OBITUARY

Rose Mary Gatecliffe

June 8, 1931May 4, 2021

At home, on Tuesday May 4, 2021 Rose left this world as she lived in it, on her own terms.

An inspiration to all who knew her, she has gone to join her husband of 36 years, Orville(1987) and son Gary (1996). Rose will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by daughters Brenda Cooper(Mark), Debi Ferguson(John & Bob) and Heather Gatecliffe; grandchildren Danielle Grant(Dwight), Jesse Ferguson(Nicole), Brian Cooper(Kristy), Jodi Cooper-Smith(Brent), Faith Gatecliffe and great-grandchildren, Kieran, Chloe, Dorian, Olivia, Audrey, Hannah and Claire.

Born in Wingham Ontario, lovingly remembered and survived by sisters Eleanor Curran and Judy (Ray)Fischer and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Pat, Jerry, Tom, Dinny, Bob and D’Arcy and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Rose started teaching right out of Grade 13, settling the family in Hamilton in 1960, she never stopped being a student as well as a teacher over the next 35 years. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, she earned her Masters Degree in Education from McMaster at the age of 50, spent over 10 yrs in Real Estate after retiring from teaching and learned to play Ukelele at 80.

A loving and supportive Mother and Grandmother, Rose’s fearless and mighty spirit touched all who knew her. She will be fondly remembered by a vast and diverse cross section of friends and students spanning generations. Her genuine, non judgemental care and interest in others set the bar high as an example for compassionate humanity and unconditional love.

Her love of life and “ Do it while you can” attitude kept her active and engaged her whole life, inspiring others to do the same. A fixture at the Tuesday night jams, with a soul-deep love of music, at 88, she was in 3 choirs, the Sackville Uke Band and never missed an opportunity to dance.

As her spirit flies, we are thankful for the gift of her that nurtured and shaped so many lives.

Special thanks to Dr. Christina Fugere and her team for the compassionate care and genuine respect during Mom’s journey home.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to your local food bank would be appreciated by her family.

Due to the current COVID-19 Restrictions, we will be having a gravesite service and Celebration of Life at a later date.

Services

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Sadie Mallett

May 8, 2021

You welcomed us in to your house with all my family from Wales and showed us true Canadian hospitality. One of lifes pearls. Xx Thoughts are with your family love the Malletts from Wales X.

Vallance (Val) Patrick

May 8, 2021

Brenda, Debi & Heather: I am saddened to learn of the loss of your dear Mother. I recall her from the times you all lived on West 4th and I would be over both before and after school at Buchanan to hang out with Gary. There was the time when, taking a short cut through back yards on the way from school when I believe it was Heather got stuck in the mud (the ground frozen in the morning had thawed by end of day!). I pulled her out and later your Mom treated me as a hero. I recall the incident merely to reflect on her kindness which seemed to always be in the air when I was over to play with Gary. If I might, let me also acknowledge that tragic loss of your brother: I am sure you all grieve him still. May they both now be together in Peace...and I hope all of you and your broad family are doing well.

Brigid Stephenson

May 8, 2021

Rose will truly be missed at the Sackville Senior Ukulele Band
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