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Patricia Joan McGarry

13 April, 192713 October, 2020

Patricia Joan McGarry passed away peacefully at the Riverview Health Centre on October 13, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Patrick Martin Fenton McGarry in 2002, and her sisters Gladys and Mavis. She is survived by her 6 children Kevin (Betty), Patrick (Melanie), Deirdre, Anne (Charles), Geraldine (Brian) and Martin (Candice). and her 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Hazel Davies in England.

Born in London England in 1927, Patricia lived through the difficult war years as a teenager. She survived the blitz, sometimes under the family dining room table. She entered nursing school shortly after the war and graduated as a registered nurse on July 23, 1948. She joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and, after various postings in Britain, she was called for overseas duty and posted to a base hospital in Japan supporting casualties from the Korean War. She was very proud of her military service and the opportunity it provided for an adventurous young nurse. As fate would have it, she met her future husband, a young Irish doctor Patrick McGarry, at that base hospital in Japan. Upon their return to Britain, they were married on May 17, 1952.

Patricia and Patrick started their family in England and then immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. Patricia often spoke of the rough Atlantic Ocean crossing with her then 18 month old, sea-faring son, Kevin. They settled into life in Winnipeg and five more children arrived in the subsequent decade. As a mother of a large family, she was lightning fast in the kitchen so as to make time available for her chosen activities. Patricia was very active and learned to figure skate, downhill and cross-country ski, swim, play tennis and so much more. She made many friends and enjoyed regular bridge, tennis, and golf in their company. She volunteered, taught swimming and made a late in life return to nursing. She was also an avid sports fan never missing the big skating or tennis competitions. One of her final musings was who had won the French Open. The acquisition of a family cottage at West Hawk Lake in 1966, began another significant chapter in Patricia’s life. The cottage became a source of joy, challenges, and endless adventures! The independent nature of Patricia meant embracing living in a remote location accessible only by often unreliable boats that she often cursed but also mastered. But she also loved nature and the quiet of the surrounding wilderness.

Patricia had a long career as an active grandmother. She spent many Fridays over a 20 year period with her preschool grandchildren - so much appreciated by their mothers. Every grandchild had the “Nana” experience of trips to the zoo, playground and swimming pool, which they fondly remember and cherish.

England always had a special place in her heart and she had many trips “home” to visit her mother and sisters often dragging with her a gaggle of unruly children. She loved the English gardens in springtime, that her children didn’t manage to trample.

Late in life, she spent 8 wonderful years living at the Portsmouth in Winnipeg where she made new friends and continued her myriad of activities. Always a great participant and fueled by a love of learning, there were few programs she wasn’t involved in. Patricia has been a true inspiration to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and independent to the end. We will love and miss her always.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Riverview Health Centre. She felt greatly supported in her final days by the dedicated care she received. Patricia would also like to thank her private nurse Belinda and the staff at the Rosewood during her stay there.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John Brebeuf Church on Monday October 19, with family only in attendance due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please join us at https://patriciamcgarry.wixsite.com/website .

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverview Health Centre Foundation or a charity of choice.

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Pauline Brown

19 October 2020

Dear Kevin, Pat, Geraldine,Deirdre, Anne, Martin and families

So sad to hear of Pats passing.
Andy and I send our condolences to you all.

My last email from Pat was in August. It was so positive, giving me news about you all and signing off by saying her visitors (Cassidy and Lydawn) had just arrived 😊
With her health issues and in these Covid times I thought it was amazing 🤩
The one thing I will carry with me from her example is, ‘Take a Walk Every day’. I really felt this helped keep her fit in her later years when she was unable to be as active.
Memories of my visit to Canada, meeting and being entertained by you all.... Memories of that wonderful 90th party are in my head forever. It was obvious Pat wanted me to meet all of her lovely family. She was so proud of you all, rightly so 😊
Pat lived her life right to the end.
What an inspiration.

Thinking of you all.....

Love and hugs always
Pauline xx



Robert Olynyk

19 October 2020

To the McGarry Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Sincerely,

Bob Olynyk

Doreen RIchmond

18 October 2020

Patricia and I moved into the Portsmouth at the same time , We met in the elevator , and learned that we both loved to play Scrabble . SInce we were hall neighbors, we had many good games together. I miss her keen mind . She was so positive and didn't join in complaining about food . Her tablemates liked her as well . My sincere condolences to all the family . Hugs, Doreen Richmond.

Ida Marie Threadkell

18 October 2020

Such a lovely tribute to your mom. I was in awe of the calmness with which she served up amazing roast beef dinners to the noisy hordes. Canoeing lessons at West Hawk were also pretty memorable. She 'volunteered' poor little Martin to be our rescue victim. - apparently, he survived.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

The Shirtail Relative,
Ida Marie

Anne Fenton

18 October 2020

Deepest sympathy to you all.
My thoughts and prayers with you
Fond memories of her visits to Tenniscart

Mike Davidson

18 October 2020

Very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.

-md

David Knowles

18 October 2020

Kevin, Betty & family

I’m saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. I hope she didn’t suffer. I remember spending time with her at your dinners, when I was visiting Winnipeg. Always totally involved.

Such troubling times that are taking over our lives. CoVid is not allowing us to do so many of our normal activities – including grieving. But what a wonderful and full life she led. We can only hope the same for our young people today.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life. God bless …

Keith Sinclair

15 October 2020

Martin, Kevin, Deirdre and family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother.
Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
Sincerely,
Keith, Alora and family

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