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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 Fri, 04/21/2023 - 03:39:PM


Khaled Boustany Family

Dear Alain,

I cannot believe still that you left us. I will always remember the first time we met with Isabelle on a training bike with Suzanne when you moved with Annick and Chantal back around 1995..or earlier.

You and Suzanne were so happy and we spoke and laughed. It was the beginning of a friendship for us and our kids.

You always be missed.

Suzanne, Isabelle,Christian et Marie Eve my condolences to the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and also a friend of mine.

May God and his angels be beside you during this Passage. May Alain memories and love last a life time more in your heart and mind.

Sorry for your Loss.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/21/2023 - 06:45:PM


Terri Holford

My deepest condolences to all of Alain's family. We worked together for over 25 years and spent a lot of time talking about family, travel and technology. I will miss him. RIP Alain.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/22/2023 - 02:25:AM


Jean-Charles Hodak

Alain, my dear older cousin,
Fatiha, our two children and I will be missing you. All our thougts and love to Suzanne, your three children, and your own brother and sisters and their families.
We share with them overwhelming sadness no words can express.
From Paris where Alain often travelled, we had the chance to share his kind and loving attentions. We cherish his witty look on life and people, and the way he embraced the world with insatiable curiosity and enthousiasm. Always caring for people, caring for relatives, and caring each second for his loving family.
With just a few words or even just a cheerful gaze, Alain spread sparkles of happiness.
And, with the faithfullness and constancy of Alain, so many sparkles became a long lasting and inspiring source of light.
Alain stood as the unifying bridge between overseas relatives in France and North America. And that, we shall carry on with him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/22/2023 - 11:41:AM


Chantal Goyette et famillef

Sincere condolences to our good friends and neighbours, the Hodak family. We were so fortunate to have met you., Alain was so proud of his beautiful wife, Suzanne, and his ) children, Isabelle, Christian and Marie Eve,. A generous and fun loving man, he had a zest for life and adventure and he enjoyed many beautiful adventures in different parts of the world. A social man, he had a variety of interests. He was an amateur of good food and drink. He was often surrounded by family and friends who shared his love of good food, games, puzzles, dogs, birds, and sports. Alain's absence will be missed by so many family and friends and colleagues. I know we will miss him dearly.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/22/2023 - 12:03:PM


Judy and Michael Fluckiger

We were so very sorry to hear of Alain's passing Suzanne. Our deepest condolences to you and to your family.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/23/2023 - 04:29:PM


Eric Sheikh

Our Deepest sympathy to the Kodak family. I had the chance to work with Alain and always could count on his in-depth knowledge, experience and calm approach to help us with challenges and initiatives. A true grandfather of many revolutionary processes in fleet management at DND were based on Alain's ingenuity. He will be truly missed by many. We are very thankful for having known Alain and having benefited from this great person.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/02/2024 - 02:43:PM


Jean-Luke Noël

Je viens d’apprendre, avec un an de retard, le décès d’Alain. J’ai eu la chance de travailler avec lui, comme fournisseur, sur le programme LAV. Alain était un grand ingénieur qui a laissé sa marque sur ce programme important pour la défense de notre pays.
J’ai beaucoup apprécié son sens de l’humour et son humanité. Il nous manquera.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/15/2024 - 03:20:PM


Danielle McLean

It is with profound respect and admiration that I write about Alain Serge Hodak, whose pioneering spirit in the realm of drone-assisted organ delivery has left an indelible mark on the world. Although I only became aware of Alain's groundbreaking journey today, his bravery and the impact of his contributions have deeply inspired me. Alain's legacy transcends his achievements; it is also reflected in the courage he demonstrated and the hope he has given to many facing similar battles. His story will be a beacon of innovation and resilience that I am committed to sharing with others. To Alain's family, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. His extraordinary life has not only advanced medical technology but has also touched hearts far and wide, including mine.

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