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Estella Brand (Dolly)

June 8, 1947

September 22, 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Estella “Dolly” Chicoine, a beloved mother, on September 22nd, 2023, at the age of 76. Estella, born in Timmins, Ontario on June 8th, 1947, dedicated her life to teaching and exploring the world, finally settling in Kirkland Lake. Her teaching career began at Queen Elizabeth Public School in 1968 and continued at King George and Federal Public School over the years. Estella had a diverse range of passions, including crocheting, crafting, singing, swimming, traveling, enjoying a cup of coffee, and spending quality time with her grandchildren.

Estella is preceded in death by her parents, William and Marguerite Chicoine. She is survived by her older brother Vincent (Norma) of London, ON, and older sister Shirley Richens of Timmins, ON, as well as numerous cousins and nieces. Additionally, she leaves behind Reg Brand, her former husband and the father of her children. Estella was a cherished mother to Tyler (Melanie), Raymond (Nicky Gagnon), Kelly (Luc Daviau), and Katie (Aaron Minor). She was also a beloved grandmother to Mia, Riven, Lucy, Danica, Charlie, and Henry. Many family friends and former students considered her their adopted mom.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Northern College cafeteria on Saturday, October 7th, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., where everyone is welcome to pay their respects. In honor of Estella, attendees are encouraged to wear an item in her favorite color, blue. Instead of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Estella’s memory be made to Federal Public School’s Breakfast Program at 80 Tweedsmuir, Kirkland Lake, P2N 1J5.

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