PROVEAU, Norma ( Sim)


PROVEAU, Norma ( Sim) – It is with profound grief that we announce the passing of a great person, friend, and mother. Norma passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital, Freeport site, in Kitchener on Saturday June 4, 2016, at the age of 82 years. Mom is now at peace as she is reunited with the love of her life and best friend for 62 years, Edward Proveau, who passed away just 6 months ago. Her three girls, Leslee, Lenna and Leanne, and the family were blessed to be able to spend the last few weeks with her, helping her complete her bucket list – watching the Jays, seeing special friends, teaching her granddaughter to make jam, completing her virtual road trip to her daughters house in Georgia and most importantly, going to a nursery to buy perennial flowers, now a planted, yearly memory of a time spent together. The most profound memory and legacy we will all have of Norma is her special ability to have a unique relationship with every person she ever met – remembering every name, even the guy in the local food market; everyone loved her. Her family was her life and she could not believe that all of the pictures on her bulletin board at the hospital were a result of the love of her and dad : Leslee  (the late Ted), Lenna  (Kenneth) and Leanne Proveau (Luis ). Beloved Gma of Courtney (Thora) , Matthew( Meghan), Melinda (L J), Brianne, Brenna, Kira, Jason (Josephine), Sherri (Matt), Carl (Raven) and Brent. Added to her family list were the partners of her grandchildren who helped create the next family tree branch of Great grama grama, blessing her with 10 + 1 coming, great grandchildren. Norma was an only child but was always surrounded by friends, her kids friends, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, in-laws: all were embraced and made welcome in her home. Norma requested that we celebrate her life with recognition of the people that helped her, took such good care of her at home and in hospital, the many physicians, nurses, PSW`s,PTs, hospital staff, the list is too long to mention names, but you know who you are and how she valued you – it came by way of an array of homemade Jams at Christmas time or it came with a gift card to tims to share with a team. She never forgot to say thank you with words, a card, a call, and so in keeping with this special way about her, she asked that in lieu of flowers, cards, travel to a celebration of life event : please make a donation specifically requesting it be placed toward Staff Education to any one of the following hospitals listed below. She wanted those that cared for her to understand how she appreciated all they did for her and her family, she wanted a way to give it back because she saw how each of them gave of themselves for others.

Grand River Hospital, staff education fund, 519-749-4205 is the foundation contact. Thank you to the Grand River nurses in emerge who supported mom during the passing of our father and when she had a stroke, and all the staff on 5 north wing and the ICU were wonderful, kind, and caring. Freeport staff created an emotionally safe environment of living each moment to the fullest and took care of all of us,

St. Mary`s General Hospital, staff education fund, 519-749-6578 contact the foundation. Thanks to all the Emerge nurses, ICU and the staff on the chest unit, too many to mention but you know who you are. Special thank you to the staff on 500 and 700, a family of caring that embraced mom as part of their family. Special mention to the hospitalists group, who, like the staff in medicine, care with heart; she really was rejuvenated during those talks at her bedside and loved getting to know all of you. Thanks to the heart function clinic team that prevented CHF admissions.

Oakville Hospital, Halton Healthcare staff education fund, 905-845-2571, contact the foundation. Thanks to all of the staff in the ICU who helped mom come back from one of the many `nine lives` events that she went through. Special thank you to Dr. McConachie who kept her heart healthy for 18 years after her cardiac event.

You may share condolences online through the funeral home website https://tranquilitycremation.comcategory/obituaries/ and please share memories or stories of mom on the site, it is so healing for us to read them.

There will be a private burial ceremony for both our parents in Fonthill – returning to where they began.

2 replies
  1. Sheila Stoodley Conley
    Sheila Stoodley Conley says:

    Norma was such a special person. She will be missed by so many people that loved her and have enduring memories of many happy times. I hope my mom and yours are enjoying bingo up in heaven and maybe they will finally win the big one! I will always keep Norma and Ed in my heart forever. You were so blessed to have such wonderful parents which is a testament to the amazing family they raised.
    Love and prayers to you all.

  2. Isobel Mclean
    Isobel Mclean says:

    Sure will miss Norma she was such a warm, honest and loving person. It was my pleasure to have know her and Ed. I may have moved away but we spoke a lot. Rest in peace dear friend.


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