Margot Yvonne Bogdon

30 July , 19588 May , 2019

After a life lived fully with much laughter and joy, Margot passed away surrounded by her family in their home on May 8 2019 in her 61st year.

Margot leaves behind her beloved soul mate and best friend Peter, adoring sons Luke (Sara), Zachary (Stephanie), loving siblings Bob Birtch (Dyann), Susie Reid (Jason), Sandra Bogdon, nephews Joshua (Laya), Matthew (Leena) and Nathan (Paula), nieces Rachel and Laura, and her cherished granddaughter Brynn. She will be sorely missed by her extended family – the countless friends whose lives she impacted so positively.

Born in Woodstock to The Venerable Robert Birtch and Yvonne Birtch (nee Potter). Margot enjoyed her rural Ontario upbringing in homes filled with happiness and love. She studied to become a teacher at Huron College at Western University, where she found her true life calling as a beacon of love and positivity for so many. A creative mind, she also ran a successful interior decorating business with her sister for several years.

Margot and her life partner Peter married in 1987, spending the next 32 years building a beautiful home, family, and successful business together. They travelled extensively and often held celebrations with their friends, sharing their joy and their home with open arms. She was a genuine and thoughtful friend to so many.

Mom loved unconditionally and was known for putting an extra place at the table for anyone who might show up. She will be sorely missed by many of the boys’ friends who she welcomed into her home over the years, as well as her book clubs, rug hooking groups, knitting circles, and scrapbooking friends. She had a beautiful soul and a contagious smile that will not be forgotten. Now she is resting with the angels…and joy in the morning.

A celebration of life will be held in early June. Please contact a member of the family via email at or the Barthel Funeral Home in Cambridge (519-653-3251) for further information.

In lieu of flowers please spend time being present with a friend or contribute generously to a charity of your choice.


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Chris & Patty Schaal

16 May 2019

Our deepest sympathy to Margot's family. She loved you so much and talked about you often.
We were so fortunate to have met Margot when we wintered in FL. We liked her as soon we met. Margot was warm and witty and artistic, so much so, that she could put a Lemieux to shame. But what we will remember most was Margot's open invitation to "come up and have a cuppa". Margot's door was always open for a friend or anyone who needed her help or a cup of tea.
The world was blessed when she passed thru.

Gail Kelce

15 May 2019

God bless Margot. We have been praying for her at home and at church for over a year. We met Margot at the pool at Majestic Sun in Miramar Beach, Florida a number of years ago. She was so happy that Peter could join her there. With tears, we remember her kind spirit and gentle demeanor. She was a lovely woman and loved her family and friends dearly.

Susan Thorne

15 May 2019

I met Margot twenty some years ago. The first time I met her it was with a warm embrace. I’ve always admired and looked up to her. She was the member of my adopted family that always stepped up for anything I was struggling with. When I was sick she brought me soup. When it was Dan or my 50th birthday she offered to host them. Dan and I were fortunate enough to go to Mexico with Margot and Peter two times. She was a force with strength that was there when anyone needed kind words or direction. I always thought and hoped she would always be there. She was my rock and my light in dark times. Family was the most important thing to her. I had the privilege to meet her father before he passed and her beautiful warm mother whom I came to love before she left us. I’ve watched her children Luke and Zach grow into amazing young men that any parent would be proud of. Peter was her soul mate whom she loved, supported and made a beautiful home, family and life with. She was one of the true and genuinely kind people. I think about her every day and wish that we had more time. To Peter, Luke, Zach and every member of her family my heart and thoughts are with you. I love you Margot and will never forget everything you have meant to me. You are missed. Dan and I still can’t believe you are really gone. Lots of love to you. Dan and Sue

Gord and Liz Walmsley

14 May 2019

Margot was a beautiful soul who we visited with at McVittie Acres.
We are so very sorry to hear this sad news!
Margot will be missed by all who knew her
Sincere sympathy to all the family
Liz and Gord Walmsley

Rollie & Jeannie

14 May 2019

We were very sorry to learn of Margot’s passing and are thinking of all of you at this time. May you find comfort from one another and in all your wonderful memories of great times together with Margot.

Her legacy of love for family and friends and her generous approach to life will live on in the memories and hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Margot will be sorely missed but lovingly remembered by all those whose lives she touched. Take care.

Kerrie Hutton

13 May 2019

I was Margot's friend and personal trainer. We had lots of fun together. Her love for her family and friends was very deep. She was so talented in her art and it reflected that love of family. I feel blessed we had wonderful times together. I will dearly miss her . So sad for all that loved Margot. My deepest sympathy for her family . Sending love and prayers.

Joy Coghill

12 May 2019

I first met Margot when she entrusted me with the education of her sweet young son Luke in Grade 1 at Dickie Settlement School. I later had the privilege to work with Zachary in Grade 1 at Dickie Settlement as well. Margot was an avid supporter of our Little Red Schoolhouse and generally accompanied us on our numerous Grade 1 and whole school outings and adventures. She also treated the staff annually to an evening of camaraderie and craft making and we always left her house with an amazing gift, which she assured us we had made!
When Margot resumed her teaching career at Preston Public School she became one of my daughter Christy’s favourite teachers.
Margot was truly a caring, loving mom, a great teacher with a creative mind and a good friend.
Enjoy your memories Luke and Zachary!

Wendy Johnston

12 May 2019

Margot and I became friends when I began my teaching career at Preston PS. She quickly took me under her wing and I will be forever grateful for her genuine kindness and caring generous spirit. I really admired the way in which she interacted with her students and their families. She inspired me in so many ways.
When Luke and Zach came to PPS, she was now the parent and I had the great pleasure of teaching her wonderful boys!
I will always cherish the wonderful memories that I have of Margot!
Dear Peter, Luke, Zach and your entire family,
my deepest sympathies.

Brit Dowson

11 May 2019

There are moments in life when you meet someone new and you instantly feel a connection. Margot was that kind of friend. Margot and I connected through our passion for rug hooking. We texted often, just to check in and ask how our day was going. She was a gracious host when we came to hook in her home. She was so happy to show us her separate craft house. What a wonderful place in which to create and play.
I met with her in Paris a few times. She always had a new idea for me and on that last visit she brought along a handy little tote for rug hooking tools. “Here Brit, “ she said. “You can figure out how to make this!”
I will always keep Margot in my heart and will truly miss her. My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Hugs. Brit

Sue Jones

10 May 2019

I had the pleasure of getting to know Margot over the last few years. We initially met through our common interest of rug hooking but I grew to know her as more than a hooking friend when she shared the importance of friends and family in her life and I was given the opportunity to have a glimpse of the special things in her life - her scrapbooking room, the screened porch with the daybed, her rug hooking room but most of all her ability to make a house a home. Margot spoke frequently of her family, including the dogs in her life. She was a generous soul, sharing her rug hooking stash as well as home cooked meals. I will always remember the last time I saw Margot; she joined us at Wincey Mills for our Thursday afternoon hooking group. She was so happy to be able to make the visit and sit around soaking up and enjoying the spirit of the occasion, the camaraderie and the ordinariness of it all. Margot you will always be in my thoughts. My sincerest condolences to her beloved family.