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Born: Mar 29, 1951

Date of Passing: Jul 07, 2022

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March 29, 1951 – July 7, 2022

It is with profound sadness that we say good bye to our beloved sister, Jocelyne Poirier. She died unexpectedly on July 7, 2022.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Poirier and Athais Poirier. She will be sorrowfully missed by her sisters, Michele Poirier (Wayne), Lorraine Harrison (Ben) and Dolores Poirier and nephew Brian Beasley (Tabitha). She had two beautiful cats, Boo and Belle, whom she loved and who miss her dearly.
She was an amazing woman. She was so vibrant and full of life. She was always available to help friends and neighbours. She was multi-talented and started her careers as a nurse, than became a vehicle mechanic which was her favourite career. She moved to Nelson, B.C. and worked as a house painter for a few years and decided to move back to Winnipeg and was employed as a weights and measures inspector with the Federal government. Her last career was working as a Federal Union representative. She purchased and restored a historic 1906 home in Wolseley area where she lived happily for 38 years. It was featured in an Explore magazine.
Thankfully she retired early and travelled extensively. She explored all seven continents from the gorillas of Africa to the icebergs of Antarctica. She visited many remote areas of the world like the Galapagos, the Amazon basin, the sands of the Sahara and Tierra del Fuego. She also owned a motorcycle for a few years and travelled throughout North America with friends when she was a mechanic.
At her beautiful home, she was an avid gardener and converted her entire yard into a green oasis. She also designed and had built an amazing deck above her garage where she loved to entertain with BBQ. She could have been an interior designer as her home was filled with beautiful artwork, ornaments and furniture.
She also volunteered her time and money to several environmental organizations, like Nature Conversancy, Assiniboine Park, Eco-Justice and the Humane Society. She helped so many friends and neighbours in need. The entire community will miss her sense of humour, her laughter and her assistance.
In her memory, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Jocelyne will be missed by many! She was a wonderful spirit and very principled. Good laughs and lots of memories over the years. Although I had not met her at the time, she was on the staffing board that hired me into the PSAC. Her home was her pride and joy as were her cats. All were well looked after and her love of them showed. I was just thinking of calling her to ask about her travels when I became aware of her passing. May your memories sustain each and every one of you. - Posted by: Anne Juneau (Friend and former colleague ) on: Aug 11, 2022

  • I was shocked and saddened to see this. Joc was a great friend to me for so many years. I admired her incredible talents and strengths. She died too soon. Stefany Lornce - Posted by: Stefany Lornce (Friend) on: Aug 11, 2022

  • Rest in Power Joss (Jocelyne). My very first many Union Trainings were facilitated by Joss. Jocelyne’s memories will always be in many activists’ mind and heart 💐 - Posted by: Gus Mardli (Union Sibling) on: Aug 11, 2022

  • I was shocked to hearing Jocelyn’s passing. We spent many years in the union movement together and I considered her to be a very special friend. I was just thinking of her this evening thinking I should give her shout…too late, obviously. See you in the next life Joc….you will be very missed - Posted by: Joyce Hendy (Union sister) on: Aug 08, 2022

  • I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Jocelyne's passing today. I had met her last year when she contacted me as she was beginning to consider selling her house due to some health issues though she was reluctant as she really loved and took great pride in her home which was very evident by how beautifully upgraded and maintained it was. I followed up with her periodically and it was always a pleasure to talk to her. The last time, just this past April, she emailed back and said that she was doing better and was planning to stay in her home as long as possible. She thanked me for being helpful and said she would contact me if things changed. I was happy to hear that she was at least feeling better. So I am very saddened to hear this news. I only met her in person that one time but I have to say I really enjoyed my conversation with her. I read the comments here about her and I can say that she was the kind person so many say she was. We talked about a lot of things outside of real estate from our mutual love of cats to the taboo subject of politics as it was in the days leading up to the federal election. What was nice is that even though we both supported opposing parties we had a very pleasant and respectful conversation that I enjoyed and found a lot of common ground even regardless of our different views. It just shows that people can disagree yet still like and respect each other anyway. Something we need more of in today's sadly divided world. I offer my condolences to her friends and family and to her two cats that she loved very deeply and hope that they are in good hands with family who will continue to love and spoil them as much as she did. Rest in peace Jocelyne. I am happy I had the chance to meet you however briefly. - Posted by: Jordan Katz (Real Estate Agent) on: Aug 07, 2022

  • I was shocked to read that Jocelyn passed away. She was my Pre-Trades training for women instructor at Red River Commintiy College in the early 80s. She picked up where my father left off instilling in me that as a woman I had the same ability to do the same work a man could do. I worked at Minute Muffler installing exhaust systems for a time after the course was finished. Not only was Jocelyn an inspiration to our class but she brought us together as community. Some of us are still in touch. Wishing family and friends peace. - Posted by: Treasure Peterson (Friend and student) on: Aug 05, 2022

  • Worked with Jocelyn with weights and measures. Truly breaks my heart to hear of her passing. So loved my time with her travelling Manitoba together. Condolences to all. Till we meet again my friend. - Posted by: Ron malkowich (Friend ) on: Aug 03, 2022

  • Oh, Jocelyne! Far too soon to leave us! Our hearts go out for family and friends have lost such a wonderful person. Jocelyne was such a good friend to us and we loved her dearly. My friend you are going to be missed so very much! Love you! - Posted by: Gaylene D Higgs and Mary Klironomos (Friend) on: Aug 03, 2022

  • First met Joyce when she was living in her sister's closet. A mischief and a sweet soul. Glad to have known you. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dennis (Gleep) Webster (friend) on: Aug 01, 2022

  • I witnessed Jocelyn’s kindness and patience for our friend Mary Jane Ellis. Wish I had more time to get to know her. My condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Nadia Greschuk (Colleague friend ) on: Jul 31, 2022

  • I was lucky to be a part of Jocelyne’s adventure to Antarctica. We shared a cabin and all the wonder and beauty of a truely magical place. A lovely lady who clearly lived life to the fullest. My thoughts are with her family and friends. - Posted by: Barbara Moore of Australia (Friend from her travels ) on: Jul 31, 2022

  • My condolences to Jocelyne's family and friends. I was fortunate to have Jocelyne as an instructor back in the early 1980s for Women in Trades training. She instilled confidence in us and was always generous with her time. I've been lucky to have continued to meet her over the years, running into her in Nelson BC, where we were both living at the same time, and then later seeing her in Toronto when she was visiting a mutual friend. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of crossing paths with her. - Posted by: Lisa Carreiro (friend) on: Jul 31, 2022

  • Oh my. I am so sorry to hear this. Jocelyn was a friend of a friend and therefore my friend. I met her through Mary Jane Ellis. MJ was a union colleague. Jocelyn and MJ came sailing with us in the British Virgin Islands many times. We are devastated she is gone. Please accept our condolences. - Posted by: Shirley Kimery (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • So sad for your loss of Joyce. Such fond memories of your sister on the farm in Lorette you all had the best play house ever. Such fun times at school and especially in high school. We got into lots of trouble but sure was good times. Was such an honour long ago to be part of her wedding party. We loss touch as time passed but I too worked for the federal government for some 30 yrs and did encounter her involved in the union. She was a gentle soul and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Remember all the wonderful moments you had with her. Monique and Joe from Chase, BC - Posted by: Monique Gauthier (Childhood Friend ) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Jocelyne came with my ladies group to New York City. You always knew where you stood with her. I’m so sorry to hear that she passed away. - Posted by: Christine Ward (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Joyce was a high school buddy. Famous smile and such a kind heart. We double dated but I never had the opportunity to date Joyce. My loss. My life is richer knowing her. Thank you Joyce. Rest in peace 🙏 - Posted by: Joe Lacasse (Friend ) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Jocelyne will be greatly missed. I got to know her a long time ago when I helped her with the design of her house. I enjoyed working with her. When my husband and I were unsuccessfully trying to carry something really heavy into our house she offered her help. I thought it really nice of her. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Marilyn Craggs (Neighbour) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Jocelyne and I met at the seniors' group of which we were both members. She was like an erupting volcano at times, with animated descriptions of her multi-faceted careers and world travels. Such energy and enthusiasm! Neither of us attended all meetings but I looked forward to seeing her and was disappointed if she wasn't there. One of our fellow members failed cognitively quite suddenly and Jocelyne jumped in to deal with clearing her home in preparation for sale, even organizing a 'garage sale' at the host facility for our group. She was a beautiful human being and an amazing friend. She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of her friendship. I think it sad that given how long she lived in Winnipeg, there's apparently no service to honour her memory and give her many friends closure. Rest in peace dear friend. - Posted by: Gord Richardson (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2022

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