OBITUARY

Irene McBean

June 25, 1925May 10, 2018

McBean, Margaret Irene (Seed)

Following an exciting, happy and fulfilling life, Irene, beloved and loving wife of Frederick George McBean, quietly slipped into the world beyond on May 10, 2018. Proud and devoted Mother of four sons and Mother-by-marriage to their wives James and Patricia of Scarborough, Ont., John and Sharon of Edmonton, Jeff and Janet of White Rock, N.S., and Jordan and Carla of Calgary. Cherished Nana to grandchildren Samantha (Kate), Amanda (Nick), Sean (Catherine), Scott (Katie), Paul (Alana), Cory and Ben. Devoted Margeaux to her five great-grandchildren Briar, Sawyer, Adelyn, Spencer and Felix. Irene was the oldest child and only daughter of Margaret (Burgess) and James Seed of Winnipeg and Toronto. Irene was the consummate homemaker, delighting in everything to do with presenting a warm and inviting home atmosphere, being a lover of cooking and baking and entertaining as well as the "old fashioned" arts of sewing, knitting, crossword puzzles and writing letters. Irene loved old things, old friends, old books, old places and old furniture, and especially her collection of antique jewelry, which she wore with elegant dignity and elan. She enjoyed her bridge games with good friends and loved to travel. She and Fred felt blessed to have been able to visit and explore many varied and exotic parts of the world since their retirement to White Rock B.C. in 1987. But most of all, Irene loved "her boys". Nothing gave her more pleasure than to be with family members, singly or in groups; her boys, their wives, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren all were her pride and joy. She was predeceased by her husband Fred in 2011, her parents, and two brothers John and Robert. Irene's family wishes to express their appreciation and love for her friends and staff at Touchmark at Wedgewood over the last six years and the doctors and nurses at the Misceracordia Hospital for their care and compassion over the last few weeks. Although Irene loved flowers, her wish was that donations be made to the Cancer Society for Leukemia Research.

If I should die and leave you here a while Be not like others, sore undone, who keep Long vigils by the silent dust, and weep. For my sake - turn again to life and smile, Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do Something to comfort other hearts than thine. Complete those dear, unfinished tasks of mine And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.

Mary Lee Hall

Services

  • Remembrance Tea Saturday, June 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Irene McBean

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Jude De Almeida-Beaudry

July 31, 2018

To the Family of Beautiful Irene,

I was so, so sad to learn just today of Irene’s passing...I was asking Touchmark staff about Irene, as I hadn’t seen her in a while. Laila informed me of the sad news.
I came to know Irene well when she lived across the 3rd floor hall from my parents, Tony and Lucy De Almeida. She was just the sweetest lady! I brought her flameless candles when brought them for my parents. I also visited her in her new apartment on the third floor. I immensely enjoyed our chats in the dining room. She was just so dear.

My father, Tony, passed away November 17, 2013. My mother Lucy passed away on June 25, 2018, just a few weeks after Irene. I can see them sharing tea in Heaven...

My heart goes out to Irene’s family during this heartbreaking journey of grief. My prayers are with you all.
God Blesss you all and may Irene be embraced with much love, joy and many high teas in her new journey!

Tight Hugs,
Jude

Janet McBean

May 30, 2018

Mom/Irene/Nana/Margeaux: You left this world with the same dignity and grace that guided your every step while on this earth. We will forever remember your gentle guidance, spirit of adventure, never ending positivity, dedication to family and friends, and the selfless love you bestowed on your husband, 4 sons and their families. Forever missed and always remembered. Love Janet, Jeff and Family

FROM THE FAMILY