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Fiche créée le : 2008-12-14
Père : Lester Erickson
Mère : Florence
Décès le : 2008-12-14
Parution : 2008-12-16
Paru dans : The Chronicle-Journal, Thunder Bay, ON

STAFFORD, June 2008-12-16 June Stafford passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on December 14, 2008. June vehemently battled a return of cancer for three years before succumbing to this terrible disease. June was an angel on earth so now she continues her role in heaven. And, as family has remarked she has now organized all her family and friends within the heavenly gates and has filled in Florence (her mom) on all the latest family comings and goings. In the late ’50’s - ’60’s June was a full time RNA working at the Sanatorium, followed by Grandview Lodge while raising three small children at home with her husband, Gail. Not only was she a working mom before the time of nuclear families but also a career changer in the days when people had one career for life. So then, in the early ’70’s to change careers, she became an Adjuvant at Grandview Lodge. Not long after her career change, she decided to become a part time student at Confederation College while continuing to work full time and raising three teenagers. A feat not for the faint of heart but she was always a trooper. Her part time studies certainly paid off immediately due to her promotion to the position of Recreation Supervisor with Grandview Lodge. This was not surprising because she was amazing as she always poured her whole heart into everything she set out to do. This is a wonderful gift she instilled in her children. In 1981 she graduated from the Recreation Leadership Program with her college diploma. However, grass never grew much under her feet and when an opportunity arose to change careers with a further promotion; she accepted the position of Housekeeping and Laundry Co-ordinator for three City of Thunder Bay Homes for the Aged. A new career that continually challenged her but no one but her could’ve been up to the tasks. She was successful in making many positive changes for the homes. She also returned to school was again; this time it was Lakehead University to undertake a BA degree. She completed all but one credit because she wanted to spend more quality time with her growing family. So after close to 30 years of service, she retired from the City and temporarily gave up her university degree. However, because of mom’s reputation for being such a hard working, advocate for the elderly, mom was asked to participate on the board of the Council on Positive Aging (COPA) which she again poured her heart into. After several years with COPA, June resigned from her position to pursue more travel with her husband, Gail. June and Gail travelled extensively. Be it Montreal for Expo ’67, Toronto for work, concerts, theatre or visiting friends, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg for concerts, Newfoundland, Kenora, British Columbia, or California for visiting family, Las Vegas, Caribbean, Venezuela, Columbia, Florida and Texas all just for fun. No matter where new friends were to be found and new experiences were to be enjoyed. People were drawn to June’s compassion and caring for others and her fun loving spirit. However, her greatest and Most memorable adventure was China. In Mom’s words, "It was awesome". June, along with Gail always had many stories to recount on every return home. June and Gail wintered in Texas the past several years becoming what is known as Winter Texans. Ever looking after her family, every spring everyone could look forward to a fresh supply of eucalyptus, pure vanilla extract, 10/15 onions and the sweetest of ruby red grapefruits, as well as any other good buy mom would find on sale at Mervyns. She was always thinking of her family no matter how many miles were between. Although June and Gail sold their home of 42 years on Brock Street in 2005, their hearts always remained here. Only due to mom’s serious illness did they return to Thunder Bay so she could receive the immediate care she so deeply deserved. Left to mourn the great loss of wife, mother and grandmother are her husband of 50 years, Gail; daughters Elizabeth Stafford (Daniel Tennant) of Thunder Bay & Beverly Leroux (Bruno Savard) of Kingston, Ontario; son, Bruce (Nicola Novak) of Thunder Bay; grandchildren, Krystine (Greg) Beharriell, Janna, Keegan and Brittney Leroux; step-grandson, Chad Tennant. Also surviving are her brother, Jack Erickson (Jamie) of Chilliwack, BC; sister, Barbara (Jerry) Chopp of Thunder Bay; sister-in-laws June Stafford, Priscilla (Paul) Strasko and Judy Nitchke and numerous other family members. Predeceased by her mom and dad, Lester and Florence Erickson; daughter-in-law, Charlene Stafford; brother-in-laws, Alf Stafford and Reg Nitchke and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Erickson. There will be a celebration of June’s life on either January 10 or 11, 2009 (details pending). As per June’s request, please gather your favourite stories you have of her to share with everyone for this celebration. The family would like thank Auntie Donna & Uncle Hammy for your numerous visits, George & Ellen, Keven, MaryLou & Dave and Linda & Dan for the meals & your visits (friends are truly our angels on earth); Mabel & all the other nurses from Bayshore who helped us take care of June at home, as well as Lois (mom’s PSW) your humour brightened our days and your heart is warm and caring; Julie and you too, Jan what can we say but you both helped us to keep it together during this difficult time; Uncle Jack we called and you drove all night/all day for 48 hours to be there for mom (nothing would’ve kept you from seeing your Junie). Dr. Kathleen Halka and her team from San Antonio’s Christus Santa Rosa Hospital we thank you for your overwhelming compassion and efficiency, Dr.’s Sinha, Dueck, Turner and Davis of Thunder Bay your professionalism and compassion are outstanding. Dr. Noy, our dear friend, your love shone throughout right from the beginning of the S.A. nightmare to the end (We Love You! !). Online condolences may be made through

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