Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

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Margaret Byrne

February 28, 1945May 13, 2020

Margaret Ann Byrne passed away suddenly Wednesday morning while out walking with her long time neighbour and friend. A lifelong resident of Toronto, Margaret was born into a large Irish Catholic family. With a strong head for numbers, she spent most of her career working in the credit department at Sears Canada and later Wells Fargo. Marg used those strong math skills as the family financier. Marg married her only love Gerald (Gus) Byrne in April of 1963 and started her family shortly after. The calm other half to Gus’s fiery personality, Margaret loved Gus fiercely and missed him every day following his passing in 2011. A loving mother to three, and grandmother to five, Marg always went above and beyond to celebrate her loved ones during the holidays and on birthdays. Marg worked hard to create a home filled with love, favourite treats, lottery scratch tickets and Loblaws red velvet cakes for everyone who came to visit. As a grandmother, Marg was full of fun. Whether it be mini sticks in the living room or playing school with the stuffed animals, Marg was always all in. In spite of not loving to cook herself, Marg enjoyed Wednesdays spent with her friends at cooking class. With an unquenchable sweet tooth, there may have been nothing Marg loved more than a bake sale with homemade fudge. She maintained a close relationship with her sister, marked by many Saturday afternoons of shopping and lunch. A fierce sale shopper, Marg passed on her joy for the thrill of the deal to her daughter and granddaughter. Marg loved her golden retrievers, always leaving them the last bite of her meal, even when they certainly didn’t need it. She was a very quiet and modest woman who only became boastful when it came to the accomplishments of her grandchildren. Margaret is survived by her three children; Gerald, Susan (Richard), and James (Marta), as well as her five grandchildren; Nora, Ryan, Owen, Alex, and Damian. Marg will be dearly missed by all those who loved her.

A private viewing and Catholic burial at Christ the King cemetery in accordance with covid-19 guidelines will be held.

Memorial donations can be made to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.giffenmackscarborough.com for the Byrne family.


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Jenny Nee Vassos, Myre

May 23, 2020

Marg and I became bet friends When we met in grade nine.
I was with her when she met Gus and she fell madly in love with him.
I was her Maid of Honour and Godmother to her daughter Susan.
We moved to Brampton and we didn’t see each as much but we always kept in touch by phone periodically. The last few years we reconnected again ant talked more regularly especially in the winter.

I am so upset at her passing away.

My condolences to her son Gerald and her daughter Susan.

Deanna Brown

May 21, 2020

Marg has been my best and dearest friend for almost 60 years. I'm going to miss her so much, I can only imagine how heart breaking it is for you her family. So many.memories of all the times we had together as families.

Kathy Mills

May 18, 2020

I was very sad to hear of Marg’s passing. She attended attending classes at my cooking school with her friend Lorraine. She was a regular and part of the gang. A very regal women who’s smile and warmth was welcomed by all. We will all miss her at the What’s for dinner classes, they won’t be the same without her. She loved food and took her time to enjoy it, and spoke lovingly of her family. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Kathy Mills

Suzanne Pryslak

May 18, 2020

I met Marg weekly at the cooking school. She was truly a calm and wonderful person. We shared stories about our families and I will miss her.

My heart goes out to Marg’s family. You’re in my thoughts.

krystina wielgosz

May 18, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Margs family. My thoughts
and prayers are with You ALL.
Marg was a good and trusted friend and will be missed. She and I
worked together for many years shared stories about work, life ,mine and her family She was so proud of.


Rick & Carolyn Willkins

May 18, 2020

We would like to give our sincere condolences to Marg's family.
We knew Marg from our weekly cooking class & will certainly
miss seeing her & her great smile.

Carole Hill

May 18, 2020

My sincere condolences to Marg’s family. We met weekly at cooking class and I always looked forward to chatting with her, especially about her family of whom she was so proud. Everyone there will really miss her.

penny Simpson

May 17, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Marg's family ..
She will be fondly remembered and missed. She and I worked together at Wells Fargo for many years. She and I shared many a car ride together talking about Family, Friends ,Work and Life. I
will always cherish/remember those times.. Penny Simpson

Carol Grenier

May 16, 2020

Margaret was a trusted and highly respected colleague at NRCS/ Trans Canada / Wells Fargo. My sincere condolences to the family, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Carol Marie Grenier


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