Obituary of Patricia Ruth Laackman
LAACKMAN (nee HAYES), Patricia (Pat) Ruth: Dec. 5, 1941 - Jan. 29, 2021
It is with the utmost grief and overwhelming sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our most wonderful Wife, Mother and Gramie, Patricia (Pat) Laackman, on January 29, 2021, after a brief and aggressive fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Pat lived to make her loved ones happy, as her family meant everything to her. She was a wonderful cook and an avid baker. Growing up as a young girl from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Pat never imagined she would find herself living in Singapore, Bermuda or New Jersey. She travelled the world with her husband; but, Brantford was always home to her. Pat was a prolific reader and also tried her hand in writing. She was known throughout the community for her volunteer work, whether it be baking for Stedman Hospice, running games and activities at St. Mary's Parish bazaars, helping with the Christmas Baskets campaign or running the very first souvenir booth fundraiser for Brantford Minor Hockey in the late '70s early 80's, just to name a few. Her favorite past-time in recent years was watching her grandchildren participate in sports, extra-curricular activities, school functions and witnessing them achieve new milestones. She gave unselfishly and without the need of reciprocation offering anonymous gifts, kind-hearted surprises, infinite words of support and comfort, always wanting to quietly add to someone's day. Pat did not covet to be in any spot-light; however, her presence shone brightly as a heart so pure and beautiful will remain illuminessent within all the lives that she touched. She leaves behind her beloved husband and best friend of over 58 years, Klaus; her adored children, Heide, Linda and John; her cherished grandchildren, Jace (Katie) Chowhan, Taylor Chowhan, Catriena (Cat) Chowhan and Wyatt Good; and her treasured great-granddaughter, Paisley Chowhan. She was predeceased by her precious son, Marty (Dec. 2017). When Mom learned of her diagnosis, her wishes were to have quality of life and not quantity. She said, “I will be with my family on earth for as long as I can and then I will be joining my son”. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Judy Romain, brother, Joe Hayes, and their families, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dave and Sharon Laackman and their family, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Welcoming her into Eternity are her sister, Rosalie (Rody), brothers, Art and Jim, and her life-long dearest friend, Fay Zimmerman. As per her request, there will be no service; cremation has taken place. A celebration of life may take place; however, due to Covid, details will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
"I have fought the good fight
I have won the race
And now I claim my prize
Today, I am with Him in Paradise".
Arrangements have been entrusted to McCleister Funeral Home, Brantford. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.mccleisterfuneralhome.ca