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PATRICIA LYNN CONCHATRE (PAT) (BRAY)
Born: Nov 07, 1945
Date of Passing: Aug 08, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
PATRICIA LYNN CONCHATRE
(Pat, Mum, Nan)
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 M.A.C.L.D. Lions Learning Centre. Balmoral Hall was the next chapter in her teaching journey. Balmoral Hall combined all of her passions, the empowerment of girls and women, innovation, and creating programming 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 8, 2005 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. Sleepovers 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 16 and married by 21 on May 4, 1968. In 51 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 16, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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.
Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 14, 2019
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
I am very sorry and give my deepest condolences to Mike. Although I only knew Pat for a few years that was all that was needed to see the type of amazing person she was. Every aspect of her and her life was filled with learning, joy and encouragement. Not only did I get to know Pat, but I also got to become good friends with Mike and their “four-legged children”. I quickly learnt that Pat was surrounded by the most loving husband and children that anyone could have asked for. I am deeply sorry for your loss Mike, and you know that my family and my deepest condolences are with you. I hope that we will see each other at the DQ every once and awhile just to say a nice hi and hello. - Posted by: Cooper Polet (Student/friend ) on: Aug 17, 2019
To Mike and family, I am so sorry for your loss, such a shock. I have many fond memories going back to when we were little ones. Thinking of you all at this time of grief. Barbara - Posted by: Barbara (Bray)(Bureau) Wilson (Cousin) on: Aug 15, 2019
First met Pat when I coached her daughter figure skating. Later on she was the manager of the St. James Icettes Precision team. We had many wonderful times on our trips. She will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Pat and manage a synchro team with the angels. - Posted by: Roni Swischuk (Skating friend) on: Aug 15, 2019
You will be truly missed by many, Pat. I will miss seeing you and Mike's faces on occasion. Be well, Mike and family. Our thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Michelle and Dr. Koulack. - Posted by: Michelle (Acquaintance) on: Aug 14, 2019
To Pat's family, We are so very sorry to hear that you've lost your Mum and Nan. She touched many lives at Balmoral Hall School and her students are forever grateful. Our deepest condolences to you all. Balmoral Hall School - Posted by: Genevieve Cloutier (Workplace) on: Aug 14, 2019
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