Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB


Alice "Mary" Bancroft

January 25, 1926January 7, 2020

Peacefully, at the Grace Hospital, Mary passed away on January 7, 2020 with two friends by her side. Mary was approaching her 94th year.

Mary, who was born in Portsmouth, England, was predeceased by her parents, brothers and special friend Joan Gauer.

Mary’s teaching career spanned 41 years, commencing in the UK and then onto the US and finally settling in Canada. She taught Science, English, Physical Education and was a guidance counselor. Here in Winnipeg she taught at Elmwood High School and Grant Park High School from where she retired.

After retirement, Mary spent many years as a dedicated volunteer at Fort Whyte Alive. She took great pride in her volunteer work, “I volunteer because I am retired from work, not life.”

Mary moved into the Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence in July 2008. She was proud to be one of the first tenants of the facility. Mary felt very much at home here and was even featured on one of their television advertisements. Although Mary described herself as a dog lover she was surprised when she found so much enjoyment in her cat Daisy who came into Mary’s life shortly before moving into Shaftesbury. Mary and Daisy were very social and could always be seen in the main lobby where they were always greeted by their neighbours. Mary would always say Daisy got more hellos than she did.

Mary will be greatly missed by her group of close friends. In keeping with Mary’s wishes cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held.

Also in accordance with Mary’s wishes, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.


  • Winnipeg Humane Society
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  • No Funeral Service will be held.


Alice "Mary" Bancroft

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Sydney Berquist

January 10, 2020

I met Mary and Daisy at the Shaftesbury Park seniors residence, she always met all visitors with grace and a shining greeting. Mary will be missed and remembered with fondness. God speed Mary, until we meet again.