13. Céline Dufour says:

    Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille…. tout comme Roger, vous faites partie de mon ancienne vie et je sais comment c’est douloureux pour vous tous. Qu’il repose en paix…

  14. Lucie De Beaumont says:

    Lucie, (Lauren)
    Although I only knew Roger for 4+ years, I loved him from get go. I will miss seeing that great smile and hearing him sing that old fiddle song of his. To me, you guys were in perfect harmony…in voice & as a couple.
    My sincere sympathy to you and yours.
    Another angel to watch over you…
    Love you my friend…xo

  15. Nicole Chadourne says:

    Quel choc d’apprendre cette triste nouvelle. Rog nous manquera terriblement. Sa grande joie de vivre était contagieuse. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec la famille. Veille bien sur nous Roger !

  16. Andre Charlebois says:

    To all of my cousins and Lucy, I wish to offer all of you my deepest sympathy, I surly will miss Roger, he was genuine man and always enjoyed being around him, especially during family gatherings also referred to as party’s , band jams. sorry for your loss,

  17. Peggy McCann says:

    So very sad that another great entertainer is gone too soon. I’ve known Roger since we played at the Golden Rail way back in the 70’s. An amazing talent and great person. He will be greatly missed by so many but especially you Lauren and his family. Stay strong and cherish all the wonderful memories you made. He will always be in your heart. Sending hugs

  18. Bruce McConville says:

    Dear Roger,

    I will forever miss you my good friend. It was a pure pleasure getting to know you. It was a tue privilege to hear and dance to your music. It was an honour working and volunteering with you at the Moose and with SOS Vanier in our shared communities. It was and still is, a joy to be your friend. Thanks for having my back. You will always remain in my coner with your smile, your laughs and your genuine care for others. You are a very special soul and may god bless you for all you have done for others. Adieu till we meet again. Sincere condolences to Lauren and Pat, your family and so many friends.

  19. Yolande,Sue,Peter,Jackie,John,Debbie,Kim,Jacques&Diane says:

    Lauren
    Our sincere sympathies. Roger was a special man, excellent musician and always ready to help anyone in need. He will never be forgotten.
    There are some who bring a light so great to people that even after they have gone the light remains and that was certainly our friend Roger
    Roger was a beautiful soul-we always felt so special and privileged to have been his friend.
    RIP My friend

  20. Yolande Lauzon says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the Damphousse Family during this difficult time
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    RIP Roger

    Yolande Lauzon & Family
    Sue Chapman & Family

  21. Lise charlebois says:

    to the whole family, we are sending our condolences and sympathy you will be missed you were great at family parties to love Lise mary roger and Paul Charlebois from your cousins

  22. Pat Kennedy says:

    I really am finding this tough, but I am so ever greatful for the Damphousse family accepting me as one of them, Hélène, André, Claude, Monique, Pauline, Peter, Aline and Mauro. Children, nieces and nephews. Roger and Lauren always accepted me as their adopted Mother. I will always love the whole Damphousse family and treasure the many nights they let me have the spare bed room to sleep over. Will continue to stand by my dear Lauren. Roger thank you for the many jams you did at the Moose we have lost the best musician along with The other great band members who played along side of you and a great singer and your sweetheart Lauren who played at the Moose. Thank you to all the Damphousse family love you all. R.I.P dear Roger. 🙏❤️

  23. SUZANNE DENOMMEE says:

    IT IS UNBELIEVABLE HOW FAST YOU CAN LOOSE A GOOD FRIEND IN YOUR LIFE. I AM VERY SAD FOR HIS ENTIRE FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY FOR LAUREN AND HELENE THAT I KNOW VERY WELL. ROGER HAD A GOOD SOUL FILLED WITH LOTS OF LIFE .WE SHOULD ALL TAKE A CHAPTER FROM HIS BOOK. LETS ALL CELEBRATE HIS LIFE WITH MUSIC AND GOOD MEMORIES. WISHING HIM LOTS OF MUSIC, LOVE, JOY AND PEACE IN HIS NEXT JOURNEY.

  24. Anne Morin says:

    You meet people who forget you.
    You forget people you meet.
    But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget and that is Roger!🙏💐

  25. Jonah Wabano says:

    I will forever miss you my friend, it was great to sing and perform on the same stage as you! You gave me any great tips on my vocals and my music that I will never forget! Roger, love and miss you !

  26. Charlene Rose Serre says:

    When I think of Roger, a memory of seeing him on stage playing and singing “the devil came down from Georgia” is still vivid to this day. This was years and years ago, and I will never forget it. I thought he was just so cool. I wil always remember that deep voice of his when he would see me and hug me at some of the family gatherings that I have attended over the years.
    He was for sure one of a kind and I will never meet anyone like him again. Rest in Peace Roger …you certainly deserve it.
    My deepest and most sincere condolences to Helene, Claude, Claire, Pauline and my friend of 40+ years Aline.
    Take care of yourselves.

  27. Dawn Jones says:

    Lucie and family:
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Know that we are thinking of you at this time. Prayers for comfort, acceptance and peace are said for you. Take care.

  28. Doreen Banville says:

    My deepest condolences to you Lauren, Helene and family for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  29. Chanel Damphousse says:

    Uncle Rog : Hard to believe we’re already saying goodbye. You were still so young, with so much joie de vivre. I think back on your life and am inspired to live each day to its fullest the way you did. I am grateful to have been born into our unique and talented musical family… the Christmas parties, the margarita parties, the jams… I will miss listening to you play Big Mamou. I wish you were still here but take comfort in knowing you are in a better place. Love you!

  30. doria says:

    Anna-Reggie-Bea-Doria
    Deepeless sympaty and support to Laureen and family.
    We will mist a good friend and a very good musician.

  31. Sherry Drew (Jodoin) says:

    I only met Roger once at the Ottawa-Gloucester Sports Club, but he was a very close friend and fellow musician with my Dad, Wilf Jodoin. They graced the stage many times together and my Dad spoke so fondly of Roger. Dad has been gone since November 1993, but I wanted to send my condolences to Roger’s family. May he Rest In Peace.

  32. Janet Mayhew says:

    I knew Roger when I was a young child and he was in a relationship with my aunt Laurie. I didn’t know him very well, but I know my family was always very fond of him. He seemed like a happy-go-lucky guy who loved to have a good time. Sending my condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.

  33. John Feihl says:

    Hot guitar player. Superb musician. Loved to tell drummers (and Quincy) how to play. Vital. Vibrant. Dynamic. Passionate. Energetic. Happy. Jovial. Joking. Cordial. Caring. Interested. Generous. Loving. Playful. Story teller. Head strong. Could sell air conditioners in the winter and heaters in the summer. Allergic to seafood and cats. Always late. Rabbit: You brought music into our lives. You’re a great friend who has left a hole in our hearts and who will be missed by all. We are lucky to have known you and your spirit lives on.
    The Gup

  34. Francine Tremblay says:

    I will miss you my old friend!! I think John Feihl described you perfectly!!

    Love you always!!
    Francine.

  35. Paul Daoust says:

    Shocking to lose a friend of over 50 years. Many great memories.

  36. Liliane Keeler says:

    À toute la famille:
    Hélène, Claire, Claude, Pauline et Aline,
    Nous vous offrons nos sincères condoléances.
    Les fans de Roger se souviendront de lui et de sa musique! ❤
    Madeleine Glandon
    Rachel Robillard
    Denis Keeler
    Liliane Keeler

  37. Yvette l Duquette says:

    Mes sympathies à la famille Damphouse ses avec grand regret que j’ai appris le décès de Roger .
    Repose en paix. Yvette l Duquette

  38. Richard Cote says:

    I first met Roger in 1964 in Lac Ste Marie,the following year we were playing together at the Alexandria Hotel in Buckingham Qc.
    Got together again in 1991 while we were both into motorcycles,took many rides and trips together.
    We will miss you my friend.
    RIP.

  39. Debbie McCann says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. My deepest condolences to the Damphouse Family, and to Lauren. I have So many fond memories making music with him. Sincerely,
    Debbie McCann

  40. Debbie McCann says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. My deepest condolences to the Damphouse Family, and to Lauren. I have So many fond memories making music with him. Sincerely,
    Debbie McCann

  41. Debbie McCann says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. My deepest condolences to the Damphouse Family, and to Lauren. I have So many fond memories making music with him. Sincerely,
    Debbie McCann

  42. Terrie Houle says:

    My sympathy Lauren, mes sympathies Hélène and to both of your families. Sending you hugs and lots of courage! RIP Roger, now you can sing and play music for the angels! 🎷 🎤 🎻 🎼

  43. Gerry Pushman says:

    My deepest condolences to both Lauren and the Damphouse families for their loss. He will truly be missed by all.

  44. Caitlin MacGregor says:

    Like Janet M, I also knew ‘Uncle’
    Roger through our Aunt Laurie. He was charming, funny, and always great with us kids. Even though Laurie and Roger broke up in the late 80s, he made a point of coming to some MacGregor family functions over the years, and it was always a joy for everyone to see him. Laurie spoke of him with incredible fondness right up until her passing last March. My sincere condolences to Lauren and the Damphousse family.

  45. Sylvie St-Denis says:

    Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute famille Damphouse c’est avec tristesses et regret que j’ai appris le décès de Roger. Je n’oublierai jamais sa joie de vivre, son sourire contagieux, sa musique. Repose en paix mon beau Roger. Tu resteras inoubliable.

  46. Fenex Windows & Doors says:

    Could not have asked for a more loyal and confident co-worker, Roger was certainly a trooper. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences to his dear love Lauren and his family.

  47. Carol Drummond says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Lucy. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Carol and Ron Drummond
    (Voyce)

  48. Alain Charlebois says:

    To the Damphousse family, our deepest sympathy. May his joie de vivre bring happy memories and help you ease your pain during these difficult times. Alain et Denis

  49. Vincent Ranger says:

    Je connais Roger depuis 2009, le Moose. Je vais manquer ta musique surtout les chansons cajuns. C’est avec tristesse que j’ai appris la nouvelle. Tu manqueras a beaucoup de gens. Mes sincère sympathies à toute ta famille surtout, Lauren et Hélène. Bon courage.

  50. Ghyslaine Damphousse says:

    A la famille Damphousse,
    Mes plus sincères condoléances!
    Bon Courage!!

  51. kathleen Johnston says:

    Lauren Bob and I send you our deepest sympathies in loss of your soul mate. We Loved and enjoyed Roger’s music very much. If there is any thing we can do for you please let us know.

    Regards Kathy J.

  52. Sylvie et Bertrand says:

    Salut cher Roger, nos souvenirs sont remplis de musique, de rire, de Mexicali Rosas etc… Bertrand et moi te disons adieu. Nous te remercions pour les beaux, très beaux, moments passés avec toi et ta merveilleuse famille.

    Hélène, Pauline, Aline, feu Cid et Chanel, les enfants de Roger que n’avons pas connus, nos plus sincères sympathies 😘😘😘😘😘

  53. Helene Damphousse says:

    Dear Bro: I guess I’ll probably be the last one writing in this book. It’s June 24th and still so hard to comprehend what has happened to our Clan with you and Aline gone. Help us make it through.
    Big Sis Helene, forever love.

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