Nicole Edith was born on May 21, 1980 in Palmerston, Ontario to parents Donna (Cain) and Howard Green. She was welcomed by older sisters Michelle and Charlene. The family resided in Drayton and soon moved to Guelph where Nicole began school. She first attended University Village Public School (PS) but also spent time at Torrance (PS), Victory (PS), and Willow Road (PS). Nicole completed her high school education at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, graduating in 1998.
Following school, Nicole entered the workforce and enjoyed a variety of different occupations through her early 20’s. It was during this time that Nicole began experiencing a change in health. This was a setback and a regular work schedule soon proved challenging for Nicole. However, she remained fiercely independent and enjoyed living in her own apartment.
Nicole enjoyed many pastimes and on the top of that list would be her love of movies. She absolutely loved them and began collecting them. Throughout her life she amassed a large collection, never having the heart to part with any of them. When not enjoying a movie she liked watching Law & Order or Dr. Pol on TV. She also enjoyed an eclectic taste in music, however, her favourite artist was definitely Pink. Nicole also enjoyed to read and always had a book on the go or nearby. Her preference again was for horror novels, but she also enjoyed reading a good book and often passed them along to her mom or her niece but always made certain it was returned. Nicole also had another favourite, the Guinness Book of World Records. She was always quick to get her hands on the newest edition to see what crazy new accomplishments were achieved in the previous year. Nicole had a real sweet tooth and was also known to enjoy her fair share of Diet Coke. She had a real appreciation for footwear and purses, and was always looking to add to her collection. In Nicole’s opinion, it was even better if it came in the colour purple. Nicole was also drawn to animals. As a young girl, she loved trips to the zoo and her appreciation for them only grew as she got older. In 2015, her sister Michelle presented her with her own dog, a one year old shih tzu by the name of Molly. The two of them were inseparable.
Family also occupied a large part of Nicole’s life. Her best friends were her mom and step-dad, Wayne. She had a special relationship with them and knew she could always count on them. Whether it was get-togethers with her parents, sisters, or extended family, if there was a family gathering, Nicole was all in. She loved time at the lake and particularly enjoyed the Cain family reunions, and birthdays, especially hers! 🙂 When nieces and nephews began to arrive, Nicole took full advantage, enjoying a personal and unique relationship with all of them. In 2019, while attending her sister’s wedding in Mexico, Nicole got to experience one of her life long dreams, swimming with the dolphins. Memories of that day with her nephew and niece, and her smile, will live on in her family for years to come.
Nicole was a kind, generous woman who thought of everyone else first. She appreciated the little things in life and cherished everything she owned. Nicole was also known to be a little on the talkative side, often not knowing her talking was gossip. She held no secrets! 🙂 She treasured her close friends (Bill, Mike, Paul, Tom and Sarah) throughout the years, and they were always there to help and support Nicole.
In November of 2020, Nicole moved north to be closer to family. In hindsight, this was a true blessing as she spent her final months surrounded by her loving family. Sadly, she passed away peacefully in her sleep due to an unforeseen heart attack on Sunday, February 7, 2021 in her 41st year.
Cherished daughter of Donna (Cain) and Wayne Duquette of McCullough Lake. Loving sister of Michelle Cain (Eddie) of Paisley, Charlene Hoogaars-Savory (Bill), Mike Duquette (Jessica), Bradley Duquette (Anne) and Jason Duquette (Krista), all of Guelph. Beloved aunt of Victoria (great-aunt of Kennedy) Bekki, Tommy, Megan, Joel, Owen and Olivia. Nicole will be dearly missed by all of her Duquette nieces and nephews, her many aunts and uncles as well as the entire Cain, Duquette and Green families. Molly, Nicole’s fur baby, is also mourning her loss. Nicole was predeceased by her father, Howard Green.
A private celebration of Nicole’s life will be held in the coming weeks when it is safe to do so.
Memorial donations to the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.