7:30 a.m., March 10)
bid final farewell to superhero from Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
Funeral services for former Orléans
resident and Garneau high school grad Steve
Déry were held on Saturday. The service
with full honours was attended by more than
800 police officers from across Ontario and
Quebec. File photo
Orléans resident and Garneau high school grad Steve
Déry was eulogized by his brother Benoit and Katvik
Regional Police Chief Aileen MacKinnon during a funeral
service attended by more than 800 police officers from
across Ontario and Quebec.
27, was killed while responding to a domestic dispute
call in the small northern Quebec community of Kujjuuaq.
His partner was also shot and remains in serious but stable
of officers, including all 15 members of the Katvik Regional
Police Service, lined up on Sussex Drive to form an honour
guard outside Notre Dame Cathedral.
urn was carried into the church by his brother Benoit
accompanied by his father Gilkles, his mother Celine,
his younger brother Mathieu and his life partner Amanda
church itself was packed to the rafters with family and
friends gathered to bid their final respects to a fallen
his eulogy, Benoit referred to his brother as his "role
model" and someone he always wanted to copy.
Steve Déry's brother Benoit eulogizes
his brother during his funeral service on
Saturday. Canadian Press
was the definition of the perfect brother and best friend.
Around him, I always felt safe, his older brother
said. He did a job that most dont dare do
and he did it well. I really wish I could have been there
MacKinnon referred to Dery as the community's "Superman"
her eulogy she recalled two stories in which Dery impacted
the lives of others. The first was about a 14-year-old
girl who Steve talked out of committing suicide. The other
was about a young lady who life was changed after Steve
told her she didn't belong in jail.
best friend Greg Desirier also shared his memories of
the fallen police officer who ran with the bulls in Pamplona,
the only person who knew what I was going to say by just
looking at me, Desirier said. I cant
think of any of my best memories without thinking of Steve.
most emotional moments of the funeral service came when
a retired RCMP officer and family friend read a letter
to Steve from his father.
are so complete at 27 years of age," Gilles Dery
recalled his son's athletic gifts, which led him to excel
at a number of sports, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse
you for these memories," Dery wrote. "I'm
going to think of you every day."
younger brother Mathieu expressed his thoughts about his
brother in a statement to the media.
mourn his death but not forget to celebrate his life,
wrote Mathieu.Steve was one of a kind. He lived
life to the fullest and with no regrets. We should all
do the same.
was a gifted athlete and a popular student while at Garneau.
After graduating from high school he went to Algonquin
College where he enrolled in the criminology program.
After graduating from Algonquin he went on to Carleton
University where he earned a bachelors degree in Criminology
and Criminal Justice.
joined the Katvik Regional Police Force in 2009 and quickly
endeared himself to his adopted community.
Mathieu Déry carries his brother Steve's
urn out of the church following funeral services
for the 27-year-old fallen police officer
on Saturday, Steve's older brother Benoit
can be seen to Mathieu;s left in his Ottawa
Fire Service uniform. Canadian Press
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