Passed away peacefully on November 5th, 2023 at the age of 81. Rollande leaves behind her loving husband of 43 years, Gregg Calkin. She will be dearly missed by her sister, Lorraine Carrier, sister-in-law, Louise Carrier, nephew, Marc-Antoine Carrier, and godson, Alexandre Carrier (Wim Remysen). She was predeceased by her parents Rolland and Gabrielle Carrier (née Fortin) as well as brother Robert. Rollande began her professional career at the Montreal-based legal firm Ogilvy-Renault. She then joined the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa (now Global Affairs Canada) serving Canadians abroad in Canada's foreign service. Her first posting was to the Canadian Embassy in Rabat (Morocco) where she met and subsequently married the love of her life, Gregg.
Her lengthy career led her to postings at the Canadian Embassy in Washington (USA), the Canadian High Commission in London (UK), and the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels (Belgium). After retiring in 2000, she accompanied Gregg as wife of the Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in The Hague (Netherlands).
Rollande loved to travel and did so extensively in the USA and Europe. She particularly loved cruising, taking several trips throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia and the Caribbean. In 2011 she had the fortune to sail on board the maiden voyage of Cunard's Queen Elizabeth liner from New York City, USA to Canberra, Australia.
She was an avid reader, a great fan of British TV mysteries, loved cooking and trying new recipes. Rollande is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life on Monday, November 20th at Beechwood Cemetery (280 Beechwood Ave. Ottawa, ON) from 1-3pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Mes sincères condoléances à Gregg ainsi qu'à la famille Carrier, plus spécifique à Lorraine.
Courage pour les journées et les semaines à venir. Une grande amie Jeannine
John and Nicole Beggs
our deepest sympathies tomGregg and family. Rollande was a wonderful,f8 friend and we will miss her.
A Gregg et à la famille Carrier,
Nos plus sincères condoléances suite au départ de Rollande. Elle vivra toujours dans le coeur des gens qui l'ont connue et aimée. Nos pensées vous accompagnent dans ces moments difficiles. NIcole Vallée et Noël Marcil.
Michel Devoy et Marie Claude Massicotte
C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de Rollande. En ces moments difficiles nos pensées vous accompagnent. Nos plus sincères condoléances à Gregg, Lorraine et à la famille Carrier.
Marie Claude Massicotte et Michel Devoy
Normand Devoy, Pierrette Boileau et la famille
Nos plus sincères condoléances à Gregg ainsi qu'à Lorraine et la famille Carrier. Le décès de Rollande nous a profondément touché. Nos pensées vous accompagnent.
Dr. Anu Chadha
Dear Mr. Calkin,
I’m truly sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved wife, Rollande, and my lovely patient. She was a beautiful and gentle soul who touched the lives of those around her. May her memory bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I am really truly sorry.
Gilles and Frances Dagenais
We wish to offer our sincere condolences to Gregg, Lorraine and family. Gilles has such fond memories of spending happy times with his cousin, Rollande, during their teenage years.
Our heart goes out to you Gregg at this time of suffering such a terrible loss.
Lise Dubuc et Jean-Pierre Paquette
Toutes nos sympathies à Gregg ainsi qu’à Lorraine pour le décès de Rollande. Nos pensées accompagnent également Alexandre, son filleul ainsi que Louise, Marc-Antoine et Wim.