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Donnie Deveau

Donnie Deveau

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Donnie Deveau, 65, of Petit Etang, NS after a brief battle with cancer on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Donnie was born on July 3, 1957 in Cheticamp, NS to Isabelle (Chiasson) and the late Thomas Deveau.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Munro) of Fort McMurray, AB and his children and their loving partners who became his children, Lynn LeBlanc (Basil), Fort McMurray, AB, Sonya Deveau (Craig), Carleton Place, ON, and Tim Deveau (Leah), Fort McMurray, AB.   He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, Landon and Peyton LeBlanc of Fort McMurray.   Surviving are his sisters, Gloria LeFort (Leonard), Marleen Aucoin (the late Roland), Linda Beaton (John) and Shelley LeLievre (the late Alex John) and their children.   He is also survived by Joel LeBlanc who he loved like a son and Joel’s family, Kelly, Danielle and Malorie.

Donnie was a 40+ year member of UA Local 682 United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters of Sydney, NS and Local 146 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Edmonton, AB.  His career took him to many projects and places in his lifetime and many fond friendships came from his travels.  In 1986, he realized the dream of spending some time on the water when he bought a crab fishing enterprise in Area 19 off his beloved Cheticamp.  This allowed him to spend more time at home with his growing family.   He loved being on the water and went on to grow the business, eventually expanding into the groundfish fishery in the gulf and the tuna fishery off southwestern NS. He would remain captain aboard the MV Sonya Lynn, lovingly named after his beautiful daughters, until the Cod moratorium when he retired from the fishery and returned full time to construction.

There was always a plan after becoming empty nesters and that was to travel together and work would determine the destination, there was so much left to do.  In 2010, empty nest status achieved, Donnie and Karen closed the house and headed out west to Fort McMurray, it seemed the logical place and after all, their first grandchild was on the way. Cheticamp would be a summer gathering place for the family and a place for future retirement.  Donnie would spend the last 10 years of his career as part of the Suncor Oilsands family in Fort McMurray in the coker department where he was a valued and respected member of the team.  While they jokingly referred to him as the old guy, he usually retorted that he knew more than they would ever know, and all agreed that was likely the truth.   Travel plans ended there because work was abundant, and family was close. Donnie would remain there until Covid 19 had him retire home to Cape Breton where he would putter and welcome visitors into his garage and if you ever needed a tool, something fixed, a cold one, a bit of advice (or a lot), or just a good stern pep talk, you knew you’d find it there. You didn’t need to look any further.

Special thanks to Drs. Paul Sonier and Amélie Maillet, Johanne Doucet, and all the medical staff at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for everything you have done. There are truly no words to fully describe how wonderful you all are.  We would like to acknowledge the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and ask that if you wish to make a donation in his memory, please donate to the foundation that cares of and gives comfort to people like Donnie who require special care and support in their end-of-life journey.

Because of Covid restrictions, there will be no visitation or funeral at this time. We will all meet in Cape Breton at a later date and in respecting his wishes, as a family, we will take one last sail with him to his favorite fishing grounds to scatter his ashes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

What feels like the end of the world is really a pathway to a far better place.”



  • Yvette & Marcel Bourgeois September 12, 2022 10:13 pm

    Our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Marie dodge September 8, 2022 11:16 am

    Our sincere Condolences to the whole Family .from John and I .

  • Marie Therese Aucoin September 8, 2022 10:08 am

    Our sympathies to Karen, Lynn, Sonya & Tim….also to Isabelle, Gloria, Marleen,Linda, & Shelley ❤

  • Solange M Mombourquette September 8, 2022 7:22 am

    My deepest condolences to the Deveau Family. May the great memories you’ve shared with Donnie help you all through this difficult time.

  • Karen & Gerard September 7, 2022 10:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss…. Sincere sympathy to all family, extended family & friends
    May he RIP….

  • Thelma Boudreau September 7, 2022 6:11 pm

    Sincere condolences to all of Donnie’s family

  • Wayne & Marielle LeBlanc September 7, 2022 2:07 pm

    Our deepest condolences to all of Donnie’s family. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  • Wayne/Doreen MacKinnon September 7, 2022 1:07 pm

    Sincere condolences to all Donnie’s family. So very sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Annie Mae Chiasson September 7, 2022 8:54 am

    Gloria, Shelley. Lynn and family, I am so sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

  • Marlene Moore-Power September 7, 2022 7:55 am

    My most sincere condolences Karen and also to all the family … may god guide you all through this grieving period .. RIP Donnie 🙏

  • Rosie Grace September 7, 2022 7:34 am

    Sincerest condolences to Donnie’s family and many friends. Thinking of you during this difficult time. xo

  • Alfredine September 7, 2022 7:23 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to the family.

  • Jill Searle September 7, 2022 7:09 am

    Lynn, Basil and Family,

    I am saddened by the passing of your father and would like to extend my deepest condolences to you all.

  • Doris Poirier September 7, 2022 6:49 am

    Sympathies to all of Donnie’s family and many friends.

  • Patricia and Brian September 7, 2022 6:36 am

    Our sincere condolences to the family

  • Irvinna September 7, 2022 1:11 am

    You were always a constant in our lives and You will be missed
    Hope You and Dad can reminisce about the old times and enjoy a good feed of “faillots rouge” Les beans de la camp a Irvin a ton conte

    RIP my friend

  • Ashley September 7, 2022 12:54 am

    Dean Lynn and Family. Thinking of you in this difficult time. Father’s are so special and you will all continue to make him a proud Dad.

  • Doug Deveaux September 7, 2022 12:20 am

    Condolences Karen to you and your family along with Donnie’s siblings. May you Rest In Peace Donnie.

  • Aurel Muise September 6, 2022 11:00 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Karen, Lynn, Sonya, Tim and Donny’s sisters Gloria, Marlene, Shelley and Linda and all extended family and friends. May you RIP Donny.

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