KING, Loretta “Lorri” Jean (nee LemMon)
Saturday evening, December 3, 2022, I lost my best friend, sweetheart, lover, wife and the mother of our boys. Lorri and I have been together since university and immigrated to Canada upon graduation in 1967. Her degrees from Michigan State University was in Special Education and Psychology. Her early career was as a Special Ed teacher at Bruce Lynn in Toronto. When we took on the responsibility of Parenthood, she stayed home for a few years, but that didn’t slow her down. We had moved to a “hobby farm” and she made regular trips to the Farmer’s Markets selling fresh produce and home baked pies. Her love of quality food took her into starting an Organic Retail store in Oakville. From a start of 400 square feet to two stores of 15,000 square feet each over a 20 year span she honed her skills. Lorri was a strong advocate for food security, environmental concerns and organic agriculture. She served as the Canadian Vice President for the Organic Food Production Association of North America, a role that took her to nearly every state and province. Upon selling the stores, she retired…. for almost 2 months, then began a career as a sales rep for a large electronic waste recycler. She was always thinking of the environment. Two years before COVID she was tutoring kids in the local libraries but with the shutdowns she pivoted to doing one to one, on-line tutoring. After finishing with her 4 Saturday students, she started feeling unwell and went to Trillium Health Partners where a short time later she passed with her family nearby.
Lorri was a quiet and private person and a very deep thinker, yet with a friendly and contagious smile. She laughed often and easily. She is probably best known at the Landmark and neighbourhoods for zooming around on her yellow rocket which brought smiles to the faces of those who saw her.
Additionally, she is survived by her son, Jeremy, son, Jon, and his daughter, Haylee, and Jon’s new wife, Peggy, and her daughter, Jessica, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins scattered around the US.
A private family funeral with natural burial is planned for this week. In the spring the family will host a Celebration of Life where we will be encouraging the sharing of stories of Lorri.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Oakville Milton Humane Society.
Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at CCBSCares.ca