Pat, Mum, Nan
It is with heavy hearts that we are sad to announce, our beloved Sweetheart, Mother, and Nan, Patricia Lynn Conchâtre nee (Bray) left us August 8th 2019. Patricia was born on November 7th, 1945 in St. Mary’s Hospital Montreal Quebec, daughter to Vi Bray nee (Scott) and Norman Bray.
Pat, from an early age, was dedicated to children and teaching. Patricia completed her Teacher Diploma and Special Ed Diploma at McGill University. She fearlessly continued her educational journey many years after McGill, graduating from the University of Winnipeg. She achieved a Bachelor of Education, with a focus in Special Education. She believed every child could be taught, achieve their potential and beyond.
Patricia began her teaching career in Saint-Laurent Quebec. Surrey Gardens School in Dorval, Quebec was one of her early teaching positions and where she met her mentor Carmen Hunting, a time fondly remembered. With a move to Winnipeg Manitoba, she joined the MACLD Lions Learning Centre. Balmoral Hall was the next chapter in her teaching journey. BH combined all of her passions, the empowerment of girls and women, innovation, and creating programing unique to the needs of each individual student. Towards the end of her career, Patricia explored other teaching opportunities. She came full circle with teaching kindergarten, which brought her endless giggles. Pat created a classroom in all of her homes for those who required her, outside of school time hours. Teaching was her calling.
Pat followed in the footsteps of her beloved mother. She was a dedicated member of the World Order of Girl Guides for the duration of her life. As a Brown Owl, commissioner, member of the Manitoba Trefoil Guild and member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS). Volunteerism was one of her core beliefs, be it in the classroom or for a particular organization. She spent countless hours (no, years), volunteering her time, energy, fabulous skills and her endless heart.
She loved her four footed children. Her childhood collie companion Bonnie led to a series of ‘collie dogs’ who touched her soul. She always had a collie at her foot and a Labrador Retriever by her side.
Patricia derived her greatest joy from her children and grandchildren, who she considered as gifts. With careful thought and planning, she nurtured her daughter, Andrea Lynn Render (Mathew) and son Paul James Conchâtre (Catherine). She strove to instill confidence and independence in her children, never saying No. She succeeded, sometimes to her chagrin. She ensured both children had the educational opportunities, and most importantly, gave them the courage to be the best that they could be. Becoming a grandparent on August 8th 2008 was the culmination of her hopes and dreams. Olivia Render, Meredith Conchâtre, Reid Conchâtre, Benjamin Render and Chloe Render were the loves of her life. Sleep overs were such an anticipated joy. The loss of their Nan too soon has led to five very heavy little hearts.
Pat cherished and cared for her twin brothers Russ (Eva) and Doug Bray. Growing up in Montreal they participated in many shared hobbies, downhill skiing in the Laurentians, and many variations of car racing during the Gilles Villeneuve years. Russ and Doug continue to be a source of support to Mike and his children.
Pat and Mike’s story began when they first met at the age of six, going “steady” at sixteen and married by twenty one on May 4th 1968. In fifty one years of marriage they were bookends, one never without the other, Mike her forever student that she valiantly tried to teach to Mastery. They shared all things, hobbies, travel, parenting, hopes, dreams and being the best Nan and Papa five grandchildren could ever hope for.
We invite friends and family to join us to celebrate our Patricia, Mum and Nan, August 16th 2019, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. In honour of Patricia’s memory we will be hosting our celebration in her home, 69 Roman Drive, Narol, Manitoba. Her cherished dogs Skye and Teal will greet our guests with enthusiasm mixed with longing for their Mum.
In lieu of flowers we ask for donations to the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba, Girl Guides of Canada, Olave Baden-Powell Society.
Day is done, gone the sun.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Patricia Lynn Conchâtre 2019..
Death notice for the town of: West St Paul, Province: Manitoba