Cynthia Anastasia Marsaw (Pelham)

August 31, 1948November 4, 2021
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Cynthia Anastasia Marsaw (Pelham), age 73, passed away at Élisabeth Bruyère Palliative Care Unit, 4 November 2021

For reasons understood only by God Himself, our beloved Cynthia was called away in the afternoon of 4 November 2021. She’d had a good life, well spent with her husband, Roy, who loved her dearly ever since they met as teenagers in Fort Churchill, Manitoba.

Cynthia was born in the Halifax Infirmary in 1948 and grew up in Herring Cove, a small fishing village a short distance from Halifax. Her father worked for the Department of Public Works and was posted to northern Manitoba in 1964 where Cynthia first met Roy. Thanks to one of Roy’s many missteps, that first meeting was clearly not love-at-first-sight. However, after five years of courting, Roy finally matured enough to mail Cynthia an engagement ring and they were wed in 1969. Because of Roy’s military service and many postings to such places as Inuvik, Gander, Ottawa, and Bermuda as well as isolated postings and courses, Cynthia, like most military wives, was forced to raise the family, pay the bills and pack up and move the family many times, sometimes on her own.

She enjoyed her years working in the retail industry and most of her long time friends were made while working with Zellers and Giant Tiger. She cherished those friendships until the end. Although her love for her family exceeded all others, she also loved to write and spent many hours expressing her emotions through poetry.

Cynthia was predeceased by her father, Aubrey Pelham, her mother Marguerite (née McAvoy) and brother, Robert (at 20) as well as three brothers, Paul, Joseph and Andrew who died as infants. She leaves behind husband Roy and daughters Natasha Vaz (Len) and Sarah Marsaw (Nick). Her three sisters, Jennifer Henwood (Jack), Betty Goodall (Chuck) and Pat Gallop (Reg) reside in Winnipeg. She loved all of her grandchildren, Julien, Olivia, Kelsey, Justin, Hannah and Rose and great-grandchild, Gus. She knew they loved her as well.

The family will be happy to receive friends and relatives at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road (at Albion Road) on Friday, 12 November 2021 beginning at 9:30 AM. Cynthia has requested a funeral liturgy, which will be conducted at 10:30 AM followed by a reception immediately following the service. Capacity restrictions are no longer in effect; however, proof of double vaccination will be required to participate.

The ceremony will also be available virtually at

We wish to acknowledge the tremendous support and dedication of the staff at the Élisabeth Bruyère PCU. They ensured that Cynthia was comfortable, pain free and peaceful during her final weeks. Instead of flowers, we would greatly appreciate donations be made to the Élisabeth Bruyère Foundation at in memory of Cynthia Marsaw.


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    Friday, November 12, 2021

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    Friday, November 12, 2021



Cynthia Anastasia Marsaw (Pelham)

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Jane Jacobson

November 22, 2021

I knew Cynthia in High School but never got to be close friends because Roy was her sole interest! We made up for it years later when there was a Churchill reunion. WE talked and talked and found out we really "clicked" and were very much like minded. Our letters and messages were mainly about our children, grandchildren,politics and what was going on in life. I, and then Terry and I, started receiving the ever popular Christmas letter from Roy and Cynthia which was a highlight of the year with the anecdotes and Marsaw humor. Cynthia's Christmas gift was the earliest sent and always the most interesting..I was a child again wanting to know what was in that box under the Christmas! Books..mainly books which I loved as we were both avid readers!But the best gift was Cynthia's friendship which was always fresh no matter how long it had been since we connected. I miss you my very dear friend, your kindness, love,humor, and remarks on life ;your spirituality and love of God. Rest my friend live on in our hearts and memories!

Neil Lai Fatt

November 15, 2021

I had the please of meeting Cynthia and Roy in Halifax, NS. Cynthia was a kind loving person. She will be missed by all.

Catherine Gallagher

November 12, 2021

My deepest of sympathy to Roy, Natasha and Sarah as well all of family. Cynthia will be dearly missed.
A beautiful ceremony!
Much love Cathy Gallagher

Gary Mcavoy

November 12, 2021

Roy, Sahara Jane,
It is with heavy hearts I am writing this.
Cynthia was a great person and I knew her growing up in Herring Cove
Once she got married and moved away we always kept in touch, she has helped me when I needed someone to talked to and especially over the past few years when my health was not the best.
She mage sure to make a phone call
I know I cannot be there today but my heart is there and yes she will be another angle with my don Jeffrey
Take care and be grateful of the memories you all have of Cynthia
Gary and Kathy McAvoy

Karen Monaghan

November 11, 2021

I had the honour of getting to know Cynthia through my friendship with Sarah. She was such a strong, elegant and dignified woman who also had a wonderful sense of humour and seemed to bring joy to every day. It was easy to see that she was an amazing mother and grandmother who was filled with love for her family. (I feel like that love even spilled over a little onto my own kids; I remember how much she enjoyed meeting and holding my son when he was a baby and how she always gushed over baby photos that I'd share.) My sincere condolences to Sarah, Natasha, Mr Marsaw and the entire family. I know how immensely you all loved her and I am so sorry for your loss.

Chantal Pigeon

November 11, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I write this message. My mom and I were privileged to be part of her extended family. I have known Cynthia since I was 8 years old. The memories are too numerous to list but some that particularly stand out are wrapping stocking stuffers, songs in the car and the falling spaghetti. May the ladies be reunited in the hereafter to enjoy a glass of Pinot de Charentes.

Lynne Laviolette

November 11, 2021

I will never forget that first family picnic where I met Cynthia; her love for her family and extended grand children was undeniable. I quickly felt at ease as I watched her and Roy organize games and play with the children. I thank God every day for bringing Cynthia into Kelsey, Justin and Hannah’s life. Truly an amazing grand-ma and an incredible role model for all. Thank you Cynthia for all that you did

Dianne Harrison

November 11, 2021

This is a very difficult condolence to write to Roy and the family, and it has taken me awhile to find the words to write. Our high school memories surfaced very strongly as did the apartment sharing in Winnipeg that Cynthia and I did. Some friendships never go away even if time and distance appear to control the contact. Cynthia was a force of nature and I mean that with great love in my heart. Her wit, her honesty, and her capacity for love were so impressive. Her welcoming nature that surpassed time and distance was something I was grateful for. All these wonderful messages about Cynthia and all the beautiful photographs tell us all we really need to know about her. I am honoured to have been a small part of her life. Love lived in Cynthia's life. May we all be so fortunate.

Shannon Tremblay

November 11, 2021

Although I am deeply saddened by this loss another Angel is watching over us, my condolences to the family and all who were touched by this beautiful soul ❤️ Cynthia always treated me like one of her own by welcoming me into her home and her heart, i will never forget the scary movie nights and her chocolate cake, so many memories. Cynthia always taught me humility, manners and respect. Cynthia and the family were always there for me at my hardest when my home burnt to the ground, supporting my cleaning business among many other amazing things, i will be forever grateful, Cynthia will be greatly missed.
May she rest in peace. 🌹

Monica Fekete

November 11, 2021

I am so saddened and sorry to hear of your Moms passing, she was such a lively w energetic kind lovely lady with a beautiful smile and aura about her. I recall the lovely surprise baby shower she made for a young collegue at her home, Christmas dances, and she was a great kind efficient professional Client service rep and collegue.
We with Bonnie could easily laugh together till our cheeks hurt, and she always dressed so pretty too. Whenever we worked a shift that she wasnt working we'd wish she was working vs anyone else... I can't believe she has passed away.... I am stunned...
My deepest condolences to her family and other relations and friends. We were supposed to get together and surprise Bonnie one day sadly we missed that opportunity. One day we will all laugh together again. Peace be with you Dear Cynthia, safe travels to your next beautiful location where although here we are sad to see you go, many their will be happy to be reunited again with you... be good girlfriend 😘 till we are all together to share the laughs again one day... (((❤🕊💐)))


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