Esther Rae

Esther Rae (Kostiuk)

Sunday, June 1st, 1941 - Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
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RAE, Esther (nee Kostiuk) -

Passed away peacefully with family by her side at The Carpenter Hospice on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the age of 78. Predeceased by loving husband of 58 years, Paul A. Rae (2018). Cherished mother of Steven Rae and Kevin Rae (Sherry Kenny). Proud grandmother of Paul Rae, Jennifer Bryce (Eric), Ashley Welburn (Scott), and Kinsley Rae, and great-grandmother of 5. Dear sister of Walter Kostiuk, and sister-in-law of Brian Rae (Dolores) and Ann Louise Arsenault (Roger). Esther will also be missed by extended family and numerous friends. Esther was passionate about her career at Canada Center for Inland Waters. She had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed watching the company grow over her 36 years there. Esther was generous and caring, smart and strong willed, and always saw the good in others. She felt blessed to know so many wonderful people whom she always kept in heart. Private Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Visitation will be held at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON, 905-632-3333, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm with vigil prayers and tributes commencing at 4pm. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations in Esther’s memory to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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    Vigil Prayers and Tributes to begin at 4:00pm.


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bill Kennedy

Posted at 02:32pm
to kevin and Steven
I am very sorry to hear of your mother"s passing.I have wonderful memories of Ester as a very patient, loving ,and kind mother.
my deepest condolences to your family.
Bill and Regan Kennedy

Susan Nameth

Posted at 05:29pm
I worked at CCIW for twenty years, from 1976 to 1993. Esther was a veritable fount of knowledge when it came to business records and how to organize them. She also knew a lot about what was going on within the organizations that she served. She had a great sense of humour and was warm and caring. We always got our family tickets to Canada's Wonderland from her. After retirement (hers and mine), when she was able to make the CCIW retirees coffee get-togethers, she would always have a warm welcome for old friends. She will be missed.

Janice Smith

Posted at 07:25pm
I worked at CCIW for 27 years. Esther was a wonderful, kind, friendly, helpful person who always had time for you. She was fun, hard working and took her job seriously. I am very sad to hear of her passing. What a lovely person.

Janice Smith, biologist (retired). I worked at CCIW from 1980 to 2007.

Michelle Thomas

Posted at 07:45pm
I’m so grateful to have known & worked with an incredibly kind & generous woman like Esther. Condolences to all of the family. 💞🙏

Michelle Thomas (Dempsey)

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