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Thursday January 31, 2013

BELCOURT, Josephte LaFontaine

After a lengthy and discomforting illness, Jo slipped away peacefully on January 25th at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She was surrounded by her dearest friends Suzanne Stormont, Meg Pinto, James Stormont, Susan Carlucci, Wendy Blackwood, and Jo's sweet dog, Lulu. Jo was born in Ottawa on June 23, 1948, youngest child of Paul LaFontaine Belcourt and Maud (Holland). She is survived by brothers Pierre and Marc (late Lorraine) and sisters Anne (Henri Lafleur) and Monique (Richard Paice), nieces Nicole, Alexandra, Sophie and Adriana and nephews Paul and Marc, four great nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins. A woman of the world, Jo's life was one of many interests, achievements, challenges and joys - one which she enjoyed to the fullest. She excelled at everything she undertook. Her exciting career took her from Montreal to Western Africa, to New York and for the last thirty years Toronto. Jo had a great sense of humour and loved a good story. She had a diverse, widespread group of friends who will miss her intelligent conversation, incomparable style, and joie de vivre. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Martina Trinkaus, Dr. Dory Abosh and the caring and competent oncology nursing and medical team at St. Michael's Hospital who looked after Jo with such great compassion and attentive care over an extended period. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 11:00 am at the Chapel of St. James-the- Less, 635 Parliament Street, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Oncology Department of St. Michael's Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

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