Obituary of Winnifred Magdalen Dominic
Heaven lit up with a mighty presence on February 17, 2022 as the Angels all looked down. On this day God was placing the jewels into my mother’s crown.
Winnifred “Winnie” Dominic passed away at her home on February 17,2022 at the age of 88. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and touched the lives of so many.
Winnie is survived by her daughter Veronica Dominic-Boucher (Jacques Boucher), son Michael Dominic, son in law Jim Sweeney, her beloved grandchildren who were the light in her world, Christian Boucher, Mathieu Boucher, Kaelyn Sweeney, David Sweeney, Maria Sweeney and Ryan Sweeney, brothers Michael (Kathy) Kent and Alphonsus Kent, sisters in law, Peggy Kent, Liz Kent, Eleanor Dominic and Alice Dominic as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews and friends.
She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph Saliba Dominic, daughter CarolAnne Sweeney, parents Ronald and Fredericka Kent, siblings, Joan Kent, Rita Kent, Patricia Kent, Marg (Edward) Flynn, Pauline (Cyril) Buck, Jim (Betty) Kent, Ronald Kent, Dennis Kent and Bernard Kent.
Winnie was born in Spaniards Bay on June 16,1933. Her openness to the world and adventurous spirit was cemented in her early days of moving around Newfoundland with her family as her father worked with the railway. In her earlier years Winnie worked as a telegraph operator with CNT in Bishop’s Falls. She was ready for greater challenges after meeting and marrying Joe, the love of her life, in 1958. Together anything was possible, so she decided to hone her entrepreneurial skills through managing her own clothing store and bookkeeping for her and Joe’s chainsaw and automotive business and left her position at CNT. Eventually Winnie decided to focus solely on helping Joe in his business. They were inseparable and together built a successful business. After Joe’s death in 1982, Winnie continued to manage the business until her retirement in 1989, this was no small feat, but she was always ready for the challenge.
Winnie faced every challenge head on. She had strength and perseverance that saw her through the difficult times. No matter the situation Winnie faced it with dignity, never losing her faith in God or humanity, and she did not let these difficult times define her.
Winnie’s devotion to her faith was unwavering. She took an active role in her parish as a eucharistic minister, sacristan, reader and in cleaning and preparing the church for special occasions. One event she looked forward to each year was assisting her friends in preparing a meal of turkey, jigs dinner and dessert for the priests in the Diocese at Christmas time. She was so proud to say they had requested her blueberry pudding and sauce.
The one area Winnie excelled at was being a mom and nanny. Her children and grandchildren were her world. She made it her mission to be present and active in our lives. She pushed you to be your best and her motto was “you never know what you can do until you try”.
The saying the road to grandma’s house is never long held true. For nanny, the road to her grandchildren’s house was even shorter. Whether it was to Grand Bank NL, Bangor Maine, Fredericton New Brunswick, Montgomery Texas, or Ottawa Ontario, nanny was there. She attended dance recitals, hockey games, first communion, proms and convocations, the distance didn’t stop her. She often talked about strawberry picking in Texas in March … what a dream come true for an avid berry picker such as her.
In thinking about how she lived her life one would conclude she lived life to the fullest. She loved to dance and socialize with her friends. She attended the Knights of Columbus every Friday night with her sister Pauline..aka .. partner in crime, to “hear the band”. Her energy and exuberance made most take a step back and question her age. In her most recent years, rummoli with “the girls” Shirley, Kay, Mildred, Jeannette, Lynn and Sis was her passion. I truly believe it was more about the lunch and laughs then it ever was about the card game. This speaks to the high value she placed on her friendships; they were numerous. It was these friendships, the visits, the “you know I am here for you”, phone calls road trips and many laughs and some tears that enriched her life, kept up her spirits and made her more determined to not miss a moment. To her friends, you were her lifeline, her person, all of you. Two women who deserve an honorable mention, Lisa and Christa, my soul sisters, who were there when I couldn’t be, gave her new life, treated her with respect and dignity for which she appreciated beyond measure, and I will never forget.
God made a wonderful mother, A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of sunshine, and He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes he placed bright shining stars, In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother, And He gave that dear mother to me.
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