OBITUARY

Linda Grace Harper

November 23, 1949July 20, 2018
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It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to Linda Grace Harper RN of Ottawa, formerly of Montreal. Daughter of the late Aletha and Claude Harper, best sister and best friend to Judy, beautiful light and partner to Michael McDuffe, caring stepdaughter to Audrey. Truly loved and cherished by Michael's family - Mom Florence and sisters Sheila (Dave), Nora (Bill) and Nancy. Dearest and beloved aunt-of-the-heart to the Pulman nieces: Kate, Heather, Elizabeth and Victoria Linda. Loved and missed by so many friends. Linda received excellent nurse training at the Jewish General and upon graduation worked at the Lachine General ICU making lasting friendships. She took a cardiac intensive care nursing course in Edmonton and returned to Montreal to work at the Montreal General ICU where she again made lifelong friendships. Linda, always seeking to increase her knowledge in order to improve the care she gave to her patients, moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University to earn her Bachelor of Nursing degree while working at the Victoria General. Linda settled in Ottawa working for a short time at the Ottawa General and finally at the Heart Institute as a nursing co-ordinator where she touched the hearts of patients, their families and colleagues alike until her much considered retirement three years ago.

Throughout her adult life Linda used her knowledge, expertise and innate compassion to care for her parents and countless family members as they received medical treatments, endured illnesses and supported them through their dying and death. She never hesitated to take time off from her job to do so and, even in retirement, continued to share her experience of a lifetime with those around her. She willingly and generously gave of herself her whole life.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to the ICU staff at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus for their extraordinary care of Linda and Judy and Michael - Linda would have approved! In particular we wish to thank Dr. Mike Hartwich and caring nurse JoseeAnn for their outstanding support, professionalism and empathy.

Her family will receive condolences at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, in Pointe-Claire, QC on Frida, July 27 from 7p.m. to 9 p.m.

The funeral celebrating Linda's life will be held at St. Edmund of Canterbury in Beaconsfield on Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 am.

Final resting place at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or Ottawa Hospital General Campus ICU.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Sharron Kirkpatrick

July 28, 2018

I met Linda in the MICU in the 70’s in Montreal. We were all learning to be ICU nurses and at the same time developing close friendships, travelling and for many , looking for love. The stories amongst us were never ending and brought us closer together. Linda was a fabulous nurse and reading now that she carved out a very successful career leading others is how she was meant to leave her mark. Reading that Linda found a loving partner in her life closed another important part in her life.
Linda’s compassion for her patients, her family, her incredible good nature and her smile are memories I have from from so long ago that I have never forgotten. Linda left a stamp on all the hearts she encountered in her lifetime. My heartfelt condolences to her close family and friends.

Kathryn Smolen

July 28, 2018

I was very saddened to hear the news. I had the privilege of working with Linda in the MICU at the Montreal General Hospital 40 years ago. This was towards the start of my career in Nursing and she taught me a great deal about what makes a good Nurse. She was a warm and caring person. I also got to know her father Claude when I cared for him at the Lakeshore General Hospital. Linda was a wonderful person and an amazing daughter. I am so sorry for your loss.

joe mcaskill

July 27, 2018

Judy,
Bernadette , Max and I are thinking of you. It is impossible to say anything that will help when you loose your best friend and sister all in one. I always remember the laughs when you and Linda visited Kay and we got together.

Brenda Guiney

July 27, 2018

Judy, Michael please accept our condolences on the death of Linda. It was an honour and privilege to be her friend and share good times with her, in Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa.
By being a dedicated nursing professional, Linda directly impacted the lives of so many patients with her compassion and wealth of knowledge throughout her career.
It was through Linda that we met you, Claude, Aubrey and now have fond memories of our visits and meals together.
Even as we miss Linda, heaven got a little bit better.

Love Brenda and Bill

Diane Brooks Desjardins

July 27, 2018

We worked together in the M.I.C.U. at the Montreal General Hospital. Linda was an extraordinary nurse. Quietly competent, clearly devoted and always pleasant, Linda was a role model for all of us. I remember working with her on a memorable Christmas day where quick action saved the life of a gentleman who fully recovered and came back to thank us weeks later. Linda had a beautiful smile as she recounted his visit. My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends who will certainly miss her wonderful presence.

Pat Doucette

July 25, 2018

I was so sorry to read about Linda's death and I am sending prayers to the family. I knew Linda from when she first started work at the Ottawa Heart Institue and worked with her as a Coordinator for many, many years. Linda gave everything for her patients and was a pleasure to work with. I remember the time she met Michael and talked about him non stop when we worked the evening shift together! I have many fond memories of her and hope that your memories will be some comfort to you in the years ahead.

Susan Brand

July 25, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing- much too young. I had the pleasure of working with Linda in the MICU at the Montreal General Hospital and remember her smile, soft voice and genuine kindness. My condolences to her family.

Kathryn Duke

July 25, 2018

I worked with Linda in the Montreal General MICU. She was not only one of the best people I have ever worked with , but also one of the finest nurses.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY