Marcel Dery


While the pain of the sudden loss of our father remains, the cherished memories of a life well-lived offer us much comfort. To the end and onward Dad’s guidance, many words of wisdom and consistently positive attitude carry us through good times and adversity alike.

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Marcel passed away peacefully at the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in St. Raymond, Quebec, on October 23, 1944, Marcel Armand Dery was 79 years old. He is now gratefully back in the arms of his cherished wife Monika (nee Steingrube) who passed away in April, 2016. He was also welcomed home by his parents Maurice and Yvette but will be missed terribly by his children: Mathieu (Michelle) – Calgary Alberta; Madeleine (Rui) – Edmonton, Alberta; His beloved grandchildren: Maya – Vancouver, BC; Jacqueline (Josh) and Ethan – Calgary, Alberta; His sister: Diane (Jacques) – Neuville, QC; brother: Robert – St. Raymond, QC.; as well as numerous much-loved nieces, nephews, other family members and his many, many beloved friends.

Marcel’s retirement in 2019 was the culmination of a 50-plus year career that he was very proud of and started by building relationships through the “French Connection” when he arrived in Hinton in 1965. Starting in the forestry and equipment industry, his creativity, ingenuity and drive to build strong, long-lasting relationships soon drove him into the real estate market (Meadowbrook & Century 21 Realty) with dabbles in a car dealership (Westpark Chev Olds) and hospitality (Alpine Park Motor Inn) along the way. Learning some “hard lessons” in the late 80’s, a brief foray into the cities of Edmonton and Montreal taught Marcel that it was better for him to be “a bigger fish in a small sea” and the lure of Hinton resulted with the start of his second act with the formation of Re/Max 2000. His “other family” at Re/Max and across the real estate industry and the many clients he helped along the way share the sting of his loss.
Marcel’s passion for business was matched by his passion for enjoying the outdoors on ATVs. Whether a quick day trip or week-long pack trip, his exploits were legendary. Marcel was a unique and wonderful person with a sense of humour that would light up a crowd anywhere and his legacy to all of us is to live life – eat, drink, visit, travel, adventure and above all LOVE. Whether enjoying the “finer things” or “roughing it”, as long as you’re with friends and loved ones, you’re living! His favourite song by Patrick Norman says “Ne laisse pas passer la chance d’etre aime“ which means never let a chance to be loved pass you by.

Gifted with the touch of bringing people together, his business and personal lives paralleled his conviction of treating everyone fairly and honestly and as he would expect to be treated himself. All of his relationships were also nurtured by his insatiable wish to give and take care of his community.

Our family looks forward to sharing a Celebration of Life soon and in the meantime we hope to hear your favourite stories and “Marcelisms” from those who would like to share their memories through the Condolences below. In lieu of flowers, we welcome you to enjoy a great meal and have a toast to Marcel.

Ride In Peace, Dad.

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2 Condolences

Cayer Reine

Mes sincères sympathies Madeleine et Mathieu et toute la famille et amis. Je garde un grand souvenir de Marcel et Monika dans les années 1977. Marcel homme au grand coeur, rieur et généreux. Repose en paix!

Carson Hobbs

Marcel and Monika were the first two people we met in Hinton and Marcel insisted we would go for supper. After supper Ozo drinks were mandatory and I almost had to carry Cheryl up stairs at the Best Canadian.

Cheryl made a homemade bread pudding for the camp trips. Your dad said it was so good it was a food orgasm. He also told me if I died not to worry because he would look after Cheryl for me….anyone who could cook like that was a keeper. That was the Marcel Cheryl and I loved.