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Helen Frances (nee Lazier) Fitzgibbon

FITZGIBBON, Helen Frances (nee Lazier) - She departed with the angels on February 21st at Belleville Ontario. Helen had recently celebrated her 93rd birthday with her beloved family including her dear grand Pugs. Her greatest wish was to spend the rest of her life in her own home where she had lived for sixty three years and she did just that. Helen had a long and full life. As a young woman she moved from her family farm in Tyendinaga Township to Belleville where she met and married her beloved husband, Marty Fitzgibbon. They enjoyed many years of marriage until his sudden passing while they were vacationing in Florida twenty eight years ago. As with any significant change in her life, she moved forward with quiet courage and determination. Helen was a woman of faith, grace, intelligence, creativity, strength and kindness. Her reputation as a fabulous cook was well known within her circle. She created a lovely and welcoming home where she hosted many happy get-togethers for family and friends alike. She seemed to have an innate sense about the right thing to do and had a remarkable way of bringing calm and healing to difficult situations. She never hesitated to reach out to those around her when they needed help. The world was a much better place for having her in it and she will be missed by all of those whose lives she has touched. She leaves her only child, Joanne Lazier Fitzgibbon. Joanne and her Mom shared a deep and enduring love that transcends death. She was the best mother, friend and mentor a daughter could ever hope to have. Helen also leaves her cherished son-in-law A. Lawrence Dempsey. She and Lawrence had a special relationship. She loved him like a son and was grateful for his caring, his humour and his steadfast support. Her precious grand Pugs, Winnie, Sasha and Gigi, who brought joy and comfort during her later life, will miss their loving Nanny. It takes a village to sustain someone who lives to an old age in their own home and to the members of that village, friends, family and carers, we will be forever grateful. Having been the youngest members of each of their families of origin, both Helen and Marty lived through many losses of family members. Helen was predeceased by her dear parents Lorne Lazier and Margaret Glass Lazier, along with her two brothers and their wives, Orley (Kathleen) Lazier of Toronto and Doug (Ilah) Lazier of Tyendinaga Township. She also experienced the deaths of many beloved Lazier and Glass aunts, uncles and cousins, along with most of her friends of her generation. She was predeceased as well by her parents-in-law Arthur Fitzgibbon and Ella Murphy Fitzgibbon and her four Fitzgibbon brothers-in-law and their wives. In faith, we pray that there is now a reunion of souls. Joanne and Lawrence wish to express sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Reverend Ed Bentley and Reverend Frank Hamper for their prayers and words of solace during Helenís final days. We know that she was comforted. To Dr. Jeff Allin and his office team, thank you for the care you provided over many years for Mom and for being there when we needed you. We also wish to express appreciation to the Belleville Fire and Emergency Service, the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service and Belleville General Hospital (QHC). The care and compassion shown by members of the Emergency Department team, the Quinte Six team and attending physicians, Dr. Azizy and Dr. Liu, will never be forgotten. Thank you as well to Terry Burke and the team at BURKE FUNERAL HOME for their professionalism and sensitivity. If desired, the family would appreciate donations to Eastminster United Church of Belleville or the Tyendinaga Township Public Library. Cremation has taken place. A service to honour this exceptional womanís life will be held later in the year when the flowers are blooming, the trees are in leaf and the sun once again shines warmly upon the earth. May her soul rest in peace.13329057
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Posted by Heather (Sylvester-Giroux) On Thursday, March 14, 2019
Joanne, what a lovely tribute to your mother. I am so glad you have such wonderful memories. May they comfort and ring you joy as you recall wonderful moments you shared. Take care of you. You have spent so many years caring for others
So sorry to hear of your loss
Posted by George and Shirley Bongard (Friends) On Monday, March 11, 2019
We read your beautiful tribute to your Mother and thought like Mother, like daughter. George and I have grown to think of you as family and are so thankful fir all you have done for us. May God help you at such a sad time. Hugs from us both.
Thinking of you
Posted by Patti and Rick Medora (Friends) On Friday, March 8, 2019
Dear Joanne and Lawrence,

What a lovely tribute to your mother Joanne. Your mother’s ability to stay in her home all these years was due in large part to the incredible amount of caregiver support the two of you provided to her with such compassion and love.

Blessings to both of you.

Patti and Rick

Thoughts
Posted by Paul Demorest (Friend of Lawrence) On Friday, March 8, 2019
May the memories sustain the family during these difficult times, my Sincere thoughts to you Lawrence and Joanne... Paul.
Sincere Sympathy
Posted by Henry Glancey (Friend) On Thursday, March 7, 2019
When I read the beautiful post in the Intel I thought of many things, mainly how you both always included Helen in conversations we had. I was lucky enough to meet her 3 or 4 times at the market with you guys and could see the love you had for each other.

My Sincere Sympathy on Helen's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you.


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