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Thorburne; Louise Elaine

Posted By Obits On April 18, 2013 @ 11:29 am In Obituaries | 37 Comments


Thorburne, Louise Elaine, 79, of Milton, Queens County, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, at South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bear Point, Shelburne  County, she was a daughter of the late Ethren and Olive (Harlow) Wickens.

Louise taught school for 38 years and four months teaching in various schools such as Woods Harbour, Shag Harbour, Barrington Passage, Rosemere, PQ, Trenton, ON, Hammonds Plains, Brooklyn, Port Mouton and Milton. She was an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens and the Atlanta Braves and loved to watch Coronation Street. She enjoyed quilting, reading, and doing crossword puzzles as well as family outings to the camp and to Bear Point. She was very family oriented and very devoted to the Salvation Army attending services every Sunday.

She is survived by her sons Jamie (Stacy) of Milton, and Mark (Kerri) of Dartmouth, her sisters Norma Goreham, of Woods Harbour, Edie Stoddard, of Bear Point, Luella (Ken) Welton, of Truro and her brothers Sandy (Peggy) Wickens, Bear Point, Allister (Judy) of New York as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Vince; brothers Earl, Arth and Walter.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 20th, from 7-9 p.m., at Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A celebration of Louise’s life will be held on Sunday, April 21st, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. from the Salvation Army Citadel, Liverpool. Majors Kirk and Sharon MacLeod officiating. Burial will be in Milton Community Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Salvation Army Liverpool Corps or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences  may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com


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Condolence from Viv Croft (Whynot) on April 18th, 2013 11:40 am

So sorry to hear about Mrs. Thorburne…….she was one of my teachers at Milton Centennial. After we all grew up and moved out of Milton seen her on the street and she still knew all of us kids. She certainly was a sweetheart. RIP Mrs. Thorburne heaven has another angel

Condolence from Adrian & Sharon Westlake on April 18th, 2013 12:00 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time. But she is at peace now. If we can do anything, let us know, were here for you. xo

Condolence from Janet and George Fletcher on April 18th, 2013 12:13 pm

We were so sorry to hear about Louise. We enjoyed our chats with her when we would see her out shopping. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Eldrige /Phyllis Whynot&Family on April 18th, 2013 1:19 pm

Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You In Your Time Of Sorrow .

Condolence from Charlotte Parks on April 18th, 2013 1:23 pm

so sorry to hear about your loss Stacy and Jamie… Mrs. Thorburn was one of my teachers many many moons ago… she was one of the teachers that I have remembered fondly over the years and every time I saw her she knew who I was and gave me that big endearing smile… she will be sadly missed by alot of her previous students she taught at the Milton School I am sure… 🙁

Condolence from Dale & Rhonda MacDonald on April 18th, 2013 1:38 pm

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Dianne and David Wamboldt on April 18th, 2013 2:59 pm

Jamie & Mark……….
We were so sorry to hear of Louise’s passing. I got to know her well while working at Milton School for many years. Then we would often visit her & Vince during the weekends at camp, on the Old Garden Road. Always ready for a good laugh, she and I had many long chats over coffee. She will be greatly missed by all.

Condolence from Peggy and Jr Dalby on April 18th, 2013 3:09 pm

Jamie….so very sorry to hear of your Mother”s passing…our thoughts are with you….God Bless.

Condolence from Terrena Parnell on April 18th, 2013 3:45 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Thorburne’s passing. I remember her teaching me back in the day in Milton school. She was a wonderful teacher. My condolences to her family.

Condolence from Sharon&John Rhyno on April 18th, 2013 4:13 pm

To the family-So sorry to hear about Mrs.Thorburne’s passing.She was a wonderful lady.Will miss her sweet smile.

Condolence from gary on April 18th, 2013 4:41 pm

To Jamie,mark sorry to hear about aunt louise she was a very caring and loving women always like to visit her and uncle vincent one of my favorites places to go good times and lots of laughter .

She will greatly missed

From gary, Paula, and Melissa thorburne

Condolence from Tim McDonald on April 18th, 2013 5:17 pm

I was very saddened to hear about Louise’s passing. She was my grade 2 teacher at Milton School back in 1972. I was new to Milton and that was my first year at Milton School. I knew no one, had no friends and it was a very uncomfortable time, but she made it so much easier. I will never forget how kind and sweet she was to me, being the new kid in the school. She was a very special lady. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Jamie, Mark and their families at the sad time.

Condolence from Darren Whynot / Lisa Tarr on April 18th, 2013 5:41 pm

Sorry to hear about Louise passing she was a very nice lady and Great teacher all her family should be very proud of her and the life she lived and the hearts she touched may she fly with the angels as she is free at last . You taught me well and i will never forget that Mrs Thorburne.

Condolence from jason and jennifer whynot on April 18th, 2013 5:44 pm

so sorry to hear of her passing i can rememeber when she was my school teacher she was the best one i had R.I.P u will be missed dearly but never forgotten

Condolence from Barbara Morris (nee Thorburn) on April 18th, 2013 7:55 pm

I am sincerley sorry to hear of Aunt Louise passing. I will remember her fondly. I have fond memories of visiting her and Uncle Vince we always had a good time Dad and Mom (Harry & Doris) always liked to visit them. We had a good time watching the baseball games and hockey with them. I will miss her and will hold her in my heart forever.

Condolence from Amy and Troy Grant on April 18th, 2013 8:01 pm

Mark & Jamie, So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She was one of the nicest ladies you could ever meet. I have fond memories of being in her grade 2 class at Milton Centennial. She would come into the thrift store as well when I worked there a couple of years ago and I was surprised that she remembered me seeing as how she’s had so many students over the years. She will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Phyllis Leaman on April 18th, 2013 8:36 pm

Louise was a fellow teacher and a nice ladyI didn’t know her family but I know you have lost someone special- condolences to all.

Condolence from Dawn Smith on April 19th, 2013 5:11 am

Keeping you all in my thoughts, prayers, and sympathies. Louise left Bear Point when I was just a young girl. Many of her relatives are my neighbours. In recent years I always smiled when I saw her car at her sister Edie’s. I could just imagine the good time they were having reminiscing and laughing about the the good old days. She will be missed. God Bless!

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Condolence from Deborah and Allen Conrad on April 19th, 2013 6:03 am

To the Family: So sorry for your loss, I got to know Louise at the Salvation Army Church an she was a lovely women with a warm heart may you find peace an comfort in knowing that she is with her Lord an Saviour. Gods peace to you all.

Condolence from Eleanor and Sherman Roberts on April 19th, 2013 7:55 am

Dear Jamie and family:

We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. If you need anything please contact us. It is so difficult to lose a parent, but we hope your memories of good times will remain with you forever.

Eleanor and Sherman Roberts

Condolence from irving whynot on April 19th, 2013 12:23 pm

So sorry for your loss.Scott,Dwayne,Jeanette,Irving Whynot

Condolence from Paul and Gail (Goreham) Lockwood on April 19th, 2013 12:39 pm

Dear Mark and Jamie;

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We will always love you and miss you Aunt Louise.

Paul and Gail Lockwood
Williams Lake, B.C.

Condolence from Eleanor Wickens on April 19th, 2013 1:20 pm

Aunt Louise was a very special person and a wonderful aunt. I will miss her and wish I could be there to say good-bye.

Love from her niece,, Eleanor.

Condolence from Tracey Purdy-Oickle on April 19th, 2013 5:36 pm

Mrs. Thorburne was a wonderful teacher. She was encouraging and kind. I am very sad for all the Thorburne family and wish I could ease your loss. I remember learning math in Grade 2 and she asked us students to bring in things to count with. I took 2 stubby cases full of beer bottle caps and was so proud that all my family had saved me all the caps to count with. She never flinched when I got off the bus with 2 boxes full of beer caps and let me be happy with my math counters…I was proud I had the most counters in the class… mostly Schooner! Can you imagine that today…. She accepted all of her students without judgement, encouraed them & helped us all learn.

“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” — Marva Collins

Thank You Mrs. Thorburne, you inspired a child with that contagious spark.

Condolence from Richard & Pat Conrad on April 19th, 2013 7:20 pm

Jamie we are so sorry to read about your Mom’s passing.We are extending our sympathy and prayers to you.Richard has said many times what a lovely lady she was.We hope your memories of her bring you much comfort.Sincerely Richard & Pat Conrad.

Condolence from Ross & Heather Whynot on April 20th, 2013 5:42 am

Jamie & Stacy ,was saddened to hear about your mom .Louise was a wonderful lady ,enjoyed our little chats down town .Its hard to lose someone you love ,but just remember all the wonderful times you had together.

Condolence from Ward and Georgia Ross on April 20th, 2013 12:39 pm

Stacy and Jamie:
So sorry to hear of your sad loss. I taught in the same school as Louise in 1969 – 1970 , my first year. She was a wonderful teacher and always seemed to have everything together, prepared for anything and able to go on.
With thoughts and prayers,
Ward and Georgia Ross

Condolence from Monica Roberts on April 20th, 2013 4:45 pm

Stacy and Jamie,
I am so sorry to hear about Louises passing. I so enjoyed my visits to your home. Louise was a great lady who loved her family very much. Remember all the good times with her . Take care

Condolence from Kenny Veinot on April 20th, 2013 4:58 pm

Jamie,Stacy ,Mark and Kerri,
My heartfelt thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.Although I never really knew your “Mom” she would always make time for a quick chit chat and a giggle when I called for Jamie.I know she will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Take care my friends.

Condolence from Mike Ozon on April 21st, 2013 4:33 pm

Jamie / Mark / Family:

I am so sorry to hear about Louises passing. She was a wonderful lady whom I had the honour of knowing and working with for her last year in Milton school. Later on in our paths we attended the same church and when Vince passed, I was asked to sing by her sing at his funeral…another honouring occassion.

As I was unable to attend visitation and celebration of life due to being away, please know that you were all in my thoughts and prayers all weekend. I was thinking about Louise a lot this weekend and just remembering the wonderful memories that are instilled in me about her.

May you trust in God throughout this time.

Bless your family,


Condolence from Julie Whynot on April 22nd, 2013 12:22 am

my sympathy goes out to the Thorburne family she was such a wonderful lady she was one of my school teachers and always my favorite and no matter how many years later no matter where she seen u she always remembered you and spoke to you R.I.P Mrs.Thorburne u will never be forgotten and heaven has another beautiful angel in heaven

Condolence from DEANNA VEINOT on April 23rd, 2013 4:28 pm

My sympathy goes out to you Jamie and your family, Your mom and I always had a chat when we met,Iknow how much she loved her family.She will always be an angel on your shoulder.

Condolence from Judy Parmell on April 25th, 2013 4:31 pm

So sorry for your loss. She was a great teacher my daughters had her in Milton. R.I.P.

Condolence from rhiannon fitzpatrick on April 26th, 2013 8:48 am

So sorry to hear about your Mom, you guys are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Brad MacLeod on July 8th, 2013 12:30 pm

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a great teacher although it must have sucked for you to have her as a teacher and then go home and have her as a mom. You couldn’t get away with anything! lol
Hope you have a chance to think of the good times and have a smile and laugh with Mark as you remember her.
Brad MacLeod

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