Celie Agostino (nee Allard)
21 September 1920 - 31 December 2022
Cecilia Rose Alba Agostino, aged 102 years, of Thunder Bay passed away peacefully on Saturday, 31 December at the Southbridge Roseview Care Home.
Celie was born the youngest of nine children in Chapleau, Ontario to parents, Azarie Allard and Anna Georgiana (nee Lariviere). Her father was a lumberman who owned a sawmill near White River. Just before the onset of the Great Depression, the Allard family moved to Fort William. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Chapleau, St. Stanislaus Catholic School and graduated St. Patrick High School, both in Fort William. During WWII she worked in the Time Office at Canada Car for Nels Scavarelli. Later, she worked as secretary for over 17 years at Thunder Bay Television until her retirement in 1982.
Celie had a great love for people and enjoyed a wide circle of friends and relatives. She was often the hub of social life. She was a wonderful hostess to her dinner guests. When she appeared at any gathering, heads would turn and suddenly there was more energy in the room. She had presence. Everyone knew Celie.
Her other passion in life was the study of oil painting. Her home was decorated with many of her works. Given her love for people, many of her paintings were portraits. Friends and family members also have some of her originals. Even her family doctor has one of her portraits.
She was preceded in death by husband James Agostino and siblings; Alice (Edward Rea), Yvonne (James) Maycock, Beatrice (Archibald) Snider, Anita (Allan) Don Carlos, Eda-Mae (Lawrence) Holden, Leona (Dante) Serra, Rheal (Joyce) Allard, Romeo (Patricia) Allard, and dear friend of over 35 years, Bill Boquist. She is survived by her daughter, Gabrielle Beaupre; son, Jamie Davidson; daughter-in-law, Karen Duffield; stepdaughters, Barbara Bickle and Linda Miller and many nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has been carried out. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Deacon Andre Nichol of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church and the staff at Southbridge Roseview for their care and compassion during her final months. Those who knew Celie are asked to perform an act of kindness in honour of her remarkable life.
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” Emile Zola (1840 - 1902)