Winchester Press – obit – Nelda Belanger
Nelda Belanger, a former resident of the Winchesterarea passed away at her home in Kingston on Thurs., Jan. 17, 2008,surrounded by her long-time companion John and her family. Shewas 54.
Nelda was born at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital onMay 8, 1953 to her parents Eugene and Rose Belanger (nee Lalonde).
She attended S.S. # 20 school near Winchester, and then NorthDundas District High School. As a teenager she babysat for herneighbours, and she also worked at the coffee shop/bus stop inWinchester. As a Grade 12 co-op student she worked at the OntarioHydro office in Winchester, and they were so impressed with herwork ethic that they hired her immediately after she graduatedin 1970.
She immediately started saving money and she bought her firstcar, a used 1968 yellow Epic, while living at home with her parents.She later rented an apartment in Ottawa and commuted to work inWinchester every day. As a result of her work ethic, Nelda quicklyadvanced to higher positions within Ontario Hydro. Her promotionsmeant that she had to move frequently, and she subsequently livedin Ottawa, Guelph, Perth, Kingston, Belleville, and London.
While living in London she took night courses and earned her Bachelorof Arts degree in the faculty of social sciences from the Universityof Western Ontario on June 2, 1990. She was then promoted to humanresources training co-ordinator at the western regional officeof Ontario Hydro in London where she lived for 17 years.
In 2000 she decided to transfer back to Kingston so she couldbe closer to her family, and she bought her dream home on theshore of the St. Lawrence River. A few months later she was transferredto the Peterborough office which meant that she had to commutefrom Kingston to Peterborough every day.
In May of 2005 she decided to retire after a 34 year career withOntario Hydro and Hydro One. She held many different positionsthroughout her career, and she was very dedicated to her workand her fellow employees. She was a friend to all. Her enjoymentof retirement was short lived as she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’slymphoma in June of 2006. She truly believed that she could beatthe cancer by taking numerous chemotherapy treatments, and shenever gave up her fight until the very end. She had many dreamsfor her retirement but unfortunately she never got the chanceto do any of them.
She loved to travel, and in 1974 she bought a new Pontiac Venturacar, and she and some girlfriends travelled to the west coastfor a holiday. She then decided flying was an easier way to travel,and she toured many different cities and countries throughouther life. She still maintained her love of cars though and shealways drove a sports car.
She was always fond of her animals, especially cats. She alwayshad a cat in her home for companionship, and she treated themwith lots of love and attention.
She was a very active member of the Roman Catholic Church in allof the areas she lived in. She always participated in variouschurch activities, and was willing to lend a helping hand wheneverit was needed.
Nelda was very devoted to her numerous personal and professionalfriends from school and throughout her career at Ontario Hydro.When she was in their area she always made a point of stoppingin for a visit. She loved to socialize, and therefore she enjoyeddining, boating, attending plays, and spending quality time withher friends.
She was the youngest girl in the Belanger family, and as suchshe was very special to her older brothers and sisters. She wasa special friend and companion of John Skinner of London for 21years whom she met at her office when he was working as a repairmanwith Bell Canada. They continued their friendship even after shemoved back to Kingston, and he supported her and was there forher throughout her illness.
Nelda was a very special and proud aunt to all the little childrenthat came along through her family and friends. To her they wereall her babies. She also had a special place in her heart forJohn’s daughters Lana (Junior) and Lisa and John’s granddaughterAyla of London.
She is survived by her long-time companion John Skinner of London,her siblings Edna Eldridge of Williamsburg, Rita Belanger of Spencerville,Sandra Bloom (George) of Winchester, Gerald (Carline) of Brockville,Leonard (Bonnie) of Spencerville, and Donald (Domenica) of Brockville,and her sister-in-law Norma Belanger of Brockville. She was predeceasedby her parents Rose and Eugene Belanger, her brother Bernard,and her brother-in-law Jack Eldridge. She was a loving aunt of19 nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and nephews, a great-great-nieceand a great-great nephew, and a granddaughter.
Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin FuneralHome in Williamsburg on Sun., Jan. 20 and Mon. Jan 21. The funeralmass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Chestervilleon Jan. 21 with Father John Gillis and Father Tim Shea officiating.Cremation followed. A reception in Nelda’s honour was held atthe Chesterville Legion following the service. The pallbearerswere Nelda’s nephews Brian Belanger, Michael Lapierre, DarellBloom, Kevin Belanger, Bruce Belanger, and D.J. Belanger.
Spring interment of cremated remains will be at St. Mary’s Cemeteryin Chesterville.
In memoriam donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Research Fundof Canada or the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would beappreciated by the family.