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Colleen Rosana Poulin

October 22, 1939June 23, 2021
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POULIN, Colleen Rosana -- passed away on Wednesday June 23, 2021 at the age of 81. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth Bernard Poulin. Loving mother of Michael G. Poulin and his wife Hazel Moore, Laura M. Hacker and her husband Trevor Hacker, and Christopher K. Poulin. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Daniel Poulin, Heather Poulin, Vaughan Poulin, Ashleigh Poulin and Kieran Poulin. Resting at the Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St. W. Oshawa (905-721-1234). A Funeral Service (invitation only) will be held on Monday June 28, 2021 at 1:30 pm. The funeral can be viewed via Livestream using the following link:

https://funeraweb.tv/diffusions/99cffc7d-7666-4cc2-9490-88ea0d9365f5

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated.

Services

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    Monday, June 28, 2021

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Lorna Lamers

July 2, 2021

That was a very beautiful service for Colleen.
May she rest in peace.
It was nice to have known her & care for her.
Trevor & Michelle were amazing caregivers!!
Colleen was loved unconditionally for many years while she lived with her daughter & son-in-law.

All the best,
Lorna

Brandi Kehoe

June 29, 2021

Sincere condolences to you and yours. <3

Lorne and Tina Poulin

June 28, 2021

Are thoughts and prayers are with you guys your mother was very special to everyone

Wendell and Raija Gaudin

June 28, 2021

A beautiful picture tribute.

Melanie Marks

June 28, 2021

Thinking of you during this difficult time, sorry for your loss,
hugs!

Karen & Steve Moore

June 28, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Colleen's passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family.

Heather Hunt

June 27, 2021

Sorry for your loss, Mike and Michelle and Chris your Mom was a wonderful person we loved spending time with her. She will be missed by everyone.

Laura Lesko

June 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss Michele. My thoughts are with you.

Kathie Mulvey

June 25, 2021

So sorry to hear the sad news of the loss of your Mom Michele. My thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. X

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Biography

      Many things can be said about Colleen Rosana Poulin. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Colleen was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

      Colleen was born on October 22, 1939 at St. Michael's Hospital in TORONTO. Her parents were Graham and Ursala Nash. Colleen was raised in Toronto. When she was young, Colleen's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Colleen demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

      As a young girl, Colleen was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Colleen could easily relate to other kids. She was an active child who Colleen loved to swim and was part of a swim team in her younger years. N/A. Colleen loved to read, sing and go fishing with her Father. N/a. However, to Colleen, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      During her high school years, Colleen had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1957. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Colleen had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Colleen was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Colleen as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner. Unknown. Unknown.

           Always considered a “good” friend, Colleen sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Colleen always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Colleen’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Colleen would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Colleen was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. Ramona and her brother Bernie Bertrand, her Cousin Harry Nash and later in life formed longlasting friendships with wonderful people like Ed & Betty Kerrigan, Joyce & Bill Lavery while at home and at Melody Bay, Jack& Marie, Thorne, Dick & Sue McIntyre, Bill & Betty Clarke, Joe & Daphne Smith just to name a few.

      On December 6, 1959 Colleen married Kenneth B. Poulin at the St. Joseph's Church of Toronto, ON. Compassionate and devoted, Colleen worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Kenneth (Ken) came first in Colleen’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Kenneth (Ken)’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Colleen did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Colleen was truly a person of empathy.

      Colleen’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Colleen shared these values with her Three Children, Two sons, Michael and Christopher and one daughter, Michele. Colleen was also blessed with five grandchildren, Daniel, Heather, Vaughan, Ashleigh and Kieran. Colleen related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Colleen experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was her primary occupation was Insurance Under Writer. She was employed for Century Insurance / Phoenix Continental / Lombard / Northbridge Insurance over 38 years. Colleen always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Colleen took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Colleen was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Colleen continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Colleen took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were Reading, listening to Music, spending time at the lake. Colleen enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Colleen derived much satisfaction from sports. Because she was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Colleen delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. Colleen was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams' events whenever she got the opportunity. Watching Hockey Night In Canada with her husband.

      Throughout her life, Colleen was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Colleen was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Colleen was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Colleen’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Colleen’s ability to bring valued principles along with her. In high school, Colleen was a member of the Music Club, sang in the Choir at Church, volunteered (Candy Stripper/St. Michael's Hospital). In college, Colleen joined the (n/a). Throughout her later years, Colleen was an active member of the (n/a).

      Colleen was well known to others for her ability to naturally and conscientiously move into action to help others, a quality that placed her as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, she was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld her personal values. Serving on committees for the n/a. Politically, Colleen was n/a.

      Colleen’s faith was important to her. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church for over 20 years. During that time, as young girl she sang in the church choir. She was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in her work with the congregation.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Colleen was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. If the truth were known, Colleen was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. Some of her most prestigious awards included (n/a).

      Colleen enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Colleen were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included Camping & Fishing with family in Ontario Parks, Jamaica.

      Colleen was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Colleen's favorite was Buddy, Mixed Breed Dog, Tigger, Orange Tabby Cat. They were best friends for for their lifetime.14 years or more.

      When Colleen’s retirement finally came in 1998, she was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that she was, Colleen had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Colleen knew exactly what she wanted to do. Her new life involved spending her summers at her Trailer in Melody Bay Park, Buckhorn, ON with her husband Ken. In retirement, she found new pleasure in Spending time with friends at the Lake. Even in retirement, Colleen continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Colleen passed away on June 23, 2021 at Bowmanville Hospital, Bowmanville, ON. Alzheimer's / Dementia Decease. She is survived by her children Michael, Michele, Christopher; her grand-children Daniel, Heather, Vaughan, Ashleigh and Kieran. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home. Colleen and Ken will be laid to rest at the Thornton Cemetery, Oshawa, ON.

      Throughout her life, Colleen was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Colleen leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Colleen Rosana Poulin.