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BROOKS FOURNIER, Lise

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February 2, 2024

On February 2nd, Lise Fournier Brooks died suddenly in her husband’s arms.  She had a massive brain aneurysm.  Born in the land of the living skies (Kincaid, 1940), into a family of 14, she carried her French-Saskatchewan roots with her always. 

Graduating from Regina Grey Nuns Hospital School of Nursing  as a nurse, her career spanned over 60 years.  Lise specialised in palliative care as a private duty nurse.  When the Aids crisis hit, she gave herself fully to the home care of patients that were often ostracized by their own families.  She was unrelenting in her concern for others and a mother through and through.

She met Charles “Skip” Brooks while on a nursing scholarship at Assumption University (Windsor) and they married in 1965. Their love story started with a borrowed cup of sugar and became one for the ages; travel and love of family marking every step.   From Kenya, as two young volunteers with 3 small children, to Dartmouth, to Regina, and finally to the beautiful Gatineau Hills, they raised 5 children: James (Erin and son Talis), Danielle, Andre (Roshanya, and sons Maximus and Jaxon), Alison, and Charles.   

She rode her bike across Canada, the US, Australia and never met a hill she couldn’t climb.  She walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain and visited countless thrift shops around the world.  Forever stylish, she was most at home in the woods amongst nature.  “Iron Lise” can be heard in the raven’s call or seen in the evening sky, picking wild garlic or swimming in Pink’s Lake.  

Classy, dry, creative and spectacular, she touched the lives of so many with her kindness and generosity.  She lived the message of Jesus, “love one another,” and she did so with tenderness and an extraordinary reservoir of faith shared with everyone and anywhere. 

A commemorative Nursing Bursary has been set up by the family in her honour at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  Donations can be made at : https://alumni.saskpolytech.ca/lise-fournier-brooks-memorial-bursary  The funeral and celebration of spirit will be held June 6th at 11 a.m. at St.Mark’s Catholic Church in Aylmer, Quebec.  

POUR TOUJOURS, MAMAN LISE 

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