My Love of 62 Years left us on June 4th, 2018. Lois McCormack had severe and aggressive lung cancer. It took her life while she was in the hospital in Lindsay Ontario; she had declined further complicated treatment, choosing to let “nature take its course”. Nature did so after only two days in hospital, Stan holding her right hand, daughter Michelle, holding her left hand.
Lois, I believe, had a most fulfilling Life. The early part of her life was devoted to taking care of our 5 children. She loved children; she loved meeting their every need, not just her immediate children, but later, her 7 Grandchildren as well. She enjoyed dressing the young girls in clothes she made herself. She enjoyed caring for them if “Mom” was working. PLEASE REMEMBER; CLICK ON ANY PIC TO EXPAND.
Lois made daughter Michelle’s Wedding Dress, above, as well as the two special wedding guests above, Granddaughters Jennifer and Leigha. BUT ONE EXAMPLE OF HER MANY TALENTS!!
Every family member, including the photographer, received a hand knit sweater by the same talented lady who created the dolls below!! We believe the year is 1994. Everyone looks pretty well satisfied, I would say! Take note of the moustaches on the two older boys!! Sons Ken and Gregg.
These beautifully crafted, hand sewn dolls were created by Lois (McCormack), just one of many of her sewing skills. She began making them while we were living in our 5th Wheel Trailer, during an unusual and extreme snow fall while we were parked in Wayne’s driveway. She finished them when we moved into our newly purchased home on 13 Pottinger in Lindsay, ON. Lois “poo poos” the dolls and while I am no expert in this area, I do know they are professionally done and fine pieces of art.
“Great Russian Food”! Pre Sochi-Russia Trip of 2011.
Dear Lois and Stan: We have not stopped talking about what a wonderful time we had with you last night. The entire evening was so special. So wonderful to get to know new friends and visit with familiar ones!! And the GREAT RUSSIAN FOOD!!! I just shared the menu and pictures with my co-worker, Ellen, and smiled widely about every course and how fabulous each one was.
Lois, I am in awe of your culinary skills.
I don’t remember an evening we have enjoyed more. Thank-you for giving us such a special night.
Sincerely, Beth and Jim. (Allen) Click: to read Menu of our Dinner, by Lois: Our Russian Dinner Menu
• Remarks below, in bold, made at the opening of the 2006 Reiny District Masters at Avon Park
• HOWEVER; we must now acknowledge the individual who MADE YOUR SOUP; LAID OUT YOUR TABLES; DECIDED OUR MENU; DESIGNED AND PRINTED 48 PIX AND NAME TAGS FOR YOUR SEATS, MIXED YOUR PANCAKES, MADE THE NAME TAGS THE OFFICIALS AND HELPERS WILL WEAR!! EVENT ORGANIZER; THE GAL WHO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, my (first wife > Lois)
See the happy group!!! Browns, McCormacks, and the Pollocks. See the pix on the Men’s Shirts? You guessed it, She Did It!!! The Men Cooked. It was this same group that put together the “Hall of Fame Classic” in the Central District of the FSA.
WONDER WOMAN: Yesterday, 2018 02 24, while sitting in our rented unit in Sebring, FL, Lois observed that one of my shoes had been permanently stained by javex. NOT SURPRISINGLY, she had a plan. We went to Walmart, located some dark gray dye, and returned to our unit. She filled two large roasting pans with water; poured the dye into the water, along with the shoes, one in each pot, and then boiled the water and the shoes!! We placed them in the sun to dry; I am now wearing a great pair of rejuvenated shoes. JUST LIKE NEW, ONLY BETTER COLOUR!! 2018 02 25.
SHE NEVER, EVER, ASKS; BUT SHE DOES WATCH CAREFULLY: One evening in Feb of 2018, while talking about “doing hair”, Lois advanced her belief that Ruthie Brown had formal training as a hair dresser. That prompted me to ask How She Learned to “set hair”??? Amazing; get this!! She said that when she was 6 years old she would go to a neighbour’s home that did hair. She would sit and watch, not just for a day, but for days and weeks on end. That Ladies and Gentlemen, children, is how your Mom became a hair dresser. Pic is of Lois and daughter Michelle, taken on our 25th Wedding Anniversary, 1981.
What a pleasant surprise as we waited to board our aircraft to fly from Ottawa to Frankfurt. At about the time I “hit the wrong button”, our name was called, and Stan proceeded to the attendant at the Gate. We were advised that we had been moved to Executive Class >> Can anything else go wrong??? Lol We had not realized just how much Executive Class has changed since we last flew it!! Personal seating; makes into a bed or any combination of comfort; personal TV and of course your choice of music!! However; probably the very best was the outstanding service as they served dinner! We began with your choice of wine followed by an appetizer of Pan-seared Scallops and marinated Tiger Prawns served with a Fennel and Dill Salad on Cucumber Carpaccio!! This was served with a salad! For a main course; Pan-Seared Atlantic Salmon offered with Dill Veloute and this was followed by a Cheese Tray and finally, Sticky Toffee Apple Cranberry Cake with Whipped Cream!! We chose a wine from Sant’Antonio Italy. We commented that if this keeps up, it just may be another Sochi Russia Trip >> Well at least we can hope. We feel at this time, we must tell you that our Son has taken care of our Flight and we are going to enjoy this kind of service for the remainder of the trip. Thank you, Ken!!
However; the more SURPRISING, and more memorable aspect is this: After several pix had been taken of others who wished to take the opportunity, our group began to slowly move away. For whatever reason, Dr. Kang-Too Lee, TAFISA President, placed his arm on Lois, began talking with her, and, posed for a pic with her!!
Looking at this pic now, post Lois’ Passing, I believe it was Lois’ warm welcoming face that attracted Dr. Kang-Too-Lee. Stan
Those who followed this story, as it happened, will know that this grand style did not continue in Lithuania!!!!!!!
I could go on forever, talking of our many Travels!! Most of you followed along, on my blog; accordingly, I am going to insert a pic which includes many of the major Trips we have taken. Lois often commented, while looking at these pix, on our wall: “We Have Been Fortunate”, Haven’t We?
INDUCTOR IAN REIHER, AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT, SPEAKS: (Stan: Luv this pic!! Her wink says it all!! Taken while she was on stage for the induction.)
Ian Speaks: Ladies and Gentlemen; it is my privilege to nominate Lois McCormack for entry into the ISA Hall of Fame, Special Award Category. The remarks to follow are examples of the significant contribution already made by Lois in support of Shuffleboard at the International Level.
Lois began supporting the ISA during her first Tournament, the 22nd ISA in Clearwater in 2002. Tournament Director and ISA President Buchannan engaged her in playing with others as required, in order to complete teams as needed.
Lois has attended all but one ISA event since 2002, as well as being an active participant in 4 Inaugurals. She was selected to represent Shuffleboard in Lithuania, one of only two women chosen for the TAFISA event. As an example of her ability to mix easily with others at International Events, Dr. Kang-too Lee, TAFISA President, singled her out, to chat with her and requested a picture of the two of them.
She captained the Canadian Women’s Team in Australia in 2008; and at the invitation of President Michael captained the UN Teams at both Dieppe, NB, 2011 and Seattle, WA 2012. Her style of support and encouragement during the Seattle event was recognized by both of the UN Women’s Teams, and in recognition, Lois was awarded the coveted Merit/Sportsmanship Award.
Lois is currently the Secretary of the ISA, beginning her 3rd year in this capacity. She served two years as Secretary of the CNSA and during this period redesigned the Canadian display at the ISA Hall of Fame in Clearwater. She was a member of the Planning Committee for the 26th (Midland) ISA in 2007 and is once again on the Planning Committee for the 33rd ISA (Midland) 2014.
Shufflers: The above is a distinguished record of service to the ISA, the record of someone who has gone out of her way to promote shuffleboard on the INTERNATIONAL SCENE.
As much as Lois loved Shuffleboard and the wonderful friends one makes by reason of shuffling, as with most Women, Family Came First. On the occasion of our 50th Wedding Anniversary, 2006, the entire nuclear family, (no exceptions) went on a Cruise. Here is an article that briefly describes our Cruise. x 01 Family Cruise To Celebrate 50 Years of Family
I do hope you have enjoyed this series of articles. I have, putting it all together. If you knew Lois; if you are within driving distance of Lindsay ON, why not come to the Celebration of Life on June 22nd at 11:00, 35 Lindsay Street North, Lindsay. A light Lunch will be provided.
Stan McCormack. 2018 06 08.