Salem — Marcel Dufour, 49, passed away peacefully, following a brief illness on July 23, in his hometown of Carleton, Quebec, surrounded by his partner, family and a few very close friends.
Born in Maria, Quebec, Marcel grew up in the town of Carleton-sur-Mer. After schooling, Marcel spent four years serving in the Canadian Army, followed by a career in information technology at Hydro Quebec in Montreal, and most recently, as co-proprietor of The Morning Glory Bed and Breakfast in Salem, Mass.
Marcel's love was working alongside his partner, Bob, at their Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast. Marcel also traveled extensively and had a passion for cooking, gardening, horseback riding, and entertaining family and friends. Marcel brought a smile to everyone he knew. His caring, loving and giving nature will be forever missed.
Marcel leaves behind his partner, Robert M. Shea of Salem; his parents, Germaine and Gilles Dufour of Carleton, Quebec; his sister, Sylvie (Maurice); brother, Richard (Huguette); niece, Sabrina (Frederic); nephews, Pierre-Andre and Maxim, all of Quebec; along with his "American Mom and Dad," Mary Ann and Robert Shea of Salem; sister, Mary Lou O'Connor (Kevin) of Lynnfield, Mass.; brother, Michael Shea of Salem; his special niece and nephew, Kristen and Christopher O'Connor; along with many close and dear friends.
Marcel was predeceased by his twin brother, Michel Dufour.
ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Canadian Liver Foundation, Suite 801, 3100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario L3R 8T3, or at www.liver.ca/support-liver-foundation/donate/. A memorial service will be held at a later date. For condolences, please visit www.gonetfuneralhome.com. Assisting the family is the David H. Gonet Funeral Home, 22 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem.