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Christina Marie MCNAMARA

August 23, 1968January 3, 2021

Christina (Tina) Marie McNamara August 23, 1968- January 3, 2021 Halifax, NS "If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart I'll always be with you." Christopher Robin The world lost a very special person suddenly on January 3, 2021. For those who knew and loved Tina, there will always be a special place in their hearts for her. Born in Glace Bay, on August 23, 1968, Tina was the beloved daughter of Kevin and Diane (Crawford) McNamara, wife of Danny Roney and mother of Aiden. She was the loving sister of Dana McNamara-Morse, Karen MacDougall (Patrick) and Maureen McNamara (Cary MacDonald) and sister-in-law Connie Roney (Alex Fettes). She is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nephews and a great-niece. Tina lived in Sydney and graduated from Sydney Academy. She attended the University of New Brunswick and graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing Degree. She later attended Dalhousie University earning her Masters of Nursing Degree. Tina spent the majority of her career working in Capital Health. She was one of the original Expanded Role Nurses (later designated as Nurse Practitioners) in NS in 1997. Tina pioneered the Geriatric Nurse Practitioner role. The last 20 years of her nursing career was dedicated to geriatric medicine with the Nova Scotia Health. Her love of older adults living with frailty was evident in the passion she displayed for her work. In-patient or out-patient care, Tina’s focus was always on building relationships with a patient-family centred approach. Tina dedicated her life to mentoring, coaching, and educating. Tina was a member of Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Parish Church, an executive member of CGNA and a founding member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia (NPANS). She also spent many years professionally involved with the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia. She was a fitness enthusiast who loved vacationing, music, painting and spending time with her family. With a smile that lit up a room and a laugh that was contagious, Tina’s quick wit and sense of humor was a gift to all of us. Tina cherished the time she spent laughing and talking with her family, friends and especially her mother. Tina treasured the time she spent walking in Point Pleasant Park with Danny, Aiden, Broc and Rollie. Tina leaves a legacy of love and kindness that will never be forgotten. Tina was a transplant recipient on two occasions. She received a kidney from Dana in 2003 which gave her and Danny the most wonderful son in the world. In 2010 Tina’s aunt, Colleen McNamara, gave her a second kidney allowing Tina the opportunity to show Aiden how much she loved him. Tina was incredibly grateful for these gifts. Tina’s courage and strength in the face of adversity were an inspiration to all of us. Tina is predeceased by her father Kevin and brother-in-law David Morse. The profound impact Tina has had in her personal and professional lives will continue to touch the lives of so many for years to come. Thank you Tina, for being the most amazing woman we have had the honor of loving. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tina may be made to the QE II Foundation in support of Legacy of Life, Nova Scotia’s Organ and Tissue donation program.

To give, visit QE2foundation.ca or call 1-888-428-0220 or mail a cheque to the QEII Foundation, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Box 231, NS, B3J 3R4. A special thank you to the health care professionals especially the members of the 5.2 team that showed so much empathy and compassion.

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Lenora Whitman (MacNeil)

January 17, 2021

Dear Danny and Aiden,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Tina was an amazing woman, I can still hear her laugh when I think of her many years back at Sydney Academy.
Thinking of you and your family during this most difficult time,
Lenora Whitman (MacNeil)

Barbara Jollymore

January 14, 2021

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Dale and Barb

Daniel Carver

January 14, 2021

Dear Danny, Aiden, Dana and family,
I was very sorry to hear of the loss of Tina. I had the great pleasure to work with Tina over many years. Tina had many attributes to admire - she was caring, empathetic, hard working and skilled. She always focused on the patient and their family first. She was a fantastic role model for others.

Tina had a great sense of humour - she had a skill in making others laugh or smile which is a great gift. Despite her own adversity, she focused on the problems of others. Her great love for her family was always evident. I will miss Tina.
Dan Carver
Geriatrician

Mildred Pouw

January 14, 2021

So saddened to learn of Tina's passing. Remember her fondly from when she worked in ENT. My deepest condolences to her family.

Kenneth Rockwood

January 14, 2021

There is so much to celebrate about Tina’s life. I’m grateful to have known and worked with her, and to see that her pioneering role as a geriatric nurse practitioner was underscored in the obituary. In that rôle, Tina was exemplary. She was an astute clinician, an intuitive, empathetic diagnostician, and a firm patient advocate. She navigated working with all the geriatricians, and our many idiosyncrasies – well mine, anyway. Tina naturally built relationships with many patients and their families. She was proud of her family, and adored Aidan and Danny.
Aiden, your mother is someone of whom you can be proud. She worked hard, she overcame much, she practically invented a new way to look after older people when they are ill, and she didn’t mind showing others how much she cared. That’s why there are so many comments – that’s why so many people loved her.

Natalie Nichols

January 13, 2021

I am so saddened to hear about Tina. I had the pleasure and privilege of working with her as a fellow nurse practitioner. She was a force of nature. I admired her drive, her intellect and her fantastic sense of humour. She was fearless and the quintessential nurse. Compassionate, smart, tireless advocate, and trail blazer. She was a wonderful mentor and teacher to those following in her footsteps. She loved and was loved greatly and will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to all her family and friends.

Gail Tomblin Murphy

January 13, 2021

Dear McNamara Family and Loved Ones of Tina McNamara,

On behalf of Nova Scotia Health (NS Health) and the NS Health Interprofessional Practice and Learning Team, I send our sincere condolences. The numerous stories from Tina’s healthcare colleagues about her kindness, caring and nursing expertise in geriatric medicine are too many to count. Her passion and commitment to the care of others will be sorely missed but warmly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and we wish you peace and comfort in the cherished memories you have of Tina.

Sincerely,

Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, PhD, RN, FANN
Vice President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and
Chief Nurse Executive
Nova Scotia Health

Joyce Mal

January 13, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family . Tina was a kind and caring person to everyone she knew. It was great to have known her and to have had the opportunity to consult with her while working at Capital Health. I remember how supportive she was to Dana during her time of loss as well. A truly wonderful family, may Gods bless you all ❤️🙏

Michelle & Gary Ross

January 12, 2021

After reading all of these beautiful memories, my heart is full knowing how many lives were touched by Tina both on a professional level as well as personal. Danny and Aiden, be proud of Tina and all her accomplishments! She is a beautiful person in so many ways and you are truly blessed. I am very sorry for your loss and pain at this time. Prayers and hugs to all.

Frances Carmichael

January 12, 2021

My condolences to Tina’s family. What a loss to this world! Thanks Tina for all the folks you helped with kindness over the years. RIP
Frances Carmichael R.N. Retired

FROM THE FAMILY