In Memory of

Carolyn

Anne

Levesque

Obituary for Carolyn Anne Levesque

Carolyn Anne Levesque

With her son Raymond by her side holding her hands, providing comfort in her last remaining hours our courageous mother passed peacefully on the early evening of December 22, after a life filled with many accomplishments and loving relationships. She will be immensely missed by her sons Raymond, Grant Levesque, mother Johanna Wilson, sister Joanne Morris (Bill), nephew Glen Morris (Ashleigh), niece Diane drawbridge (Stephen) sister-in-law Helle Wilson, great nieces Pamala and Hilary Drawbridge and great nephew Andrew Morris.

Carolyn was predeceased by her husband Ray Levesque, father Alexander Francis (Frank) Wilson, father-in-law Joesph Fermin Levesque, mother-in-law Isabelle Lemieux, and brother Frank Wilson.Carolyn was born in Winnipeg October 29, 1941. She attended Balmoral Hall school and later went to General Wolf where she met Ray Levesque.

How they met was like a fairy tale. Ray was sent out of the classroom having been picked on by this teacher. Being empathetic she asked if she could leave the classroom, at which time she approached him with deep understanding. It was almost love at first sight, she could see the kindness in his eyes and from here onwards they became friends.

After graduating from Daniel McIntyre that summer they moved to to Vancouver where they were married. Unlike Ray she was ambitious and motivated him to get his pilot's licence. He would become a flying instructor to get his flying hours, while she became a homemaker.

At the time of becoming a pilot he landed a job with Quebec air, and the family moved to Montreal. At this time Canadians were alerted to troubles in Biafra. Daily television broadcasts brought the violence and suffering into Canadian homes. It was a defining moment in Canadian history and Ray Levesque being as courageous as he was saw an opportunity to help. As a First officer he became part of the humanitarian effort by joining a four-man team to fly medicine and food to the starving Biafrans. In addition, John Lennon talks about these brave pilots in his book 1969. On August 3, 1969, the Canairelief plane crashed, and all members of the crew were tragically killed.

This was devastating to Carolyn who had not only lost her soul mate, but now had to raise two boys on her own. Unable to pursue her career as a clinical psychologist and after a long ordeal of bereavement she began a career in administration with the strongest work ethic.

Here she would work her way to the top eventually becoming the assistant to the premiere of Manitoba. Gary Filmon would often rely on Carolyn for advice. Other note worthy jobs were when she ran a women's shelter in Portage La Prairie. She was featured in news stories in relation to the need to protect vulnerable women, in particular aboriginals.

After retirement she spent more time with family and would never stay idle and like her mother was involved in the community. Caring about the wellbeing of her fellow Manitobans.

In 2008 she sat on the ASTRA corporation board from (2006-2011) to help sort out some of the challenges facing residents and the board. She tirelessly fought and succeeded in preventing the plans for a gas station to be located adjacent to 64 Nassau. In addition, the board led by her, created a pedestrian crosswalk between Shoppers DrugMarts and Safeway. In 2008 she was given a well-deserved tribute by the Manitoba Council. An Aging Recognition Award by the Minister responsible for Seniors. In July 2009 following years of lobbying and negotiation with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) she solidified a contract with the South Winnipeg Seniors Resource Council (SWSRC) to implement an on-site meal program that provided three hot meals a week at a very reasonable price.

Carolyn was proud to be a Canadian Icelander and embraced her Icelandic heritage having had a cottage in Gimli and spending many summers there celebrating Islendingadagurinn or Icelanders day.

On the 54th anniversary of the crash Carolyn and her family were embraced by Reverend Richard Fee about a memorial plaque in honor of Ray Levesque. Carolyn was invited to watch the documentary "Operation Lights Out". This brings long due recognition of all that was accomplished including a redefined United Nations and created "Doctors without Borders."

Carolyn was blessed to have met her soulmate Ray Levesque and be blessed with 2 sons Grant and Raymond Levesque who adored her.

A life celebration for Carolyn will be held in private on Saturday February 3rd.