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Marie Catherine CARIGNAN

September 22, 1944 ~ November 4, 2021 (age 77)



Friends and Family of Marie,

Thank-you for your interest in joining us for Marie's online memorial and celebration of life. We invite you to have a candle to light, a beverage to enjoy, and some tissue handy for the event.

We invite you to add a photo and a story (or several) to Marie's memorial electronic board, found here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/K8DxQEUa

Zoom memorial on Thursday, November 11th. Sign-in at 1:45 pm MST to get settled, say hello to old friends, and familiarize yourself with the technology guidelines for the Zoom event. The ceremony begins at 2 pm MST. A recording of the event will be available if you cannot attend live.

Register in advance for this memorial. Access to the live stream is available with the service information posted below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the memorial.


Marie Catherine-Ann Carignan, 77, passed on November 4th in her home serenaded by her loving partner of nearly 39 years, George Hurlbut, playing guitar by her side.

Marie was born in Cranbrook and raised on a farm in south east Saskatchewan with her five younger siblings. At 19, Marie married Albert Carignan and moved to the Elk Valley to work in the logging industry and raise a family. The family lived in many places throughout the Elk Valley, starting in Michel/Natal, and eventually building their own home in Fernie in 1977, where Marie lived for 44 years.

Marie was widowed in 1981 and found herself with six dependent children, large payments, and no credit to her name. She found a job as a custodian at Fernie High School and worked to become a teaching assistant and later an administrative assistant.  She met George through Midget hockey on bus trips to away games for her sons when George was refereeing. They enjoyed long drives and walking in the bush with their dogs, exploring every backroad in the region.

Marie was an avid reader of historical fiction, a cut-throat Scrabble player and a talented, closeted artist.  She greatly enjoyed her book club monthly gatherings over many years. Marie was an animal lover, who enjoyed cats, dogs, and a budgie as her dear pets. 

Marie’s ashes were interred beside a red maple at her Fernie home.  She is survived by partner George Hurlbut, and five of her children, Collette Gallagher; Lise; Lucien (Angela); Roland (Yvonne); Gaëtane (Humberto Alvarado) and her grandchildren Helena & Bridget Gallagher; Clark, Courtney, Lindsey, Tonia & Max Carignan and Jade Alvarado Carignan. She is predeceased by her daughter Thérèse. Marie is already deeply missed by family and friends alike.


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Zoom Memorial
November 11, 2021

1:45 PM

Video is available for this event


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