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Remy Vaillancourt

23 November, 193325 April, 2018
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VAILLANCOURT, Remy November 23, 1933 ~ April 25, 2018

Remy Vaillancourt was a special person to many people. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Remy was born in the small town of Jaro located on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. She was the daughter of Juan and Victorina Go and the youngest of a large family. She had two sisters Juanita and Emelia, she also had 8 half sisters, Ebay, Unday, Sayong, Irene, Cresing, Esing, Estay and Caring. As a child and through high school she went to a Catholic boarding school in Tacloban but always returned home to the family on weekends. As a young girl, Remy had a number of interests. She learned to play the piano at an early age. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. However, to Remy, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends. In 1955, she passed her board exams and was a certified and practicing pharmacist in the Philippines. After graduating from university in the Philippines she travelled around the world with her close friend and half niece Therisita. Her exploring led her to continue her education in the United States where studied at St. Anthony's Hospital School in Rockford, Illinois and obtained a diploma in Medical Technology in 1958. She also passed the American Society of Clinical Pathologists board exam for Registered Medical Technologist in 1958. Through career opportunities she attained a job at Toronto General Hospital later transferring to St. Michaels. During this time she met and fell in love with Lawrence and after a year of courtship they were married at Holy Family Catholic Church in Toronto. She then moved to Oshawa with Lawrence and they began their life together. In 1969 they gave birth to their daughter Vickie Ann and five years later they adopted their daughter Andrea Lee. At this time, Remy decided to stay at home with her children and husband. Vickie moved to Vancouver British Columbia in 1995. In July 2002 Andrea was married to Kyle O’Donnell. After her children left home to fill the void she became a dog lover and was the proud owner of her two Yorkshire terriers Zoe and Sisco. She often stated that they helped to make her a better person by showing her patience and compassion. In August 2004 Remy was blessed with her first grandson Callum and in 2006 her granddaughter Allie was welcomed into the world. Remy adored her beloved grandchildren. In their retirement years they were able to travel throughout Canada and the United States and in 2005 returned to the Philippines for one last visit with her beloved sisters and extended family. Remy enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favourite vacations included various family ski vacations, Disney World, Florida, Las Vegas, Alaskan Cruise, a road trip across East Coast and then journeyed home through the New England States and a road trip across the West of Canada and back home through the Western States.

When she was physically able she enjoyed going for walks, gardening and skiing. Her cooking was enjoyed by many and she will always be remembered for her famous egg rolls, pansit and chicken wings. Although she taught her daughters her secrets they just aren’t able to duplicate her magic touch. Remy was a devout Catholic. She was a member at various Catholic Churches in Oshawa such as St. Gregory, St. Mary's and finally at St. Joseph of the Worker Parish. She regularly attended mass at St. Joseph’s up until both her and her husband became ill and couldn’t drive. However, she made sure to watch Sunday mass every week on T.V. She took an active role in her community, as she would often volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and canvassed around the neighborhood for donations. Remy spent her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favourite pursuits were skiing with the family every weekend in the winter and occasionally fishing (when they were biting) in the summer. Remy loved playing cards especially Euchre and Gin Rummy. She was happy to meet up with friends for lunch to discuss the latest happenings in their lives. Remy was also content to spend her spare time curling up with a good book. Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew. While growing up, some of her best friends were her sisters and Therisita (half niece). She had so many dear friends throughout her lifetime; it's hard to name them all. Remy worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her chosen career. Her primary occupation was a pharmacist and later a Medical Lab Technologist and finally a Homemaker. She was employed at Toronto General Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital for 7 years and Oshawa General Hospital for two years. Remy was happy with her choice to stay home and care for her family. Her daughters feel blessed that she was always present during their childhood. They are grateful for the life lessons she taught them over the years. Remy was a strong little lady who was small in stature but mighty in spirit. Over the years she battled a variety of illnesses. She was a breast cancer survivor twice, was diagnosed with a heart condition in 1993 which hospitalized her for a month and would continue to challenge her over the years, her eye site was diminishing due to Glaucoma, In 2010 she took a fall and broke her hip which reduced her to a life to a walker. Yet throughout all these hardships her faith never faltered. She made sure to remind her children to go to church and pray each night. These last few months were quite difficult and proved to be more then she could handle.

Remy passed away on April 25, 2018 peacefully at home with her loving husband by her side. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Lawrence, her two daughters Vickie and Andrea, son-in-law Kyle and beloved grandchildren Callum and Allie. Services were held at St. Joseph's the worker Parish. Remy was laid to rest in Thornton Cemetery in Oshawa. Remy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Remy Vaillancourt and her famous egg rolls.

She will forever be in our hearts.

Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Tuesday, May 1st from 5 – 8 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER PARISH, 1100 Mary Street North, Oshawa, Ontario on Wednesday, May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to Lakeridge Health Foundation- Cancer Care. Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 1 May , 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, 2 May , 2018

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Andrea O'Donnell

31 May 2018

"There is something about losing a mother that is permanent and inexpressible-a wound that will never quite heal."

I never told you that when I was a little girl, I had a fear that one day I would be taken from you. I prayed each night that it would never happen. I never imagined that one day you would be taken from me. Even though deep down I knew you couldn't live forever naively I assumed you would always be there.

You nurtured me, protected me and believed in me when nobody else did. You were always there when I needed you. You kissed every boo boo and wiped every tear. I know that when my heart ached yours did too! You were strict and tough on Vickie and I and I could never understood why until I became a mother. I now know that you only wanted the best for me so you pushed me to work hard. You instilled a faith in me that that I have now surpassed to Callum and Allie. I live on in you Mom. I am the person I am today because of you.

I know that you are no longer suffering and that you are at peace with God. That is suppose to bring me comfort and in time it will but for right now all I want is my Mom to make everything better. I miss the sound of your voice, your laughter and your hugs. Going home just isn't the same anymore. I miss seeing you on the front porch waving goodbye as we left until the next visit.

I thank God everyday for bringing me into your lives. You will always be my little Mommy small and mighty. Your love and life lessons will live on. I promise you that. I love you now, forever and always.

Your loving daughter,
Andrea

Callum O'Donnell

31 May 2018

Grandma I miss going over to your house and spending time with you. You made me laugh and made sure I had enough to eat. You made the best chicken wings and egg rolls. This Christmas will be very different without you here. I love you and you will always be in my heart.

Allie O'Donnell

31 May 2018

I really always miss you and love you, you were a perfect part of our family. I will miss those funny times we shared together but i will always remember them. (Lily and Molson miss you too). I am happy that you are in a happy place and I'm happy your watching over me. ~Allie~

Vickie Vaillancourt

31 May 2018

My Dearest Mom,
How do I put into words how much I miss you and the memories we shared? All the love, laughter and lessons you gave us?
You were my first teacher and still gave thoughtful and useful advice right up to your last days that will be remembered and used always. You were my moral compass who was strict with your rights and wrongs but always rewarded with kindness. You were my biggest cheerleader, as proud as anyone when Andrea and I accomplished life goals or any victory, big or small. You were our champion, ready to defend us against any unknown threat, keeping the nightmares away when we woke up, comforting us at any hour. Home was always a safe haven. You were our star, making us laugh, keeping us entertained throughout the day. You were our personal chef, always making our favourite meals, happy to see everyone enjoying your cooking and later trying to bestow your secrets to us. You were our friend and confidant. When we were children you played with us, participated in sports and family activities. In adulthood, you were a knowledgeable participant in conversation and always ready to share advice.
You were such a big part of my life and now a large hole is missing in my heart.
I will always love you and remember you always, my "small but mighty" mom.
Missing you everyday.
Vickie.

Fred Strassner Jr.

2 May 2018

Dear Uncle Lawrence, Andrea and Vicki. Auntie Remy was such a kind-hearted woman. I have warm and loving memories of all the times we got together. Will miss my Aunti 'Berry' Remy.

Marilyn M. Yap

1 May 2018

Dearest Uncle Lawrence and Family,

We are sharing our deepest condolences. Surely Tita Medieng will be missed.

We have attached our fondest memories of Tita Medieng.

Love,

The Go-Montejo family

Marilyn M. Yap

1 May 2018

Dearest Uncle Lawrence and Family,

We are sharing our deepest condolences. Surely Tita Medieng will be missed.

We have attached our fondest memories of Tita Medieng.

Love,

The Go-Montejo family

Marilyn M. Yap

1 May 2018

Dearest Uncle Lawrence and Family,

We are sharing our deepest condolences. Surely Tita Medieng will be missed.

We have attached our fondest memories of Tita Medieng.

Love,

The Go-Montejo family

Marilyn M. Yap

1 May 2018

Dearest Uncle Lawrence and Family,

We are sharing our deepest condolences. Surely Tita Medieng will be missed.

We have attached our fondest memories of Tita Medieng.

Love,

The Go-Montejo family

Marilyn M. Yap

1 May 2018

Dearest Uncle Lawrence and Family,

We are sharing our deepest condolences. Surely Tita Medieng will be missed.

We have attached our fondest memories of Tita Medieng.

Love,

The Go-Montejo family

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Biography

Remy Vaillancourt was a special person to many people. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Remy was born in the small town of Jaro located on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. She was the daughter of Juan and Victorina Go and the youngest of a large family. She had two sisters Juanita and Emelia, she also had 8 half sisters, Ebay, Unday, Sayong, Irene, Cresing, Esing, Estay and Caring. As a child and through high school she went to a Catholic boarding school in Tacloban but always returned home to the family on weekends.

As a young girl, Remy had a number of interests. She learned to play the piano at an early age. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. However, to Remy, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

In 1955, she passed her board exams and was a certified and practicing pharmacist in the Philippines. After graduating from university in the Philippines she travelled around the world with her close friend and half niece Therisita. Her exploring led her to continue her education in the United States where studied at St. Anthony's Hospital School in Rockford, Illinois and obtained a diploma in Medical Technology in 1958. She also passed the American Society of Clinical Pathologists board exam for Registered Medical Technologist in 1958. Through career opportunities she attained a job at Toronto General Hospital later transferring to St. Michaels. During this time she met and fell in love with Lawrence and after a year of courtship they were married at Holy Family Catholic Church in Toronto. She then moved to Oshawa with Lawrence and they began their life together.

In 1969 they gave birth to their daughter Vickie Ann and five years later they adopted their daughter Andrea Lee. At this time, Remy decided to stay at
home with her children and husband. Vickie moved to Vancouver British Columbia in 1995. In July 2002 Andrea was married to Kyle O’Donnell. After her children left home to fill the void she became a dog lover and was the proud owner of her two Yorkshire terriers Zoe and Sisco. She often stated that they helped to make her a better person by showing her patience and compassion. In August 2004 Remy was blessed with her first grandson Callum and in 2006 her granddaughter Allie was welcomed into the world. Remy adored her beloved grandchildren.

In their retirement years they were able to travel throughout Canada and the United States and in 2005 returned to the Philippines for one last visit with her beloved sisters and extended family. Remy enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favourite vacations included various family ski vacations, Disney World, Florida, Las Vegas, Alaskan Cruise, a road trip across East Coast and then journeyed home through the New England

States and a road trip across the West of Canada and back home through the Western States.

When she was physically able she enjoyed going for walks, gardening and skiing. Her cooking was enjoyed by many and she will always be remembered for her famous egg rolls, pansit and chicken wings. Although she taught her daughters her secrets they just aren’t able to duplicate her magic touch.

Remy was a devout Catholic. She was a member at various Catholic Churches in Oshawa such as St. Gregory, St. Mary's and finally at St. Joseph of the Worker Parish. She regularly attended mass at St. Joseph’s up until both her and her husband became ill and couldn’t drive. However, she made sure to watch Sunday mass every week on T.V. She took an active role in her community, as she would often volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and canvassed around the neighborhood for donations.

Remy spent her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favourite pursuits were skiing with the family every weekend in the winter and occasionally fishing (when they were biting) in the summer. Remy loved playing cards especially Euchre and Gin Rummy. She was happy to meet up with friends for lunch to discuss the latest happenings in their lives. Remy was also content to spend her spare time curling up with a good book.

Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew. While growing up, some of her best friends were her sisters and Therisita (half niece). She had so many dear friends throughout her lifetime; it's hard to name them all.

Remy worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her chosen career. Her primary occupation was a pharmacist and later a Medical Lab Technologist and finally a Homemaker. She was employed at Toronto General Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital for 7 years and Oshawa General Hospital for two years. Remy was happy with her choice to stay home and care for her family. Her daughters feel blessed that she was always present during their childhood. They are grateful for the life lessons she taught them over the years.

Remy was a strong little lady who was small in stature but mighty in spirit. Over the years she battled a variety of illnesses. She was a breast cancer survivor twice, was diagnosed with a heart condition in 1993 which hospitalized her for a month and would continue to challenge her over the years, her eye site was diminishing due to Glaucoma, In 2010 she took a fall and broke her hip which reduced her to a life to a walker. Yet throughout all these hardships her faith never faltered. She made sure to remind her children to go to church and pray each night. These last few months were quite difficult and proved to be more then she could handle.

Remy passed away on April 25, 2018 peacefully at home with her loving husband by her side. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Lawrence, her two daughters Vickie and Andrea, son-in-law Kyle and beloved grandchildren Callum and Allie. Services were held at St. Joseph's the worker Parish. Remy was laid to rest in Thornton Cemetery in Oshawa.

Remy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Remy Vaillancourt and her famous egg rolls.

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