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Inese Godiņš
December 23, 1954 - July 7, 2020
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<div itemprop="description">It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Inese Godiņš on July 7 at the West Island Palliative Care Center. <br> <br>Inese died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by her partner Lorraine Descôteaux (Karina, Kurt & Kahlo), her brother Peter (Victoria), her nephews Eric and Davis, her cousins Vita (John), Alda (Juris), Izolde (Janis) as well as family members in Canada and Latvia. She was a devoted daughter to her mother, Milija, caring for her until her death at the age of 98. Inese’s fun personality will be missed by her large circle of friends on the West Island. <br> <br>Inese started her career as a social worker and then spent most of her career in guidance counseling. She worked at Beaconsfield, John Renee, and Lindsay Place High Schools where she helped guide many young people and was particularly passionate and proud of the Student Literacy Club, the (GAB) Getting Along Better group, and the Math Literacy club. She also provided special adaptation counseling for the Chinese Immigrant Students’ Group and coached tennis and facilitated lacrosse. <br> <br>Inese had a wonderfully competitive spirit and loved games of all sorts, especially bridge, backgammon, Sequence, and poker. She was a great sports enthusiast, enjoying equally participating and watching. She won a gold medal in singles and mixed doubles tennis at the Latvian Olympics in Australia and was twice the Senior Doubles Canadian Champion. She was a daunting pitcher during her softball career and a passionate golfer. <br> <br>She loved her family and was fiercely proud of her Latvian roots. She worked at the Latvian Camp Tervete and danced in the Ackups dance troup. Her happy place was the family cottage at Half Moon Lake. <br> <br>Avid travellers, Inese and Lorraine loved exploring the world together and went back to visit their roots in Latvia and Italy. They golfed the world and explored New Zealand, Figi, Hawaii, Spain, both coasts of Canada, the US, and China. Inese is now on her final adventure and we thank all her family and dear friends who have journeyed with her. <br> <br>If you’d like to make a contribution in her memory, please donate to the West Island Palliative Care Center, Latvian Camp Tervete, scholarship funds for Pearson Educational Foundation or Cancer Research.</div>