June 8, 1970 – Sept.11, 2014
It is with immense sadness and shock that the family and friends of Carl Malenfant announce his sudden passing, as the result of a heart attack while out for a run, on a beautiful fall day. Carl was born to Bertrand Malenfant and Lina Lessard in Charlesbourg, Quebec. Carl loved adventure and travel. After finishing High School (CEGEP) in Québec City, Carl came to Alberta to study at the Faculté St. Jean at the University of Alberta. This is where Carl learned to speak English while playing on the faculté hockey team (Les Frontenacs) and studying to become a teacher. Upon graduation with a B.Ed., Carl, ever adventurous, headed North to Yellowknife where he worked as a substitute teacher and bartender. Later, he moved to Cold Lake, Alberta to assume a teaching position. In 1999, Carl moved to Red Deer, Alberta and joined the staff of École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber High School in the French Immersion department as an Etudes sociales teacher. Carl was known for his sense of humour, his passion for teaching, his positive outlook on life, his infectious laughter, his considerable skills as a raconteur and jokester, and of course, his mischievous but, infectious smile! Above all, Carl was “un vrai gentil homme” who was respected, admired and loved by students, friends, colleagues and family alike. The community has truly lost a wonderful teacher, friend, father, brother, uncle and son. Carl’s greatest satisfaction came from encouraging those around him to smile, enjoy the moment to its fullest, whether that moment involved fine wine, fine food, world travel or the simple pleasure of camaraderie with friends and family. A loving father, Carl imparted his love of the French language and travel to his beautiful daughters, Zoé and Selena. Carl taught them that a positive outlook on life was an essential skill for success. As a passionate History teacher with boundless energy, Carl imparted his love of History to his students in a unique manner. Carl escorted hundreds of students to France throughout his career to visit the battlefields and Canadian cemeteries of World War I and II. Carl took great satisfaction while he watched his students develop pride in their country, as well as develop their flourishing second language skills while on an annual exchange with École Jeanne d’Arc in Mulhouse, France.
Bien que les fleurs se fanent, meurent et disparaissent,
leurs précieux parfums
tout comme ces fleurs
ceux que nous aimons ne meurent jamais;
ils demeurent avec nous
empreints dans nos
ensembles pour l’éternité.
Carl will be forever loved and greatly missed by his daughters, Zoé and Selena, their sister, Saryn and their mother, Janette Zebière (Shawn), his parents, Bertrand Malenfant and Lina Lessard, brother, Luc (Annie) and their children, Pierre-Olivier and Hugo, sister, Nadia (André) and children, Joey, Léo and Eli. The love of Carl’s life, Dawn-Carla Irwin of St. Albert and her sons, Ryan, Jordan and Cole, along with Carl’s many, many friends, colleagues, students and former students. They will miss Monsieur “M” with all their hearts. A farewell to Carl will be held at École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber High School, 4204 – 58 Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. If desired, in place of flowers, Memorial Donations in Carl’s honor may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
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Arrangements in care of Gary W. Anderson,
Funeral Director at
PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM,
6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.