In - Always in our hearts

  • Shannon Laing lit a candle on 08/25/2010:
    "There are no words. We\'re so saddened to learn of your passing. We can only imagine how much you are missed by Richard and your families. I\'ll always remember you fondly. We wish you peace, Susan...John and Shannon "

  • Chloe Pinsonneault lit a candle on 12/06/2019:
    "You left us 10 years ago and I finally got the guts to get something to remind me of you and to remind me to stay strong. 10 years I was thinking to myself, should I get a tattoo of something that was so painful to me !?! But my annual melancholy came back as usual like every holidays and, I thought it was time for me to finally do that semicolon for both of us. 10 years I've missed you so badly, understanding each year, as time goes by, the pain and suffering you were going through all that time. How naive I was as a child to not know what you were going through. I've finally grown up and understood why you left. I long asked myself why you did this, not thinking about the ones you loved and loved you back. I soon realized what you were feeling and how unbearable it was to live with this massive weight you carried upon your shoulders. Now it's my turn to fight this pain and I will do it for both of us. I know you wouldn't wanted me to ever give up. Now, I have something to look at every time I feel sad, reminding me how I care to people and how much I cared for you. I know you're still out there somewhere, looking up on me. I miss you so much every day. I wish you could have seen me grow up. You were the best auntie I could ever have. So this, is for you auntie Sue. I love you and I will continue my journey for both of us. "

  • Pat Thompson lit a candle on 10/01/2009:
    "With gratitude for all the times that you held me in the light."

About her

Susan Pinsonneault

Susan Pinsonneault

Born: May 29th, 1959

Passed on: September 19th, 2009

Susan Elizabeth Pinsonneault lost her long battle with anxiety and depression on Saturday, September 19, 2009. She was 50 years old.

Susan was married to the love of her life Richard Pinsonneault for eighteen years, and shared an unbreakable bond with her two sisters, Pat and Judith Thompson. Her brother-in-law John Brewin was her trusted advisor on all matters except politics. Richard's large and loving family in Montreal was a bottomless source of affection and fun for her. Susan also enjoyed a close relationship with aunt Barbara and uncle Murray Emmons, cousins Cathy Emmons, David and Cathy (Rinaldo) Emmons, and their children Danielle and Mitchell. For more than 15 years, she quietly and deeply grieved the loss of her beloved mother, Betty Thompson Bauman, who died from cancer at 60 years of age.

Susan adored her tightly-knit community of friends (and their children,) many of whom she had known for over 30 years. A graduate of Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener and the University of Western Ontario in London, she was at her best in the classroom working one-on-one with children or at her drafting table working up interior design plans. Her years spent working at Kitchener City Hall in the Mayor's Office were among her happiest.

Beautiful, clever, gentle, sensitive, and so much more. We love and miss our sweet Sue beyond measure. We are also grateful that her suffering has ended and that she is at peace. In her memory, we will continue to search for ways to reduce the risks associated with anxiety and depression -- and to raise awareness about how they are life-threatening diseases that can resist treatment just like cancer.

We hope to make a lasting contribution to the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo -- the place that Susan thought of as home -- through a new initiative called Susan's Change Purse. For more information, go to The Small Change Fund or check out Susan's family can be contacted at susanschangepurse[at] or through the site manager.