Mrs. Mary Catherine Addison

February 26, 1930June 9, 2013

Addison, Mary Catherine

Mary passed away peacefully on June 9, 2013. Mary will be fondly missed by her brother Hugh (Patricia); nephews, Charles and James; great nieces, Catherine, Heather, Kate, and Erin; as well as Anna Stavrakov and Dr. Susan Edwards, and all her many friends. She was predeceased by her special friend in life, Dr. James Dundas, and her parents Charles and May Addison.

Mary was born in Portland, Oregon, and lived most of her life in West Vancouver. She graduated with a teaching degree from UBC and spent much of her career as a primary school teacher at General Gordon Elementary School in Vancouver. She always got great satisfaction from teaching young children. She travelled extensively throughout her life, including the south seas when that seemed a world away. She took the opportunity upon her retirement to take ocean cruises in many interesting parts of the world with her friends. When she could no longer travel extensively, she was always the first one to sign up for bus excursions from Hollyburn House.

Mary had a practical nature which guided her through her life. She was a devoted friend who always took care to stay in touch or help out when it was required. She will be missed.

Mary's family would like to thank Pauline Thomas for all the help and support she provided to Mary over the last few years. Thanks also to Dr. Maryam Zeineddín for the care she provided to Mary, as well as to the staff at Evergreen House who treated Mary with kindness, professionalism and dignity.

At Mary’s request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC. For those wishing to share a memory of Mary, please go to


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Margaret (Antonopoulos) Partridge

June 8, 2014

I had Miss Addison for Grade 2 and 3, in 1973/74 and 1974/75 open area class at General Gordon.

She was by far one of the most memorable teachers as she was very involved and took the time to help you through everything. I remember the smarties and the cue cards. She gave us presents when we got the most stars in spelling at the end of the year.

She taught me to love writing and the importance of words and spelling. I loved hearing her travel stories to places like Fiji, she even brought back a conkle shell to show us.

We also had a budgie named Tweedy in the class that we would alternate weekends,taking it home to experience how to care for a pet. I always remember Miss Addison fondly.

Thank you for your influence and guidance, you made a difference!

Pam Atkinson Brown

March 16, 2014

My Dad knew Mary's brother at UBC and became a friend of Mary too. As a child, I visited Mary with my parents. What I shall always remember about Mary is her humour. She had a way of telling a story that was always funny. She used to have stories about her students too such as one saying 'send me to Victoria' instead of 'send us victorious' when singing God Save the Queen. I always enjoyed visiting her and the goodies were always great too! Mary loved life from what I remember and enjoyed sports. She had a unique laugh and I can still hear it now!

Dawn Fletcher

June 19, 2013

Miss Addison was my grade 2 teacher in 1979 at General Gordon, she was one of the nicer teachers back then, I remember the blue box filled with smarties she used to give out as rewards. Thank You Miss Addison,will always remember you.

Kim Manning

June 17, 2013

I have fond memories of "Miss Addison" my grade 2 teacher at General Gordon in 1964.

All these years later I am a high school teacher and refer to "Miss Addison's rule" about not placing one punctuation mark over the top of another.

My English 10 Honours students recite back to me in unison when I say, "Whose rule is it?" when reviewing the placement of periods or comas at the end of a quotation:

"Miss Addison's."


Kim Manning
Port Coquitlam

Susan Edwards

June 15, 2013

Kate, Erin and I will miss Aunt Mary, and her stories of her adventures and travels. I believe the picture is from her trip rounding the Cape. She did indeed have the sea in her heart, in true Addison tradition.

Mike & Ramona Bevans

June 15, 2013

So very sorry to hear the passing of Mary,I will always cherish the putter Mary gave me from St Andrews and will remember her as a person with a good heart.
To her family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.