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Lorraine Marie Theresa (Ducaire) Ironside

February 26, 1943 ~ November 14, 2018 (age 75)

Ironside, Lorraine Theresa (nee Ducaire)

Passed away at Hillcrest Village on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in her 76th year.  Pre-deceased by her husband Ralph Ironside.  Mother of Doug Ironside (Stacey) and Lori Hay (Steven).  Beloved grandmother of Ryan.  Sister of Annette Merkley (Larry).  Sister-in-Law to Mary Baldwin. Predeceased by her parents Theophile and Babeanne Ducaire (nee Laurin) and by this lineage, related to half of Penetanguishene.  Deeply remembered by Dave and Marg Smith. 

A memorial mass will be celebrated at St Margaret’s Church, 589 Hugel Avenue, Midland on Saturday November 24 at 1pm.  A reception to share memories and celebrate her life will take place at the church immediately following the mass, around 2pm, words at 230. Persons may feel free to attend either or both. 

Lorraine spent near the entirety of her life caring for people.  From Canadian Mothercraft in her early adult years, she transitioned into Nursing, working as an RNA (Practical Nurse) for 33 years.  This she did at St. Andrew’s Hospital, then Huronia District Hospital, now GBGH.  She provided spark and motivation to many patients.  Her energy earned the appreciation of her work colleagues and many a new mother, collectively nurturing countless children as they entered the world. 

Personally, she enjoyed music, dancing, the smoke of the tobacco plant, swimming, boating, the occasional vacation, and carousing with her friends, all of which she did with great joy and honesty, and often, light beer.  She loved food, even if the cooking of a full meal was never a strong point.  Instead, she aimed her merits at luscious baking and delicious preserves. 

Lorraine loved her parents deeply, drawing great inspiration and courage from her mother.  Navigating the nuances of relationship, she loved her husband with unwavering grace.  As to her children, she offered them unceasing generosity, patience, and a wry wit oft-times so sharp as to carve laughter from thin air.  Lorraine drew great solace from faith, God and prayer.  Even in her darker moments, and in the trials of her last few years beset by nagging illness, she kept her mind and humour about her, unless of course, someone pissed her off.   Lorraine was 90% sweetheart, a ratio to rival almost anyone.

Undoubtedly adored and appreciated by many, no one could dispute that Lorraine hung in there as long as she could, wringing every bit of pleasure and pain out of life, before she saw the end of it, quietly, mercifully, and surrounded by those who loved her.   

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Huronia Communities Foundation, in trust, for the inception of the Lorraine Ironside Memorial Fund, a fund that will be used to help young people complete their Nursing education.  Donations can be made by sending a cheque to Huronia Community Foundation, Box 324, Midland L4R 4L1, adding ‘Lorraine Ironside’ on the memo line. Or, an on-line donation at, selecting Give, Donate Now, in memory of Lorraine Ironside.

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