Hundreds say goodbye to Michelle Prince
The former first lady of Windsor has been laid to rest.
More than 700 friends, family and community members said goodbye to Michelle Prince at a funeral mass on Friday, after her courageous five-year journey with cancer ended on Sunday.
The wife of former mayor Eddie Francis passed away at the age of 46.
Gordon Orr, Prince’s close friend of more than 30 years, gave a light-hearted eulogy at Corpus Christi Church.
He spoke of her two children, her love for online shopping, her hate of pizza crusts and her dog Marshmallow.
Prince was also remembered for her smile, her love of dance and her impact on so many young people in the community by sharing her cancer journey.
Prince was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in January 2014, but that didn't slow her down.
In fact, it seemed to ignite her fighting spirit as Prince became a passionate warrior for so many community causes while cherishing every moment with her family.
Before the funeral mass, a procession made up of at least 50 vehicles, passed Monseigneur Jean Noel School Friday morning.
The entire student body was outside, forming an honour guard as Ms. Prince’s two children, 11-year-old Sienna and nine-year-old Phoenix, attend the school.
Some of the children were holding cut-out hearts while others held their hands in the shape of a heart.
Following the mass, an honour guard of students from the Edmunds Towers School of Dance stood outside the church. Prince’s two children are students at the dance school.