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Born: Oct 16, 1951

Date of Passing: Nov 27, 2019

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October 16, 1951 - November 27, 2019

It is with great love and sadness that we say goodbye to loving wife, mother, sister, auntie and friend to many, Lois Cantin, at the age of 68. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Lois passed away peacefully in her sleep, with her boys by her side.
Lois will be missed by husband Alistair Callegari, sons, Shawn and Scott, sisters, Vivian, Joan and Roxanne, and many dear friends and family.
Lois was born in McCreary, Manitoba to parents, Noel and Bernice Cantin. Having learned to ski at Mount Agassiz in Riding Mountain National Park, she rose the ranks as a downhill racer and joined the Canadian National Ski Team.
Lois then attended the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy and began an outstanding career as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager. She is well-known throughout Manitoba, having worked in Winnipeg, Flin Flon, Churchill, and several other northern communities. Lois also served terms as President of both the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.
Lois always lived life to the fullest. In her final months, she went snorkeling with manta rays in Hawaii, skiing in Banff, and was filled with pride to see her son get married in June. She enjoyed one more Winnipeg Folk Festival (a 30+ year family tradition), relaxed at her cabin sanctuary with precious granddog Rugby, and shared many great moments with loved ones. For those memories, we will be forever thankful.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg.

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Publish Date: Dec 7, 2019

1951 - 2019

It is with deep sadness, that the family
announces the passing of Lois Cantin on
November 27, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A longer obituary will follow in the coming weeks.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

Publish Date: Nov 30, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 30, 2019, Dec 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • So sad. Will miss the good times and many laughs shared with this truly incredible individual. - Posted by: Raymond and Sandra Lofgren (friend) on: Dec 22, 2019

  • To Lois Cantin and family, Lois you were always so kind, funny, friendly and helpful to me over the 30 years I have known you. I are devastated that you are gone and grateful that you were here for you patients and the pharmacy community. My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss,. I found difficult express my sorrow as I felt losing you was so unfair so I apologize for the late memorial. Tara Martin - Posted by: Tara Martin (fellow pharmacist) on: Dec 20, 2019

  • Alistair,Shawn,Scott,Family Terribly sorry to hear about Lois’s passing. Thinking of you at this difficult time. With sympathy and caring. Susan Glennon - Posted by: Susan Glennon (Friend) on: Dec 18, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to Alistair and family. Lois was a force to be admired, a great colleague and a committed pharmacist. She was devoted to quality patient care from pharmacists and fought courageously in its defence. She was a leader in her profession and will be missed. - Posted by: Linda and Dexter Boyd (Friend and Colleague) on: Dec 17, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I had the privilege to work with Lois at the Flin Flon hospital for years and considered her a friend, always smiling but very professional in her job, she taught me some things in life that I will cherish but most of all laughter especially when golfing. RIP Lois, you made a impact here on earth, going to miss you and your visits. - Posted by: Ronna Rideout (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2019

  • I struggle to find words to describe my dear friend Lois. She was one of those true friends that are always there for you no matter what. She would 'tell it as it is' when I needed to hear it (usually ending up with me pealing in laughter) and at the same time also always watched my back. She never missed a Flin Flon Community Choir concert if she could help it. She would travel from Churchill, Seattle, Winnipeg, Toronto to support us. She even complained to the pilot when the plane was going to be diverted to The Pas 2 years ago that there was NO WAY she was going to miss our concert in Flin Flon and sure enough the plane continued to Flin Flon JUST in time for the concert. I still chuckle when I remember looking into the audience when I entered the stage and there was my friend, front row center proudly watching La Grande Opera performance in her Winnipeg Jets Jersey (because she hadn't had time to change once the plane had landed). She cheered me in Winnipeg when I got the Lieutenant Governor award and cheered us in New York when we performed Celtic Mass for the Sea and Messiah. To me she was a super-hero, a big sister that could do anything. She was an Olympic Skier, Pilot, President of the Pharmaceutical Association, musician, and first rate advisor to just about anything. We solved all of the world's problems in her hot tub with a glass of wine under the Northern Lights and I'll miss my sleepovers at the cabin. She absolutely adored her family and we celebrated every victory that this wonderful gang has had. She was one amazing gal and I will miss her. - Posted by: Crystal Kolt (Friend) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • I met Lois when in my early teens while ski racing with the Winnipeg Ski Club. Spent lots of years at Mount Agassiz, and was also amazed at what a beautiful skier she was, and what a lovely person. Was always so happy to see her. My deepest condolences to all her family. A terrible loss at far too young an age. Sincerely, Tim - Posted by: Tim Nosworthy (friend) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • Terribly sorry to hear about Lois. She was a life long friend, knew her in Alberta and she was part of our skiing community through her racing career. Clive grew up with her and shared great times at Agassiz skiing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. - Posted by: Clive and Evelyn Davis, and Jean Davis (Friends from McCreary) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • I cannot believe Lois has passed, a great lady, a great leader, a great colleague and truly a trusted friend. We first met through the pharmacy world. She became President of our Association/College and our friendship grew and lasted these many years. I could always count on Lois, she was a rock. We did some important and tough work together, but also had many moments to have a good laugh and enjoy the moment. Strength and peace to Alistair, Shawn, Scott and all the family. I will miss her so.... as we all will, but her memory will be with me forever. - Posted by: Ron Guse (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Rest in peace my amazing and wonderful cousin! Your kindness, love, and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew you. I can't even express how much my dad Albert loved you, but it was clear that you held a very dear and special place in his heart as you did with everyone who knew you. I am comforted in knowing that you are both at peace and together now, your lives richly fulfilled and impactful to so many. Bless you Lois with all my love. - Posted by: Richard Cantin (Cousin) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Sending hugs and condolences to Alistair, Shaun and Scott on the passing of your wife and mother. Lois always had a smile and had a bubbly personality! I hadn't seen her for a few years as she moved to Winnipeg. Then one day I was in Pharmasave and I heard her voice, and laughter! I thought I was imagining it! Then there she was!! I was so happy to see her and catch up with her, we always had our hug when we met. I will miss her vibrant voice and laughter, but I take comfort that she is watching us from above and that she is free from her pain. Keep your memories near and dear to your hearts, they will comfort you. Kim Rumak- Cranberry Portage, Manitoba. - Posted by: Kim Rumak (Friend/ Co-worker at FFGH) on: Dec 06, 2019

  • I wanted to offer deep condolences from the Hughes family from so many years ago and such wonderful memories of Manitoba skiing. Thoughts are with all Lois’ family and friends. - Posted by: Tod Hughes (Agassiz friend) on: Dec 03, 2019

  • I met Lois working at McKnight's Tuxedo Pharmacy in the early 70's. She was this outgoing, vibrant and wonderful person who somehow became friends with a shy, introverted girl working there. We became great friends, she lived with me off and on for a couple of years while she worked at the hospital In Portage but had her busy social life in Wpg. I admired her so much and was sorry that we lost touch. I thought of her a lot over the years, wondering where life took her. I did have a chance to speak to her several years ago when I found her through her pic in the paper acknowledging her being Pharmacist of The Year. I was so hoping to see her again but unfortunately never did. My sympathies to her family. She was a fabulous person. Lori Lanouette (Williams) - Posted by: Lori Lanouette (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2019

  • Lois I will forever miss our dinners and watching hockey games in Churchill. Your smile and laughter was infectious, your advice was always spot on and you were always in my corner cheering me on. You will forever remain in my thoughts and my heart. Rest easy my friend. - Posted by: Jodi Grosbrink (Friend) on: Dec 02, 2019

  • We have known since June this day was coming but can anyone ever be ready to say goodbye to such an amazing, vibrant woman who worked her entire life caring for so many patients, friends and family members, Lois, you held onto my hand from the day I was born, you kept me safe (at least you tried) and provided so much love and comfort for me through so many ups and downs from whatever challenges life threw at me. I will hold your hand and carry your love in my heart on every run I ski, every mountain I climb, every lake I paddle, and with every sunset I get to enjoy. I will miss you so much but I will seek solace knowing that you are no longer suffering and that you are forever safe in God's hands surrounded by Mom, Dad, Uncle Albert and those those who loved you so dearly. Rest In Peace Lu and know I will be here for Scotty, Shawn and Alistair and we will continue catching those fish you so loved to clean and cook! - Posted by: Vivian Cantin (Sister ) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • How hard is it to smile, how hard is it to laugh, how hard is it to be kind. The answer of course, is that it isn't hard at all. But what is hard is to do these things all of the time. So much so, that you make the people who know and love you better people for having known you. Rest in peace my cousin, while your life was cut short way too soon you have made a lasting impression on us all. Thanks so much for that. Love Bear - Posted by: Gerry Cantin (cousin) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • Dear Alistair , Shaun and Scot , I am so sorry to hear of Lois' passing . I have many happy memories of our times together while I lived in Flin Flon . We tried to stay in touch over the years of raising our families . We finally saw each other again in 2010 when she came to Ottawa for a conference . All the years we had not seen each other melted away and we had a great time catching up . She called me last year for my birthday (Aug 2018). And wanted me to visit her in Churchill . I am sorry I didn't get a chance to go . Shaun and Scot , I know she was very proud of you both and spoke of you with much affection . She sent me regular photos of you as you were growing up . My condolences to you and all your family . With love , Kathy - Posted by: Kathy McLellan Massoud (Friend ) on: Nov 30, 2019

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