Former Guidance Counsellor
December 23, 1954 – July 7, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Inese Godiņš on July 7. Inese died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by her partner Lorraine Descôteaux (Karina, Kurt & Kahlo), her brother Peter (Victoria), her nephews Eric and Davis, her cousins Vita (John), Alda (Juris), Izolde (Janis) as well as family members and friends in Canada and Latvia.
Inese spent her career in guidance counseling at Beaconsfield, John Renee, and Lindsay Place High Schools where she helped guide many young people and was particularly passionate and proud of the Student Literacy Club and (GAB) Getting Along Better group. She also coached tennis and facilitated lacrosse.
Inese had a wonderfully competitive spirit and loved games and sports of all sorts. She won medals in singles and mixed doubles tennis and was a daunting pitcher during her softball career as well as a passionate golfer. Her happy place was the family cottage at Half Moon Lake.
Inese and Lorraine loved exploring the world together and went back to visit their roots in Latvia and Italy and enjoyed golfing in many exotic places. Inese is now on her final adventure and we thank her family and dear friends who have journeyed with her.
To make a contribution in her memory, please donate to the West Island Palliative Care Center, Latvian Camp Tervete, scholarship funds for Pearson Educational Foundation or Cancer Research.
Published on July 10, 2020, Montreal Gazette
Donald Reid Robertson
April 7, 1930 – March 19, 2020
Don passed away peacefully at the CSSS Memphremagog, in Magog, Quebec. He was the beloved husband of Sheila Cornell for almost 63 years and the proud Dad to Alex ( Gail ), Scott ( Helen ) , Derek, and Neil ( the late Maureen ). He was predeceased by his parents Colina (Dot ) and Robert ( Bert ) Robertson, as well as his sister, Betty Gorman. Don watched with pride and admiration, his grandchildren Ryan, Alexandra, Dylan, Alexander and Steven, as they grew into successful adults. He also followed with interest the lives of his nieces and nephews and always looked forward to the family gatherings.
Don had a great 35 year career in education, which brought him both joy and challenges. His love of sports allowed him to both coach and referee many of them. He was the president of the Quebec Association of School Administrators and Summerlea Golf and Country Club, negotiated contracts with the Quebec government, as well as served on many boards of directors in community organizations. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed curling and loved to organize golf games and tournaments with his friends.
Don will be remembered for his love of people, his honesty, integrity and leadership skills. His sense of humor and ready smile will remain with us always.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held, when permitted, at a later date. Any donations to the Magog Hospital Foundation, 50 rue St. Patrice, Est, Magog, Quebec, J1X 3X3 will be gratefully received and acknowledged.
Published on May 9, 2020, Montreal Gazette