OBITUARY

Rosemary (Fleming) Reilly

16 January, 19226 June, 2021

Rosemary Jocelyn Reilly had only a few months to go to reach her goal of living to 100 but it wasn’t meant to be. She passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2021 with loved ones by her side. She was well known for her zest for life and her love for her family and friends and will be missed by all.

Rosemary was born in 1922 in Nelson, BC, the first daughter and third child of eight born to prominent pioneer residents, Ross and Minnie Fleming.

She had a happy childhood and Nelson had always been home to her in her heart. As a girl, she was an excellent swimmer and held a West Kootenay title in tennis. She loved to play softball with the neighbourhood boys and along with the rest of her siblings, was taught to play two musical instruments by her mother. The children also all performed in music recitals and competed in music festivals. Rosemary was proud of her prowess in spelling bees as a child.

Rosemary’s adventurous spirit took her far from home to Montréal where she fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Always an independent and self-sufficient woman, she financed her education by working as a telephone switchboard operator in Nelson. Her sister also trained at the old Royal Vic where they both had long nursing careers. Rosemary was the Night Nursing Supervisor for many years before she retired after a 36 years career.

In the early 1950s, through friends, she met John Reilly who she immediately knew was the one for her and they took their time getting to know one another well… engaged for 30 years before they finally married!

Rosemary and her husband spent many happy times at their lake cottages in the Laurentians; she loved to sail with her brother-in-law and she was an avid skiier and windsurfer. She enjoyed socializing and loved good food, including visits to Lesters Deli. After retirement, Rosemary kept a busy schedule, enjoying the CLSC day programs at St Margaret Centre and movies at the Yellow Door where she always got an extra helping of popcorn. She enjoyed numerous daylong and overnight excursions with the Montréal West Travel Club and participated in their Social Club events as well. She took pride in her garden, her cats, and loved her home. In her later years, she took up Solitaire and knitting, playing games on her ipad and was always interested in the activities of her extended family who meant the world to her. She was a generous donor to many charities.

Rosemary was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister, six brothers, one niece and a great niece. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, distant cousins and friends.

The family sincerely thanks Doctor Milroy, Dr Piche, the CLSC nurses, Alfonso and the caregivers who helped Rosemary stay at home in her later years. A special thank you goes to Lawson who was her close and supportive friend and neighbour for decades.

A celebration of life will be held at Collins Clarke MacGallivray White Funeral Home located at 5610 Sherbrooke street West in Montreal on July 10th at 1:00.

In lieu of flowers a donation in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Parkinson Society British Columbia

Services

Memories

Rosemary (Fleming) Reilly

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Janet Ritchey

5 July 2021

Once a flower lover, always a flower lover - a holiday memory of mine from the mid 1980s is spending a day with her in the front garden weeding and planting her Impatiens bedding plants - special times doing ordinary things, the most important of which was spending time together. It's now been a month since you left us and you are constantly on my mind. With love always.

Anna Soule

4 July 2021

We will surely miss spending time with Mrs Reilly. She woke up on many Christmas mornings with Alfonso, Maude Alexia my mom and I. We celebrated many birthdays and other holidays together too. She simply enjoyed spending time at our house, which Alfonso jokingly named Chickadee Ranch. Our house was so-named in honor of Mrs Reilly’s family’s pet name for her: Chickadee. She loved sitting on the front porch for the afternoon, having some snacks, telling us stories about John and about growing up in Nelson. She’d then nap to refresh herself before we all sat down for supper and of course prepare herself for a double serving of dessert, especially if there was chocolate involved.
We are grateful that Alfonso invited his best friend to be part of our family.
Thank you to all of those who cared for her with love: Alfonso, Sylvie, Sofi, Patience, and Benny.

Janet Ritchey

25 June 2021

I've been working on some photos with Auntie Rosemary in them and have enjoyed working on this one in Photoshop. She is 19 1/2 years old and is standing in front of her parents' store - happy as can be.

Rocio Barreno

24 June 2021

Rosemary was an extraordinary woman. We enjoyed many movies and events at The Yellow Door. She was a valued member of our organization and will be missed.

Our condolences to her family.

Judy and jenny Fleming

22 June 2021

We haven t seen her in decades but did spend 2 weeks with her at grandmas in nelson in the 70's. Didn't realize what an athlete she was. She helped so many people. Its sad she never made it to 100!!!

Sharon Tapper

22 June 2021

I am Clive's first wife and mother of his children. I enjoyed spending time with Rosemary when we were up visiting. She will be missed by all

Evelyn and Russell Westgate

19 June 2021

Great memories of meeting Rosemary for brunch at Stephanie's Restaurant, Hawkesbury, ON. Rosemary loved good food and company. This picture was taken in 2015. And yes, she did clean her plate! Thanks to Janet and Greg for making this outing possible.

Evelyn and Russell Westgate

19 June 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Fleming and Reilly families. Rosemary was a Grant cousin who I met through Janet and Greg Ritchie. We had many great visits in her beautiful home in Westmount and I was so happy that she was able to make trips to Glengarry and Prescott Counties to meet new cousins. She was an inspiration to all and set an example of how life should be lived to the fullest. An amazing lady!
In this 2013 picture, Rosemary meets her Grant cousins for lunch at the Georgian House, Alexandria, ON.

John Fleming

17 June 2021

In October of 1999 Darshana, Alisha and I flew to Montreal on route to a friend's wedding. We made a point of visiting Aunt Rosemary. What a fun visit! When we left she surprised us all with the strength of her hug and to this day we refer to a strong, loving hug as an "Aunt Rosemary Hug". We miss her.

Jerry & Lynda Heinsma

17 June 2021

We met Rosemary in her later years when my cousin and I went to visit her in Montreal and when her niece was visiting they made trips to have a meal with the cousins.
Such a lovely lady with so much spirit.
She was busier than we were with all her outings and loved meeting the folks there and doing whatever activities were available.
Sorry to lose her but know she will be remembered for quite a while.

From the Family