- de Gatineau est décédé soudainement à sa résidence le dimanche 3 janvier, 2021 à l’âge de 52 ans. Il était l’époux bien-aimé d’Annie Bourbonnais et le père adoré de Yanick et Noémie. Il laisse également sa mère Jeannette (née Tremblay). Il est prédécédé de son père Raymond Labelle. Il laisse égalment dans le deuil ses deux soeurs.
Passed away unexpectedly at his Gatineau home on Sunday January 3, 2021 at the age of 52. Beloved husband of Annie Bourbonnais and cherished father to Yanick and Noémie. He is survived by his mother Jeannette (née Tremblay) and predeceased by his father Raymond Labelle. He is also mourned by his 2 sisters.
En 1990 Dan s’enrôle aux Forces canadiennes à Montréal en tant que communicateur naval, il a été muté à Halifax et compléta son contrat de 3 ans. Il s’enrôle de nouveau en 1998 pendant la tempête de verglas et en 2005 il devient spécialiste en communications et renseignements. Pendant sa carrière Dan passera 734 jours en mer et servira sur le NCSM PRESERVER, NCSM FREDERICTON et la Station Leitrim.
Dan first joined the CAF in 1990 in Montreal as a Naval Communicator and was posted in Halifax and completed his 3-year contract. He re-enrolled in 1998 during the ice storm. He changed trades to Signals Intelligence Specialist in 2005. Throughout his career he spent 734 days at sea and was posted to HMCS PRESERVER, HMCS FREDERICTON, and CFS Leitrim.
De Juin 2015 à février 2016 il est déployé à bord du NCSM WINNIPEG au soutien de l’opération REASSURANCE et l’opération ARTEMIS. Il était récipiendaire des médailles et décorations suivantes; Médaille du service spécial – OTAN (MSS-OTAN) / Médaille de l'OTAN Article 5 pour l'opération “Active Endeavour” / Décoration des Forces canadiennes (CD) avec 1ère barrette / Médaille du service en Asie du Sud-Ouest (MSASO + barrette Afghanistan). Avec le temps passé sur les navires canadiens en mer il devient récipiendaire de l’Insigne de service de mer (bronze).
He deployed on board HMCS WINNIPEG from June 2015 - February 2016 in support of OP REASSURANCE and OP ARTEMIS. He was presented with the following Decorations and Medals: Special Service Medal-NATO (SSM-NATO) / NATO Art5 - OP ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR / Canadian Forces Decoration - 1st Clasp (CD 1 st Clasp) / South-West Asia Service Medal and Afghan Bar (SWASM + Afghan Bar). His time spent at sea earned him a bronze Sea Service Insigna.
Daniel était un joueur passionné d’échecs avec un esprit stratégique. Durant certains jours tranquilles au travail, il tentait de recruter de nouveau joueurs ou à discuter la fine pointe du jeu d’échecs en jouant avec ses collègues. Il était également très passionné par son métier et tous ses collègues bénéficiaient de son mentorat, son humour et son professionnalisme.
Dan was a passionate chess player with a great strategic mind, on quiet workdays he would always be trying to recruit new chess players or discussing finer points of the game while playing with interested co-workers. Passionate about his trade, Dan was appreciated by his fellow colleagues for his mentorship, sense of humour and professionalism.
Son temps libre était dévoué à sa famille, le véritable centre de son univers. Il était l’exemple parfait d’un père doux, drôle, protecteur et attentionné, ainsi qu’un époux affectueux, attentif et aimant.
His spare time was mostly devoted to his family, the centre of his universe. He was the perfect fatherly example; gentle, funny, protective, considerate and an affectionate, attentive and loving husband.
Les funérailles en présence de l’urne aura lieu en l’Espace sacré du Centre commémoratif national Beechwood, 280 av. Beechwood, le jeudi 14 janvier, 2021 à 13h suivit de l’inhumation avec honneurs militaires au Cimetière militaire national des Forces canadiennes. Étant donné les critères de limite maximale de capacité imposés en raison de la pandémie, ceux qui désirent assister à la diffusion en direct de la cérémonie sont priés de s’enregistrer en utilisant le lien suivant : https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pB2uGOzRR-CGpLhuZzvoPg
Funeral Service will be held in the Sacred Space of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. Thursday January 14 at 13:00 followed by interment with military honours at the National Military Cemetery. Given the capacity attendance limits imposed during the pandemic, those wishing to attend the service virtually can register for the livestream service with the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pB2uGOzRR-CGpLhuZzvoPg
Au lieu de fleurs, des dons à l’organisme charitable de votre choix seraient appréciés.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice will be appreciated.
My friend..... I simply cannot find the words to express how very much I appreciated the beautiful, kind soul you were. You were a constant and important part of my 16 year career, often lifting me up with your smile and positivity during the really tough moments. How can I even begin to explain how much you gave to me and so many others? You were the man behind the curtain, working your magic, mentoring and guiding, sharing your knowledge and passion for the work we do. You were so humble, I doubt that you truly understood what an incredible and enduring impact you have had on our trade...on our people...both the old guard and the new. I made a point of telling you so throughout the years but you always shrugged it off. So unaware of your own brilliance. Above all else, you were a truly, truly kind and beautiful human being. 16 years....of you calling me Sheila even though you insisted you knew my name. 16 years of walking past your desk and seeing you with your glasses on your forehead, your nose two inches from the monitor and squinting at the screen. 16 years of me asking you if you wanted me to hold the screen closer so you could read the print. 16 years of you saying..."No thanks, Sheila...I can see okay." 16 years of us both laughing like we hadn't done that shtick a million times before. I think I found the words.....thank you. Thank you for giving me the privilege of your friendship. Thank you for inspiring me to be better. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to all of us. Thank you for bringing such pride to the uniform you wore so incredibly well. I will miss you my friend. Rest in peace.
Annie, Yanick and Noémie....thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this amazing man with us. He was simply the best....never to be forgotten. My deepest sympathies. Know that you are in my thoughts.
Shelly "Sheila" xoxo
I have Dan to thank for so much of my knowledge. His passion and commitment to this trade inspired others to be their best. He always had the time to mentor or talk through ideas. I will greatly miss chatting with Dan, getting excited about future opportunities to improve our work. He was an incredible person, and I feel lucky to have known him. My sincere condolences. RIP Dan. You will be greatly missed.
Dan was my Navy Buddy, An amazing, funny and patient man, we had so many stories and tales we told each other when we sailed. You'll be missed Dan. I'll treasure all those conversations and interactions we had. Condolances to his family.
I didn't work work you for the longest time
But for the time I did you taught me so much. Going to miss work with you Dan! You were always so happy and full of laughs when we saw each other.
Dan was a lovely man and I am so honoured to have been a colleague of his over the years. He had such a bright smile and was always laughing. Dan, you will be missed by so many and we are so lucky to have had you in our lives. My thoughts are with your family and friends during this difficult time. You will be remembered always. We have the watch.
My mentor, role model, and guide. Not a day passes at work where I wouldn't think of something you taught me. You gave me so much. Thank you so much Dan, for everything. The floor won't be the same without you. We will do our absolute best to preserve your dedication and passion.
Mandy and Chris Armstrong
Our condolences to you, Annie and kids. Dan was such a wonderful co-worker and friend. We will forever remember him when we go camping.
With the short time getting to know Dan, he proved to be one of the best people I had the honor of meeting and getting to know. With him came a wealth of care and knowledge! He was always down to talk both. It was fun listening to your sea stories and sharing experiences, thank you so much for your guidance. You made a great impact on so many lives and will be missed dearly, rest easy now. I offer my condolences to the Labelle family.
Dan, you were the highlight of most days coming in to work. Always chipper with a great sense of humour and brought smiles to everyones faces. You would always come over to collaborate with me and we'd exchange banter, and no one can encapsulate that same energy you brought with you. You will forever make your mark on our floor, and we will be missing you. RIP, and I wish Dan's family the best in these unfortunate times.
My heart stoped to beat for few seconds when his wife called me with the sad news. I cannot believe that Dan is gone. I remember all the time we spent talking about how a proper leader should mentor his subordinates. He had a nice view of what the military life style should be, a bit old school but it made alot of sense. He was very proud of what he was doing and his commitment and loyalty to the CAF were remarkables. He loved to wear the Navy uniform and he shared alot of good story with me. You will be missed my friend. RIP brother. We have the watch!!!