Denise Lafortune (nee Golding)

In Memorial

Miss Denise
1964 to 2016

Denise was born in England in 1964.
She is survived by her parents, Barbara Lapitre (Don) of Grand Forks, BC, and Alan Golding (Leona) of St. Andrews NB.
Survived by Miles Coleman, spouse; Savannah, daughter , Vancouver BC; Elyse , daughter , Abbotsford , BC; Chantelle, step daughter , Maple Ridge, BC; John (Amy) , brother , Chilliwack BC; Lynn , sister , Christina Lake BC; Grant (Vanessa), nephew, Las Vegas, NV; Dane (Ciara), nephew, Mission BC.

Denise was an elite competitive Ballerina and for the past 25 years, a registered RAD teacher of Classical Ballet.

Denise was raised in Maple Ridge graduated from Garibaldi Secondary 1982 and continued to follow her passion of becoming an elite ballerina that took her across Canada and to many countries. She married Marc Lafortune and raised Savannah and Elyse in Abbotsford; where she opened The Academy of Classical Ballet.
2010 she returned to our Community and her love Miles Coleman where she has built an amazing Ballet program at Pulse Dance Studios.
Evening of June 21 she lied down to rest at 7:00pm, closed her eyes and gracefully rose to heaven.
She answered a call from her strong faith with God.

Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, June 27th, 2016 at Garden Hill Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made below.

Contact information:

Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765-224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A5, Canada - Phone: (604) 463-8161 Fax: 604-463-2929 Email:

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  1. http://Balan%20And%20Shalegh%20Moorthy

    We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Denise. She played a major role in our family as a dance teacher to all of our children. She was a passionate advocate for dance and more importantly played a pivot role in the growth of many young women. Deepest condolences to Savannah and Elyse. We have watched you grow into beautiful and talented young women since North Poplar Fine Arts. May your mom’s spirit shine through you as deal with devastating loss and in the years to come.

  2. http://Marion%20and%20Kelsey%20Thiessenq

    A heartfelt hug and prayer goes out to your family as you are grieving the loss of Denise. We were truly blessed with the opportunity to have had her as Kelsey’s dance teacher. Denise was an amazing dance teacher, most of all she was a beautiful lady, inside and out. The sky will be brighter for her star is shining. Denise’s memory will forever live on. She touched many lives. Denise was a strong lady and will be greatly missed.

  3. http://Heloise%20dixon-warren

    To all the family of Denise. I just heard this evening from a mutual long time friend of Denise’s death. I am very sorry to hear this. Denise and I were at Mount Crescent Elementary School in Haney many, many years ago. I recall spending many birthday’s together – at both her place and ours on 124th Avenue. Although it has been many years since I saw and /or spoke to Denise, she is someone who I remember well and have thought about over the years. My heart and thoughts are with you all.
    Heloise Dixon-Warren, Bouchie Lake, BC

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