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Ann Elizabeth Vautour

Ann Elizabeth Vautour

Ann Elizabeth Vautour, born May 31, 1943 in Saint John, the daughter of Harold William and Jessie Alexandra (Pedersen) Nagle, passed away at the Moncton Hospital on February 7, 2020 at age 76.

Ann was a graduate of the Netherwood School for girls in Rothesay and Mount Carmel Secretarial Academy in Saint John.  She worked as Executive Secretary to the V-P of a national company and was a sports car enthusiast and avid equestrian.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years - Paul Vautour, sons Michael (Nancy), Christopher, Louis Marc (Laura), and grand children Sabrina, Mathys, Kurt and Joshua; God-daughters Monique Landucci (Stuart) of Boston and Beth-Anne Daigle of Saint John.  She is also survived by her brother Peter and nephews Nahani and Jonathan, and predeceased by her brother Thomas.  On Paul's side she leaves beloved nephew, nieces and their children: Joseph Vautour (Wendy), Elizabeth McQueen (George), Susanne Daigle (James) – all of Saint John; sister-in-law Dianne LeBlanc (Ronald) and nephew Andrew (Marisa) – all of the U.S.A.  Ann also cherished many of the Netherwood Class of 62 as dear sisters.

Following marriage in 1966, Paul’s career led her to various adventuresome places: Sept Iles, Que.; Frobisher Bay, NwT. (now Iqaluit, Nunavut); Fort Chimo (Kuujuac) Northern Que.; Iqaluit again; Montreal; Halifax; Labrador City; and finally settling in Moncton in 1988 where she worked for Sears Canada Administration for 18 years.   

Although small in stature, Ann carved a wide path in life with her determination and antics.  Once established in Moncton, she made friends in the local garden, bird-watching, and Country Meadows Golf Clubs (where she once won the Senior Ladies Club Championship).  She was a member of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church.

In addition to volunteer work, Ann took up beekeeping and devoted herself to actively helping organize the related associations.  She re-grouped the South East N.B. Beekeepers as well as forming a close-knit group of lady beekeepers in the area, and served as Secretary to the NBBA and the Maritime B.A. – attracting several world-renowned experts to speak at annual meetings.  In 2015 the Canadian Honey Council honored her with the WILLIE BAUMGARTNER MEMORIAL AWARD "for outstanding contributions in improving the Canadian beekeeping industry."  In 2018 the NBBA launched the annual ANN VAUTOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for competent, outstanding individuals who volunteer their time and ability to help promote apiculture in New Brunswick.

She will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995).

No visiting hours by request. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 am, from St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Allison Carroll presiding. Reception will follow in the Church Hall.

Donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation (Suite 508, 36 Eglinton Avenue West. Toronto, ON, M4R 1A1).

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Service Date
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church (Botsford and Queen Streets)

Requested Charity
Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation (Suite 508, 36 Eglinton Avenue West. Toronto ,ON M4R 1A1)