Wednesday, October 18th, 1933 – Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of Lucille Julia Dupuis (nee Gervais), of Westmeath, Ontario. Lucille was peacefully called home by God on May 10th, 2020 at Chartwell Pinewood Retirement Residence in her 87th year. Lucille was the beloved wife of the late Leo John Dupuis, also of Westmeath, Ontario and the treasured mother of their four children: Lyle (Maura) of Westmeath, Larry (late Heather) of Pembroke, Letitia (David) of Pembroke and the late Arthur of Sarnia.
Cherished grandmother to Alicia (Geoffrey), Jennifer (Drew), Andrew (Megan), Katie (Michael), Stephanie (Curtis), Arista, Katrina (Ian), Alissa (Stephen) and Christopher. Lucille was also blessed with and found great joy in her 10 great-grandchildren: Lucas, Zachary, Lydia, Lucy, Logan, Mya, Bryson, Ava, Chilo and Penelope.
Lucille was the daughter of the late Alma (Desroches) and the late Alfred Gervais, of Westmeath. She was the third born of eight children. Dear sister of Roderick (Joan), Gisele (late Ronald), and Robert (Sheryl). Predeceased by her sisters Rolande (late Villmere), Yvette (Robert), and her brothers Roger (late Shirley) and Radolphe (Betty). She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Due to the constraints of Covid-19, a private family service was held at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, Pembroke with interment at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Westmeath has already taken place on Tuesday May 12. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Parkinson Canada or to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes, donations www.murphyfuneralhome.ca
Lucille grew up in Westmeath where she was a dedicated pupil. After pursuing her post-secondary education, Lucille returned to Westmeath and began a dedicated and passionate career as a teacher. Lucille obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa and obtained her two Master’s Degrees – one in Curriculum Development and the other in Education Administration – from Queen’s University in Kingston. She pursued Doctoral Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. After completing the necessary qualifications, Lucille was appointed Principal at Pinecrest Elementary School at CFB Petawawa. After thirty-seven years in education, Lucille retired and remained settled in Westmeath.
Lucille married her hometown boy, Leo Dupuis, on July 14th, 1954 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Westmeath. They were a vibrant and cherished couple, especially by their four children. As a widow, Lucille enjoyed her nine grandchildren and pursued a variety of exciting adventures during her retirement years.
Lucille’s devotion to God was realized as a young girl, as she observed her mother, Alma’s, immense devotion to the Catholic Women’s League (CWL). As an adult, Lucille followed in her mother’s footsteps. Lucille served in many capacities for the CWL at parish level and as Parish President for several terms. She spoke highly and fondly of the wonderful group of women whom she worked alongside. Through her work with the CWL, and as an active member of Our Lady of Grace, Lucille experienced friendship and grew to have a deeper respect and love for both her faith and the league. During her terms as President, Lucille was blessed to participate in world missions and senior activities, assist with general needs for her parish and deepen her Catholic education, alongside her sisters. Lucille was immensely proud of her contributions and loved assisting with the annual Parish Supper and the Victorian Tea.
Lucille spent her leisure hours at the sewing machine and, during the summer months, could be found teaching sewing classes to young children. Lucille and her students delighted in presenting new wardrobes in their fashion show.
Our family feels honoured and privileged to have received the gift of Lucille for the 86 years we had her. Her love was unconditional, her heart was golden, her laugh was infectious, her faith was unshakable, and her determination was unstoppable. We find comfort knowing she is nestled in God’s loving arms with her late husband, son, parents, siblings and friends by her side.