An important member of the community is being remembered. 

The town of Gibbons announced the passing of their assistant chief administrative officer Michael Dubreuil after a battle with cancer.

Dubreuil was born on December 17, 1976 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. After attending college in Winnipeg he explored different careers until settling down as the recreation director in Flin Flon.

He dedicated his time in that position to growing and developing recreation facilities in his hometown.

In 2015, he became the recreation director for Gibbons, and eventually assistant chief administrative officer.

Some of Michael's involvement with the town included the construction of Gibbons' outdoor skating rink, the local skatepark, and upgrades to their indoor arena. He also helped with playgrounds around the town.

Farrell O'Malley and Louise Bauder, speaking on behalf of Gibbons' council and administration, said that Dubreuil was a "fantastic individual."

"He would do anything for anybody," O'Malley said. "He was a person that didn't really get shaken, you know? He was very stoic."

He was known for his passion for food and travel, especially when it came to trying cultural cuisines.

"We had actually put a stove into our staffroom because he promised he would make beef wellingtons."

A few months ago, Dubreuil was diagnosed with stage four angiosarcoma, a rare form of blood cancer. He passed away on December 22, less than a week after his 46th birthday.

"The worse feeling in the world was that we couldn't do anything about it," Farrell said. "It was so fast."

Dubreuil is survived by his wife Carrie and their 23-year-old son Austin, as well as his mother, brothers, niece, and nephew.

A celebration of life will be held for Dubreuil at a later time.

"He will be missed by everyone. We're still feeling the loss."

The Dubreuil family asks that instead of flowers people donate blood to Canadian Blood Services or a cash donation to The Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada.