Gilles Mathieu Ouellet (May 9, 1957 – Nov. 3, 2017)

Gilles Mathieu Ouellet, resident of Tangent, AB passed away at his home on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the age of 60 years. Gilles was born May 9, 1957 to Louis and Marie Anne Ouellet of Tangent. Gilles grew up on the family farm with his 6 brothers and 10 sisters. With such a large family, there were many chores to do; even though Gilles was the youngest of the boys he still did his share. When Gilles was old enough he went to work for Jennings Drilling with his brothers Greg, Marc, and Mage. Gilles began farming when he purchased two quarters of land from his dad which was the original homestead.

Gilles always loved it when the family would get together and everyone sat around telling tales  and visiting. Gilles had a great love for the outdoors. He spent a lot of time making firewood for the winter. When you went to visit there was always a warm fire burning in the fireplace. Gilles also loved to hunt and fish. He was especially proud of his cherry and saskatoon trees that he grew from seedlings. He spent most of his spare time in his John Deere side by side riding the trails on the banks. He truly enjoyed sitting by the river. To Gilles this was the life.

Until his passing Gilles farmed with his brother Mage, north of Tangent. Gilles was an integral part of this farming operation. Gilles could fix any piece of equipment and would often be found servicing the machinery so that it was field ready. Gilles led a very simple life but a life filled doing what he loved, farming and spending time outdoors. Gilles was very a very quiet and loving man with a big heart and gentle soul. With his passing he has left a huge hole in
all of our hearts. He will be greatly missed.

Gilles was predeceased by his father Louis, his mother Marie Anne, sister Simone, brother Roch and brothersin-law Oliver, Roger, Ray- mond and Andre. Gilles leaves to mourn his brothers and sisters Rachel (Fern) Thibeault, Gertrude Sylvain, Carmen Laverdiere (Lionel Begin), (Pierrette), Tobie (Linda), Monique (Frank) Hoeppner, Rodrigue, Gregoire (Denise), Madeleine (Dave) Buchinski, Yvonne (Wayne) Walisser, Marc (Nellie), Nicole (Brian) Laschowski, Magella (Debbie), Geraldine (Gerry) Vandeligt, Micheline, (Gabe) Turcotte, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A family gathering will take place in the spring. The family is asking that any donations be made to STARS air ambulance as an expressions of sympathy.