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ANTONINI, Tricia Louise

May 21, 1974 –Regina, Saskatchewan
August 7, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tricia Antonini, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. She passed away peacefully with her parents at her side. Her beautiful spirit will live on in the many lives she touched these past forty-five years.

Tricia was born in Regina, SK on May 21, 1974. There she received her elementary, secondary and university education, obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1997. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1998 and was employed by PWC in Calgary and briefly in their Manhattan office until her passing. In May 2018, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Alberta Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants.

During her life Tricia faced difficult health challenges. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 1997 followed by two relapses and three stem cell transplants. In 2014 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and later with brain metastases in 2017. Throughout the years Tricia was a tireless volunteer. She served as a founding board of trustee’s member of the Alberta Chapter Leukemia Lymphoma Society and as a passionate supporter for Light the Night, Team in Training, First Connections, and Celebrity Waiters luncheon. She was an AHS council member for the Provincial Advisory Council – cancer; and on the core committee of the Strategic Clinical Network – Cancer. Most recently she was a special projects patient advisor for the Calgary Cancer Center planning and was so excited to see construction begin. She shared her knowledge of living and thriving with cancer by speaking to numerous groups including MRU nursing students; Canadian Blood Services; and the Survivor Celebration at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Avenue Magazine named her to their 2011 class Top 40 under 40. In 2017 The Tricia Antonini Award was created by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at Tom Baker Cancer Center and the Alberta Cancer Foundation to recognize those who have created an environment of hope for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Leukemia Lymphoma Society established the First Connections Volunteer of the year award and named it in Tricia’s honor.

Tricia’s love of art was celebrated on June 21, 2018 on the twenty first anniversary of her first diagnosis when she fulfilled a dream of sharing her twenty-one year story with accompanying visualizations. She compared life to a canvas covered with splatters of paint from interactions with one another. Travel was a passion of Tricia’s, taking every opportunity she could to enjoy, while encouraging others to do the same. Her many destinations included Okanagan vineyards, Maui, NYC, Las Vegas, London, Italy, Greece and Germany where she met her second stem cell donor.

Tricia is survived by her parents, Lou and Marie Antonini; her brother Brandon (Jacqui), nephews, Jack and Davis; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends, especially Tasha Westerman who provided so much support. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Luigi and Mary Antonini, and Albert and Amanda Gunn.

Tricia’s wish to be cremated has been fulfilled. In keeping with her wishes a private family mass and a Celebration of Life for her family, friends and supporters will be held at later date. Flowers are most gratefully declined, If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, 590, 1212 31 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7S8 Telephone: (403) 263-5300 or (toll-free): 1 (866) 547 – LIFE (5433), www.lls.org/canada. Or to Rosedale Hospice 920 7a St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3J4 Telephone: (403) 284-5195. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. An army of health workers have been with Tricia. Special thanks to Drs. Chris Brown, Ahsan Chaudhry, and Nancy Nixon of TBCC; Drs. Jim Young, and Farid Boulad of MSKCC NYC; Dr. Karyn Hellman, and the staff of the BMT unit, unit 57; unit 11 at FMC, and most recently the amazing doctors, staff and volunteers at Rosedale Hospice.

Tricia believed in making connections with everyone. Please take her advice and engage with one another other leaving paint on each other’s canvasses. SHE LIVED A POTENT LIFE

In living memory of Tricia Antonini, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Colleen And Michael Smith

    What an amazing tribute to Trish’s life . Her paint is permanently everywhere and will remind us all to make the most of the hand we are dealt… or canvass we are given. Trish sure did.

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  2. Sammi and Jason Durkin

    We feel so blessed to have met and spent time with a beautiful soul such as Tricia. She left paint on our canvas and we will honour her memory by doing our best to live a potent life!

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  3. Bob and Mary Ellen brockett

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Tricia and the potent life she lived. She accomplished so much in her short life. She touched many lives with her grace, wisdom, and love. We will remember our beautiful Tricia with love and gratitude.
    Our condolences to Lui, Marie, Brandon and family and to Tasha and all who all feeling the loss.
    Love from Bob & Mary Ellen

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  4. Louise and David Butcher

    In life, Tricia planned to be her own version of a Jackson Pollock canvas. By making “bold and interesting choices” she became a masterpiece. Today we offer special condolences to Marie and Lou whose parental love and support added layer upon layer to the “full, diverse and colourful combination” that Tricia saw herself become.
    Love, Louise and David

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  5. Bob and Betty Jo

    Our deepest sympathy to Marie, Lui, Brandon and family, and to loyal friend Tasha. May your memories of a beautiful life well-lived help you through this sorrowful time.
    Love, Bob and Betty Jo

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  6. My sympathy to you Marie, Lui, Brandon, Jacqui, Jack, Davis and Tasha. Tricia was an incredibly gifted individual who accomplished more than most of us can even imagine. Her gifts of kindness, courage and leadership will never be forgotten. Her spirit lives on through all of you and any one of us who had the honour of knowing her. Our task now is to make sure her paint touches others and helps guide them through their troubles.

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  7. To Lou & family
    We were saddened to hear of your daughter’s passing. Even with all the adversity she had, your daughter has been a tremendous fighter and has certainly lived a fuller life than many . Our condolences to all of you.
    Sincerely,
    Richard & Linda

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  8. Rose and Jullian Olenick

    Words cannot express the sorrow that we feel for the passing of Tricia. We would like to extend our sympathy to all of you – Marie, Lou, Brandon and his family. I can still picture Tricia and Christa in my Kindergarten class at St. Leo School. They spent many happy times together there and also at our house or yours.
    We know that Tricia lived her life to the fullest despite her health struggles. We will always remember her.

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  9. I had the privilege of meeting and working with Tricia on her art project and was greatly inspired by her amazing energy and wisdom. Her physical presence in this world will be profoundly missed, but her beautiful spirit and positive influence will stay with us forever.
    Sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

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  10. denis jakubowski

    I first wish to extend condolences to the Antonini Family—many of whom I have been fortunate to have known.

    I first met Tricia as a guidance counsellor at Leboldus, Tricia was one of the most incredible students that I EVER dealt with. She will be missed because she always made a difference. Heaven is a better place with Tricia there to organize. This is a loss for many.

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  11. Christine and Ron

    Tricia’s beauty, light and love will continue to be an inspiration in the lives of so many. Our condolences to Lui, Marie, Brandon & family and Tasha at this sad time of such great loss.

    Love, Christine & Ron

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  12. I’m so sorry to learn about Tricia. Our deepest condolences.

    Connie Loyola and family.

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  13. Katherine Morton

    Thinking of all of you at this time. Words cannot express how Tricia touched my life and so many others. I will always remember to celebrate life because of her. You are all in my heart. With love, Katherine Morton. As a small token, I’ve made a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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  14. Karen Kearby (Milliken)

    A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Surely she will not be forgotten. Tricia was an extraordinary light that touched the lives of many. I am filled with so many memories-from sleepovers, to playing dress-up, to bike-riding (before the street lights came on!!!), to having her assist me with math :), and telling ghost stories by the fire.
    Tricia’s vision of life was remarkable. She was indeed an inspiration to us all. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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  15. My heart goes out to you & your family at this sad time. What a great tribute to someone who gave so much of herself to those who needed her. How proud you must be of her many accomplishments. I remember you all so well from when you lived in Regina.

    Love & Blessings
    Doreen Wilson

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  16. Lou, Marie, Brandon & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that the memories of all the good times spent with Tricia will comfort you.
    I remember playing with Tricia and Brandon when we were kids of the flooring community in Regina.
    Tricia was way to young to go and my prayers are with you.

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  17. Donna & Gord Bowen

    Dear Marie & Lui,
    Our deepest sympathy you & your family at this very difficult time. May you find some comfort in all the fond memories of your daughter, Tricia.
    Donna & Gord Bowen

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