On Saturday August 8th at 7:20 p.m. the world got quiet. Michael Dubeau, 74, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family and a hockey game on the television. Michael was a kind, jovial, generous man and was the light of our lives and his loss leaves us all heartbroken. Predeceased by the love of his life, Carol (2019), his parents Marie and Laval Dubeau and sister Judy. Michael leaves behind his four daughters Lisa Fortin (Rob), Kelly Price (Brad), Angela Dubeau, and Stefanie Weissflog (Matt). His grandchildren Hannah and Aidan Fortin, Ben and Finn Price, Shelby and Andrew Snowden and Lucas and Carter Weissflog. Brothers, John, Brian, Jim, Terry and their families. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends. Michael treated everyone the same way, deserving of respect and kindness. He greeted you with a smile, a handshake or a hug and kiss on the cheek. Despite being a pandemic in the world he refused to change his affectionate ways. Whether you knew him for years or just meeting him for the first time, he took a genuine interest in you making you feel welcome and comfortable. A two-time inductee into the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame, hockey was a big part of his life. Lifelong friendships were made from his childhood teams to the teams he coached and played for over the years including the Oshawa Generals, Barrie Flyers, Midland Flyers, Penetang Oldtimers and the Old Pucks in Clearwater, Florida. He took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren play the game and his hockey stories were legendary. Heaven has gained one true fan. After graduating high school he went on to Teacher’s College and taught at Corpus Christi Public School and Penetang Secondary School before deciding to join the family business, PMCL, building it into a successful operation with over 700 employees throughout Simcoe County and the GTA. When PMCL sold in 1998 instead of retiring full-time he continued to work at his second company, Midland Tours Inc.. His mind never rested and even days before he passed away he was thinking business. He was a fixer and a problem solver. If anything needed to be dealt with he was the one to take it on. Although the last two years have not been kind to him he fought the battle with grace, humour and an unwavering positive attitude - never complaining or letting it get the best of him. When asked how he was doing his response was always “100 percent!”. He was charming, humble and had a natural gift for storytelling. He loved music and was a self-taught drummer, guitarist and piano player. He only knew three chords on the piano but could get a party going like no one could. Michael was a family man who truly loved and cherished his wife Carol, his daughters and his grandchildren. We can rest a little easier knowing he has been reunited with our mom. Incidentally, he passed away on a Saturday night, the same day and at the same time 7:20 p.m.. She was waiting for him- must have been a party to go to. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to the nurses at Bayshore especially Angela, Natasha, Ashton and Kristy for their compassion and for the superior home care they provided. Since we cannot all be together during these unprecedented times we ask that in honour of Michael you keep the stories alive and post a special memory on the funeral home website. If desired, donations can be made to the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre, We Are the Villagers or Hospice Huronia, in his name. A private visitation will take place at the Penetanguishene Funeral Home. Restrictions are in place due to the current situation with COVID-19. Assigned times can be arranged by contacting the family at firstname.lastname@example.org . A private mass for the family will take place at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. A private family celebration will take place at a later date.
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Posted by Rob Ralph | 17-Nov-2020
I am terribly saddened by the passing of my good friend Michael. A pure gentleman and professional in every aspect of life. He was the person that encouraged me in 1978 to come and drive coach for P.M.C.L. while playing for the Barrie Flyers. He always had a smile, and his hand out to shake mine every time we met. A quality man all the way around. To the entire Dubeau family I extend my condolences and prayers. God Bless. RIP my friend.
My sincere condolences to the Dubeau family. I was very blessed to have Mike as a coach playing for the Midland Flyers in the mid 70's. I dont recall what kind of oach he was but i do remember that he was kind, caring ,genuine modest and wore a smile very easily. He made a postive impact on the lives of many young hockey players with the Midland Flyers , young himself at 27 giving of his time. Again, my sincere sympathy.