Roch “Rocky” Gustave DeTonnancour


The family of Roch “Rocky” DeTonnancour is saddened to announce his passing on Friday, September 2, 2022 just two days before his 95th birthday. He passed away quietly at his home with family members present.

Roch was born on September 4, 1927 on the farmstead in Morinville, Alberta, and was the second of three children born to Romuald and Catherine DeTonnancour. Like most rural lads of the time, he worked on the farm and attended school until such time as he was old enough to strike out on his own. His first job was at Tremblay’s Garage in Morinville where he started out pumping gas and worked his way up to a mechanic – in those days, you learned on the job. He also worked with heavy equipment and travelled to Northern B.C. for a time to work on the Alaska Highway. Roch’s most notable employment, however, was with the city of Edmonton where he ended his long career as Supervisor of Gravel Operations. He retired in 1992 after more than 30 years of service.

Roch was known as “Rocky” or “Frenchy”. As a young man, he played in a band with his sister Marielle and some of their cousins. He loved dancing, music, singing, travelling with friends, golfing and was an active member of the Moose Club and the Kingsway Branch of the Legion. There were two things Roch was very passionate about: playing crib, and driving. He was exceptionally talented (or lucky!) at crib and thoroughly enjoyed beating his opponents. As for driving, it was his independence and he was delighted that he had been able to pass the exam for another year. Roch had a sharp wit, a great sense of humour, was a devoted friend and helpful neighbour – always willing to lend a helping hand.

Roch was pre-deceased by his parents Romuald and Catherine, brother Leo and two nephews. He leaves to mourn his sister Marielle of Morinville, Alberta, a sister-in-law, two nieces, six nephews and numerous great- and great-great- nieces and nephews as well as friends and neighbours.

As per his request, there will be no visitation or funeral. A private burial will be held in the near future. Cremation has already taken place.

“We will see you on the other side of the stars.”

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Annette Bachand

My thoughts are with Rocky’s family and friends. I have many fond memories of him when I was growing up. He gave my Grandmother a wonderful home and life and for that, I am grateful. I asked him a couple of years ago, what was his secret to a long life and typical Rocky, he told me, ‘Don’t get married, don’t have kids.’ I loved his sense of humour and was blessed to have known him.

Ray and Eileen Slade and Family

Ray and Eileen Slade are so very sorry for the loss of such an amazing friend as Rocky. Ray and Rocky spent many great times together. Lots of crib games (and beer, ha ha!) and dinners with our family. We will miss him but are grateful for all the wonderful memories we have to hold onto.