Brenda Ann Aucoin-Carter

19 November , 19639 April , 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brenda Aucoin-Carter. A loving wife, mother and sister, Brenda passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on Tuesday, April 9, at the QEII Hospital. Brenda was the daughter of the late Jerome and Marie Hilda (LeBlanc) Aucoin. She is survived by her loving husband, Chuck; her two beloved children, Noah and Ava and her constant companion, Charlie; sisters, Lucille (Kevin), Janice (Chris); sister-in-law, Penny (Jeff), brother-in-law, Scott (Rosie) nieces and nephews; Jeremy (godson), Mary Beth, William, Jordan, Annique, Kytel, Brittany, Andre, Caitlyn; many close friends, tight knit cousins, aunts and uncles.

Brenda was born in Waltham, MA, and raised in St. Joseph du Moine, NS, a place which always remained close to her heart. She graduated from NSTC in 1990 and taught French Immersion for the HRSB for several years, finishing off her career at Prospect Road Elementary. Brenda’s teaching career allowed her to not only educate, but to impact and touch the lives of many students. She was a nurturing teacher, students and parents who were lucky enough to have Brenda as a teacher spoke highly of her, even if she had taught them 20 years ago.

Brenda lived her life for her children Noah and Ava, she loved them beyond measure. Her husband Chuck was devoted to being there for her unconditionally throughout the years they were together.

Despite many years of being sick, Brenda never let her illnesses bring her down, she was a brave warrior during her struggles. She remained positive and always said “There are people worse off than me.” Brenda was very loving and generous to her family and friends and always focused on others rather than herself. She spent many Saturday mornings chatting with friends during their “Coffee Club” time. She also enjoyed her monthly “French Connection” dinners with her besties Lorna, Marie-Hélène, Jennifer, Jeanne, Lois, Nathalie, Diane, Manon and Natalie D.

When she was well, Brenda loved vacationing with her favorite cousin Annette in Chéticamp and spent days relaxing at the beach with her children, sisters, nephews, nieces and cousins. She especially loved trying to skunk Jerry at Crib and playing 200 with the crew. She also loved pranking her cousin David and having long conversations with her cousin Gisele. Brenda made us laugh, left her mark of courage and humanity on everyone she met. She was a gentle soul, thankful for everyone and everything around her.

We would like to thank the dedicated staff of nurses and doctors of the ICU Unit 5.2 at the QEII for their support and professionalism. We would also like to thank Annette, Gilles, Lorna, Marie Helene, Jennifer, Nathalie, Lois, Jeanne, Manon and Natalie for their constant support during this difficult time. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Saturday, April 13, from 3-6 pm with the funeral scheduled for Sunday, April 14, at 2 pm. All services will be held at JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Brenda’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an education fund for Brenda’s children. (RBC Royal Bank Transit 05783 Account 5206735)

Brenda’s spirit, memory and inspiration will be part of us forever. Until we meet again


  • Visitation Saturday, 13 April , 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, 14 April , 2019

Brenda Ann Aucoin-Carter

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Lois Mann

17 April 2019

Brenda was teaching at HPCS when I chose to end my career there.
She had a feisty personality and was loved by staff and her class of students year after year.
Brenda stood up for her own rights , Admin be damned!
but also for those needing a loving and caring set of wings to find shelter in. She was a Mother to all.
Thankyou for your friendship so many Years ago Brenda.
I will hold you in my ❤️ Forever.

Jason Cain

13 April 2019

Dear Chucky and family, offering my deepest sympathy and condolences , so sorry for your loss, keeping you in my prayers, may peace be upon you all God Bless

Jocelyn Ryanwiggin

13 April 2019

I knew Brenda as a colleague at Prospect Road Elementary! By the time I knew Brenda her health was in decline but she always kept going with a smile on her face for everyone who knew her. She loved her students and despite her personal challenges always did her best! My condolences to her husband and her children. She spoke of you often with love and affection!!

Donna Goyetche

12 April 2019

To Brenda's Family & Friends,

Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

I taught next door to Brenda at HPCS. I remember her kindness and humour. One day I was called to the office. Shortly after she invited me into her class room to introduce me to her new student. We shared a family name and when the student heard Ms. Goyetche please come to the office, she took herself there. Not a common name, so I guess Jocelyn assumed it had to be her they were looking for. Years later, at another school, I taught Jocelyn in grade six. I remember the event and Brenda with a smile.

I pray your cherished memories bring you some peace at this difficult time.
May God's love surround you all now.

With deepest sympathy,
Donna Goyetche (former colleague)

Bernadette Whitty

11 April 2019

“Miss Aucoin” was such an amazing teacher. She taught my daughter in grade 3. Brenda was so wonderful and open with the class. She helped my daughter to be free to express herself during a difficult time in our family. All the while Brenda was fighting her own battle with her illness. She made a huge impact on our family. Thinking of your family during this sad time.

Teena Adams - Soule

11 April 2019

Dear Chuck and family, condolences in the loss of your dear wife Brenda, may you and family find strength during this time of sadness, may you look to God when you feel to cry, may God comfort you all during this time. Do take good care of yourself.

Love Teena xoxo

Josee Lelievre

11 April 2019

I have many great memories of Brenda over the years. I will share one that shows how thoughtful and selfless she was. While I studied in Halifax, she would invite me over for turkey dinners and always said my roommate was welcome to join as well. We would chat and enjoy delicious food. Another time, my cousin Elise and I were invited over for supper. When we left, she gave us leftovers, bags with goodies, school supplies and gift cards. All these invitations and visits took place when Brenda didn’t feel the greatest - nonetheless, she wanted to make me feel at home in Halifax. Brenda always put others before herself and her kindness will never be forgotten.

Gerard Daniel Aucoin

11 April 2019

To Brenda's family:

So sad, so young, I knew Brenda as a young teenager, while visiting Jerry & Marie Hilda, and Lucille!
Hold on to your precious memories, keep them close to your heart!!
Treasure the little things that she taught you growing up!
She will be missed by many,loved by lots!!
Sending hugs to all the family!!

Gerard & Joan Aucoin

Donald Considine

11 April 2019

Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Brenda will be dearly missed, she was truly a beautiful soul. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. Love Donald, Cleora and family.