Obituary of Lorraine Jeanne MACDONALD
October 10, 1940 - Vancouver British Columbia
December 24, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Lorraine MacDonald, beloved wife of Bruce Edward MacDonald of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at the age of 80 years from the Covid-19 virus.
Lorraine Jeanne Laferriere was born in Vancouver, BC, on October 10, 1940 to Harvey and Dina Laferriere. She attended Notre Dame High School and in 1961 she graduated from UBC with a degree in Education. She was the first person in her family to receive a college degree.
While in the eleventh grade she went on a date with Bruce. They attended a concert featuring Little Richard and Good Golly Miss Molly; this was the start of a loving sixty-five years.
Lorraine started her twenty-year career as an elementary school teacher and worked in Surrey, Nanaimo, Prince George, and Delta BC. She loved educating the next generation and she never gave up this passion for being a vehicle for helping others. Lorraine and her family moved to Calgary in 1977 and she decided to explore a new career in residential real estate. Like everything Lorraine did, she excelled. She was consistently one of the top realtors in Calgary and received numerous industry awards. She worked 24/7 for the next twenty years and made sure she was the absolute best agent she could be for every client.
Although her career was important, her family was her biggest priority. After lovingly raising her family, Lorraine devoted much of her time to her grandchildren in Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle. The other constant in Lorraine’s life was her devotion God and her faith. No matter where in the world Lorraine found herself, she immediately looked to find out when and where Sunday mass would be.
Her family was her life, but she also loved her friends, travelling the world and she perfected the art of shopping. Everyone knew there were two things you could count on from Lorraine. First, she was always there to help you out no matter what you needed and second everyone understood she had an irreverent, sometimes crazy sense of humor. She loved getting dressed up and was one of the most generous people you could ever hope to meet.
Lorraine will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her. It was a long, crazy journey from East Vancouver to Calgary and throughout her eighty years, she had a profound impact on many people. To a life well lived…
Lorraine is survived by her husband Bruce, her four children, Mike, John, Alan, and Dawn-Marie; and her eight grandchildren, Rakel, Liam, Stuart, Bryce, Reese, Kira, Aaron, and Noah. She is also survived by her sister Joanne Nichols and brother Dennis Laferriere.
She was predeceased by her granddaughter Amber Harder, and four brothers, Ron, Rennie, Roger and John Laferriere.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated for 10 attendees on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Lorraine’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Lorraine MacDonald, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rotary Club of Calgary, Stampede Park, www.rotarycs.org.