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Mary Neale

Mary Neale

Sunday, May 15th, 1927 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Neale, Mary (longtime Weston Resident)

Passed away after a long and full life on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Andrew’s Terrace, Cambridge, ON in her 94th year. Loved daughter of the late Lucy and Cecil Neale and sister of the late Roy.
Mary spent 35 years in education and approximately 30 years as a volunteer counselor at the former Tele Care Distress line and the Senior Peer Helping Center in Etobicoke.
She will be missed by kind relatives in England and friends in Canada. A sincere “Thank You” to all of them.
A private service will take place at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, 31 St. Phillips Road, Etobicoke on Thursday at 11a.m. followed by the interment in St. Philip’s churchyard.
If desired, donations may be made to the St. Philip’s Anglican Church Renovation Fund http://www.stphilips.net or Operation Eyesight http//www.operationeyesight.com would be appreciated.
Please visit our Book of Memories at www.wardfuneralhome.com to express your condolences and join Mary’s funeral through a live webcast which you may view in the comfort of your home.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 |
    When
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020
    Location
    St. Philip's Anglican Church
    Address
    31 St. Phillips Road
    ETOBICOKE, ON M9P 2N7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    PRIVATE SERVICE.


    In accordance with the directives provided from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, funeral services may be held within the funeral home with 30 % capacity of visitations rooms and the onsite chapel. Funeral Services may also be held at a place of worship with the same 30% capacity mandate. To allow your extended family and friends to offer their condolences, our spacious rooms and chapels continue to allow for social distancing requirements. Please RSVP at the link provided below.

    Wearing of masks, or face coverings, by everyone is mandatory as per the directives of the Bereavement Authority. This includes ALL staff and attendees. Masks will be provided to those guests who may not have their own.
    Officiant
    The Reverend Canon Mike Stuchbery
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Philip's Anglican Churchyard Cemetery
    Address
    31 St. Phillips Rd.
    ETOBICOKE, ON M9P 2N7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Private Family Interment

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LM

Love always the McKnights

Posted at 06:43am
Our dearest Aunt Mary, Robert, Laura, Dustin and Adam will always cherish our moments in time, and will miss you til we meet again one day!We love you

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Katherine (Kennedy) Upper

Posted at 06:09am
Miss Neale was my grade 9 English teacher at Royal York Collegiate. She was a good teacher and very kind. I loved English with her as a teacher.
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Tove Petersen and Beth Petersen

Posted at 03:52am

A few months ago while COVID was in the stage that long term care homes were looked down completely we visited Mary’s parking lot.

One or 2 of us often dropped by to phone her and let her know we were close by. We decided that night we would try and get a little closer which for most homes might be an easy task. We needed to make our way around a 30 foot retaining wall. We giggled and thought how we could explain ourselves to police our staff if we were caught. After getting up the wall I left my mom behind to climb over 2 more fences. If you can only imagine how it felt to see her in person after so many months of only phone calls. Although Aunt Mary couldn’t see me due to her vision loss I’m pretty sure most of her floor could hear me yelling “I love you Auntie Mary”. On the way home we called her from the car and she was over the moon delighted. She sound like she had just been given the most incredible gift. We had missed the in person moments and we sounded so silly just explaining the journey to have the quick connection. Aunt Mary was all about compassion and going further than most people to know you were cared about.

It was a few weeks later we found out that window visits were permitted. My Mom, Dad, grandma and I visited and sang happy birthday to her. This photo was taken on her 93rd birthday from outside her window. It was there we added her message that remained on her window for the rest of her life.

This is just one story out of a lifetime of memories of which we are grateful for.
JB

Jane Blackwood

Posted at 12:51am
Jane Blackwood (Leave it to Jane)
Mary was a private and fiercely independent woman with a lifelong dedication to learning and sharing knowledge, and a core belief in being useful. As a High School teacher and counsellor Mary forged strong bonds with her students, many of whom kept in touch throughout her life.
As a volunteer she continued her dedication to helping people through her work with the Peer Helping Centre, an organization devoted to using the art of truly listening to help older adults navigate aging. Along with empathy, Peer Helping was widely known as the place to get information, about everything of interest to seniors. With an office in Fairfield Community Centre in Etobicoke for many years, the Peer Helping team of Mary, Shirley and David were the people to visit for a cheerful smile and useful knowledge. More often than not the smiles quickly turned to laughter.
For those of us in business to serve seniors, Mary was a font of knowledge, always ready to support and mentor those who showed potential.
Well-read and well-spoken, with a curious mind and an extraordinary memory for detail, Mary liked nothing better than sharing a good laugh.
In the many years that I spent helping Mary with her paperwork, especially all those regular birthday and Christmas cards, she taught me much. Sharp as a tack to the end Mary's admonition that the phrase should be ‘One-to-One’ NOT ‘One-on-One’" will continue to pop into my head every time I hear the error. The phrase itself personifies her belief in the power of two-way communication.
DS

Diana Sernick

Posted at 04:32pm
Mary was my colleague at Royal York Collegiate in my first year of teaching back in 1974. We were in the Guidance Department together that year. I only worked with her that one year as I was transferred to another school at the end of the school year.
I never saw Mary again although we stayed very loosely in touch over the intervening years. And that is because Mary sent me cards to mark my birthday and the December holiday season. Without fail, all through the years a card would arrive with a little note from Mary wishing me well. That would prompt me to give her a call and have a short chat.
I always intended to see Mary in person, take her out for lunch, visit with her somewhere but alas, it never happened. She seemed to always be busy - as was I - and somehow the years flew by and a real visit never occurred. I last spoke with Mary by phone a couple of months ago. Her voice was weaker and the pandemic was making life more difficult but her sweetness and intelligence still shone through.

I will always remember Mary for her kindness and generosity of spirit.
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