OBITUARY

Margaret Florence Blackman

6 March , 193924 January , 2019
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Blackman, Margaret Florence- Age 79 of Gilbert’s Cove passed away peacefully on January 24, 2019 at home surrounded by family.

Born in Ashton-Under-Lyne, U.K., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Ann (Wigley) Burrows. Mum came to Canada as a midwife, planning to stay for two years. Instead, she met Dad in the Yukon and they built a life together in Canada. She was a longtime volunteer, involved in many organizations and charities including Digby County Hospice Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, Christmas Daddies and Tideview Terrace. When she wasn’t out walking or snowshoeing, Mum was knitting, quilting, rug hooking and taking pictures of wildlife. Mum was a devout Catholic and devoted to her faith. Through the years, she was involved in many church activities. Mum was adventurous and would try anything once. This spirit of adventure continued to the end.

Margaret is survived by daughters Clare (Jay Koh) Busan, South Korea, Karen (Craig Doucette) Weymouth; sons David, New Edinburgh, Kevin (Tiffany Hirtle-Blackman) Moncton, Martin (Heather Armstrong) Moncton; sister Bernadette; brothers Christopher, Joseph; grandchildren Kristen, Erin, Gillian, Peter, Meghan, Vincent, Kylie, Lucas; many nieces and nephews. Besides Margaret’s parents, she was predeceased by her groom Joe, son Paul and brother Peter.

We appreciate the professionalism and compassionate care shown to Mum at both Digby and Yarmouth Hospitals, Clare Health Center, Weymouth Pharmasave, the VON and EHS. Visitation will be 7-9pm Friday, February 1, 2019 from Jayne’s Funeral Home, Weymouth. (902) 245-2525. Funeral service will be 11am Saturday, February 2, 2019 from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Weymouth. Father Vincent Onyekelu officiating. Reception to follow at the St. Bernard Fire Hall with private family interment. Donations in memory can be made to the Gilbert’s Cove & District Historical Society or the V.O.N. Online condolences to www.jaynesfuneralhome.com. In Mum’s words: “Good Night. God bless.”

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 1 February , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 2 February , 2019
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Margaret Florence Blackman

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Maxine A. Marshall

8 February 2019

My condolences to all of Margaret's family. I have fond memories of your mum and grandmother when she was a member of our North Range Art Club, and when we both were involved with hospice. We , with lots of help, organized a hospice fundraising project "Hospice Art and Dessert Party " which was an annual event for seven years, and your dad volunteering his auctioneer skills. She was always such a gentle lady and showed such grace , love and compassion as she lived her life. She loved her family unconditionally and was always interested in those of her friends. She and I also shared the love of creating quilts and swapped patterns. She will always be with you in that special place in your hearts that only she can fill. I feel so privileged to have known your mum and she was a blessing in my life and many other's lives. May all the wonderful ,memories you each have of her , in time , bring you great comfort.

Jamie & Janet Briggs

1 February 2019

Clare, Karen, David, Kevin, and Martin,
Janet and I are sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was like a mother to me during my days in Sheet Harbour. In fact there were a few times that "Mother Margaret" chased your father and myself to bed. Not to tell stories out of school, however, there were a few nights when we were "talking" well into the wee hours. The Sheet Harbour RCMP detachment members were blessed to have her, always there for us, and gently calming Sgt Joe, when we pulled one trick too many. Maybe filling the cruiser with geese was one of those times??
Thanks to all of you in the Blackman tribe for generously sharing Mother Margaret. :) You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you will remember the good times as you move through the dark days of missing such an incredible woman, person and mother. We were blessed to have had her in our lives. Hugs to all. xo
Love Jamie & Janet

Donna Leadley

1 February 2019

To the Blackman family:
Our condolences to Margaret ‘s family. We are saddened by the news of your loss.
Margaret will be remembered by us as a very special lady. She was kind to so many . I will remember Margaret for the times she spent with my mother (Muriel Thibodeau). My Mom so enjoyed her friendship and stories of her adventures. Margaret was truly a beautiful soul. We are grateful and blessed to have known her.
Sent with love at this hard time.

Donna and Ian Leadley
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Ron & Laurie Wagg

31 January 2019

Dear Blackman Family,
We send our sincerest sympathy at loss if your mom & grandmother. We are so very glad to have met Margaret on our visits with Craig, Karen & Peter for many summers. Our kids still talk about her coconut cream pie. Wish we were able to be there but know we are out here in Alberta thinking of you.
Ron, Laurie & family

JUNE MAXWELL

31 January 2019

To the Blackman family,Steve and I were saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. We extend our sympathies to all of you at this time.God bless you at this difficult time.Steve and June Maxwell

Gerald and Diane Hardy

30 January 2019

Gerald and I were so sorry to hear about your Mom. Thinking of you all at this time. Your mother and I shared Christmas cards over the years since your Dad passed away and she always put a lovely message updating us about what all the children were doing. I know just by her message how much she loved you all. Gerald often talks about the goose hunting trips he had with Joe up in Wallace.

Gerald and Diane Hardy, Sheet Harbour, N.S.

Nancy Daye

30 January 2019

Dear Clare, Karen, David, Kevin and Martin,

I am sorry to learn the news of your Mum, she was a good friend of my Mom - may you find comfort in one another and strength in your memories.

Sincerely,
Nancy Lee Daye

Joan Veinotte

29 January 2019

To the Blackman family: We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing.Please accept our sincere sympathy at this difficult time.

John,Joan,Josh,Jane Veinotte.

Marie-Thérèse LeBlanc

29 January 2019

What a sad moment when I heard of Margaret's death.
I was hoping to see her in the Fall when she usually comes to Moncton for a visit. I did receive her Christmas card , thank God.
I want to express my sincere condolences to Clare, Karen, David, Kevin & Martin and to all those
beautiful grand-children she dearly loved.
My prayers and love are with you all.

Sister Marie-Thérèse LeBlanc

Shirley Dugas

28 January 2019

The photo of your mom wearing Joe's boots and snowshoes is just perfect and how I will always think of her. We used to say her snowshoes would be ten pounds lighter if she wore smaller boots but I think she liked having that bit of Joe with her when she tramped the fields and woods. We had so much fun on our adventures and it was a delight for me to get to know her during hikes and outings and the drives to and from our starting points. I'm sure she thought we were trying to do her in when we took ourselves horseback riding in the Fall of 2010. She was 71 and up for all of our adventures. We shared cups of tea and soup at Keji on snowshoe days accompanied by her wonderful whole wheat rolls. I am thankful for all the memories made, laughter shared and good times spent.

I have only known Margaret since 2009 - 10 short years and my life was enriched by her friendship. I'm sure you, her family, with a lifetime of shared experiences and memories, have been blessed many times over. My sincere condolences on your loss.

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Margaret Florence Blackman. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Margaret was a talkative person who typically said what she meant.

       She was the daughter of Joseph and Ann Burrows. Margaret was raised in Manchester, U.K. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Margaret's personality throughout her life.

      Though Margaret was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Margaret was raised with four siblings. She had three brothers (Peter, Joseph and Christopher) and one sister (Bernadette). Margaret and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      Margaret earned her nursing diploma and received a silver medal in nursing in 1961.

      Margaret was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Compassionate and devoted, Margaret worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Margaret and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Margaret was blessed with six children, Clare, Paul, Karen, David, Kevin and Martin. They were also blessed with eight, Kristen, Erin, Gillian, Peter, Meghan, Vincent, Kylie and Lucas. .

      Her primary role was as a homemaker. She was employed as a registered nurse prior to starting a family. This experience was a benefit during childhood injuries.

      A methodical woman, Margaret enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were walking, snowshoeing, learning to play guitar, painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, rug hooking and volunteering.

      Margaret was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Recreational sports included walking and snowshoeing.

     Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Margaret to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, Margaret did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout her later years, Margaret was an active member of the CWL, Digby County Hospice Society, Rustic Crafters, Gilbert's Cove and District Historical Society and volunteer team at Tideview Terrace.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Margaret well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a member of the Roman Catholic church. During that time, she was a member of the CWL, a Eucharistic Minister, a reader and participated in most church events. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      A generous and compassionate woman, Margaret accomplished much during her lifetime. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Margaret was recognized and given awards for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included volunteer recognition from Digby County Hospice, the Red Cross and Tideview Terrace.

      Not only did Margaret enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included trips to visit her family in the U.K., travelling across Canada with Joe and visits to her children and grandchildren.

      Margaret passed away on January 24, 2019 at at home in Gilbert's Cove, surrounded by family. She is survived by her children Clare, Karen, David, Kevin and Martin; her grandchildren. Services were held at St. Joseph's Church in Weymouth, NS. Margaret was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Plympton, NS.

      Margaret was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Margaret was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who would try anything once. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Margaret Blackman.