Heaven received a beautiful angel on September 22, 2020 when
Colombe (Deschênes) McDonald passed peacefully from this
Colombe was born in St. Luc on the Gaspé peninsula
in 1934. At the age of 16, her family moved to Montreal after losing
their home and her younger sister in a fire. After finishing
Business College, she took a position at the Hochelaga military base
where she met the love of her life “Jimmy”. Despite Colombe
being unilingual French, and Jim being English from Newfoundland,
romance ensued. When Jim returned from service in Korea in 1953, they
were married and started a family. The family grew as they
moved across the country from Montreal to Fort Nelson, BC to St.
John’s NF finally settling in Oromocto with their six
children. Colombe spent the majority of her working career in the
Translation Office on Base Gagetown.
Colombe was very creative and there was nothing she could not
do. As a young mother, she sewed all her children’s
clothing, and they were always “styling”, like Colombe
herself. There was no craft that did not capture her interest and she
mastered them all; ceramics, floral arrangements, Christmas crafts of
all sorts, knitting, tole painting and finally the many beautiful
canvas paintings that we all still very much cherish and enjoy in our
Colombe had a great “joie de vivre”. She especially
loved when her Quebec family would come to their Yoho Lake cottage
where they enjoyed fabulous meals, a glass of wine or two, dancing and
singing songs around the campfire.
Grandmaman was also incredibly special to her grandchildren
and they to her. They spent countless hours playing, creating, and
laughing together. She always said ” I am not good at sports, but
I am a good sport” and she proved that many times over
enthusiastically participating in their games and attending many of
their sporting events. Always smiling, Colombe was a beautiful woman
with a fierce love for her family.
Colombe is survived by her six children and their families:
Gary, Jim (Carole, Jeremy, Richard), Michel (Maria, Forrest, Hunter,
Jaden), Barbara Anne Toole (Chris, Gregory, Devon), Rick (Fontaine,
Marshall, Suzanne), and Linda. She is also
survived by her siblings: Marcelle-Ange, Claudel, Bernard and
Colombe was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years,
Jim, her parents, Marcelline Fortin and Léo
Deschênes, her brother Roderique, and her sisters Roselle
The family would like to thank the employees of Embassy Hall,
Parkland in the Valley for their compassionate care of
A public visitation will be held on Sunday, September 27,
2020 at the Oromocto Funeral Home from 2 – 4 pm. A memorial
service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 11 am in the
Oromocto Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Ken Weir as celebrant. A private
interment will take place in the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic
Cemetery. For those who wish, the live stream of the service can be
accessed via the following link: vimeo.com/461553123
Due to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, the
service will be by reservation only.
Space is limited so please RSVP either via email
or phone at (506)357-5100. In your RSVP, please include names, phone
numbers, and the number of people in your group to ensure that social
distancing is maintained.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the
Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society
or the donors’ charity of choice.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Colombe McDonald 19342020..
Death notice for the town of: Oromocto, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick