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John "Jack" Rabideau

July 23, 1941 April 19, 2020
John  "Jack"  Rabideau
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Obituary for John "Jack" Rabideau

John “Jack” Rabideau, age 78 of Lapeer, MI passed away April 19, 2020.

Jack is survived by his children Marlaina (Tim) Hardesty, Josette Rabideaux, Michael (Andrea) Rabideau, Marcus (Marlena) Rabideau, Don (Megan) Rabideau, 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and his faithful four-legged companion Daisy.

He is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews, who all held a very special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife NormaJean, his parents Joseph and Charlotte Rabideau, brothers Joe, Robert and Douglas Rabideau, father-in-law Norman Kinch and mother-in-law Beatrice Kinch.

His family was his most valued treasure on this earth. He adored his wife and children, never leaving a doubt that he loved them. When grandchildren came along he was thrilled and like most grandparents, he never tired of telling others about all of the cute and adorable things they said or did.

God and prayer were a big part of his life. He would often stand at the front door and pray for his children as they left the house, this he learned from his grandmother. He was often seen reading from his Bible, in fact he had several versions of it. He would read the Bible stories to his children and years later he passed the books onto the grandchildren. In his last few years, the men’s group at church gave him much encouragement after the loss of his beloved wife.

Jack was very artistic, often drawing on anything within reach, adding his own touch to a store-bought card, dusty window or whatever was handy when he had the urge to draw. He even had a signature cartoon character of himself that he would add along with “Jack did it”. He was often commissioned to paint Christmas scenes on the windows of neighborhood businesses.

He enjoyed taking long walks in the woods with his family and later in years with his faithful dog Daisy. On these walks he would look for strong wood to carve into canes. Each one was unique, and he would look it over well before deciding what it should be carved into. He enjoyed making them for others and tried to personalize it for the person it would go to. So, if you were blessed enough to get one, know that it was made especially for you and no one else has one just like it.

Jack was always looking for a way to make others smile. It became his trademark when he went to the bank or the grocery store to always have a small bag of candy, usually chocolates, to give to the teller/cashier. He was always telling stories or jokes to make others laugh. He never met a stranger and would talk to everyone as if they were lifelong friends.

Jack touched so many lives and leaves a void to those who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Capstick Chapel in Lapeer.

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