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Colette Gauthier (née Beauchemin)
September 24, 1945 - February 7, 2021
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<div itemprop="description">A cherished wife, mother, grand-mother, sister, aunt and friend has left us and will be greatly missed. <br><br>It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Colette Gauthier (née Beauchemin) on Feb. 7th, 2021. Survived by her husband of 54 years Ed, her children Lynn (David), Steven (Yurianna) and her grand-daughters Lauren and Olivia. <br><br>Colette was a woman of great determination, resolve and generosity and loved her family above all else. In the early 60’s, Colette moved to Montreal from a small town in Northern Quebec to begin her career at Canadair while serving in the Air Force. Not feeling challenged enough with the responsibilities of working full-time and raising a young family, she returned to school to complete her bachelor’s degree and went on to have a successful 25-year career with the City of Dorval retiring as Director of Public Affairs. <br>It was her love of public office and dedication to her community that motivated her to seek public office where she served as city councilor for the town of DDO where she worked tirelessly for the constituents of her ward and the city she loved for 22 years.<br><br>Colette loved giving back to her community through philanthropic work. She served as President of the Westwood swimming pool for many years, volunteered at the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care residence for over a decade and was an active volunteer with the MS Society selling daffodils and volunteering at the annual MS walk.<br><br>The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care center for their loving care. <br><br>Given the current situation, a celebration of Colette’s life will be announced at a later date. The family invites you to leave your condolences and support messages through the online obituary available at www.rideaumemorial.com.<br><br>In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Teresa-Dellar Palliative Care Center donations@wipcr.ca or the MS Society of Canada mssociety.ca.<br><br>There is a new star shining in the heavens.<br></div>