In Loving Memory
June 16, 1936 – June 18, 2021
Ginger St-Amour passed away peacefully, at home, on June 18, 2021, 2 days after her 85th birthday. Ginger is survived by her husband of 66 years, Gilles St-Amour. Ginger was the proud mother of 6 children: Louise Elliott (Dan), Burt St-Amour (Kim), Trina St-Amour (Lyne Miron), Mark St-Amour (Angel), Cheryl St-Amour (Keitha Robson) and Jill St-Amour (Kymm). She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Kelly, Kasey, Lee, MacKenzie, Ben, Mackale, Gordon, Bodhi, Morgan, Samantha, Mikaela, Kynna and Trisha, and 16 great grandchildren.
Ginger and Gilles took ownership of Ideal Grocery on Golden Avenue in South Porcupine in the 1960s. They worked together for more than 25 years. With the decision to reduce the grocery aisles and focus on meat sales, Mom left running the day to day operations of the store to Dad, and found employment as a book keeper in a variety of law offices. Until it ceased operations in the early 2000s, Mom was an active member of the Women of the Moose chapter 908 and made many friends in this organization, many of whom have already passed on.
Mom loved spending time with her family, and Sunday was her favourite day. The kids and grandkids would trickle in at various times of the morning and she would cook you anything you wanted for breakfast, as long as you showed up before noon. At that point, the kitchen was closed because she needed to get ready for dinner, when everyone would show up again. Some Sundays there were more than 30 people fighting for a spot to eat in their cramped apartment, and Mom would enjoy every minute of it. You could always count on a hearty meal, with some type of messy dessert, like her famous ooey gooey cake.
In her later years, Mom could be found on her couch or swinging in the yard with Dad. She would walk in the neighbourhood and rarely missed going to get her paper in the morning at McDonald’s Downtown Variety. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Very Reverend Valerie Isaac for always looking out for Mom and for driving her in the mornings when she couldn’t get there on her own anymore.
Cremation has taken place as per Ginger’s wishes. A celebration of life is tentatively scheduled for July 8th, depending on COVID restrictions. More details to follow.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Stinson Funeral Home, 100 Bruce Avenue, South Porcupine.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true
It's shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away
Where His glory forever I'll share