as caregiver—even setting up a bed inPaulette’s room so Art could spend thenight. “I really did appreciate when Iwas at the hospital that I could help mywife here and there, and they wouldoversee everything,” he says. A spaciouscommon room across from Paulette’sroom had lots of chairs for when friendsand family visited. “Toward the end,when Paulette was very close to beinggone, they let my daughter and son sleepin that room,” Art says.
Paulette died on February 21, 2018.“I slept right with Paulette until shepassed,” Art says. “We were lyingthere holding hands, so I fulfilled my
A mission to live as fully as
possible in the time he had left
Spencer and Julian Buck were
pushing their dad through deep snow
in downtown Montreal when they hit
a patch of ice. “Rick went flying out of
the wheelchair into a snowbank,” says
Kathy Fedori, Rick’s wife and mother to
Spencer and Julian. The family gasped
and then saw his head pop back up. “He
amazing. It was one of those moments
you never forget.”
Getting submerged in a snowbank—in
fact, the whole five-day trip in January of
2015—had seemed impossible just a few
weeks earlier. The cancer had progressed
to a degree that Rick could no longer
walk. He was spending more and more
time at the hospital.
It had been a long battle. Rick wasfirst diagnosed with cancer in 1990,shortly after his wife found out shewas pregnant with their second child.“They told him he was going to die inthree days,” Fedori says. “We went andhad obituary pictures taken.” However,Rick recovered and returned to playingguitar, helping coach his children’shockey teams and working as a charteredaccountant.
Eventually, though, the cancer
returned and by 2015, the family was
told it was terminal. Fedori embarked
on a mission to help Rick live as fully as
possible in the time he had left. He had
always wanted to take his children to see
Montreal, where he grew up. The whole
family, with financial support from The
Angels Anonymous Connection, got the
chance to eat bagels, attend art galleries
Paulette could expect to face and the
decisions the couple would need to
make. “She guided us all the way
through, from start to finish,” Art says.
“On top of all the things she did for
Paulette, she would always call and ask
me how I’m doing.”
Paulette wanted to spend as long
as possible at home, but then, when it
was near the end, to go to the hospital.
Oishi lined up home care and the
equipment and resources Paulette
needed to continue living at the family’s
acreage outside town. The Platts spent
Christmas, Paulette’s favourite holiday,
at home with their two grown children
and three grandchildren. “We did our
normal Christmas traditions,” Art says.
They decorated the tree, made elaborate
gingerbread houses and shared several
meals together. “Through this whole
thing, when we were sleeping in our
Paulette was admitted to the Edson
Healthcare Centre in January 2018.
Staff there supported Art in his role