DeVrieze, Laura E. (nee Gloin)

DeVRIEZE, Mrs. Laura E. (nee Gloin), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in her 52nd year following a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of 25 years to Timothy DeVrieze.  Dearly loved mother of Evan, Ryan, and Sara DeVrieze.  Dearly loved daughter of Caroline (nee Anderson) Gloin of St. Thomas, and the late Peter J. Gloin. Cherished sister of Martyn Gloin (Tammy) of London.  Dear daughter-in-law of Mary DeVrieze of St. Jacobs, and the late Grady DeVrieze Sr.  Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Grady and Pam DeVrieze, Paul and Carolyn DeVrieze, and Carol and Marcel Naus, all of Waterloo, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends and acquaintances.  Laura was born in St. Thomas, ON, December 22, 1964.  She was a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree with a Chartered Accountancy/Statistics Option in 1988.  A Chartered Professional Accountant, Laura was a partner in the firm of Kee, Perry & DeVrieze, St. Thomas, respectfully committing to her clients for over 30 years. Laura was a truly devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, colleague and friend.  Being a dance, soccer and hockey mom gave Laura her greatest joy.  Laura’s most important achievement was being the ultimate supporter of her children, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and ambitions.  Her loving, kind and gentle spirit will live on forever through all the lives she has touched.  “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose” – Helen Keller.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Thursday, May 19th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  A funeral service to celebrate Laura’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Private interment in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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19 comments

  1. Cathie Tayler

    So sad to read this news

  2. John Laing

    My condolences to the Gloin family. I went to high school with Laura and have great sadness to hear of her passing.

  3. Katie Timpany

    So sorry to hear this. I worked with Laura years ago for a short time at the accounting firm. She was always so kind and caring and had a beautiful smile on her face every day! She was an all around wonderful person and will be greatly missed!

  4. Our family is so sad to hear the news of Laura’s passing. Laura was an incredible and sweet Mom who helped raise three beautiful, kind and intelligent children. She herself was a brilliant yet humble young lady who always had a smile on her face. I got to know her through hockey and I worked with her sweet and kind brother. Our hearts go out to her family. XO Moira, Harley, Trevor and Derek Smith

  5. Cynthia Andrew

    My deepest condolences to the family of Laura (Gloin) Devries. I went to high school with Laura and always remembered her kindness and intelligence. This is sad sad news, even though we lost touch through the years. Kid regards from Cynthia (Campbell) Andrew

  6. Cathy Mcgregor-smith

    This is so sad …I looked forward to seeing Laura and Tim at the Market every Saturday selecting fresh herbs ,,,, she was so friendly and supportive

  7. Michelle Gatenby-Benedek

    So sad…thoughts and prayers are with Tim and the kids.

  8. Karen Carroll

    So sorry to hear, she was always so kind. She helped with the grade 8 grade this year. RIP. Laura.

  9. Cynthia Andrew

    My deepest condolences to the family of Laura (Gloin) Devries. I went to high school with Laura and always remembered her kindness and intelligence. This is sad sad news, even though we lost touch through the years. Kind regards from Cynthia (Campbell) Andrew

  10. June Harris

    hugs & prayers to her family. She was a wonderful person

  11. Josie Cosens Nicol

    Such sad news! I feel so sad for her family. She was always so sweet and kind. RIP Laura.

  12. Lisa Howes

    So sad to read this. She was a lovely lady ! Prayers to the family .

  13. Eireann Pryce-Gagnier

    So sorry to hear this sad news!! My thoughts are with her family!!

  14. Kelly Lynn Johnston

    god speed to the family prayers are with you

  15. Kelly Lynn Johnston

    god speed to the family prayers are with you

  16. Ilinka Armstrong

    My thoughts and prayers for the whole family. I’m so blessed and honoured to have known Laura….a true hero! RIP my beautiful friend.

  17. Laura was a genuine person who you could easily like right away! I met her when I first moved to St.Thomas, we curled on same team. Over the years we would keep in touch meeting at sporting venues for the quick mom and family “catch ups”… Enjoying laughs about the busy working mom life. Laura was a great listener, had a positive aura about her and it was clear she loved her children so much❤️ My thoughts and love to Tim, the kids and Laura’s mom.
    Suzi Bahr Holster