Gore, Susan Jean LeMoine
Passed away July 17, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Susan Jean LeMoine Gore, age 67, of Amherst on Friday, July 17th, 2020 at her home.
“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” ~Buddha
On November 17th, 1952 in Amherst, NS Susan Jean LeMoine made her grand entrance onto the stage of life. The youngest of John & Kay LeMoine’s four daughters, she is survived by her children Kelsey and Colby, and sisters Nancy, Joyce & Beth. Sue lived by the adage that we should ‘sing like no one is listening; dance like nobody’s watching’. Joyful and energetic, she was admirably uninhibited.
Sue developed a talent for singing in church and school choirs during her youth which carried through to adulthood. An active member of the Girl Guide community, with summer camps through Brownies and Guides featuring prominently in her youth, she went on to volunteer as a leader inspiring a new generation of capable young women. Sue inherited a passion for dogs from her father, who raised and showed Beagles, and she often joked that ‘she was raised in a kennel’! A lover of all animals, Sue made certain that her horse-crazed daughter ‘got the pony’ and even kept her horse in shape while Kelsey attended university out of province.
It was at Edgehill School for Girls and later Acadia University that Sue’s athletic prowess and dramatic presence were honed as she graduated with a degree in Physical Education, with an Art minor. Her love of performing and ability to step into character allowed her to shine on the theatrical stage. Ever an athlete, Sue participated in basketball, volleyball, field hockey, gymnastics, track & field, dance, skiing and riding. The desire to share her love of sport and physical activity led her to a career teaching Phys Ed, later working with youth as the Co-operative Education Coordinator for Kings County.
A true romantic, Sue fell for a rugged cowboy while working as a trail guide for horseback trips in the Canadian Rockies. Marrying and settling down in British Columbia they welcomed two children, Kelsey and Colby. Creating childhoods filled with love, laughter and learning was a priority for Sue. She spared no energy when organizing the many family camping trips, skiing adventures, and holiday extravaganzas. She made sure her children were afforded the opportunity to grow and flourish through participation in sport and the arts, with a strong focus on community involvement and academics. Sue, persistent in pursuit of the best environment for her kids, initiated a move from BC to NS, followed by a move back to BC… and then another back to NS! Always adaptable, she made a point of creating a loving home and establishing a community of friends wherever she settled, while staying in touch with those that were not so close by.
Being close to nature, especially the ocean, was important to Sue; she was keenly observant and appreciative of the wonders of the natural world. A proud Bluenoser, memories of childhood summers spent with family at Amherst Shore were eagerly shared with friends from across Canada. Never too shy to perform a kitchen concert or engage in a living room dance party, the house was often filled with Sue’s favourite music. Some of the best memories of her are close at hand when the right artist (often from the Maritimes) comes on.
Sue had a strong dose of the playful irrationality that makes life vibrant; that stirs the spirit amidst a cold, sterile reality of hard scientific facts. This ingredient made her an energetic and motivating mother, a world class educator, and an all-round wonderful woman. The marks of her good deeds will stand forever and she will always be missed.
Our deepest gratitude to Lynda Lukey and Sharon Kenny for going above and beyond in establishing a stable, comfortable living situation for Mum. The many years of their selfless compassion were instrumental in helping Mum navigate her condition. Finally, a huge ‘thank you’ to all the people of Amherst for warmly engaging Mum with an understanding that would not have been possible anywhere else.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home, 98 Church St. Amherst, NS, 902-667-9906. Cremation has taken place.
Outdoor service to be held at Christ Church Cemetery at 11:00am on Thursday, August 13th, 2020. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed by accessing the following link, https://distantlink.com/DLM69.html once prompted, please enter “Arbor2020”. The family will defer a celebration of life until summer of 2021, COVID-19 permitting.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions in Susan’s memory can be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.
Online condolences and sharing of memories can be forwarded to the family via: www.campbellsamherst.ca or by visiting the funeral home Facebook page.
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