CHICOINE BRAND, Estella "Dolly"
1947 - 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Estella “Dolly” Chicoine, at the age of 76, on September 22nd, 2023. Born in Timmins, Ontario, on June 8th, 1947, Estella spent her life traveling and teaching, settling in Kirkland Lake. Estella began her teaching career at Queen Elizabeth Public School in 1968. She also taught at King George and Federal Public School for many years. Estella loved to crochet, craft, sing, swim, travel, go for coffee and spend time with her grandchildren.
Estella was predeceased by her parents William and Marguerite Chicoine. She leaves behind her older brother, Vincent (Norma) of London, ON, and older sister, Shirley Richens, of Timmins, ON, as well as many cousins and nieces. And finally, Reg Brand, her former husband and the father of her children.
Cherished mother of Tyler (Melanie), Raymond (Nicky Gagnon), Kelly (Luc Daviau), and Katie (Aaron Minor). Beloved grandmother to Mia, Riven, Lucy, Danica, Charlie and Henry. Adopted mom to many family friends and former students.
Estelle, Dolly, Ms. Chicoine, Mrs. Brand, Brandzilla, Mom, Aunt Brat, Momma, Ma, Grandma
She went by many names and filled many roles.
Perhaps her most fulfilling role was mother. Whether you were one of her students, a friend of her children, or some other soul she connected with, at some point you likely heard her say, “You can call me mom”.
She loved wholeheartedly. Her entire self was poured into her passions. What she loved most was teaching. Not teaching in the sense of instructing or informing. It was the connection. It came from her outpouring of love. She brought her entire class to our house for turkey dinner. Not to brag about her cooking skills or her picturesque home, but because she knew it may be the only big meal many of her students would have for the holidays. If she taught you, you were her kid. And she tried teaching everyone she encountered, whether they wanted to hear the lessons or not. She told it like it was, not to criticize or call you out, but because she cared. She loved.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Northern College cafeteria on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. All are welcome. To honour Mom, we will be wearing an item in her favourite colour, blue.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Estella’s memory can be made to Federal Public School, 80 Tweedsmuir, Kirkland Lake, P2N 1J5, Attn: Breakfast Program.
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