Ria Doreen Bouchard

April 7, 1930September 3, 2018
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BOUCHARD, Ria Born April 7th, 1930. Died peacefully on Monday, September 3rd, 2018. Pre-deceased by husband Jack, she will be truly missed by many people. Her sister Patty Koski (Bob) and their daughters Tara and Allison. Her children, daughter Lynn Birrell (Ron) and son Brad Bouchard (Nadia). She will remain in warm memories for her grandchildren- Sean (Leanne), Connor (Adelle), Christopher, Gene and Lucy, as well as her great grandchildren Holden, Christian and Theo. Ria was a great lover of life, a loving mother and wife, alive and full of humour. Curling was a passion at which she excelled in her years in Montreal. Playing, teaching and coaching at Glenmore Curling Club gave her immense joy. Anyone who knew her never forgot her. Strong minded, she would never back down from a challenge. In retirement Ria and Jack found their new home in Wellington, Ontario. There, they found their paradise with a wonderful supportive and engaging community. Little by little over the past ten years Dementia stole her from us: leaving simply a kind and gentle spirit who still loved dancing. Sincere thanks to the wonderful staff of Hillsdale Estates in Oshawa for their patient and professional support and for making her final years as comfortable and happy as possible. A memorial will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, Oshawa, ON (905-721-1234) on Saturday, September 29th from 2 – 4 p.m.


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Elana Medicoff

September 29, 2018

I was deeply saddened to hear Ria passed away. She was undoubtedly one of the most kindest, gregarious, loving people I have ever known. She was a constant source of support for myself and our family during those years. She was always more than willing to teach me all her wonderful recipes that she so enjoyed making particularly for holiday dinners. She had a direct influence on my love for cooking. Not a Christmas goes by without her coming to mind many times over. She loved Gene and Lucy so very much and would do anything for either of them.
Even when Brad and I split up, she continued to be the loving, kind person I knew and I loved her back. She was most definitely one of a kind and will be deeply missed.
I wish all of you my heartfelt sympathies at this time.


Lindsay Dobson

September 25, 2018

I have such good memories of spending holidays with Uncle Jack and Auntie Ria when we were younger. We were always welcomed with open arms and their house was filled with warmth, laughter and love. We loved spending that time together. XO

Mary Elliott

September 18, 2018

I had the honor of meeting Ria at Hillsdale and very much enjoyed spending time with her
And of course dancing with her the best

Thanks for sharing time with me.
Keep dancing


Jackie Gallie

September 17, 2018

Rita was one of the first people we met when we first moved to Wellington on the Lake. She was such a wonderful friend, gracious hostess and such fun.
We used to share “shandies” and of course “wine”. She bought me a special, large wine glass for when I visited. Haven’t seen her in a few years, but thought of her often. She is now with her beloved Jack, who unfortunately had passed away just before we got here. Your family will surely miss her. Will have a glass of wine in her honour.

Sincerely, Jackie & Bob Gallie
94 Sandbanks Crt.,Wellington

Anne Jeffrey

September 17, 2018

To Rias' Family :
I so appreciate reading the notice of Rias' passing in the Wellington Times.
We had some wonderful times--always with plenty of laughs. I well remember her periodic jaunts to the states, and utilizing "walkie talkies" to communicate to her sister, and niece where the best bargains could be had.
Ria was a gracious hostess, and kept a beautiful home where her door was always open to the best coffee I have ever tasted !
She had a great friend in Doreen Waites, who lived on Heritage Drive, and I often wonder if she is still with us.
My sincere sympathy to Rias' family--she is now reunited with Jack, whom she adored.
Anne Jeffrey
1620 Bath Road, Apt. #1011
Kingston, Ontario,

Lesley Ryan

September 13, 2018

Lesley Ryan

September 13, 2018

I am very sorry to hear of Ria’s passing. Ria coached me for several years in juniors and helped my team win two provincial titles. She was the greatest coach and a wonderful lady. She gave so much of her time to us and I will never forget that. She was tough, and expected the same dedication from us that she gave to us. We worked hard and had many laughs along the way!

My deepest condolences to your family.

Lesley Ryan