Connie Lee Calhoun
6 July , 1953 – 3 January , 2019
After a long and determined, near twenty-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Connie passed away at home in the early hours of January 3, 2019, with her husband John and nurse Ann Marie by her side.
Connie was predeceased by her father Sam. She leaves to mourn her mother Vera Calhoun; husband John Morrison; children Claire and Aidan; sisters Kim Ray (Irv) and Martie Calhoun; and many, many other relatives and friends.
Connie was born in Riverside, NB, the eldest of three daughters. Because her dad served in the RCAF overseas, Connie and her family spent some five years of her childhood in Belgium and France. After their return to Canada, they lived first in Trenton and then in Peterborough, ON.
Connie attended the University of Guelph, where she earned an honours degree in French Literature. She went on to study for a year in Aix-en-Provence, France, before returning to Canada and subsequently joining the Government of Canada Translation Bureau in 1978. She worked for the Bureau—first in Ottawa, then in Quebec City and finally in Winnipeg—having paused only for the births of Claire and Aidan, until her worsening health forced her onto disability leave in the late fall of 2000.
During the 1980s, Connie served on the Parish Advisory Committee of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Quebec City. In the 1990s, she sang in the choir at Holy Trinity Church in Winnipeg.
An attentive and kind-hearted listener and devoted friend, Connie will be missed by the myriad of people whose lives she touched.
Connie's body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard on Friday, January 25 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Deborah Olukoju officiating.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Victoria ICU and HSC H6, the WRHA respite nurses and health care aides who cared so well for Connie for many years, the HSC Respiratory Clinic and Long-Term Ventilator personnel who performed Connie's trache care, and Dr Eleni Giannouli, who attended to Connie in her final years.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.
- Memorial Service Friday, 25 January , 2019
Connie Lee Calhoun
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25 January 2019
Our thoughts are with you and yours at this time.
Leigh & family
18 January 2019
We were very sorry to hear of Connie's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. We have so many great memories of her over the years in Ottawa, Quebec City and St. Boniface.
17 January 2019
12 January 2019
Hello John, Claire and Aiden, hope your doing okay. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We also extend our home to you all should you have need of a bit of a getaway here on Vancouver Island.
Being a younger cousin my first memory is one of Connie putting on a bit of a fashion show and I was in awe of her then and now. I was also gifted a lovely blazer , it was a stunning jacket with a crest and I felt extremely grown up to wear it. I wore it as often as I could and to my understanding it was a big disappointment to my other cousin, who recently shared with me that she wanted it and I wont say which one of my cousin’s it was , but she knows who she is.
Connie was born in the month of July as was I, and they say that July babies are particularily special. I certainly agree when I think of our Connie.
Love to you all
Deb and Steve Ledig
12 January 2019