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Louise Anne Mathers

11 June, 195217 January, 2017

Mathers (Loriaux),Louise Anne June 11,1952 - January 17, 2017

I take this opportunity to write my own obituary as a chance to reflect on my life. I always felt (especially in my latter years) that I lived and worked at the right time in history and in the right place in Canada. I lived at the perfect moment in time when I met my husband Terry ( my love and best friend) by a chance meeting (our sliding door) and became his "Princess" . Terry, my husband of 37 years is the most unselfish person, that allowed me to pursue my goals and passions and supported me in my ventures every step of the way . He was my main caregiver all the years I was ill and cared for me right until the end. In the past, at the end of the day, Terry would hold me and say "I will love you forever and then for one more day". It became our saying to each other at night (" forever and a day"). I am going to hold him to that promise.

We golfed in many exciting locations,biked in Europe,and vacationed extensively as a couple and with friends. The only thing we enjoyed as much as being with family and friends,was living in Rockwood in that big old house built in 1872. When asked if I had any children, I often answered "I had hundreds." I coached figure skating for 35 years and was involved in the sport for a total of 50 years. I was a skater during the" Golden Era". The 1960's and 70's saw my sport produce many stars. They motivated many like myself to both excel and to be creative.

After skating nationally, I had a choice of a career in fashion design or to travel in a Professional ice show and then become a Professional Coach As a coach, I enjoyed a varied, ever evolving career teaching skaters between 3 and 73 years old.

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2003, one of the things that saved me was the fact that I could continue to work 10 years with young athletes which gave me a sense of purpose. I hope I have made a positive difference in the direction of their lives. To my Halifax and Toronto family and many wonderful friends, I would like to say "I LOVE YOU ALL".

There is no funeral service No flowers please. Visitation at J.A.Snow Funeral Home is on Friday, January 20 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm Donation's in memory can be made to the Parkinson Society Maritime Region

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glints on snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn rain When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quite birds in circled flight I am the soft star that shines at night Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there .I did not die

Mary Frye

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, 20 January , 2017

  • Visitation

    Friday, 20 January , 2017

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Carolyn Budreski

8 January 2018

I can't believe that nearly a year has gone by since Louise's passing. I was, and am still so sorry to hear that she is gone.

While Louise may not have had her own kids, we really were HER (and Terry's) KIDS, and she was a maternal figure in my life. She taught so many things that I still use in my adult life. She truly helped prepare me for my current career, and I use so many of the things she taught me in the lead up to each event that I do.

20 years later, I have re-entered the skating world as an adult, and whenever my feet are on the ice, I skate with a piece of Louise in my heart. She was a gift to all of those she touched. She may be gone, but will never be forgotten.

Deborah Amelon

4 February 2017

Dear Terry, loving family and friends,

I am so saddened to hear that Louise has passed away. My deep condolences to all. I feel blessed that I knew Louise for over forty years. She became a best friend when we skated together in Ice Follies, exploring the wonders of the US and Canada together. I attach a favorite photo of us. She radiated wisdom, grace, and compassion even at a young age, and we remained friends for decades. Terry, I cherish that I witnessed the close relationship you and Louise shared, when you graciously hosted me in your warm happy home during filming of a movie of mine in Halifax. I feel deeply for your loss and trust that the bountiful memories of a long joyous marriage safe in your heart will bring you comfort.

With Love and Blessings,

Deborah Amelon

Lorna and Doug Upton

1 February 2017

Dear Terry, Pat , Jean and other family members

We are so sorry for your loss.
Louise was a special childhood friend starting from figure skating at the Leaside Skating Club.
She moved to Halifax to teach figure skating and met Terry the love of her life.
We attended their wedding in Toronto and have fond memories of our two visits to their historic home in Rockwood.
Louise had a great personality. She was a talented skater, coach and golfer.
Terry was always there for her and they made such a perfect couple.

Dennis Page

1 February 2017

I only found out today that your beloved Louise had passed. She was a remarkable person and so are you. You lived your life every day trying to make Louise's life the best it could be. For that you have my deepest respect. Love always wins in the end.

Nancy Leblanc

26 January 2017

Hi Terry and members of Louise's family,

I was one of Louise's many kids! I spent many hours as one of Louise's students in Dartmouth Nova Scotia shortly after she arrived in Nova Scotia. I have many terrific memories of her teaching me a new routine or trying desperately to make me do a layback spin. She was a bright light and we all looked up to her. I always tried my best for Louise and she was just so much fun. Louise in her long brown striped coat.

I also remember parties at your house, Terry, and swimming in your pool.

I was so sad to hear of her recent passing and at such a young age. Her words were inspiring and courageous.

Best wishes and sincere condolences,

Nancy Leblanc (formerly Nancy Claire Cote, Dartmouth, NS)

Danielle McCulloch

23 January 2017

Dear Terry,
Louise taught me figure skating about 33 years ago. Even though it was only for about 2 years, it was memorable as she was a kind and generous teacher with a kind and generous husband. She made it fun, even when it was hard. Thanks to you Terry for taking me out to the movies after I had chicken pox. I don't remember what we saw, but I remember the kind gesture.
With Love
Danielle McCulloch

Mary Cullen

23 January 2017

The skating world has lost a very special person....
The contributions Louise made to the clubs, parents and the many, many Skaters that Louise made a priority in her life will be remembered Forever.
I attribute to being on time for work everyday because Louise taught me to be on time for "Patch" Always!
My Mom always remarked on how very organized Louise was, my Dad used to run into Louise and Terry at Ashburn....We were all very lucky to have had such a terrific lady in our lives.
Terry, my Mom and I are both thinking about you and please let All the very fond memories of your wife help you through this time.
Sincerely,
Mary and Nadine Cullen

Heather Crocker

23 January 2017

I was fortunate to have Louise teach me as an adult learner in basic figure skating at the Centennial Arena from 1992-2000. It was exciting and rewarding to progress under her wonderful tutelage over the years. I remember her beautiful style as she seemed to float over the ice, always with a smile. Sometimes Terry would join us and I recall how her smile would be even brighter on those days. A special lady, never to be forgotten by so many...

CHARLOTTE GALLANT

22 January 2017

Louise was an amazing lady and coach.. always a pleasure to with with Louise.. a true professional in every sense of the word..
My deepest sympathy
Charlotte (Bayer) Gallant

Jillian Dube

22 January 2017

Very sad to hear of the passing of a beautiful woman and aunt. Louise was always pleasant and smiling whenever I had the pleasure to see her. Thinking of Terry and all of her loved ones during this time.

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