Shannon Lee Dufresne of Tappen died peacefully, surrounded by those he loved, in Kelowna General Hospital on May 6 2017 in Kelowna British Columbia at the age of 45.
Shannon is survived by his parents Marlene and Robert Dufresne of Tappen BC.
He met Sherry Crombie in 1993 and they have five children together (Summer Crombie (24)of Tappen BC, and Cody Dufresne (23) Twin sons Luke and Connor Dufresne (21) and Joe Dufresne (17) all of Edmonton AB .) He also has a grandson (6) Bentley Crombie. Shannon was expecting to be a grandfather again in July 2017 but unfortunately he died before he got to meet his granddaughter.
His Brother and sister-in law Kenny and Alita Dufresne and their four children (Cherish, Olivia, Ryelan, and Everett Dufresne) live in Tappen as well. Crystal Arnouse of Tappen and Jeremy Weed of Kelowna are considered by the family to be his sister and brother as well because they were all so close throughout their lives. They loved Shannon very deeply.
Shannon was born on February 26 1972 in Swan River Manitoba . His family moved to Salmon Arm when he was young and he continued to grow up there. He attended high school at Salmon Arm Senior Secondary.
His children remember him as a father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. They describe him as charismatic and charming with a sharp wit and a loving smile.
A celebration of life is expected to be held on the first anniversary of his death, May 6 2018. A big bonfire is what Shannon would want his friends to gather around and share memories of him and also to meet his family and new granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Classic Shuswap Memorial ( For the purchase of Shannon’s headstone) at 1360 20th Avenue SW, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 1L6
The family would like to thank the staff of the Salmon Arm and the Kelowna General Hospital for their support during the last few months of Shannon’s life.