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Lorraine  Comeau

Lorraine Catherine Comeau

Sunday, September 11th, 1938 - Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Obituary

With great sadness, the family of Lorraine Catherine Rankin Comeau, announces her passing, at the age of 80. She was peaceful, surrounded by love and family, as she joined our dad, her beloved Lew, in Heaven. Born in Lornevale, NS, she was the eldest daughter of the late Daisy (Brown) and John Alexander Rankin. She is also predeceased by her brother, Percy. Lorraine trained as a nurse at the Grace Maternity Hospital in Halifax – a pioneering hospital in obstetrics. She finished at the top of her class, so proud to be a Grace Graduate. After a break to raise us, Mom went back to work, delivering or helping deliver more babies in Yarmouth Hospital than we could ever count. She loved her work, and it showed in her dedication and kindness. She still wore her class ring. As a young nursing student, Lorriane met the love of her life. Lorraine married Lew in 1960. So began a more than fifty year love story, filled with dinners, dancing, quiet moments, and lots of laughs. Mom still kissed Dad’s picture every night before bed and said “I love you”. Lorraine’s third role was that of mama bear. A proud (understatement) and doting mom (and later, Gram), she had an extraordinary amount of patience with our shenanigans (particularly dinner table debates). Mom was warm and accepting, and everyone instantly felt welcome in our home. She taught us kindness and empathy. For all her sweetness, she was a ferocious protector when it came to her family. She will be forever missed by sons David (Trish), Randy (Wendy), and daughter Susan (Mark); grandchildren Melissa, Jennifer, Ben, Tom, and Carolina, as well as great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Chloe, Mason, and Nathan. She is also survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Boyce (Reg) and Grace Rankin, and brother, Bill (Debi), as well as beloved nephews and nieces from both Rankin and Comeau sides of the family.
We’d like to thank the teams at the Yarmouth Hospital ICU, and the VG ICU, all of whom cared for Mom with expertise, warmth, and compassion. Sharon, you were a godsend. Marilyn and Bruce Murray, your friendship and support have been so appreciated. Visitation will be held from Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel on June 27th from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A celebration of Mom’s life will be held at Sweeny’s on June 28th at 2 pm. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation. Online condolences at Sweeny’s Funeral Home at www.sweenysfuneralhome.net
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    567 Main Street
    YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium
    Address
    567 Main Street
    YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium
    Address
    567 Main Street
    YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. A.D. "Bill" Newell
  • Interment

    Location
    Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    Yarmouth
    YARMOUTH, NS
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Donations are being accepted for: YARMOUTH HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.

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Wendy Comeau

Posted at 06:17pm
So sorry for your loss❤. I'll never forget calling Lorraine 6am and telling her that I felt my first contractions. 24 hrs later our beautiful, handsome baby boy was born with Lorraine and my Dr.at my side. Lorraine stayed the whole day and took such wonderful care of me. She held my hand, soothed my fears and anxiety. Brandon was born by c-section and Lorraine was there through it all and Mike and her carried Brandon in the elevator up to the maternity ward crying like fools. Lorraine was so much more than a loving nurse but for this day in my history, I will treasure it forever because of your beautiful, caring and giving mom. I will remember her fondly and miss her always. 💖
 
WC

Wendy Comeau Posted at 06:19pm

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JC

Jean (Goodwin) Constantine

Posted at 12:34pm
So very sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was the first nurse I saw in hospital in 1994 when Sydney was born - it was so comforting to have her with me - having known her and family for many, many years before! My deepest sympathies to Sue, Dave, and Randy.
SF

Steve fraser

Posted at 07:13am
Lorraine and lew the nicest people you would ever come across they were full of love not only for there own children but all of us around the marsha ave area. Lew was such a big guy full of encouragement and his devoted wife I couldn’t help but feel there love. may u rest together in peace god bless.
CB

Cheryl Burchell

Posted at 07:11pm
Dear David, Randy and Susan:

My sincerest condolences on your mom's passing. I first met her when I began babysitting the 3 of you. I have fond memories of reading endless stories by Dr. Seuss to you Susan while you snuggled up next to me. (Dr. Seuss is still my favorite children's author to this day!) You were such a sweet little girl. Then I'd struggle to get your 2 rambunctious brothers to settle down at bedtime, but there were always lots of laughs!

Who would have guessed that David and I would end up volunteering together at our local YMCA and making oodles of fun memories? AND, I vividly recall his first experience scuba diving and look where it led him in his career path! So cool !!!

My hope was to have your mom with me when I brought my own children into the world. Luck and her availability saw her by my side the entire time I was in labor and delivery with both of my/our children. She was so good at what she did and I will ever appreciate her being at my side.

You and all your family members are in both mine and Ross' thoughts.

Love, Cheryl Burchell (nee Whitehouse)
LS

Linda Spears Surette

Posted at 05:57pm
Your Mom was in the case room with me when I delivered my first daughter. She was so calming and comforting...such a wonderful nurse. My condolences to your family.
Linda (Spears) Surette
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