Obituaries

Cheryl Marie Carriere

19/09/1956 - 12/04/2021

Obituary For Cheryl Marie Carriere

In Loving Memory of Cheryl Marie Carriere
September 19th, 1956 – April 12th, 2021

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of, Cheryl Carriere.

Cheryl was born September 19th, 1956 in Edmonton, Alberta. Cheryl was the eldest daughter of Remi (John) Carriere and Marieann Carriere.

Cheryl attended St Angela’s Catholic School, Grades 1-6 and Sir John Thompson, Grades 7-9 in Edmonton. AB. In 1970-72, Cheryl attended the Hay River High School and DJSS. In 1970, the Carriere family left Edmonton and moved to a small northern town, Hay River NWT. This is where Cheryl would make her mark with a very adventurous life. In 1973, Cheryl was hired at CN Telecommunications. She worked as a telephone operator for a small period of time. In 1974, Cheryl moved on to a position with the Town of Hay River. She accredits her role for the town, as her “step up” into a life-long career move as Office Administrator.

In 1979, Cheryl then took a position with the Government of the NWT, in the Property, Assessment and Taxation Dept, later changed to MACA (Municipal and Community Affairs). She took on her role as Assessment Technician/Administrative Assistant with dedication and prided herself on her meticulous organization and office skills. Back in the days of handwriting everything out with a pen and papers, Cheryl still maintained a steady hand in making sure all her “i”s were dotted and “T”s crossed. Cheryl received her 30 yr certificate of appreciation of “meritorious employment as a member of Public Service” from the government and would retire from her position in 2009.

Aside of her amazing work ethic, Cheryl has a long list of attributes that started when she was a young girl. Cheryl participated and won, the Canadian Dance Rings 1966 Alberta Tap Dancing Competition. She participated in the ’72 Arctic Winter Games with her high school Volleyball Team. In the early 80’s, Cheryl played softball and fastball. She played in a ladies’ ball league called the Bumblebees. The team was coached by her mom and dad, John and Marieann, and played alongside of her two sisters Laurie and Colette. She played in a 5 pin bowling league called the “553 Rollers” and found herself participating in the Territorial’s. She learned how to play golf and absolutely loved the time spent on the golf course with her son and one of her very best friends Marg.

Cheryl obtained a National Coaching Certificate. She was the president of Ladies Fastball League in the 80’s. She became the President of Minor Ball in Hay River in the 90’s. She was the coordinator for the 1994 Pee Wee Territorial Fastball Championships. PLUS, she was the #1 scorekeeper for all the baseball tournaments held in Hay River. She did it with such pride and integrity, that she was highly requested anytime a ball tournament was scheduled in Hay River. She spent many, MANY weekends looking over top of the Don Wrights baseball field in the score keepers booth.

Not only did she dedicate herself to the youth sports in the community, but she took it a step further. In 1994, Cheryl was presented with the “Sportsperson of the Year” Award. Cheryl was recognized for all her hard work and dedicated time she put in to the development of sports in Hay River. This award also recognized her position as South Slave Regional Coordinator for two Winter Regional Games and was selected by Sport North as the 1996 Arctic Winter Games Regional Coordinator.

Cheryl has been recognized several times for her enormous amount of volunteer work not only for minor ball in Hay River but she stepped forward to take on the world of hockey. Cheryl became the President of Hay River Minor Hockey for years. Then rose up to Vice President of NWT Hockey Association and finally, went on to become the Head Chairperson, President of NWTHA. For the first time in Canada, the North finally had a branch into the Hockey Canada Organization. Cheryl was the 2nd woman to represent a Branch (province or territory) in Hockey Canada. She was described as a “trail blazer” for women in hockey. Cheryl created an organization from scratch and introduced development programs that are still written in black and white to this day. Her methods of leadership gained her an enormous amount of respect. The work Cheryl did for the NWTHA changed the way hockey was represented in the northern communities. She was praised by her peers from all across Canada for her time and contribution to the sport.

Cheryl received a Certificate of Outstanding Volunteer Service from Hockey Canada. She was presented with Queens Golden Jubillee Medal in 2002 on the 50th Anniversary of the Accession of HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN. This is a medal awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to Canada, their Community or to their fellow Canadians.

She has shaken the hands of Wayne Gretzky. Sat down for breakfast with Walter Gretzky and had an opportunity to share a flight with the Edmonton Eskimos. She was member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br# 250. And she saved every single membership card she signed from 1996-2010. And believe it or not she was the treasurer for the NWT Snowshoe Association.

WOW!!! Absolutely amazing!!!

Cheryl was described several times as extremely smart, determined and strong. Those qualities drove this feisty woman to put one foot in front of the other. She lived a life of adventure and always on her own terms. She was a force to be reckoned with and would never back down for what she believed in.

Cheryl was a HUGE Edmonton Oilers fan! She loved the Edmonton Eskimos. She loved everything about The Beatles. She would swoon over Paul. She had a green thumb when it came to plants and flowers. Cheryl could bring a broken dried up twig back to life. Cheryl had a love for knitting and crocheting. She collected pins, magnets, shooter glasses, and she was an amazing cook! Monday to Friday, 1 PM, Cheryl faithfully tuned into Days of our Lives and of course, 4 PM Young and the Restless. Cheryl’s favorite number was 9 or 99, and she loved everything blue. <3 Cheryl lived in Hay River until June of 2019. She packed up almost 50 yrs in Hay River and moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta, to reconnect with her daughter and grandkids. This time will always be cherished as they spent over 2 decades living in separate towns. It is in Grande Prairie, Cheryl would spend her final few months, surrounded by pictures of her family and with her daughter, son and grandkids by her side. Cheryl will be missed dearly by her Daughter, Monique “Niki” Carriere, son Jeremy “Jay” Planidin, two grandchildren, Raime and Dylan Carriere. Brother Dan (Pam) Carriere, Sisters Laurie Townend, Colette (Brad) Mapes and her father Remi “John” Carriere. Cheryl had many nieces and nephews whom she loved with her heart and soul. Cheryl wanted each and every one of her family and friends to know how much she loved them. xo Cheryl is reunited with her beloved mom, Marieann Carriere. Surely Marieann was waiting with open arms to hug her baby girl Cheryl. On a personal note, Jay and I walked side by side on this journey that will forever bond a sister and brother with their mom. We cannot express enough how extremely grateful we are to everyone that extended their hand and hearts to our family in a great time of need. Your kindness allowed us both to sit beside our mom until she was at peace. Thank you, to all of our amazing and wonderful friends and family from near and far. We feel overwhelmed with gratitude and respect. To the QEII Doctors, Cancer Specialist, Surgeon and nurses on 5 North and to ALL of the Prairie Lake Hospice Care Unit staff, please know you have not gone unnoticed. In our time of confusion and overwhelming feeling of despair, you always graced us with patience and understanding. You explained everything as clear as possible and allowed us to ask the really tough questions without judgment. We have the utmost respect for all you have done for us as a family. Thank you for giving our mom the best care she deserved. We will forever hold you all near and dear to our hearts. Cheryl will be cremated at the Bear Creek Funeral Home and will take her final journey with her son Jay, back to the North of 60. Back to the place she called home, Hay River NWT. A Celebration of Life will be planned in Hay River in the near future. In lieu of, we request any further donations be made to any Mental Health and Addiction program in your community or to the Canadian Cancer Society in honor of Cheryl. And please….. ~Always stop and smell the flowers~ Rest in Peaceful Paradise beautiful lady. You deserve it. Xo Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Our thoughts are with you all at this time as you deal with the loss of a loved one. May the memories of Cheryl bring you peace and comfort. Cheryl May you Rest in Peace and God Bless.
- Ken and Ivy Burrows
Rest In Peace my beautiful friend. I am honoured to have called you my friend for fifty years. You will be missed by many.
- Kathy Robertson
Love you Cher, rest in peace....I will miss you, its hard to believe I will never see you again...... xo
- Colette Mapes
What a wonderful tribute my friend. I am so grateful for your friendship. I will cherish the memories 🌸
- Shelley MacEachern
Rest In Peace big sis, I will love and miss you forever, til we meet again Cher. Love you Laur...❤
- Laurie Townend
Gerry and I send our condolences to John Carriere and Cheryl's siblings on the loss of a beautiful and talented daughter and mom. Rose and Gerry Goudreau
- Rose Goudreau
She was the big sister to the rest of us Carriere siblings we will miss her. RIP
- Dan Carriere
For you my beautiful lil blue eyed mama. We miss and love you so very much. Xoxo
- Niki Carriere

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