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Submitted by adele on Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:16:PM

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Alain Serge Hodak on November 25th 2022 at the age of 64 following a nearly three-year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Diagnosed in spring of 2019, Alain battled the disease with courage, and faced its consequences with grace and dignity.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, he leaves behind his wife Suzanne (nee Côté), his children Isabelle (Christian Michaud), Christian (Janelle Malo) and Marie-Eve (Chris Fliesser) and his precious grandchildren Élodie and Raphaël. 

Alain was predeceased by his parents: Jean Hodak and Rosette Lessard as well as his sister Jocelyne. 

He also leaves in grief his brother Michel (Monique), sisters Nicole (Marc), Carole (Alain) and Tara (Nico) as well as many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

For most of his career, he worked as an engineer in the Department of National Defence. He passed along his love for engineering to his son, Christian and his daughter, Marie-Eve. Alain was passionate about research and technology development. He was so proud to be the recipient of the first drone-assisted lung transplant.

Above all, he was devoted to his family and friends, and he had an incredible sense of humour.  

The Celebration of Life will be held at the Beechwood Funeral and Cemetery Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa on Saturday April 22, 2023 at 1 p.m. 

Family and friends are all welcome to join us in sharing beautiful memories of Alain.

For those unable to attend, it will be possible to watch the ceremony live via livestream. Click on the above tab to register.

If you feel compelled to donate to a cause in honor of Alain, donations to UHN Foundation to support lung transplant research and innovation at Toronto General Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Please visit or call 416-603-5300. In keeping with Alain’s interests in innovation and research, the funds will be used for continued development of drone-based organ transport systems and support of rapid diagnostics technologies to enable more effective organ assessment and allocation in lung transplantation.  

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/25/2023 - 05:01:PM


Carole Hodak

My dear bro, Slim. . . I miss you and think of you everyday. Fond, happy memories of our reckless youth and road trips , to amazing vacas and bbqs and xmas holidays with my boys and your family . Cherished memory was our oversea's road trip when i turned 50. I will miss you so much! Love you always xxx your little sister Slim xxx

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Joanne & Wiley Francis

We remember Alain as a kind-hearted and extremely generous brother-in-law who loved to bring families and friends together. We miss him very much.

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Monique Dumais & Paul Martin

Nos plus sincères condoléances suite à cette terrible épreuve!

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Nicole Hodak

Dear brother, I wish I could still pick up the phone just to say hi, how’s it going. You are missed and forever in my thoughts.

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Claire Desaulniers

Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille. Je garde un très beau souvenir d’Alain, un des hommes les plus gentil que j’ai eu la chance de connaître. Repose en paix Alain et continue de veiller sur ta famille. Suzanne, Isabelle, MarieEve et Christian je vous envoi un gros câlin.

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Dominique Charlebois

Chère Suzanne,
Mes sincères condoléances. Mes pensées les plus profondes sont avec toi, vos enfants et toute la grande famille. Grosse caresse xoxo

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Andre Sanschagrin

Our lifes tracked together from high school, college, careers and family. We celebrated each milestone most importantly your marrige with Suzanne and the extraordinary family which followed. Though taken far too early your legacy stands.

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Jacques Lefebvre

Mes sincères condoléances à toute la famille. J'ai aussi eu la chance de travailler avec Alain qui était une excellente personne et un très bon collègue. Repose en paix mon copain et continue de veiller sur les tiens.

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Luc Liard

Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille. J'ai rencontré a mon arriver a Ottawa en 2008 et travaillé avec lui jusqua son départ de notre section. Il est un ami, un collogue avec une bonne personalité et il sera grandement manqé .

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Richard Cummings

I worked with Alain for several years in the Light Armoured Vehicle project and Equipment Management Team. At that time he was the Systems Engineer for the LAVs. Alain was a good and fair man. He was a heck of a driver too. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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