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Husband proudly receives late wife's Jubilee Medal

Story by : MIKE MULLEN
reprinted from : TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

conniecreamerSAINT JOHN - Her tentative battle with cancer cheated devoted family woman and caring community volunteer Constance (Connie) Creamer of Rothesay, and formerly of Champlain Heights, out of lot of special moments in recent years.

Chief among them was the Alaska trip she had planned with her husband Mike for three years. And lastly, as the 57-year-old Sussex native lay on her deathbed at the Saint John Regional Hospital last week, a rare chance to receive the prestigious Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for which the former Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John Inc. treasurer had been nominated by her fellow board members.

Word of national approval of her nomination came on Tuesday, Nov. 27 - the same day Connie Creamer was moved to hospital's palliative care ward, says Laurie Collins, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"We said, 'Oh my gosh, can you please put a rush on sending those awards (two others are still to be announced) because we have one person, Connie, who was just given a week to live;" she recalled Thursday.
Somehow, she said, Connie's medal came by courier the very next day, Nov.
28.

"An hour after it arrived at our (Saint John) office, we learned Connie had passed way" she said. "It was a major disappointment, of course, that we didn't have a chance to give it to her"

But with Mike Creamer's consent, she said, a decision was made to have Saint John East MLA Glen Tait present the medal to her husband, instead, during his wife's memorial service held at the Fundy Funeral Home on Monday. "It absolutely meant the world to him;' she said. "I was very proud of her. I thought It was a great honour;' Mike Creamer said Wednesday, recalling how he felt as he accepted the Jubilee Medal posthumously on behalf of his wife of 23 years. "She was certainly very deserving of it. And I thought it was appropriate and thought it was a great chance for people who knew her to know that about her?'

That included her family.

"She was just a kind, caring person, a great friend, a loving wife and caring grandmother;' said Mike, a machine tender at Irving Tissue. "She was really big on family .... She wanted everybody to be honest and fair and truthful. She would tell the grandchildren, 'If you work hard and get your education, you will be OK?"

Mike said Connie's battle with skin cancer was renewed last February when it resurfaced. By spring, she was forced to leave her job of 25 years as an accountant/financial planner for Teed, Saunders Doyle Co. and her post as treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In August, she was diagnosed wit}! lung cancer- and given a year to live. "I will miss her terribly. I always went to her for advice, especially on finances;' Collins said. "She was a very generous, very giving person - always taking care of people. She put the needs of others first. She wasn't only our treasurer for eight years, but she helped with lots of fundraising events at the agency and with the kids' Christmas party.

"Everyone cared for Connie a lot. She was very positive. As treasurer, she helped keep people on even ground even in tough financial times. She Connie Creamer helped keep the· agency on a stable footing?'

Born on Aug. 16, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Dorothy (Crothers) Davis of Sussex, where she grew up.

Connie took accounting at NBCC Moncton before moving to Calgary, returning to New Brunswick in the mid·1980s due to her grandparents' declining health. She found work with Teed, Saunders and Doyle in Saint John and, two years later, met the man she would marry in 1989.

Connie is also a past president of the Helen Toye Campbell Chapter lODE and organized Christmas baskets for families through the Saint John Boys & Girls Club.

Among her survivors are two stepsons, Jason Michael Creamer and Peter Ryan Creamer; one brother, Dwain Davis of Powell River, B.C.; and four grandchildren.

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