OBITUARY

Kimberley Ann (Moran) MacIntosh

September 30, 1967November 17, 2021
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September 30, 1967— November 17, 2021 Kimberley Ann MacIntosh With heavy hearts, we must announce that our family lost our hero, Kimberley Ann MacIntosh (née Moran), who passed peacefully in her home on November 17, at the age of 54, surrounded by her husband, two daughters and two siblings, after a ferociously brave four-and-a-half-year battle with stage-four lung cancer.

Kim is survived by her devoted husband of 18 years, Dean MacIntosh. The proud mother of daughters Ceilidh and Sadie, she was beloved by her parents Ken and Janice Moran, sister Pamela Ouellet (Eric), and brother James Moran (Anita Dolman). She is also survived by her parents-in-law Carolee and Robert (“Bob”) MacIntosh; brother-in-law Warren MacIntosh (Trudy); nieces Brittany, Kelsey, Rebecca, and Cassie MacIntosh; and nephews Thaeden Ouellet and Dylan Moran-Dolman.

She was loved, admired and cherished by family and friends.

Kim was renowned and admired for her mental health advocacy; her successful, nearly 30-year nursing career; and, more recently, her lung-cancer advocacy. Her absence is felt by co-workers, the mental health community, her lung-cancer advocacy sisters and brothers, and the countless others she inspired and befriended over the years, and whose lives she touched with her kindness; spirited, no-nonsense approach to life; and fierce determination in all pursuits.

Kim will be dearly missed by many close friends including her long-time besties Kelli, Shelley and Anne.

Kim thrived on Moran and MacIntosh family traditions. The life of the party, whether concocting delicious Sangria or organizing shopping trips to the States, she had a passion for shopping, crafts and decoration. Kim considered bearing witness to her clients’ stories and lives her life’s work. In younger years, she was an accomplished high jumper, protective older sister, and trouncer of neighbourhood bullies. Even earlier, she was a highly active child who would bicycle halfway across town to see a friend, and whose nicknames among family were “Turkey” and “Mikerleys.”

Kim was very involved with The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (World Lung Cancer), where she was a member of its Supportive Training for Advocates on Research & Science (STARS) program. She attended its Barcelona Conference and was able to see first-hand what was happening in the lung cancer world. From there, her lung-cancer advocacy took off. She worked with Lung Cancer Canada as a member of its Programs Committee. Kim also worked with and shared her story with the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network and its Right2Survive campaign. In her own words, Kim said, “To put it bluntly, I would not be standing here today without innovative therapies or lung cancer research. It is my hope that my story can help inspire others to advocate for innovative therapies — because this pivotal research saves lives”. https://right2survive.ca/patient-stories/.

Kim was involved with the Ottawa Tamarack Race Weekend’s two-kilometre walk for the past three years to raise money for Lung Cancer Canada and was ecstatic to design the “Lung Cancer Strong” slogan for event T-shirts and signs. She was an active member of the International EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) Resisters Group and active in representing the White Ribbon Project for Canada. Kim travelled all across Ontario, ribbons in tow, giving them to lung cancer patients. For her, it was important and gratifying to take a photo with each recipient of a white ribbon. Kim was also involved with LUNGevity and the HOPE Summit in Washington, DC, and was very active in her Ottawa CIRCLE (Connect, Inspire, Relate, Communicate, Learn, Empower) lung cancer support group, and in supporting the lung cancer awareness tables, whose volunteers provide information about lung cancer to cancer patients and their families.

In 2019, Kim founded Team Sparkle, #LoveLungSparkle, which grew to over 200 members across North America, to share her journey with others. The lung-cancer advocacy community knew her as the “Sparkle Princess” because of her positivity and glowing smile, and since she seemed to spread sparkle dust wherever she went.

To read more about Kim’s lung cancer journey, go to: https://www.lungcancercanada.ca/Resources/Patient-Stories/Kim-MacIntosh.aspx.

The family will be in attendance for her Irish wake and celebration of life at Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, West Branch, 20 Seventh Street West (613-932-8482). In the spirit of Kim’s love of shopping, the event will be held on Black Friday, November 26, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Unvaccinated family and friends may attend from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vaccinated family and friends are invited to attend from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. After 1:30 p.m. proof of vaccination will be requested upon arrival. Masks are mandatory at all times. The family encourages guests to reserve a time at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4EAFA72BA1FFC16-celebration1. Please call the Funeral Home at 613-932-8482 should you require assistance booking your time for visitation.

To express sympathy, kindly donate to The Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT), Elizabeth Dessureault Memorial Fund, and Lung Cancer Canada. Kim’s flower preferences are available at Blooms, Cornwall.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Vaccine not required

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Vaccine required

    Friday, November 26, 2021

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Debbie McAuley

December 2, 2021

My deepest sympathy to The Macintosh and Moran families, luv Deb

Fabienne Glauser

November 26, 2021

Our sincere condolences go out to all of Kim’s family and loved ones at the loss of this wonderful soul. I hope that you will see her spirit reflected in the caring support of those around you, and that this will give you comfort today, and in the days to come.
Fabienne & Peter (Ottawa)

JANUSZ WLODARCZYK

November 26, 2021

Dean - my sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family on this sad news.
Janusz Wlodarczyk

Ivan Labelle

November 26, 2021

Though I've only met you a few times, it was clear that you were a wonderful person. Dean and family , I am so sorry for your loss , my sincerest sympathies.
Ivan Labelle And Kateline Morrissette

Diana Quosdorf

November 26, 2021

Our deepest condolences to all of you! Kim was such a beauty and her light shone brightly til the end! Although her life was too short she touched so many with her smile and love for life. We will all miss her.
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this unbelievably difficult time
Diana and Andy Quosdorf

Lina Lacelle

November 25, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this news. Kim definitely was a "Sparkley Princess" . I will always be appreciative of her genuine concern for my brother. My brother trusted her and she became an important part of his well being over the many decades they knew each other.
To her husband Dean and her children, do know that she made such a big difference in everyone's lives that she touched.
It was an privilege to both my brother and I to have known her.
I thank her so much for for her understanding and listening patiently.
My deepest sympathies, she is a great loss to everyone who knew her.

Kelly Chevrier

November 25, 2021

Dear Sadie and Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have heard and read many wonderful things about your mom. Having had the pleasure of meeting her and talking with her several times at school functions, I know how proud she is of you and your sister. Her beautiful smile lit up the room as does yours. Please know that I am sending strength and love your way during this difficult time. May your memories bring you peace.

Brent and Kellie MacDonell

November 23, 2021

We always enjoyed talking to her at the local gatherings at Williamstown Fair and Highland Games. One of the nicest and friendliest girl we knew. ❤️ So flamboyant

Claude and Christiane Desrosiers

November 23, 2021

Dean, Ceilidh and Sadie:

Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for the passing of Kim. She will definitely be missed by so many.
Please accept our deepest condolences during these difficult times. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Desrosiers Family.

Julie Dumoulin

November 23, 2021

I met Kim when I was doing my nursing placement with the Assertive Community Treatment Team in 2006. It didn't take long to become best work friends or as Kim would say (work BFF's). Kim loved the clients and taught me how to be a good mental health nurse. She loved her job and was a true advocate in everything she did. I was so blessed to have been able to visit Kim in the last two weeks to be able to say I love you and reflect on the past 4 years and that goodbye is not forever. It simply means I'll miss you until we meet again.

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