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Alarcon, Michel J.

ALARCON, Michel J.

1955 - 2022

Michel J Alarcon, Age 67 of Rideau Lakes

June 19, 1955 - Sept 20, 2022

Born in 1955 in Morocco, predeceased by parents Joseph and Antoinette Alarcon, several brothers & sister Anne-Marie and survived by nephews Charly and François, survived by sister Sandrine and husband Jacques, nephews Anthony and Felix.
Married in France to the love of his life Carol Belanger, survived by children Nicolas and Claire, Terry Moore and wife Erika Beresford-Kroeger, and Kate and husband Oualid Moussouni and grand-children Oscar and Jasper. Survived by aunts Chantal and Norbert Gil of France and Paule Rando of Morocco, and cousins in France and Spain.
He was educated in Morocco, France, California (where his nickname ‘Mike’ emerged), and Quebec. Recognized for his many aptitudes at an early age, Michel enjoyed his studies and the rewards they brought. As the ‘new kid’ in class, Michel made it his mission to foster comradery and inclusion of the many individuals who crossed his varied paths, and this continued into his adult life with his broad acceptance for other’s cultures and beliefs.
Michel attended Pius IX high school in Montreal where he met his lifelong friend Mario Coniglio, and together they enjoyed over 50 years of shared hunting and fishing adventures. Lifelong friends also include Brian Heinz as well as his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers from his studies at McGill University.
Michel was a devoted lifelong learner whether exceling at courses related to work to enjoying a variety of courses online. His most recent achievement was to build for his wife a large glass greenhouse overlooking the back pond from repurposed materials during the pandemic. Michel was well known for his regular building and improving of duck blinds, as well as all types of boats, but especially those used for hunting and fishing.
Michel’s broad resume included work and leadership experience in IT, Healthcare, and the Airline industry, among others. His enthusiasm championed individuals and the companies he worked for. His entrepreneurial spirit was untameable – that’s where his heart was - and it spawned several companies focusing on vertical farming, water quality and nutraceuticals. He cultivated a particular interest in projects that could improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples. He was a proud partner with 4Skies which nurtured his spiritual journey while they cultivated projects together.
Michel and his wife Carol were patrons of the arts especially enjoying the NAC and NAG in Ottawa as well as many smaller theatre productions. Music featured highly in his daily life and his love of Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Tragically Hip and a genre-spanning appreciation for music characterized his mixed tapes on trips to Florida. His musical aptitude included guitar, violin and he especially appreciated the harmonica and playing it with his father. His endless replay of popular music lifted him to joy but also elicited the sighs and groans from his family who attempted to wrestle his phone away! His unique, expressive, and uninhibited dancing style was the envy of many men and caught the notice of women who admired a husband so willing to freestyle with his wife!
Michel greatly enjoyed discovering the lakes and hiking trails of Eastern Ontario with his wife. He loved a good campfire and camping and relished the opportunity to tell his favourite campfire stories. He was appreciated for the fun and leadership he brought to Boy Scouts Canada and also to coaching hockey.
Michel proudly shared his Mediterranean roots with others from food and wine appreciation he was raised with, to his much-loved licorice that went everywhere with him.
More an outdoorsman than a sports fan, Michel enjoyed a challenge and would pick up sports or a rousing game of backyard croquet with aplomb.
Michel was an animal lover – he cared for many pets in his life. His beloved dog Carlos predeceased him by one month. No doubt they are sitting together in a comfy reclining chair in heaven, while Michel watches over his cherished family and friends.
A romantic poet he would pen his loves and passions to paper. A favourite quote was, “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken” by Oscar Wilde. Three words that sum up his life appear on a favourite t-shirt: Dad – the man, the myth, and the legend.
Michel touched many lives over his lifetime, in enduring and profound ways. We are all the better for having known him.

A Memorial/Celebration of Life Come-and-Go will be held on October 29th from 1-4pm at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area Interpretive Centre near Westport with a short ceremony at 3pm. Memorial donations may be made to Ducks Unlimited or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


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La famille de Michel

Je suis sans mots. J'ai connu Michel à l'école secondaire et il était déjà spécial. Quel grand homme, quelle belle âme. Mes plus sincères condoléances.

Florinda Martin , October 8, 2022

Chère Carol

Dear Carol and Michel’s family - I am deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing of Michel Alarcon.

He and I had a delicious Italian lunch together in Ottawa just a few weeks ago, reminiscing about our early Pius Ninth days. I also briefly met with his wife Carol and son Nick. Michel looked happy, healthy and excited about collaborating with me on his agricultural innovations.
Mes sincères Condoléances.
May Michel (Mike) Rest In Peace. Bon séjour en haut cher Michel!

Tony Battista, October 9, 2022

The family

Please accept my deepest sympathies. My family knew Mike as we grew up in the same neighborhood. May he rest in peace.

Jo-Ann Wilmot, October 9, 2022

Carol, Nicolas and Clare

So sorry for your loss. Michel was a great friend to me - he was so kind and helpful and always so positive. He made my life better. I have many great memories and will miss him tons.

I can't even begin to imagine the loss you must feel but I remember when my Dad passed my brother said ... While he may not be physically with us, he lives on in our hearts and our memories. Cherish the memories.

Mark Grudzien, October 9, 2022

Aux proches de Michel

Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille et aux proches de Michel.

David Dewez, October 17, 2022

Carol, Nicolas and Claire

Dear Carol, Nicholas and Claire,
Sending our sincere condolences to you and all your family.
So sorry to hear about your loss of Michel. He was a great guy and we have many fond memories of the time we spent together.

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day"

May all the good memories help you through this difficult time.
Thinking of you;
Marion and Ludwig

Marion Ratzinger, October 17, 2022

Carol, Nic & Claire

Dear Carol, Nic and Claire,

We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Michel's passing. What an amazing man, truly an inspiration to all. I don't think we ever saw him without a smile on his face. Our memories of time spent with your family are some of the best we have. Miss those days... We will see you at Michel's memorial.

Much love,
Laura, Dave, Finn and Poppy

Laura, October 18, 2022

Carol, Nick & Claire

How shockingly sad to hear of Michel’s death. May you comfort each other through this difficult time …

karen burke, October 21, 2022

Carol, Nic and Claire

We are all so sorry to hear about the passing of Michel. Please know we are thinking of all of you, as you navigate through this very sad and difficult time.

Josey, Sheldon and family, October 22, 2022

Carol, Nicolas and Clare

Michel is the paragon of affability and joie de vivre. We missed him when you moved to Ottawa and we very much miss him in this moment. With love and bigs for you all. Ken

Ken Fishet, October 28, 2022

The Alarcon Family

Sending our deepest condolences to your family at the loss of Michel. We are thinking of you and hoping that the memories you have of your life with him give you some comfort during this difficult time. Although we didn't spend a lot of time in his company, we definitely felt that he was a very fun loving and warm man.

The Newport Family , October 29, 2022

Carol, Nic, and Claire

We are devastated by the news of Michel’s passing. We are thinking of you on this sunny day of his memorial. Our family sends love and warmth your way. We treasure the memories we have of time spent with your beautiful family. Karen, Harlan, Violet, and Johnny.

The Skuce Family, October 29, 2022

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