Lowe, Lorraine Doreen

At 7:17 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, Lorraine’s prayers were answered and her wishes were granted. She died at home on her own terms, with a smile on her face, her favourite music playing, surrounded by her family.

For quite some time Lorraine was being tortured (her term) by vascular dementia which had progressively taken away her mobility, co-ordination, and basic skills. She could no longer dress herself, type, write or print, use the tv remote, enjoy her favourite shows, make calls on the telephone, or even enjoy her special place, our Island # 1, Lowe Quay in Honey Harbour.

She was increasingly confused, and at times was lost in her own home, both frightening to her. Fortunately, she had no physical pain: but she understood what was happening to her and knew that her future would be unbearable.  Lorraine often expressed that she had no fear of dying, possibly resulting from her experience as a bereavement counsellor, her volunteering with Hospice Georgian Triangle, and her volunteering as a Victim Support Worker with the O.P.P. In recognition of the help she gave to so many she was awarded the prestigious “June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award”. She also brought pleasure to many through her singing at local Seniors’ homes.

Lorraine was born in 1939 in York Township, attended school at Islington Public and Etobicoke C.I. She had been coerced into the 4 year commercial stream (common for girls at that time) where she excelled. After graduation and while working full time, she signed up for correspondence courses and completed grade 13, then earned a B.A. from York U. and an M.A. from U. of T. and OISE.  In 1958 she met Geoffrey and they were married in 1959 (Geoff does not buy lottery tickets because he knows he already won something better than any lottery offered when she said YES to his proposal in December of ‘58).

Lorraine’s chosen career was in education. She taught for 2 years at Alderwood C.I. then quit when her first son Evan was born in 1970.  Adam joined the family in 1974. Being at home for her family was important for Lorraine.  After her boys were well established in schools she took a job with the Etobicoke Board of Education, but refused a salaried position, insisting on being an independent contractor on a fee for service basis so she could have summers off to be with her family on their pontoon houseboat. At the board office she progressed to become the Supervisor of Planning.  Her real calling was teaching, so she requalified, and taught at Burnhamthorpe Adult H.S. retiring in 1997.

The family joined Georgian Peaks Ski Club in 1975 where Lorraine skied until 1991, and served on the Board of Directors and produced the Peaks Periodical for several years.  Evan’s sudden death in a skiing accident in 1991 was very difficult for Lorraine and her entire family. Her volunteering years started shortly after his accident because she felt that with her experience of a death of a child she might be able to help others. And she did!

Lorraine’s family includes parents Clare and Stan Wale (both deceased), sister Nola, niece Susan in N.Y. State, nephew Steve (who is right now dealing with very serious medical issues), sister-in-law Inez in Arizona, much loved niece Brenda and nephew Jason in Victoria, very special son Adam and his wife Jennifer, and husband and best friend and lifelong partner,  Geoffrey.

Lorraine has too many good friends to single out any, but her “ECI Girls” were special to her as were her Grace United friends and choir mates.  Lorraine’s wishes for all are to always look for the “good” in people; smile and laugh a lot; support public broadcasting, live music and theatre; volunteer; help refugees who have been forced to move; read works by our talented Canadian authors; and give generously to charities, including “Dying With Dignity”.  With her death imminent, our dear Lorraine made it clear that “this is the right thing at the right time”, no doubt designed to make losing her less painful for us.

What a WOMAN!   A loyal, dependable friend, contributing citizen, good neighbour, caring and nurturing mother, fabulous partner, an inspiration to us all. Lorraine, you will be so much missed by so many. Your spirit, positive attitude, and teachings will carry on in your family, friends, and the many students you influenced.

A private service will be conducted at the Ferguson Funeral Home in January 2022.  Lorraine’s family hope to celebrate her life in the warmer weather at her special place, ‘Island #1 – Honey Harbour’, when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to Dying with Dignity or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to who arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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Lorraine’s family hope to celebrate her life in the warmer weather at her special place, ‘Island #1 - Honey Harbour’, when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

Private service at Ferguson Funeral Home in January 2022.

Donations: Dying with Dignity or the Alzheimers Society
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Bonnie Hammond
    Sunday, December 19, 2021

    Geoff & family – I am sad to hear of Lorraine’s passing. She was a special lady & she will be missed! I loved singing with her in the Grace Church choir – she had a beautiful voice! I know that you have so many lovely memories of her – enjoy them – they will keep her alive in your hearts! God Bless! Bonnie Hammond

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  2. JBracken
    Sunday, December 19, 2021

    It was always a real pleasure, every time I had the chance to interact with, and learn from, Lorraine.

    Whether it was a random nature fact, or garden tip, it shone through, as most recently, this past summer.

    With such a well written, in depth, obituary, we all realize how much deeper she went.

    Thank’s Lowe’s, and close personal backers, for stepping up, and sharing. I know it’s been tough.

    So, thank you, for such as awesome insight into, Lorraine!

    Mission Accomplished, Lorraine. ❤️❤️❤️

    I look forward to keeping her memory, alive. As I know, we will all miss her presence going forward.

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  3. June Ward
    Monday, December 20, 2021

    Dear Geoff I am so sorry to read about your loss. Lorraine was truly and incredible person. I wish I could of known her and you better. I am thankful we were able to get together at the Perry/Wale reunions and make up for the years we missed. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    June (her cousin, uncle Fred’s 2nd daughter)

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  4. Ellen and Oscar Yurick
    Monday, December 20, 2021

    So sorry to hear of her passing such a lovely lady knew her through Etobicoke Board of Education, also rented her cottage on Lakeshore for two seasons, remember how losing her son was devastating for her, may she be at peace.

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  5. Ruth Gammell
    Monday, December 20, 2021

    To Geoff and family
    It was with much sadness that we learned of Lorraine’s passing. We have lots of memories of Loraine with Geoff and the boys at The Peaks, often at the next table at lunchtimes.
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Please accept our most sincere condolences .
    John and Ruth Gammell

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  6. Fred and Susan Holmes
    Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Geoff and Adam, such sad news. It’s been years since we last saw Lorraine for reasons we understand. Lorraine worked with Susan’s mother, Addie, at the Board office before returning to teaching.
    Lorraine leaves a legacy of care giving that brought joy and comfort to many.
    Our sympathies to you both.

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  7. Roger
    Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    I met Lorraine through my association with Geoff and was always happy to see her. When my 3 1\2 year old granddaughter died I was so fortunate to have Lorraine meet with me and help me deal with my grief !
    She was a very special person !

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  8. Norine Baron
    Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Goeff – We talked and remembered and laughed recently so I will be brief. We send our thoughts and condolences. Keep the radio playing – public broadcasting forever!
    N and G Baron

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  9. Sara Healy
    Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Dear Geoff and Adam:
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family – Lorraine’s smile will forever warm our hearts.
    Embrace the solace of your family love and friends that surround you through this difficult time.
    May the promise of Christmas bring you peace and may you take comfort in Lorraine’s loving memory.
    Love from the Paglia family,
    Giulio Paglia, Barbara and Dave Duclos, Sara and Mike Healy, Sam and Michelle Paglia

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  10. Jenn Johnston
    Wednesday, December 22, 2021

    We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know Lorraine at the Meaford Day Away. She was such a pleasure and sweet lady to be around. It was very clear to see how she truly loved life and you, Geoffrey. The care you gave to her was honestly beautiful.
    Thinking of you Jenn, Justine and Michelle

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  11. Karen Potts
    Wednesday, December 22, 2021

    Dear Geoff and family,
    I’m so happy to have met Lorraine through Hospice and Victim Services. She leaves a legacy of kindness and healing to so very many people who were going through grief or tragic circumstances. I was also fortunate to know her better and become friends through the ‘Sisters’, a group of women who had fun at Titz n’Glitz fundraising events and travelled together to Quebec City, Las Vegas, and other destinations.
    Please accept my condolences.
    ‘Sister’ Karen

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  12. Prentice Smith
    Wednesday, December 22, 2021

    Geoff and Adam,
    My sincere condolences to both of you. I first met Lorraine when we were both on the Peaks, board, she was creating the Perriodical. She was such a wonderful person and know she will be deeply missed.
    Hope to see you you both on the slopes this year!
    Prentice

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  13. David Holt Butterfield
    Wednesday, December 22, 2021

    Geoff and family
    We remember the good days at the Peaks when we all were very much younger. Our kids were still skiing the small hills and we all spent time in the west lodge sometimes listing to Geoff and his “band”. Remember those wonderful days as you work through this sad time

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  14. Dorothy and Gene Kinoshita
    Thursday, December 23, 2021

    Geoff and Adam
    So very sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. We were very fortunate to see Lorraine this summer in such good form. We will miss her. All our sympathies to you.
    Dorothy and Gene

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  15. Heather Metzger
    Monday, December 27, 2021

    Dear Geoff and Adam

    We are so sorry for your loss – sending our thoughts to you at this very sad time.

    Heather and Peter Metzger

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  16. Judith Bannister
    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Geoff and Adam
    We are so very sorry for the loss of Lorraine….a truly caring person who lived by her mantra of life long learning. She had the wonderful ability to listen, really understand what people were saying and empathize with them.
    She will be missed by all of us who knew her.
    Thinking of you at this very difficult time.
    Gary and Judy

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