Mrs. Constance (Connie) MacNichol Beach

April 17, 1934March 10, 2011

In Loving Memory Constance (Connie) Beach

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Connie Beach (MacNichol) at the age of 76, on March 10, 2011 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, MB following complication from a very brief illness.

Mom was born on April 17, 1934 in Blackland New Brunswick, to Arthur and Isabel Mac Nichol. She spent her childhood years on the family farm and attended grade school on the North Shore. At age 16, she left home to attend post secondary school in Montreal. She graduated with her Registered Nursing degree from the Royal Victoria She met Dad while he attended the University of New Brunswick. They were married on September 19, 1956 and from there they were inseparable. They began their careers and raising their family, starting in New Brunswick and continuing to Nipawin Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake Saskatchewan, Prince Albert Saskatchewan, Grand Prairie Alberta, and finally settling in Kenora, Dad’s hometown, with their 5 children.

Mom worked in various hospitals as an OR Nurse thoughout her career. When the family settled in Kenora, Mom began her "life-sentence", nursing at the Kenora Jail and loved every day of her 25-year career there. She always spoke highly of the people she worked with. Mom was a nurse to her very last day - witty with her doctors and nurses and aware of every procedure around her. She always held her career-peers in the highest regard.

Mom was always full of life and loved to have a good time. She loved to fish and spent many hours in the boat with Dad. Mom was a very talented knitter, making sweaters, afghans and dishcloths for us all. She loved the challenge of the New York Times crossword puzzle and was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She could whip up a wicked brownie, butter tart, potato salad or hermit cookie. Mom never was shy to speak her mind and always had a zinger that could make you either gasp or fall down with laughter ... or sometimes, both.

When Dad died, a piece of Mom did too. We're so glad that she held on for us - that she got to know her grandchildren and great grandchild - and was able to leave us with such incredible memories. We know she’s with dad right now, checking out all the neat places he found for them to explore together.

Mom was predeceased by both of her parents and by the love of her life, Duane (January 2000). She will be greatly missed by her five children and their children, daughter Susan Blekkenhorst, grandchildren Andrea (Darren & Kyler), Laura, Daniel, Lyndsay & Leah, son Tom (Bev), granddaughter Erin, son Jim (Lori) grandchildren Kate & Michael, son Gerry (Carol) and daughter Leah O’Flaherty (Kevin), grandchildren Sydney & Kevin jr.

She will be sadly missed by her brother Vance (Nan,) sister Linda (Brian) and cousin Sandra, sisters in law Peggy Beach, Pat Harris (Moe), Dorothy Beach & Eileen Collins, her nieces, nephews and their families but especially Jamie and Donna Beach who always had a seat in their boat for her.

The service will be held at the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Wednesday March 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Kenora Cat Shelter.

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  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Michael Collins

March 23, 2011

I can't say how sad I was to hear that Aunt Connie had passed away. But I'll always remember the laughs & fun I had with her and Uncle Duane. She never missed a chance to stuff me full of a good meal and put up with an awful lot of guff I gave her all in good fun. To Susan, Tom, Jim, Gerry, & Leah there's nothing I can say to make it any easier but I will say that your Mom made many memories that will last forever. She will be missed.

Janet Barnett & family

March 20, 2011

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom with all the wonderful pictures. She had a full life with a family that loved her very much. I remember visiting Kenora when I was 10 years old and Aunt Connie seemed bigger than life to me. She was always telling jokes and seemed fearless. Her love for Uncle Duane is obvious in photos of them together. How lucky you all are to have had such a Mom. Our thoughts are with you...

The Prysnuk Family

March 17, 2011

We're very sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. It was touching what you said about her career at the jail. They were amazing women and friends.
Our thoughts are with you all.

Aunt Ailene Collins

March 17, 2011

You all have been in my thoughts, especially today as you say your final goodbye to your Mum. She will be missed by all who knew her. My heart goes out to every one of the family.

Debbie, Alec, Elizabeth & Sarah Fairhurst

March 16, 2011

What a wonderful obituary for Auntie Connie. She led a full life with Uncle Duane, friends, kids and grandkids.

I remember visiting Kenora in the late 60's, ealy 70's. Life at the Beach home was filled with the busyness of kids, laughter, dog hair & spit, good food. Wild but fun. One time at Gibi Lake, Auntie Connie was driving Uncle Duane's newest, biggest power boat over to Uncle Don and Aunt Dorothy's dock, stalled it and was shouting, "Stop the boat! Stop the boat! Duane is going to kill me [if she got a scratch on it]!" So, we kids stopped it, me by sticking out my legs & having the skin scrapped off (the boat was fine!), but I was patched up & better in no time.

Speaking of knitting, Aunt Connie knit a Cowichan sweater for Elizabeth when she was little in the mid 80's. That sweater/jacket went on to be worn by Sarah, and has since made the rounds of the neighbourhood keeping kids warm.

I am sorry that she has passed away. I'm sure you will all miss her.

Our sincere condolences.

Chris Collins

March 16, 2011

My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time of loss. Your Mom was deeply loved and touched so many lives.

Patti (Collins) Jacobsen

March 16, 2011

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom. She loved her entire family very much, and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. Be thankful you have those wonderful memories, pictures and fun times with her. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Margo, Carmine, Katrina & Anthony Mariano

March 16, 2011

We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. We loved her and will miss her visits to Ottawa. We always had a good time when your Mom was visiting here, and we'll all remember her great sense of humour. Our thoughts are with all of you.

Moira, Kalvin, Paul and Mark Mercer

March 16, 2011

To my cousins.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. We will truly miss her visits to Ottawa. It was always fun to see her and listen to her brag about all of her granchildren. I know she loved you all dearly. I have enjoyed looking at the photos and seeing her smiling face. Our love and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Bill & Joyce Nichol

March 15, 2011

Our sincere sympathy to each one of you, we loved your Mother dearly and have many fond memories of time spent with her many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.