In Loving Memory of

Susan Elizabeth (Bernadette) Atkinson

1952 - 2022

Obituary of Susan Elizabeth (Bernadette) Atkinson

With heavy hearts we announce, Susan Elizabeth (Bernadette) Atkinson, passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle, surrounded by all the love from her family on Monday, August 29, 2022, just shy of her 50th wedding anniversary. Beloved wife and best friend of Harold. Loving daughter of the late Harry and Rachel Brown. Devoted mother to Shelley Farrow (Jeff), Rhonda Atkinson (Greg), Melissa Atkinson (Luke). Cherished Grandmother to Holly (Alex Hollinshead), Emily (Colton Smith) Chloe, Jamie-Leigh, Gwen, Taya, Tyse, and Thomas. Great grandmother to Addisyn and Harrison. Beloved sister of the Brown family Mary Jean Johnson(late Rick Johnson), late Mike Brown (Debi Brown Rutledge) Julie Poupore(late Tom Poupore) Tim Brown (Cara Rose Brown), Dave Brown. Daughter-in-law of late Ralph and Sylvia Atkinson. Cherished sister-in-law of the Atkinson family. Gary and Rose, Shane and Rose, Brian and Laura, Albert and Wendy, Beverly Kelly. She will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, neighbours and all who knew her.

Susan's passion in life was her family. She was always involved whether it was going to dance recitals, soccer games, walks to neighbourhood parks, trips to Zoos, Great Wolf Lodge, and simply checking in on a daily basis. Sue was the official family photographer/videographer and never missed the opportunity to capture a moment. She will always be remebered for humming while she pottered around the house and how she sang sing-a-longs with the kids. Her voice was gentle and always kind. She was love personified! Susan was a dedicated employee of the Welland County General Hospital for over 30 years. She was a devoted co worker and caregiver to many. Her presence will be missed everywhere in our homes, community and even on Facebook. She had a gift for writing the most beautiful messages. Mom always knew what was truly important.

Special thank you to the Walker Family Cancer Centre, Dr. Leveque, and St. Elizabeth Palliative Nurses. Deepest gratitude to Tim and Kelly Borowski and family as well as Jessica Coyne. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations in her honour can be made to Walker Family Cancer Centre.

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine"

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Peggy Blanchard
1 year ago

Harold and Family
I have just learned of Sue’s passing.
I will always remember her.
Love to all
Peggy Blanchard

Eleonora Cook
1 year ago

Sue was a wonderful lady….
My fondest memory was her smile
She could always make me smile ,even when I was having a bad day.

She will be missed

Bob & Ginette (Rodrigue) Colquhoun
1 year ago

Harold and family, sending love and prayers to you and your family.. Sue will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Deepest condolences, heaven has surely gained another angel..❣️🙏
We shared the love of the song “you are my sunshine”

Bob & Linda Dunsby
1 year ago

Harold & Family…sending our love and prayers to all of you. Sue will truly be missed by all of you…especially her grand babies. She was one of the warmest people I knew. Lost contact over the years but reconnected on Facebook…we had lots of laughs, tears and shared recipes. Harold, if you need a shoulder please call Bob he’s not a big talker but he knows how to listen.
You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
May Sue RIP
Bob & Linda Dunsby 😍

Leo Vliet
1 year ago

Our deepest condolences to the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Sue was definitly a beautiful and thoughtful lady. Her infectious smile will always be missed
Ann & Leo Van Vliet

Denis & Leslie Brown
1 year ago

Memories. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about cousin Sue and husband Harold.
Family, past and present, bring on and share those memories.
A loved one has left us, but the memory of Sue remains.
Gods speed Harold! Gods Speed.

John Thin
1 year ago

My sincere condolences. May you be blessed with happy memories.

Chantal Young
1 year ago

I worked with Sue. She was a beautiful person. We would always chit chat…Always so happy with a beautiful smile. R.I.P.

Patty Atkinson
1 year ago

our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time sue was a wonderful and caring person we are thinking of you all…patty,noreen atkinson and family

Frances Russell
1 year ago

Such a beautiful tribute of a life lived to the fullest, often in care of others. It’s so fitting that she’d be surrounded by all that love in her last hours on earth. In in our neighbourhood growing up on Biamonte Pkwy across the street from the Browns, Sue, like all the Browns, felt like an extension of the Russell family, Just in case my six siblings and parents weren’t enough, we always had the Browns to fall back on. Sue was another “big” sis. Glad to hear that she went peacefully surrounded by all she loved. Her life will be celebrated ❤️

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Cindy Johnson
1 year ago

It is such a sad loss of a great person. I had the pleasure of working with Sue in Wellsnd ER. She was always a kind and caring person. You will be missed.

Stephen and Tracey Fischer
1 year ago

Most angels live only in heaven, Sue was an angel on earth.
Our deepest condolences to you, friend and neighbour Harold, to the girls, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and your incredible, loving and huge families. We’re certain Sue is everywhere you all are, and there will be enough of her love and peace found to wrap you safely and comfort you through.

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Martha and Larry Tanguay
1 year ago

We were very sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you Harold, your girls, your grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended families.
Sue exuded warmth, compassion, gentleness and love. She was an amazing person and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
May your many memories together keep her close to your hearts and help comfort you when you need it most. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
We’ve made a donation to the Walker Family Cancer Centre, in Sue’s memory.

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Diane Marcoux
1 year ago

Rest In Peace dear friend. There is not a right word to describe what you were to so many people. You were so loved, I remember touching your long blond hair, so often, especially when things were stressful on the hospital floor where we worked. Your family were so lucky to have you and they were so aware. I will miss your beautiful words on Facebook. I will just miss you!

Carson and Donna Culp
1 year ago

Dear Harold and Family, we send along our sincerest sympathy. We have a memory of meeting up with Sue at Chippewa Park where your grandchildren welcomed ours and shared buckets for playing in the sand. If it’s true that all people have an invisible bucket, then Sue was definitely a bucket filler. We wish you comfort and peace.

Sharon Campbell
1 year ago

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Sue. We worked together in Welland ER. She was beloved. She always talked so fondly of Harold and the girls.

Ann and Brian McKeown
1 year ago

Both Brian and I send our deepest sympathy to you Harold, your daughters, grandchildren and the entire Atkinson and Brown families. Sue was such a warm and loving individual. May the memories that you hold dear in your hearts give you peace and strength during this sad time. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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Cyndi Savage
1 year ago

I am so sorry to hear about your wife/mom’s passing. I had the honour of working with Susie on the 6th floor at the Welland hospital. She was an amazing ward clerk and was so kind and gentle to everyone. My sincere condolences to the family. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go thru this difficult time. ♥️

Marcella Blanchard
1 year ago

Sincere condolences to the family.

Debbie. Currie
1 year ago

So very sorry to hear the loss of Sue. Far to young. Thoughts and prayers to her Family

Joe Caruso
1 year ago

Very sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, who was so full of life. Sue was a friendly, caring person always a pleasure to talk to. My condolences to the Atkinson family.


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