In Celebration of

Colette Chaloux

May 15, 1936 -  February 2, 2019

Colette Chaloux (née Allain) succumbed to a brief illness at 82 years young after bravely fighting and surviving multiple brushes with death over the past 20 years -- once again demonstrating her resilience and fighting spirit to the very end. Sadly, her ailing body overcame her boundless spirit at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa on 2 February 2019, when she passed away quietly in the presence of her two beloved children. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 41 years, Maurice; her parents Hervé and Lucienne; as well as her sister Monique and brother Richard. Cherished by countless, she is survived by her son Robert (Susan) and daughter Lynne, her beloved grandchildren Maryse, Eric and Zachary; and her brother Robert (Joan). She will be remembered with tremendous love by Bruce Johnson, Harold Spence, Jo-Anne Allain, many nieces and nephews, in-laws, friends, and countless people whose lives were touched and inspired by her love, compassion, warmth, charm and grace.

Born and raised in Montreal, she spent the vast majority of her life there until relocating to Ottawa in spring 2017 to live closer to her children. In her younger years, she worked for Statistics Canada, Elections Canada and Pinkerton Flowers. She loved people (with a special affinity for children), music, working, shopping, reading, entertaining, the arts, politics, and good wine. Her kids benefited from her zest for life, being whisked away to live adventures every day and learn about the world around them. She practically lived at the Jazz Fest every summer, she worshipped and thanked God daily for her blessings, and she was an extraordinarily proud Canadian. But her biggest love of all was for her family.

Our Mom had a special way with people, she befriended everyone she met and quickly made them feel important and loved. She was extraordinarily resilient, positive, selfless, independent, and kind. Despite her multiple health setbacks and tremendous chronic pain, she never complained and she faced every adversity with a smile on her beautiful face. She remained young-at-heart to her dying breath with an amazing joie de vivre, appreciating every single minute of every day and feeling grateful for her life and the people in it. She knew the purpose of life is to live it – and that, she did. She asked for nothing, and yet gave everything, always, to everyone. Without ever wanting to draw attention to herself, she made a tremendous impact on all those fortunate enough to be in her orbit.

A celebration of her life will be held at Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa, on Friday 8 February at 3 pm.


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Levis Ouellet (Friend)

Entered February 4, 2019 from Ottawa

Knowing her for any amount of time.....many years....a instant, the moment of meeting her you could not...but love her.
She accepted me in her family the moment she met me. How lovingly my Diane talked about her to me so many times. She is someone that made you live a happier and loving life. Rest In Peace dear Soul!

Saeed Nemati (Friend)

Entered February 4, 2019 from Gatineau

Bob and Lynne,

I am truly sorry to hear of your loss and would like to offer you my deepest and most sincere condolences. May the soul of your mother rest in peace.

Saeed Nemati M.Eng.

Anne Brodie 

Entered February 4, 2019 from New Zealand

What a wonderful testament to your mother.
Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of such a special unique lady .

Carolyn Allain (Niece)

Entered February 4, 2019 from Toronto

Aunt Co was a one and only amazing beautiful human being. She influenced me in so many ways. She was proud and independent while remaining kind. She was always engaged in life. Its stories and most especially politics! She will be missed beyond belief and quite simply, I adored her. May you Rest In Peace Ma Belle MaTante. And I’ll see you on the other side. Xo

Mance Chaloux McKale (niece, godchild)

Entered February 4, 2019 from Tecumseh

Comme je suis heureuse qu'elle ne souffre plus, et mon onle Momo est reunis avec elle, ils etaient 2 personnes que j'aimais tant. Toujours joviaux, invitants, contents de nous voir et prets a faire ce qu'il fallait pour qu'on se sente extremement bienvenus.
Ces dernieres annees j'ai vu ma tante plus souvent, essayant de lui donner le plus de moi possible vu que j'abite assez loin. Je t'aime ma tante et je te verrai avec oncle Momo d'ici peu. Pardonne moi de ne pas etre a ta celebration de vie.


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