OBITUARY

Linda Gay Welstead

October 3, 1941October 10, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of Linda Gay Welstead Lazier (Nuttall), at St Peter’s hospital in Hamilton, on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Beloved Nana to Fiona Gay Stocker, mother to Suzanne Welstead (Shelley Adams) and Sarah Welstead (Max Stocker), and wife to Peter Lazier, Linda will be missed by the very many lives she touched in her family, community and her professional work. Loving sister to Susan (Nuttall), Richard (Nuttall) and Jim (Nuttall, deceased), and stepmother to Natalie, Nicole and Nancy, Linda was long the heart of her blended family.

A graduate of McMaster University, Linda loved her career as a high school French teacher, most recently at Ancaster High Secondary School. Upon her retirement in 2002, she enjoyed having more time to focus on travel and on the volunteer and community work that she had done throughout her life, including at Wesley Urban Ministries, Welcome Inn Community Centre, and New Horizons Thrift Store on James Street.

Anyone who knew Linda knows that in addition to being an enthusiastic bridge player, she was a talented pianist, chorister and bell-ringer. Though in recent years she was less able to play piano, that didn’t stop her from teaching Fiona the basics, or performing in the Hamilton Sings! Community Choir. And of course we all loved her bell concerts at Wellington Square United Church! For over a decade, Linda was also an active and dedicated member of Ryerson United Church.

A service celebrating Linda’s life will be held on Saturday, October 17th at 2pm at Marlatt Funeral Home on Main Street in Hamilton. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person service will be limited to immediate family, but it will be broadcast via Facebook Live for anyone who wishes to participate virtually.

In honour of Linda’s long commitment to volunteering, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Welcome Inn Community Centre. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit at Juravinski Hospital, whose nurses helped to make a difficult time more bearable.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Sue Crowe Connolly

October 23, 2020

I will always remember Linda's lovely smile, her warm way of being, faithfulness and active support as a member of Hamilton Sings! Community Choir. She is missed. Loving condolences to Linda's family.

Daina C.

October 23, 2020

Linda was a special woman. I was privileged to spend time with her. My condolences to her family. Take good care of each other.

nancy rundle

October 17, 2020

Sarah and Suzanne, I remember both of your births and holding you as dear little baby girls. I met Linda in 1966 when we both came to Westmount to teach French. Linda was my mentor since she had 3 years experience already and I had just one summer at OCE! What fun we had! We both had many keen and excellent students. Some are still very good friends. A friendship that has lasted 54 years! That is to be treasured as is dear Linda.
Lots of love to both of you.

Hughena Matheson

October 17, 2020

To the family of Linda,
I taught with Linda at Orchard Park Secondary School. She was a dedicated educator who put much time and effort into her work.
I recall those efforts with her junior English class of less than enthusiastic students. Linda never gave up creating meaningful lessons that would appeal to them. I can still see the huge binder of materials that she prepared.

Everyone comments on her professional and ladylike manner. And she loved a great laugh.

Cherish the memories of the great times you spent together.

With deepest sympathy,
Hughena Matheson

Jessica Bradley

October 17, 2020

I’m so saddened to hear of Madames passing. She was such a joy to have as a teacher and made me absolutely love learning as many languages as possible. Her encouragement and laughter always made her classes a joy. She’ll be remembered fondly.

Kelly Nuttall

October 17, 2020

Linda’s smile and laughter would always brighten up a room. I will miss our conversations because she always sincere and interested in what you had to share. She will be missed. Blessings to you all.

don adams

October 17, 2020

Our memories of Linda are of her good nature, compassion and sense of humor. We are lucky to have joined families with her and to have Suzy in our life.
These memories will be sustained and relived forever.

Pat Savelli

October 16, 2020

Remembering a wonderful neighbour Linda, across the road on George St. Fond memories of 2 beautiful little girls, Sarah and Suzanne playing in the leaves and riding their bikes.
My condolences
Pat Savelli

Karin Primorac

October 16, 2020

I met Linda through my brother Ralf and travelled with her twice to Europe during March break. Not only was her laugh contagious and heartfelt, but her kindness was overwhelming. Imagine sharing a room with your colleague's younger sister without batting an eye? It didn't bother her in the least that she didn't know me. We sat side by side on the bus all through Europe and I learned so much from her. What a kind soul!
Rest easy Linda. Condolences to your family

Patricia Hrynyk

October 15, 2020

Mme Welstead taught me French at AHVS over 20 years ago. She inspired me to apply for a Summer Language Bursary Program grant from the Federal Government, which enabled me to live and study in QC City one summer (where I was of legal drinking age to boot, ha). I met one of my best friends while there, and continued my journey with the French language when I later went on to spend part of my MBA studies in Normandy, France. Skip ahead to present day - my daughter just started attending French Immersion in Grade 2 this year.

I am grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from Mme, and want to extend my deepest condolences to her entire family during this difficult time. I will never forget her teaching us, “mieux vaut tard que jamais.”

FROM THE FAMILY

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