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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Winnifred Corkum

November 25, 1925December 16, 2018

Nova Scotia has lost one of its own. Winnifred Marguerite Corkum (Peggy) died December 16, 2018. Peggy was born In Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, November 7, 1925 to Harold and Blanche Corkum. She graduated from the Victoria General School of Nursing in 1947 and from there, pursued her career, travelling the world as a flight nurse in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During her three-decade career stationed at numerous military bases she cared for the ill and injured, including soldiers in the Vietnam War, retiring as a Major from the Canadian Armed Forces. After retiring, Peggy returned to her beloved Nova Scotia. Few could exceed her enthusiasm for Halifax. She enjoyed playing piano. She played bridge, and was an avid golfer, swimmer, and curler. In retirement, Peggy and her twin Winona travelled the world on numerous cruises and tours. She relished hosting family reunions in Nova Scotia every 5 years with her large extended family, who fondly recall the lobster dinners, musicales, and hikes at Cape Breton’s Keltic Lodge. A lover of music, Peggy thought everyone needed music in their lives. She delighted in attending musical concerts and was a devoted and generous supporter of the Nova Scotia music community, including the Symphony Nova Scotia, St. Cecelia Music Concert Series, The Music Room, the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo, and others. She bestowed grand pianos to where there would be enjoyed by the public, including Government house, St. David’s Church, and the new Halifax Library. With her ready smile and enthusiasm for conversation, Peggy never missed an opportunity to greet and chat with friends and strangers alike. Staying active and independent well into her 90’s, Peggy leaves an example for the rest of us for a life fully lived on her own terms. Peggy is survived by her twin sister Winona Lyons of Iowa City, Iowa and sister Inez Cathers of Winnipeg, Manitoba, seven nieces and nephews and numerous friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Doris Clarke. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in 2019.

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Wendy Clay

February 2, 2019

Peggy and I shared a military posting to Winnipeg, MB in the 1970's. It was her diligent practicing on her piano in the apartment directly below mine that inspired me to start formal music lessons in my mid-30s, for which I will be forever grateful. I was also the recipient of her gracious hospitality on more than one occasion. Peggy was a vibrant person who lived her lift to the fullest. She will be sorely missed.

Jessica Miller

January 27, 2019

My aunt Peggy was one of a kind, she had a full life, I loved spending time with her in Halifax and Iowa. I miss her so much!! And, love all the beautiful things she did for music and the arts. Loved, reading all these memories. My, favorite memory is our tradition of wearing matching christmas headbands every year. Shared a picture.

Bengt Jörgen

January 25, 2019

My deepest condolences to Peggy's family on her passing. I only have fond memories of Peggy, she always came out and supported the arts with generosity and a wonderful spirit.

Bengt Jörgen

Carol Creaser

January 5, 2019

Rest easy Peggy. You were an amazing person and an inspiration. You will be greatly missed.

Carol Creaser

Yvette Weeks

January 3, 2019

My sincere condolences to Peggy's family on her passing. I remember Peggy well from the many years I worked at the dental office she attended. Peggy had a zest for life and loved to chat with the staff or the other patients in the office. I will forever miss her delicious peanut butter balls she gifted to us each Christmas. Rest in Peace Peggy
Yvette

Vera (Wentzell) Fennell

January 3, 2019

My condolences to Peggy's family at this time. Peggy and I graduated together from the V G Nursing School and spent may happy times curling at the Halifax Curling Club.
Vera(Wentzell) Fennell

Jacqueline Warwick

January 3, 2019

Peggy Corkum was a dedicated and discerning lover of music, and a tireless philanthropist who has left an indelible mark on Halifax's arts community. On behalf of the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie, I salute her life, career, and thoughtful generosity. FSPA was able to honour Peggy at Concerto Night in 2018, when we announced her gift of a magnificent piano for our new Joseph Strug Concert Hall. She was in tremendous form that night, and very nearly stole the show! Her passion for music, fabulous stories, wit, and poise, all spoke of a life well lived. May her irrepressible spirit live on in all of us whose lives were touched by her.

Jacqueline Warwick, Director
Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University

Arnold Hill

January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019 Colonel( USA Ret) Arnold Hill MD

I was thinking about Peggy and Winona (I knew them both), on or about December 16, 2018.

Uncanny ! I met Peggy when we worked together at Stadacona Hospital. We remained friends for a number of years . I knew Winona from when she would come to Halifax to visit her twin sister, usually in the summer time.

When we both left Halifax for our last career postings I gave her a set of solid gold earrings inscribed on the back with her favourite saying UBL .

Peggy, may you rest in everlasting peace and happiness




Gayle Reiner

December 31, 2018

We will miss "Peggy" whose smile and zest for life were so evident at the Halifax Curling Club where she played with the Day Ladies group for many years. She leaves behind many friends at the club who will likely hear her voice calling out on the ice "Sweep, Sweep!". We were so fortunate to have her with us for so many years. -- Day Ladies of the Halifax Curling Club.

“Penny” Clark

December 31, 2018

I am composing these condolences not only for Peggy’s cherished family....but also for those of us who have lost her large presence in our daily lives.

Peggy and I met in 1982 and became instant friends because of our mutual love of fashion, music and socializing.........which in turn led to many exciting adventures and outings , seasonal trips to her beloved South Shore ( many of them to Barbara Butler’s in-house Cecilia’s Retreat concerts) , to her birthplace along the LeHave River , always taking the ferry across the river accompanied with stories of her childhood memories of a young life well lived during those years! Also shared were tales of her years of travel, her career and the many places she lived and interesting people she had met.

I have never met anyone as energetic or enthusiastic or appreciative as Peggy, and never shall.......of that I feel sure! Her passing is still a shock ....I honestly believed that by the sheer force of her will that she would certainly live to the age of 106 as she intended........I can’t imagined life without her as a big part of it.........she will be dearly missed and not soon forgotten, she truly was both “Larger than Life” and “Memorable” and lived her long, good life with relish and with zest! Bravo , Peggy.

FROM THE FAMILY