Dennis Lee Pascut
May 6, 1944 ~ December 29, 2016
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dennis Lee Pascut of Creston, BC, who passed away at Drumheller Health Centre on December 29, 2016 at the age of 72.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Ellen Pascut (nee Jutras), and their three daughters: Karen Pascut (Dan) of Grande Prairie, AB, Deanna Chambers (Chris) and Michelle Williams (Tyler) of Drumheller, AB; and two sons: Steven Pascut of Ottawa, ON, and Ryan Pascut (Tammy) of Drumheller, AB. He leaves behind his nine beloved grandchildren: Luke, Autumn, Gianna, and André (Pascut); Tyson and Julia (Chambers); Brandon, Trevor, and Skyla (Williams). Dennis is also survived by his younger brother, David Pascut (Anne) of Creston, BC, nephews David Jr. (Louise) of Calgary, AB; Michael (Emelyn) of Hanna, AB and Greg of Creston, BC; Aunt Cosma Luvisotto with her family Terri and Aaron of Toronto, ON; and Aunt Joan Lewis of Sydney, BC. Predeceased are his parents Anthony and Pauline Pascut as well as his two brothers, Sydney and Richard. Dennis was loved by all family members including nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and their families, as well as numerous friends.
Dennis was born on May 6, 1944 in Calgary and moved to Drumheller where he attended school. Dennis and Ruth were married on August 3, 1968 and raised their family in the Midland area surrounded by a supportive community. He was employed with the Drumheller Penitentiary for fifteen years, Nova Corporation for another fifteen years, and Paul Hamel Construction up until semi-retirement.
Dennis is known to many as being highly skilled in carpentry and home improvements. One of his notable achievements is building the family home with his own father – the home in which Michelle, Tyler and family currently reside. Everyone has memories of Dennis painting rooms, pruning trees and performing general repairs. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix and sharing those experiences with Dennis created special bonds with the family members he worked with. He also shared these talents with his church – working selflessly behind the scenes. Friends and family will always remember Dennis as a hardworking individual who took pride in his work and methodically worked through each problem to find the best solution.
Dennis was a loving father and husband who always made time for his family – there were annual camping trips to Radium, BC, or trips to the cabin in Emma Lake, SK. The children recall nights gathered around campfires, jigsaw puzzles, card games, and slideshows. Dennis had special relationships with all his kids and saw them through many milestones in their lives including graduations, weddings, moves to their own homes and the birth of all his grandchildren.
In 2006 Dennis and Ruth retired in Creston, BC, where they made wonderful new friends and engaged with the faith community. They enjoyed this time with each other travelling to Medjugorje and Italy with their son Steven, and to New Brunswick to visit Tammy’s family. Dennis loved to visit with neighbours and everyone he met along the way, so Ruth became accustomed to Dennis coming home late for supper. Throughout the years they travelled back and forth to Drumheller, Grande Prairie, Prince Albert, and Ottawa to visit their family. He loved sharing his talents with his family and looked forward to tackling projects while visiting their homes.
He will always be remembered by his grandchildren as “Nonu”. They have expressed their fondest memories as visiting “Nonu and Nan” and spending personal time with them. Highlights included their visits to Creston (especially at Goat River, Lockhart Beach and the fish pond), working on projects with Nonu, playing games, building Legos, going on walks, and saying their prayers with him.
Dennis was a man of faith who strived to do God’s Will in every part of his life. Prayers were held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7:00pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 151 3rd Street West, Drumheller, AB. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 11:00am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with Father Burke Hoschka and Father Fernando Genogaling officiating. Dennis will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Calgary, AB, on Friday, January 6, 2017. Miraculously this happens to be the Feast Day of St. Brother André, which is very significant to Dennis as he received healing while visiting St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal.
Donations may be made in Memory of Dennis Pascut to one of two chosen charities. In thanksgiving to the emergency responders and to the people of STARS who were all prepared to take Dennis to Calgary, and to Dr. Dayo, Dr. Graham, and all of the compassionate people at the hospital the night Dennis passed away, donations may be made online to STARS Air Ambulance at www.stars.ca. Donations may also be made through ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor – www.ancopcanada.org) for the victims of Typhoon Nina (also known as Nock-ten) in the Philippines in thanks for our caring brothers and sisters from Couples for Christ.