REANEY, Colleen Thibaudeau - Peacefully at University Hospital, London on Monday, February 6, 2012, in her 87th year. Predeceased by her husband James Crerar Reaney and their son John Andrew Reaney; her sister Sheila and brother John; and by her parents Stewart Thibaudeau and Alice Pryce. Survived by her son James Stewart Reaney and his wife Susan Wallace of London and their daughter Elizabeth Wallace Reaney of Toronto; her daughter Susan Reaney and her husband Ian Chunn and their daughter Edie Elizabeth Reaney Chunn of Vancouver; by several nieces and nephews; and by sister-in-law Wilma McCaig and brother-in-law Ron Cooke and his wife Nancy. Our thanks to the staff at Parkwood Hospital and University Hospital. A Celebration of Colleen's life will be held at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, on Saturday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m., with visitation beforehand from 12:30-2:30 p.m. A tribute to Colleen and her poetry will be held on St. Patrick's Day. Cremation will be followed by a private interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness to someone in need or make a contribution to a charity of your choice.
The Rev Bill and Elizabeth Craven
February 7, 2012, 9:42 am
We are saddened to hear of Colleens passing and have always enjoyed her Christmas letters since we moved from London. She and Jamie were good friends. We remember a croquet game in their back yard. What fun.! It was like Alice in Wonderland. We will miss her.
February 7, 2012, 9:54 am
Have been going through her amazing letters. She really was an incredibly kind, generous and humorous soul. We certainly had our political disagreements, but she never let that get in the way of our friendship. She always remembered how my mother reached out to her, and I believe she wanted to carry on that tradition. She never forgot a kindness, and I will never forget hers.
February 7, 2012, 10:57 am
Colleen had registered at Central S.S. in 1979, so that we would have enough students for the 1st grade 9 "Français" class, the only one of its kind in London. She was so witty and kind. She would arrive in bright, patterned outfits and always had something nice to say. She was so young at heart and energetic! She definitely was a divergent thinker, and we learned so much from her. R.I.P. dear Colleen, the world has lost a bright, splash of colour!
February 8, 2012, 7:15 am
My sincere condolences, James
February 9, 2012, 5:40 am
We send you our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. We are with you in spirit (away from Canada right now).
Madeline and Tom Lennon
February 9, 2012, 10:06 am
Colleen played a pivotal role in the establishment of a French First language high school programme in London in 1979.
A minimum of 20 students was required for the Board of Education to set up a new high school course but only 19 had applied. Proud of her Acadian ancestry and wearing her heart on her sleeve, she was the 20th student to sign up for the new grade 9 “Français” course. But she did not just sign a paper, she never missed a class, completed all the assignments, wrote all the tests and stayed in the course until Grade 11 when Jamie had a Sabbatical and she wanted to be free to travel with him. What a great sport she was! And how grateful we all are for what she did for French First language education in London!
February 9, 2012, 11:35 am
I was really sad when I heard that Colleen passed away. I'm so sorry. I know you're going to miss her terribly. Colleen followed her own path with critical engagement and humour. She made it clear that life can be very rich if you use your mind to the fullest. She was charming and inspiring and I'm really glad to have known her. My thoughts will be with you all on Saturday.
February 11, 2012, 11:25 am
Dear James and Family,
I was saddened to hear of the death of your mother. She was one of our favourite guests at the Fanshawe College Literary Series, a warm, open, and gracious person. I saw her often at the London Co-op Store, where she often cashed folks out and never failed to cht with each member. She lived a significant life and she will be remembered with great affection by all who knew her.
February 11, 2012, 11:27 am
Dear James and Family,
I was saddened to hear of the death of your mother. She was one of our favourite guests at the Fanshawe College Literary Series, a warm, open, and gracious person. I saw her often at the London Co-op Store, where she often cashed folks out and never failed to chat with each member. She lived a significant life ,and she will be remembered with great affection by all who knew her.
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