Lorraine MacLeod, 59, passed away June 28, 2013 in the company of her friend Mary. She spent her last days in treatment at Bluewater Health Centre, after a long battle with Lupus.
She is survived by her brother, Martyn (Cathy) and daughters Terra and Selene MacLeod, as well as her niece Kiersten and nephews Kelly and Sam (Kristen), and grandchildren Kyla and Isaac, great-nieces Lauren, Leila and Chelsea and great-nephew Brenden. She is predeceased by Danny Allan Dickie, remembered by family members Bruce, Liane, Janine, Warren, Melina and Holly. Her friends Marni, Tim and Lynne were near her in her final days. Lorraine was born in Moose Factory Island, Ontario, the daughter of a soldier (George Samuel MacLeod) and his English war bride (Roslyn “Pat” MacLeod). She left Ontario for Montreal, and gave birth to a son, whom she gave up for adoption. Later, she returned to Ontario. After meeting Danny at Toronto Pops Music Festival, the pair lived a “hippie” lifestyle, including a trip out west to Vancouver and years spent at Rochdale in Toronto. After some time in London, Ontario, Lorraine and her daughters moved to Sarnia, where Lorraine worked in the service industry and attended Lambton College’s Radio Television Journalism program. She graduated with honours, on the President’s List.
Though she was diagnosed with Lupus in 1990, it never dampened her spirits. She returned to Lambton College in 1997as a mature student and graduated with Dean’s List honours in the Social Service Work and Community Advocacy programs. She remained active in her community, as a member of SHARE and the Sarnia Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee. Her experience as an assault survivor allowed her the compassion and empathy to volunteer with the Distress Line and Sexual Assault help line.
A lover of books, big purses, flowers and bright colours, Lorraine made many friends wherever she went. Her good cheer and indomitable spirit will be sadly missed.
Thank you to Dr. Davies, Dr Borek and all the excellent and compassionate nursing and health care staff who have supported Lorraine throughout the years. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. A Celebration of Lorraine’s Life will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to SHARE would be appreciated. smithfuneralhome.ca