Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

4115 Lawrence Ave East, West Hill, ON


Margaret Ruth SYMINGTON

April 17, 1933September 5, 2019

Margaret Ruth Symington Born 1933

Margaret Symington passed away Thursday, September 5th surrounded by love both near and far. She was predeceased by her daughter Sharon, son John and daughter-in-law Dorothy. She is survived by her husband Robert, four remaining children, Wayne, Bryan ( Sandra), Janine (Terry), Keith (Huong), by her seven gifted ( according to her) grandchildren, Stephanie, Meaghan, Danielle, Sean, Kevin, Catriona and Samantha as well as numerous other beloved friends and family. Margaret was born and raised in England and met her husband Robert Symington while he was serving in post war Europe. Margaret immigrated to Canada to be with her husband in January of 1954, where they made roots, and raised a beautiful family, including over 26 foster children. Margaret had an abiding love for children, and fostered this later in life when she became a teacher’s aide for children with special needs, a Sunday School teacher, and a volunteer in the Children’s Ward at Centenary Hospital. Margaret was an active member and contributor of St Margaret in the Pines Anglican Church for 60 years. She cherished her church family and her strong faith was tantamount in her ability to manoeuvre through life’s up and downs. In her 60’s Margaret faced cancer with bravery, faith and her renowned sense of humour. In remission, and living with a renewed sense of purpose, Margaret had a second lease on life. In this time, she met new soul mates, soared the sky in hot air balloons and embarked on numerous cross Canada tours following Rita MacNeil as a self-professed groupie. She found companionship in her pet budgies Storm and Cloud and solace in nursing her many flower gardens to full bloom each summer. All who knew her will remember Margaret as being ahead of her time, progressive, a champion for social justice and one who was at her best helping others. She lived her life always wearing a sly grin with witty asides at the ready, but most importantly a deep empathy for others. Margaret (Nana, Mom) will be deeply missed by all those that knew her and that were impacted by her generous spirit.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday,September 12, 2019 from St Margaret in the Pines Anglican Church 4130 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON at 11 am with a visitation one hour prior. Interment to follow in the churchyard.

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


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 12, 2019


Margaret Ruth SYMINGTON

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Karen Willie

September 12, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. She and Robert were wonderful neighbours to my parents Robert and Vi for many years.

Our condolences to the family.

Karen Willie (Stahera)

Ryan Noyce

September 11, 2019

Nana Marg I don't think you'll ever know how truly special you were to Jonathan and I. Your presence in our lives, when our grandparents in England couldn't always be in Canada with us, was so special and meaningful. I remember Sunday roast dinners at Nana and Grandpops' house with the family, which usually ended with a game of cards. Or the elaborate cakes that she made for us to celebrate our birthdays. I especially enjoyed our trips into downtown Toronto on the GO train to see a Blue Jays game because it usually meant I would get to stay up a little later. Nana you always made me feel so loved and special. You will be forever in my heart! Love you always, Ryan. xx

Sonya McNally

September 11, 2019

Dear Bryan and Family,

So sorry to hear about your Mom and Nana. It sounds like she was great fun and very giving. No doubt her generous spirit will be missed.

marilyn allpress

September 11, 2019

My mother, Beryl Allpress and the rest of the family would like to send out Blessings to the family. We remember Marg over many years at St. Margaret's. A lovely lady.

Cathy Gordon

September 10, 2019

Bryan and Family - I didn't know your mother personally, but if she's anything like her son Bryan, I know we would have been fast friends - thinking of you and your family at this time - your mother sounded like a wonderful woman.

Mark Barrett

September 10, 2019

I remember Mrs.Symington growing up on Kitchener as a kid.She was a kind greatfull person nothing was too much trouble. She would always stop and say hi to people on Kitchener Rd .My thoughts and prayers to the family. Mark Barrett

Patti Dupont

September 10, 2019

I will remember Aunt Margaret in so many ways, big smile and a great sense of humor, always great with a story and she loved to listen to other peoples stories.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Love Patti

Carrie Hankinson

September 10, 2019

Very sorry for your loss. Aunt Marg will live on in many wonderful memories. Always a beautiful soul.

Anne Hindley-Norwick

September 7, 2019

To Stephanie, Danielle and Kevin: I always admired the amazing Halloween costumes your Nana made especially for you as kids. I hope these and other happy memories of your Nana will bring you some comfort as you say goodbye. Biggest hugs for you all.
Love from Ken and Anne.