OBITUARY

Empress Christania (Antoine) Millington

May 24, 1924June 15, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of Empress Millington announces her passing on June 15, 2019 at the age of 95 in Cambridge, Ontario.

Empress was born on May 24, 1924 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. She was an exceptional chef and baker and successfully ran a small catering business for several years. She was also a very talented seamstress and was known for her hand-beaded wedding dresses. Empress was predeceased by her husband Elwin. She will be lovingly remembered by her children; Camilla McDonald (Enroy, deceased), Russell Avis (Juliet), David Avis, Patricia Wilson (David), Hester Millington, Deborah Superville (Victor) and, Cheryl Millington (Philip). Empress will also be fondly remembered by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild including Garry, Dexter, Russell, Darlene, Ricardo, Wendell, Samuel, Tricia, Natassha, Kendell, Shervon, Dayton, Ryan, Brandon and Zachary. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family. Viewing will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 8:30 – 9:30 am at T. Little Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Cambridge, Ontario. A Funeral Service in memory of Empress will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:00 am at St Patrick’s Church, 53 Wellington Street, Cambridge, Ontario. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery, 235 Cooper Street, Cambridge, Ontario. Reception will follow the interment at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, 700 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, ON.

Services

  • Funeral Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Heather McGowan

June 20, 2019

On behalf of Aunty Rita, the Cox family and the McGowan family, we wish to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Aunty Empress.

We have many fond memories of her culinary skills, and she will be missed.

May her soul rest in peace🙏🏽🙏🏽

Lauren Maynard

June 19, 2019

On behalf of my Grandmother Nellie, my family and I, may you rest in eternal peace, may the Angels and Martyrs welcome
You Into Heaven. SIP Aunty....

Lauren Maynard

June 19, 2019

On behalf of my grandmother Nellie and I and my family, may you rest in eternal peace and May the Angels and Martyrs welcome you into heaven. SIP Aunty Empress

Simone Diaz

June 19, 2019

My aunty, I cherish the memories and love we share since childhood, I hold you dear to my heart...

Janae Brown

June 19, 2019

To my Great Gran,
For all that you are, all that you've done and the family you have blessed me with, I thank you. Love you always, Jin.

Tricia Brown

June 19, 2019

Words cannot express the love I will have forever in my heart. Love you Gran

Susan O'Brady

June 18, 2019

Mom, you have managed to possess a warm, caring and unselfish demeanor that most find difficult to accomplish. Your no complain and positive outlook on life allowed you to be that beautiful and wonderful human being. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin yet another journey.

We love and will miss you dearly. The special spot in our hearts, we will continue to save just for you. “God speed” – Sue – Tony - Leah.

Margaret and Dale McShine

June 16, 2019

Dear Empress,

During your journey here on earth, you touched and nurtured so many lives with your warm and caring heart, special talents and remarkable culinary skills.

You’ve left a legacy to your family that will never perish. Let perpetual light shine upon you.

Rest in power. Always, Mags

Patricia Wilson

June 16, 2019

You were my rock, you were always there for me. Love you Muds.

Deborah Superville

June 16, 2019

Forever in my heart.

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Biography

Our beloved matriarch, Empress (Antoine) Millington, was called home on June 15, 2019. Her 95 years have been filled with love and happiness. She was born on May 24, 1924 on the island of Trinidad, which undoubtedly contributed to her sunny and spicy personality. She was tough, yet generous and had a zest for life. Her 'tell it like it is" attitude was balanced with a warm heart.

Empress was one of eight children born to Henry and Camilla (Roberts) Antoine. Empress shares a birthday with Queen Victoria. Twenty-three years after Queen Victoria died a little baby girl was born in Port-of-Spain, a granddaughter of slaves, whose parents had the audacity of hope to name her after a Queen. Victoria would have been the obvious choice, but a little-known fact is that in 1857 Queen Victoria also became the Empress of India. So they chose Empress. She was very proud of her name and said with such elegance.

Despite her regal name, Empress worked hard to provide for her family. She was an exceptional chef and successfully ran a small catering business for several years. She was the original cake boss and her birthday and wedding cakes were second to none. She was also a very talented dressmaker and was especially known for her hand-beaded wedding dresses. She loved entertaining and was like a magician, everything she touched turned to ‘wow.’ The way to her family's heart was through their stomachs.Nothing was impossible to Empress, she even learned to crochet, make wine, ham and floral arrangements.

Empress loved everything about Carnival; the fetes, the calypso tents and the parade. She also enjoyed playing All Fours, a popular card game on the island, with her brothers and friends on warm evenings on the front 'gallery.'

Our family will never be the same without her. We will miss her sage, often unsolicited, advice and insightful proverbs. She was able to solve problems - big or small, simple or complex - with one line. Empress was also the self-appointed etiquette teacher to her nieces and nephews. Even in her later years, her appearance and fashion were very important to her. Especially, her gold jewelry; she was never fully dressed without it.

Empress was predeceased by her husband Elwin. She frequently said that children are poor people's riches. Well, she died a very wealthy woman and leaves many princes and princesses to carry on her beautiful legacy. She leaves to cherish her memories her seven children; Camilla McDonald (Enroy, deceased), Russell Avis (Juliet), David Avis, Patricia Wilson (David), Hester Millington, Deborah Superville (Victor) and, Cheryl Millington (Philip). Empress will also be fondly remembered by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild including Garry, Dexter, Russell, Darlene, Ricardo, Wendell, Samuel, Tricia, Natassha, Kendell, Shervon, Dayton, Ryan, Brandon and Zachary.

She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews and extended family.