In Memoriam

Obituaries, tributes and memories of NET community members who have passed away due to NET cancer.

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Patrick Duncan Walter White

1975 – 2021

On February 26, 2021, Patrick’s lengthy journey with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer ended in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his wife, children and best friend. Patrick was born July 8, 1975, in Saint John, New Brunswick, to C. Douglas White and Jillian Patriquen. During the height of his illness, Patrick maintained his sense of humour, hope, and unbelievable courage. He inspired many with his positive attitude and ability to beat the odds, surviving many life-threatening events during the last year of his illness. Undoubtedly, Patrick had a strong character and a strong will to live.

Patrick was an employee with Aliant for many years holding several senior management and leadership positions, including past Director of Finance. He valued education and had a BBA and MBA (UNBSJ, 1998; 2011) and many business certifications. Patrick also enjoyed being a guest lecturer in the BBA and MBA program at UNBSJ from 2007-2019. He truly loved people and had a gift to strike up a conversation with anyone, genuinely connecting, meeting the person where they were at in life. He will be remembered as a man of great compassion, sensitivity, drive, and determination that was well balanced with an incredible spark for life and an unforgettable sense of humour. He loved to laugh and took great pleasure in making others laugh.

Patrick loved music: playing, writing, singing, and performing. He and one of his best friends, Joe Boyd, played in multiple bands since their high school days at St. Malachy’s. Their band, York Point Riot, performed at weddings, private parties, and local events. Patrick was a natural performer and was happiest when the audience would sing along.

Of all the things Patrick loved and devoted himself entirely to, it was to his wife and children. He was a family man, and his family always came first. Patrick loved spending time with his wife, whether taking long drives with long talks, listening to her read over her academic papers, or having some fun on their date nights.  He loved taking his sons out on adventures. Without a destination in mind, he’d pack them up with a bag of snacks, and they’d explore a hiking trail, a playground, waterfalls, or a stream. He had a knack for making all things magical, leaving his sons’ countless cherished memories.

He was fiercely loved and left behind his devoted wife Tanya and their children: Drew, Luke, Liam, Teehan, Zachary, and Nikolaus; his brothers, Adam (Martha) White, Gregory (Stephanie) White; his best friend, who was indeed like a brother, David Caissie; as well as many other lifetime friends and family. Patrick was predeceased by his infant daughter Elly Eileen White (2008).

The family would like to thank their amazing friends for their support over the many years of this cancer journey. As well, a heartfelt appreciation for his: doctors, Dr Scott and oncologist Dr Burnell; the nurses and doctors on 4CN and ICU at the Saint John Regional Hospital; the Extra-Mural Hospital palliative care team; and the London Regional Cancer Program-Neuroendocrine Tumour Team at London Health Science Centre for their highly specialized expertise and unwavering commitment to prolong his life.

Pierrette Breton

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of former CNETS board member and neuroendocrine cancer patient, Pierrette Breton.
Pierrette served on the board of directors of CNETS from 2010 to 2014, during which time she made a tremendous contribution to the organization and the Canadian neuroendocrine cancer patient community.  She was the organizer of the 2012 CNETS national conference in Ottawa, pulling it together with professionalism and eloquence. Pierrette remained well engaged with the neuroendocrine community long after serving on the CNETS board and she was a continuous strong patient advocate, never hesitating to fight for what was right for our community.  Pierrette was a member of the Ottawa patient and caregiver group and supported many neuroendocrine cancer patients over the years as they navigated their diagnosis and journey. She was a well informed, supportive and caring shoulder for fellow patients to lean on.
Pierrette also served as the Canadian and CNETS representative with the International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance (INCA) beginning in March 2011.  When Pierrette joined INCA as CNETS representative she was elected to their Executive Committee and served as Secretary/Treasurer. Pierrette also took on an additional leadership role as Chairperson of the annual Summit Committee/Membership Council Meeting, leading the committee to create and arrange meetings in 2012 in Copenhagen, 2013 in Barcelona, and 2014 in Italy. She served on INCA’s Board of Directors in 2013.
In recognition of her incredible contributions to the neuroendocrine cancer community, both nationally and internationally, Pierrette received the Maureen Coleman award in 2015, an incredibly well deserved recognition.
Pierrette has left a life long impression on our hearts and our community and she will be missed tremendously. We extend our sincerest condolences to Pierrette’s family and friends. May our dear friend rest in peace.

Sherry O’Grady Fox

CNETS Canada is an organization that relies heavily on the volunteers, fundraisers and supporters who contribute to every essential aspect of the organization and the work we do to support the NET patient community. Everyone brings something special and unique and we value them all tremendously. Among these incredible individuals are people who really stand out and go above and beyond for their fellow patients in more ways than we could ever expect.
One such individual was Sherry O’Grady Fox. Sherry, along with her husband Fred Fox, are best known for their leadership of the Ottawa Support Group. Through this inspiring volunteer role Sherry contributed to CNETS Canada and the NET patient community in many other ways and she was truly a one-of-a-kind person and volunteer. Sherry was a NET patient originally diagnosed with NETs in 2006, who sadly passed away on April 4, 2019 taken much too soon from those who loved and cherished her.
Sherry, recipient of the 2017 Maureen Coleman award, truly embodied the spirit of our founding past President through her tireless, passionate and caring work for NET patients and CNETS Canada. Her contribution to our community was phenomenal and deserves special recognition.
In addition to being an incredible leader for the Ottawa Support group, Sherry worked tirelessly to raise awareness of NET cancer and she contributed year after year to our Canadian initiatives around international NET Cancer Awareness day. She led the efforts of the Ottawa group who developed a presence with local Second Cup and Shell gas stations and she was our amazing spokesperson for a local Ottawa CTV television segment around NET cancer awareness. Sherry was a speaker at CNETS Canada conferences and an active participant in our national Support Group Leader training events.  No matter where we needed Sherry she was there for us and never backed down from any request.
Sherry was also an incredible fundraiser who brought her family, friends and church into the fold and spearheaded an incredible fundraising effort in the Ottawa region. Sherry’s family participated in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and Sherry always rallied around her family and together they brought incredible recognition and funds to the organization in support of NET Cancer Research.

Jennifer Weiss

November 4, 1970 – June 16, 2016

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jennifer Weiss, CNETS Canada Support Group Leader for North Vancouver, British Columbia.  Jennifer was a pancreatic NET patient who provided great support to many NET patients in British Columbia for a considerable number of years.  She was known as a true “trailblazer” among the community in terms of being a tremendous self-advocate.  Jennifer was one of only a handful of NET patients in Canada to have a liver transplant to deal with her extensive liver metastases.  She continually sought the best care and treatment options for herself, nationally and internationally.  She was courageous and faced an ongoing battle with her health over the years but one would never have known because she always had such a beautiful smile and a positive attitude with an energetic approach to life.  Jennifer shared her beautiful gift of voice with the NET Community at the CNETS Canada 2010 Vancouver Conference – a gift we were truly appreciative to receive.  Jennifer’s contribution to our community was significant and she will be missed very much.  We extend sincere condolences to Jennifer’s family, including her husband, Boris Weiss, former CNETS Canada Board Member and her daughter, Kennedy.

Suzanne (Sue) Stinson

July 13, 1956 – May 10, 2016

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Obituary

Suzanne passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, at the age of 59, at the Ottawa Hospice, Maycourt, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Beloved wife of Brian for 39 years. Loving and cherished mother to, Jennifer Buckingham (Scott), Stephanie Beck (Kelly), Cameron Stinson (Garrett). Doting grandmother to, Korbin, Olivia, Aubrey, Preston, and Macey. Dear sister to Gail, Lynn, Donna, Laurie, Randy, Mark, and Leesa, and aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Daughter of Lila Lavergne and the late Raymond Vanasse. Sister-in-law to Joan, Ron, Jean, Bob, Laurence, Jenn, Geoff and the late David, Bob, Bill and Debbie.  Suzanne’s family wish to thank Dr. Goodwin and the staff and volunteers at the Ottawa Hospital and Dr. Bright and staff of the RPCT for their care and compassion. For those who wish, contributions in Suzanne’s memory may be directed to CNETS Canada.

From Sherry Fox: “It is with deep sadness that I tell you of the passing of our previous NET support group leader, Suzanne Stinson. She was such a sweet, caring, gentle soul and her struggle with this disease the last few years was heroic.  She would reach out to anyone even when she was so ill herself. Suzanne was ministering to others right up until the end.  She will be so missed by all her fellow zebra friends, but is at peace now in heaven. No more pain or sorrow, only happy tears.”