CHARBONNEAU, Alexa Angela
April 28, 1995 – Calgary, Alberta
July 29, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
Alexa Angela Charbonneau of Cochrane, AB, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the age of 24 years.
Alexa was born in Calgary, AB. She attended Cochrane High School and graduated with her Resource Room diploma. Alexa was a member of the Cochrane Challengers, and Special Olympics Swimming. Alexa enjoyed challenger bowling, challenger baseball, boating, and dance. She was particularly excited and proud of herself when dumping out numerous puzzles, matching shapes and completing them all. She thrived on praise and making people laugh. Alexa loved to be with family. She loved to help in the kitchen and to shop with her mom, Bonnie. She liked to have treats from Starbucks or Tim's with her “sister darling” and best friend Carly. With her dad Steve, she wanted to help make breakfast on weekends and she loved to go for rides in the red car to the airport to watch the planes, especially if it included a "secret" from McDonalds. Alexa loved the lake, boating and was the spotter for those who skied, boarded or surfed. She loved flowers and helping her mom in the garden using her own little watering can. Spotting a ripe cherry tomato, picking it and popping it into her mouth brought her so much happiness. Her most memorable vacations were the yearly vacations to the Shuswap to boat and watch and wave at the trains “Toot Toot!”, and to travel to the Turks and Caicos for the beach. As an adult, Alexa attended CLAS in Cochrane, where she continued to love life with her friends and workers. Alexa had a deep love and affection for many of her workers who became a very important part her life. Alexa was a sweet, gentle, genuine, honest, thankful, polite soul whose love for people came without conditions or trappings. Her family, dog and friends were all she needed in life. In her own special way she made all who knew her and loved her, better people. Her favourite quotes to her family were, "I help you Mumma?", “Wuv woo”, “Kiss me”, “Hug me”, “Sister Darling” and “More gas Dad.”
Alexa is survived by her father and mother, Steve and Bonnie, of Cochrane, AB; sister, Carly Charbonneau, of Cochrane, AB; her grandparents, Ruth and Glenn Gordon, of Kingston, ON, and Sherle and Larry McLachlin, of Collingwood, AB; aunts, Heather (Ken Cook) Charbonneau of Calgary, AB, and Gaie (Mike) McComb of Brampton, ON; cousins, Shannon (Mike) Carter, and Andrew McComb; as well as her pet dog Gerry.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Cochrane, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.
If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Special Olympics Calgary, 3676 – 48th Ave. N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5C8 Telephone: (403) 735 – 1022, the Epilepsy Association of Calgary, 316, 4014 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2R7 Telephone: (403) 230-2764, www.epilepsycalgary.com, or to the not-for-profit Cochrane Challengers Recreation Club. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Alexa Charbonneau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.