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Margaret Elisabeth Kay Finlayson

28 octobre 20202 novembre 2020

1925 – 2020

Miss Margaret Elisabeth Kay FINLAYSON (Finnie) died peacefully in her sleep at the Fulford Residence, Montreal on 2nd November 2020, just after celebrating her 95th birthday.

She will be greatly missed by her friends and by her family. She was a much loved aunt to her nephews and nieces: David, Rosemary, Ian, Shiona, Elisabeth, Mary, Louise, Douglas and Anne; and their own children and their families all living in Scotland, England and Australia.

Margaret was born in Edinburgh in 1925. She trained as a physiotherapist and came to Canada at the age of 21 to work as a community physio in Winnipeg. She used to visit her patients by dogsled. She then worked in Abbotsford, BC. and Fredericton, NB.

She spent the major part of her career in Quebec with the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society. She was a supporter of her professional physio colleagues and was elected President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

She loved golf, curling, travelling, gardening, knitting and embroidery and was famous for her barbecues at her small house in Westmount. She was a member of the Kensington Presbyterian Church for many years and was very active in community affairs.

She spent her later years at the Manoir, Westmount where she made many good friends and enjoyed all the activities. She did her exercises every day but her vision had become very poor and, in February 2020 after a series of falls, she moved to the Fulford Residence where she was looked after with great care by the staff.

On Wednesday 25th November at 3pm, a small funeral service, with full COVID precautions, will be held for Margaret’s friends at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 5610 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, H4A 1W5 (514-342–5310) www.dignitequebec.com

Anyone unable to attend will be able to join a live video transmission of the service online at www.funeraweb.tv

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Nancy & Michael Mackey

25 novembre , 2020

Wonderful picture of Margaret in the sunflower patch that reminds us of Kansas where M grew up. She looks happy enough so that one might think that she had just spoken with the Wizard of Oz.

Elisabeth Sowler

25 novembre , 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined in
the celebration of Margaret's life today.
She wanted her ashes to be returned to Scotland
and scattered on the seashore near to her birthplace
in Edinburgh and close to members of the family.

A photograph of her chosen resting place is below

Rosalind Wedd

25 novembre , 2020

Just to say how much Great Aunt Margaret will be missed after all the delightful and fun times her very extending family have had over the years, she was the last of her Generation and had such an interesting and varied life

Elisabeth Sowler

25 novembre , 2020

David Butchers

25 novembre , 2020

My first real recollections of Margot were in Malta in 1947. We had a picnic on the rocks very near an anti-aircraft gun and I recall her swimming. Subsequently while I was at school in Edinburgh I interacted with her over many years when I stayed at 50 Murrayfield Avenue with her and Boomba.

She was an excellent guide to life with very high standards. She gave me much useful advice as I moved towards the choice of Medicine as a career. Her own career and attitude to life was a source of inspiration to many members of our family.

She outlasted her mother, which was a great achievement. We are all very grateful for her support and encouragement and she will be sorely missed.

Lots of love from us all,

David.

Anthony Butchers

24 novembre , 2020

We will miss you greatly Aunt Margaret. You have given our family so many wonderful memories, from guiding Dad through his adolescence to giving me tips on the golf course and then sharing your incredible wisdom with Beau on our visits to Manoir.

I will never forget on your visit to Sydney in the late 90's when you watched me play rugby and then offered to treat a deep bruise in my thigh injured during the game. The tears of pain were rolling down my cheeks as you worked your physio magic, and the following day I was moving a lot more freely!

Your adventurous spirit and natural generosity have been a shining example to me over the years.

Rest in peace Aunt Margaret, you are missed by all.

Lots of love Anthony, Lindsay, Beau and Edward.

Anthony Butchers

24 novembre , 2020

Anthony Butchers

24 novembre , 2020

Elisabeth Sowler

24 novembre , 2020

Aunt Margaret lived life to the full. She was very interested in doing new things, but was always kind and helpful to people in difficulty. We looked forward to her visits to UK when she would go on a grand tour of all the nephews and nieces; most of whom enjoyed her hospitality in Montreal many times.
I went on fun holiday trips with her and have fond memories of Tofino, Vancouver Island where, at Margaret's insistence,
we flew on a (very small) float plane. She leaves a big gap in our lives but we will always remember her.

Linda Soper

24 novembre , 2020

When my Mom, Hannah Pickler, moved into the Manoir Westmount in 2014, she found a good friend in "Finnie" (as Margaret asked my Mom to call her). My mom joined Margaret's table in the Manoir's dining room where they soon discovered that they were both born in Edinburgh in 1925; they enjoyed reminiscing and chuckling over things that you had to be Scottish to "ken". My Mom misses her friend Finnie dearly and has asked that her condolences be passed on to the family. To Elizabeth, my Mom sends a special hug. I'm attaching a photo I took of my Mom and her friend Finnie taken on New Years Day 2019.

"Here's tae us; wha's like us? Damn few — and they're a' deid!"