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Mrs. Irene Ruth Brault Begin

Sherbrooke, 17 mai 2024


Irene Ruth Brault Begin, 98, peacefully passed away on May 17, 2024, at Grace Village assisted senior living in Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada. She was born in Winooski, Vermont, one of seven children of Emile and Gertrude Brault.

Irene was the wife of Norman Richard Begin who predeceased her and the mother of six children, Susan Begin Buckley of Yarmouthport , Massachusetts; Patricia Diane Begin of Ottawa, Ontario; Janet Begin Richardson of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Daniel Norman Begin of Ottawa, Ontario; and James Joseph Begin of Sherbrooke, Quebec. She was predeceased by her firstborn son, Thomas Richard in 2001.

Irene was grandmother to Sarah Buckley Rudolph; Marcus Christopher Buckley; Matthew Donald Richardson; Sophie Anne Fidler; Hannah Diane Begin; Cameron Thomas Begin; and Daphne Charlotte Begin.  Irene was great grandmother to Jacob Alexander Rudolph; Charley Ryan Rudolph; Aubree Elizabeth Buckley; Everlee Elizabeth Buckley; Finley Leith Richardson; and Grady Leith Richardson.

Irene worked hard her entire life raising her family. Following moves from Vermont to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, she showed great strength and resilience as she left behind friends and family. She moved in 1970 to Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada where she made her home for over 50 years. Following Norman’s death in 2000, Irene lived independently in her home until she entered assisted living at Grace Village in 2023.

One of her proudest accomplishments was to see that all of her children were college educated, an opportunity she wasn’t afforded. Irene had an amazing mind and loved the challenge of crossword puzzles her entire life. She was an avid reader of novels and an unwavering Boston sports fan.

Irene took up the game of golf when she was in her 50s and started bowling in the same decade. She enjoyed the many friends she made through these activities. She also loved playing card games of all types including bridge and cribbage and was a fierce dominoes player.

Although she never participated in team sports, she loved to watch hockey, tennis and football. She was also an avid golf fan and probably the only resident of her assisted living unit to ask the cable company to add the golf channel to her service. In the weeks before her death, Irene continued watching her Boston Bruins, especially during the playoffs.

Irene’s family wishes to thank all of the staff at Grace Village for the compassionate care and dignity they provided our mother during her entire stay at the residence, especially during her final week of life. From the nurses to the aides; from her hairdresser to the housekeepers; from those who bathed her to the volunteers who decorated the facility for the holidays and then came to sit and talk with our mother to keep her company; everyone working at Grace Village befriended our mother and showered her with kindness, compassion and love. We are forever grateful.

At Irene’s request, a private family ceremony will take place in Burlington Vt in the Fall of 2024.


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Lise et Guy Lallier

Malgré notre absence, toutes nos pensées vous accompagnent
pour vous réconforter en ces temps difficiles.

Lise et Guy Lallier

27 mai 2024

My sincerest sympathy for the family of Mrs.Begin

Knowing her for over 30 years has given me fond memories of her positive attitude and making me laugh so many times ..
She often mentioned you in a kindly way and very proud of her family.
I shall remember the song she always repeated for me ..
Que sera sera
Whatever will be will be
The futures not ours to see
Que sera sera ...
May you rest in peace beside your husband and son
Julie latendresse

Julie latendresse

24 mai 2024

Your announcement

You chose a beautiful photo. She was a good-looking woman and her face shows strength and determination. I enjoyed reading about her life. In her later years, especially, she was lucky to have kind and responsible children who took care to visit her regularly despite living far away. May we all be so blessed.


24 mai 2024

Condolences message

We offer you our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother.

We were neighbors of your family for 46 years and we will surely miss her in our surroundings.

Georges and Lorraine

Georges et Lorraine Zaor

23 mai 2024

To Mrs.Begin’s family

Please accept my sincere condolences following the death of your loved one.I always enjoyed my visits to her and her face lit up when I told her she had mail and it wasn’t a bill!!
I will miss these special times.
Hopefully cherishing your many memories will bring you comfort in the days to come.
RIP Mrs.Begin.

Doreen Morissette

21 mai 2024

RIP Aunt Irene

My condolences to your beautiful family, my cousins, & may they find comfort in knowing that you are resting in the arms of God & joined by your beloved siblings, parents, husband & son.

What a classy lady you were!

During my childhood, I was always told I looked like you!

I still remember the family visits to our house while growing up, as all of the cousins from Canada descended upon our Vermont home & your son Tommy made me laugh until I cried!

I know his passing broke all of your hearts & mine. May you be at peace in this reunion with Tom & your husband Norm.

My heartfelt love is with your whole family & we hope to gather in remembrance this October!

Love & Light,
Anne (Goyette) Cameron

Anne (Goyette) Cameron

21 mai 2024

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