Rivard, Jean - Obituaries | Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative

Rivard, Jean


1939 - 2024

“When two hearts meet after being apart for a time, the world fades away as they meet and share the purest of loves. They are invincible at that moment, and that is the magic of their love.”

 It is with heavy hearts, the family announces the peaceful passing of our dear mom, nana and great-nana, Jean Lorrainne Rivard, on May 6, 2024, at the age of 84. She joins her forever love, Ollie, in heaven where they can once again be one forever.

 Mom leaves a great legacy of love in her children, Cathy and husband Charles McLaughlin, Judy and husband Mike Robichaud, and Tim and wife Tracey Crumley. She is also survived by grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Carla Mclaughlin and son Keiran Wolkins, Clayton McLaughlin, wife Valerie and son Charlie McLaughlin, Meagan McLaughlin and partner, Derek Waldron, Jesse Robichaud and Jackie Robichaud (Matt Marion), Sophie Rivard and Ella Rivard.

Mom is also survived by her only living sibling, sister Thelma Taylor, and many nieces and nephews.

Mom had a full life. Born and raised in Cabbagetown, mom and dad met in Toronto. Ironically, they found that both of their families had roots in Northern Ontario and in 1969, they came to Kirkland Lake to raise their family of three. Before dad passed, the two were inseparable. Their Catholic faith led them to be active church members, mom being a member of the CWL and dad becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus. They both loved a battle, had a passion for helping the working people, and dipped their toes into provincial politics. Their favorite pastime was camping, and the family spent many summers at Esker Park where dad would compete with having the biggest wood pile. Becoming Nana and Papa stirred their creative woodworking skills and as a team, made children's toys and furniture, many creations which remain coveted to this day. It was a difficult path for mom when dad suddenly passed, but mom found her way, becoming Nana B Nana to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As COPD claimed mom's lung capacity and macular degeneration took her sight, mom recognized that it was time to move to assisted care living. Teck Pioneer Residence would become mom's last stop as the staff and residents embraced her like family. Mom once again became queen of the table with her 3 sidekicks, Frank, Bob and Jim. She maintained peace, manners and rule at the table with a side of Jackson humor and wit to keep the gang not only in line but smiling.

 The Family would like to thank the staff at Teck Pioneer Residence for their unconditional care. Donations can be mailed directly to the Teck Pioneer Residence, Activity Fund (145 A Government Road West, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P4) in memory of Jean.

 “And they lived happily ever after, together again”


Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative

Tuesday, May 7th , 2024

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative

French Family Chapel

Wednesday, May 8 th , 2024

11:00 a.m.

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Cathy & Family

I'm so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. What a beautiful tribute to a life well lived and filled with love ️

Kelly Davis , May 6, 2024

Cathy and family.

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Treasure all your wonderful memories.

Gail & Philip Davis, May 6, 2024

The Rivard Family and Friends

Jean made her Life the way she wanted and Left this world the same way. Will truly miss our talks and seeing her out feeding the chipmunks. When I see a butterfly I will think of her. RIP My Friend.

Judy (Cale) Gervais, May 6, 2024

Judy and family

My deepest condolences , you are all in my prayers and thoughts at this time of loss ,

Anne Malette, May 6, 2024

Cathy and family

Deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mom!

Judy and Andy McKnight, May 6, 2024

Cathy & Family

Sending all of you our deepest Sympathies during this time of such loss; our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.

Kim Watchorn, May 6, 2024

Judy & Mike

So very sorry to hear this sad news…our thoughts are with you.
Anne-Maria & family

Anne-Maria Gionet, May 6, 2024

Judy and family

What a blessing you could be with your mom as she passed into God’s hands. Prayers for you and your family as you adjust to a life without your mom! Love Always!

Michelle Fall, May 6, 2024

The Rivard family

Sorry for your loss. My condolences to you all.

Darren Phillips, May 6, 2024


My deepest sympathy is with you & your family as you say goodbye to your mother. May you always remember the good times you shared. All my love.

Bernice Norrid, May 6, 2024

Jean's family

So very sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was such a wonderful lady, she will be missed.

Charlene & Rick Owen, May 6, 2024

Cathy Judy Tim and families

Condolences to all, so sorry for your losses. Sending big hugs.

Lorrie and Robbie Brough, May 6, 2024

The Rivard Family

Sorry for your loss.

Marg Fraser, May 6, 2024

Cathy and Family

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Lori Davis, May 6, 2024

Rivard families

My sincere condolences in your loss. May all your wonderful memories console you as you move forward through this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers be with you all.
May you Rest in Peace, Jean.

Ines Robazza, May 6, 2024

The Rivard Family

Sending my deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your dear Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Sister. I got to know Jean through Holy Name Parish and the CWL. She was so friendly, caring and helpful. I really enjoyed spending time with her and the other ladies until I moved to Ottawa in 2018. May Jean rest in peace with her loving husband Ollie.

Louise Lauzon, May 7, 2024

Rivard Family

Sending my deepest condolences to family and friends. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to cross paths with Jean at TPR. Jean and I established a relationship mobilized through Jean’s humour, care and compassion and a shared interest in advocating for others. I will forever devote my bingo calling organization and abilities to Jean while Jean may not be here physically, she will forever be in the hearts of everyone she’s touched.

- Elizabeth Snow (former TPR life enrichment aid)

Elizabeth Snow, May 7, 2024

All the family

My deepest condolence to all the family members .My thoughts are with you ️ Sending huge hugs

Leona warner, May 8, 2024


Dear Judy, Mike, Jesse and Jackie
Our sincere condolences on your loss.
Celeste and David King

Celeste King, May 8, 2024

Judy, Tim, Cathy and families

I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. It’s always so hard to lose our parents. I’m sending love, hugs and prayers to all of you. Hold on to her memories and know she will always be with you. Take solace in knowing your Mom and Dad are back together again ️

Paul and Marjorie Harvey, May 8, 2024

The family

Our most sincere condoléances to the family for your great loss.
The tribute is beautiful and reflects well the love shared by both your parents with everyone they knew and for life.
May she rest in peace.

Gordon and Mireille Krupa, May 9, 2024

Tigard family

I am so sad to hear your mother had osssed. I send my most sincere condolences. Hugs

Dale Montpetit , May 9, 2024

Cathy, Judy and Tim

Saddened to hear of your mother's passing.
Your mother was a very special lady and always made time to talk with others.
Her smile made everyone and everything around her glow.
You will be missed Jean
My sincere condolences to Jean's Family. RIP

Rick Barker, May 10, 2024

Cathy and Family

Heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your Mom. You were very close, but know she will live on in your hearts.

Linda Wilson, May 11, 2024

The Family

Condolences to the family. Miss Jean-Jean was one of my most favorite residents. We had some lovely chats and shared alot of laughs. I miss her so much already.
Rest well my lovelie xoxo

Bren, May 11, 2024