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Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home

180 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON

OBITUARY

Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

December 12, 1928January 11, 2019
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Thérèse est décédée entourée d’amour au Centre Élisabeth-Bruyère après une courte hospitalisation en raison d’une blessure le vendredi 11 janvier 2019.

Elle laisse dans le deuil ses fils Guy et Luc. Elle fut prédécédée pas ses parents Thomas (Tom) Maloney, décédé le 3 décembre 1968 et Agnès Escalle, décédée le 28 octobre 1974. Tom s’est remarié à Agnès, après que sa première épouse Mary Elizabeth Burke décède en 1919 quand l’ainé était seulement âgé de 16 ans. Thérèse fut prédécédée par ses frères et soeurs : Raymond Joseph, Raymond John, Geneviève, Peter, Linus, Monica, Hilary, Bernard, Menard, Conrad et Alice. Thérèse laisse également Peter Bédard, Clair Bédard, Mary Bédard, Garnet Maloney, Casey Maloney, Geneviève Maloney, Pat Gleason, Ron Chénier et Raef Gouiaa.

Thérèse était motivée, ambitieuse et persévérante. Elle avait toujours un sourire accueillant pour les étrangers et prenais intérêts à entendre leur histoire.

Il y aura des visites le mercredi 16 janvier 2019 de 17h à 20h à la Maison Funéraire Racine, Robert & Gauthier (180, chemin Montréal, Ottawa). Les funérailles auront lieu le vendredi 18 janvier 2019 à 10h30 en l’église Assumption (320, rue Olmstead, Ottawa). Au lieu de fleurs, des dons à l’œuvre de charité de votre choix seraient grandement appréciés.

After a brief hospitalization, Thérèse Maloney Cousineau passed away surrounded by love at the Élisabeth-Bruyère Palliative Centre on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Thérèse is survived by her two sons Guy and Luc. She was predeceased by her parents Thomas (Tom) Maloney (d. 1968) and Agnes Escalle (d. 1974); Thérèse was their only child. Tom married Agnes after his first wife Mary Elizabeth Burke died in 1919 when the oldest child was just 16 years old. Thérèse was predeceased by all her step-brothers and sisters; Raymond Joseph, Raymond John, Genevieve, Peter, Linus, Monica, Hilary, Bernard, Menard, Conrad, and Alice.

Thérèse will also be missed by Peter Bédard, Clair Bédard, Mary Bédard, Garnet Maloney, Casey Maloney, Geneviève Maloney, Pat Gleason, Ron Chénier, and Raef Gouiaa. At a very young age, she was deeply affected by the tragic death of two of her teenage brothers Bernard & Menard who drowned. She was inspired by the heroic efforts of another who tried to save them but who also drowned.

Thérèse was raised in a rural community near Thurso, Quebec. The family developed strong roots in the community until her father’s retirement. Through her father’s guidance, she dared to ride her horse to school and dreamed of studying law. She received a good education and started to work for Bell in 1944. Ambitious and with a sense of adventure, she took a managerial position with the company first in Mont Laurier and then in Maniwaki. Thérèse left Bell to start her married life with Remi. She returned to work to run a Centre d’information populaire (forerunner of the Quebec CLSC) in the early 1970s. When Thérèse and Remi parted, she moved with two young children and settled in Ottawa. Drawing on her father’s work ethic, she started a business, took university courses, and soon found employment with the federal government - eventually became part of the Canadian Coast Guard. Instilled with her father’s sense of community, she became a school board trustee and received a 30-year service pin from the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Thérèse traveled the world from Iqaluit to Tel Aviv and explored her Irish and French ancestral roots. In an isolated part of France, she found and visited the home that her maternal great-grandfather he had been born in. She kept in touch with her European French relatives for many years. After retiring from the federal public service, Thérèse continued with other careers and pursuits up until her recent hospitalization.

Thérèse was devoted to Catholic schools and Catholic causes, always persevering during setbacks; she had a welcoming smile for a stranger and took interest in hearing their story.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home (180 Montreal Road, Ottawa). Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Parish (320 Olmstead Street, Ottawa). In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Services

  • Visites Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Funérailles Friday, January 18, 2019

Memories

Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

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Bridget Maloney

January 18, 2019

Dear Guy and Luc

Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope.
I have always admired your mother's work ethics and the courage she had to be her authentic self in her professional and personal life. She always took a stand on issues that mattered deeply to her.

Aunt Theresa
I will treasure our many long distance phone calls that we had over the years. They were lengthy, serious, and sometimes very humorous. As the years passed these chats got shorter, and lately very brief and now they have ceased.

My dearest Aunt Theresa, thank you my friend for the memories. I will miss you.
Love Bridget

Claude Lalonde

January 16, 2019

Aux deux garcons de Théresa

Mes sinceres condoléances a vous et votre famille
Je garde de tres bon souvenir de Théresa et son pere Tom
J'ai travaillé souvent a la maison de Thurso sois pour Tom ou Théresa
Je vous ai connu les deux garcon quand vous avez habités a la maison familliale a Thurso
J'étais votre voisin d'en arriere
My sympathies to you both.

Claude Lalonde

Colleen Petridis (Maloney)

January 16, 2019

Dear Aunt Therese,

Although I didn't spend a lot of time with you, I thought of you often and kind of admired you from a distance. When we gathered for various family functions, you were the words of wisdom and your quick humour and easy smile always brought a sense of comfort. Every time I had a chance to talk to you, I would learn so much about my family history. I remember jokingly telling you once you were like our celebrity aunt and your reaction was a huge a smile and a touch of humour. I also noticed you seemed to prefer bare feet & sandals late into fall and early winter; I never commented on it but now I think it was so appropriate - cold feet, warm heart. I would have liked to visit you in the hospital and capture some more recent memories but unfortunately I was not aware you were hospitalized. I feel you were a stellar Maloney matriarch. May you rest in peace ... somehow I know you will as you are surely in God's graces.

Colleen Petridis (Maloney) & Family

Jim Watson

January 16, 2019

Please accept my deepest sympathies at the passing of Therese. She was a great advocate and champion for education in our city and she will be missed My sincere condolences during this sad and difficult time

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