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Estella “Dolly” Chicoine Brand

June 8, 1947

September 22, 2023

Our beloved mother, Estella “Dolly” Chicoine, passed away on September 22nd, 2023, at the age of 76. She was born in Timmins, Ontario, on June 8th, 1947, and spent her life traveling and teaching before settling in Kirkland Lake. Estella started her teaching career in 1968 at Queen Elizabeth Public School. Over the years, she also taught at King George and Federal Public School. Alongside her dedication to education, Estella had a passion for crochet, crafts, singing, swimming, traveling, indulging in coffee, and spending 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. She also leaves behind many cousins and nieces. Her former husband, Reg Brand, who fathered her children, also mourns her loss.

Lovingly remembered as a cherished mother by Tyler (Melanie), Raymond (Nicky Gagnon), Kelly (Luc Daviau), and Katie (Aaron Minor), Estella was a beloved grandmother to Mia, Riven, Lucy, Danica, Charlie, and Henry. She was also an adopted mom to numerous family friends and former students.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the Northern College cafeteria on Saturday, October 7th, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., where all are invited to attend. To honor our dear mother, we kindly ask that attendees wear an item in her favorite color, blue.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Estella’s memory can be made to Federal Public School, 80 Tweedsmuir, Kirkland Lake, P2N 1J5, Attn: Breakfast Program.

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