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Born: Aug 26, 1936

Date of Passing: Jul 16, 2022

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August 26, 1936 – July 16, 2022

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we, her dear friends, announce the passing of Lorena (Lori) Gillespie.
She was predeceased by her parents, Russell and Ida Cameron, brother Dennis, husband Fred Shore and goddaughter Dr. Shannon Green.
Lori was born in Carievale, Saskatchewan, the center of farming country. The Dirty Thirties over shadowed her early years, a bleak time where hard work, tenacity and living with hope was the normal way of life and no doubt, instrumental in forming the woman she became.
Following graduation from Business College she began working at the Grey Hound bus terminal in Brandon, Manitoba where she met the love of her life, first husband Fred Shore. After moving to Winnipeg, she and Fred owned and operated the Texaco service station in St. Boniface. Tragically, on November 13, 1962 Fred was killed in a work related accident. Shortly thereafter, Lori began her career in health care. In 1969 she became the Business Manager of the newly formed Physicians' Business Office at the then Winnipeg General Hospital (now Health Sciences Centre). In the mid 1980s she made a move to the Winnipeg Clinic where she remained the Business Administrator until her retirement in 2001. During her career, she was actively involved with the local Medical Group Management Association as well as the MGMA of Canada where she at one point held the title of President.
Her strong work ethic and integrity were well known. However, Lori was more than that. She was an incredible person whose kindness, generosity and classiness shone brightly. She was an entertainer extraordinaire and was famous for her New Year's gatherings. The house glowed with light and was filled with the scent of cranberry candles and pine wreaths; the table laden with delicacies. She loved attending the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and was an avid fan of the Blue Bombers. She also enjoyed watching curling. Those of us blessed with her friendship have shared many wonderful times and will carry fond memories with us always.
Lori is survived by several cousins, her goddaughter Lori Unger, whom she loved deeply, dear friends, Dick and Barb Hoy, Bob and Mary Kreigsley, Kay Rokala, Wayne and Dawn Byron, Ed and Marsha Mathison, Joanne Enger as well as former husband Rob Gillespie and his family.
Heartfelt thanks to cardiologist, Dr. Michael McGregor for his compassion and efforts during this very difficult time.
Cremation has taken place. Following Lori's wishes, there will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
In her memory, please consider a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 23, 2022

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