February 19, 1948
October 21, 2023
Pauline Gimmer, aged 68, passed away peacefully on 21 October in Ottawa, surrounded by her loving family. After receiving a cancer diagnosis in mid-August, Pauline faced her illness with the same calmness and stoicism that she displayed throughout her decades-long nursing career. Having dedicated her life to caring for others in rural and northern communities in BC and Saskatchewan, she eventually settled in London, Ontario, where she provided care for Canadian veterans battling dementia.
Pauline’s passions extended beyond her nursing work. She had a knack for gardening and was an incredibly skilled quilter. Her love for arts and crafts knew no bounds, as she collected various items related to these hobbies. In addition to her creative pursuits, Pauline indulged in her passion for travel alongside her sister, Melody. In Melody’s final years, Pauline served as her devoted caregiver. Furthermore, Pauline consistently supported international development and advocated for wildlife causes.
Following her retirement, Pauline made the move to Ottawa to dedicate her time and love to her grand-nephew, Heath. The young boy brought immense joy and wonder into her life. Pauline is survived by her brother Doug, his wife Sue, and her five nephews, Jeff, Craig, Jason, Michael, and Christopher. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and David, as well as her siblings, Dave, Dan, and Melody. Additionally, Pauline’s beloved dogs, Coco and Bozo, held a special place in her heart.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Frankie Harper for her unwavering support during Pauline’s final weeks. They would also like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the palliative staff at Montfort Hospital, Bytown Palliative Medicine, and the remarkable hospice ward at Bruyère St. Vincent Hospital for the exceptional care they provided. In memory of Pauline Gimmer, donations can be made to Plan Canada or the World Wildlife Fund Canada.