September 23, 1960 ~ August 20, 2023
Daryl Demerais was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he was raised alongside his six siblings. He leaves behind a large family who loves him. He is survived by his former wife Laura Demerais and their four children, daughters Brigette and Larissa Demerais, sons Brendon (Yulissa Campos) and Landon Demerais, and his granddaughter Ava Isabella Demerais-Campos. He is survived as well by his mother Lorraine Ewen, his sisters Dorothy Townsend (Doug), Denise Gilmour (Roger Leason), Corinne Demerais, and Colleen Demerais, and his brothers Dale Demerais (Shawna Sinclair) and Doug Demerais (Jaimie Mokelki), his many nieces and nephews (Lindsey, Christopher, Cody, Charla, Mason, Jon Erik, Lily), their spouses and children, and the beloved family pets of his immediate family, namely Midnight Moon, Bella Bear (aka Baby Doll), and Onyx Leo. He passed away peacefully in the company of his family in the care of the Glengarda Hospice in Saskatoon.
In the late 1980s, Daryl moved to Saskatoon and settled to raise his family there with Laura Mason, who he was wed to for 21 years. He was a dedicated public servant, having worked as a corrections officer at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, and as a youth worker at Killburn Hall in Saskatoon and the Yarrow Youth Farm in North Battleford, before he began his career as an occupational health and safety officer for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. There, he served for well over 35 years, and was involved with a number of volunteer initiatives through work. Daryl was a kind and opinionated man who had a gift for gab and loved to converse with colleagues and family on a wide variety of engaging topics such as politics, cultural events, his beliefs and values, and more casual conversations related to the life events and experiences of his own and loved ones. He loved home-cooked meals made by Laura and his daughters, supporting his sons on their hockey teams, and spending every Sunday with his granddaughter Ava. Most Easters, Thanksgivings, and Christmases he would travel with his four children to convene with his large family in Prince Albert for holidays. In the months preceding his battle with cancer, he could often be seen driving to get a coffee and muffin with his grand-puppy Onyx, who loved to accompany him everywhere. In his youth, Daryl was a member of the cadets, and as a young adult and dad, loved to play recreational hockey. Daryl was proud of his native heritage as a Metis-Cree man. He held respect for all cultures, races, and religions, and was a voice in support of equality.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 11:00am, at Cherished Memories Funeral Home, 591 Centennial Dr N , Martensville, SK.