- 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.
Colonel Mark Parsons
On a tous perdu un ami extraordinaire, un chic type qui nous a tous inspiré par sa bonne humeur et sa passion. Je n’oublierai jamais nos bons moments en mer!
Dan was my roommate in Nellies Block, CFB Esquimalt in 1991. I never forget him asking me to trim his hair and I confidently said I knew how..he wasn’t impressed with the results. Rest in peace old friend. “Close the lights”
Annie, Yanick and Noemie...Soniya, Ash and I send our condolences to you all and wish we had had the chance to come visit you more often. I consider Dan one of my closer friends here in Ottawa and he is such a great guy. My time at work was made that more entertaining when we’d work together, making me look forward to going in for another day, wondering what new topic of conversation would have that day. Even after shuffling over to a new place, our conversations would still keep going through chat...and those chats will be more silent now, making my days a bit too quiet.
His bright smile and laughter were infectious and I know everyone at work admired and enjoyed his company. I know I learned a lot from him as did many others. He was a comrade and friend to many and will be truly missed.
The CAF has lost one of its best.
Rest in Peace, Dan.
Dan was a hard worker. I remember his sharp mind and witty remarks. He truly lit up the room and was always positive. My sincerest condolences to his family. Dan, I was proud to serve with you and you'll be missed.
Dan was a mentor for me and so many of my colleagues. He was friendly, patient, kind, and knowledgeable. He gave so selflessly and will be missed by so many.
I had the pleasure of sharing the bridge with Dan on the Hmcs Fredericton. He was so patient and kind. His smile had the power to lift spirits. I'm honored I got to meet the man. I offer my condolences to all his family.
My condolences to the Labelle family. My thoughts are with you during this terrible time. I've enjoyed hours of discussions with Dan, who profoundly knew our core mission deeply and the trade and the military broadly. I've enjoyed talking with Dan about our trade challenges at depth, with his passion for our mission always at the forefront. I appreciated how, even in the most pressured situations, he was always positive and smiling. I respected his concern for others at all times, never about himself, and his humble and earnest dedication to both his CAF and his direct family. Dan, we're diminished today with your loss. Rest in peace, we respectfully take up your Watch
We were saddened to hear of the death of another good man taken too soon. Our Condolences go out to all Dan's family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
During our last year of work together Dan made time to ask me how I was doing every day he was in. More importantly, he always truly listened to and cared about the answer.
He was an uncommonly decent man, quick to extend kindness, generous with his time and expertise and always patient. I deeply miss our talks together about our familes and fatherhood. My deepest condolences to the family.
On behalf of Canadian Forces Information Operations Group, my condolences to Dan's family and friends. Thank you for your dedicated service to our Nation!