MACKAY, Margaret Elizabeth (née Wright) - In Peterborough on October 14, 2016, on her own terms.
Born in Winnipeg April 5, 1930.
University of Manitoba, U McMaster (B.A.), BLS UofT.
Hospital for Sick Children Medical Library.
Only child of William and Kathleen Wright.
Strong Prairie and Scottish roots.
Predeceased by her much loved husband, Ted (2011).
Survived by children Kathleen, Ted (Jacquie) and Margaret (Lawrence Ebisuzaki), and by grandchildren Bryan and Heather Mackay, and Will, Julia and Greg Ebisuzaki-Mackay.
After graduation, Margaret spent three years at NRC in Ottawa, a fascinating time as Ottawa was full of young graduates from across Canada and Europe establishing their careers with the Federal government. Following Ottawa and the death of her mother, Margaret moved to Burlington to care for her father and to attend the school of library science at U of T.
In Toronto she met and married Ted in 1960. In 1971 the family moved to Lagos, Nigeria, then Ghana and Kenya as part of Ontario Hydro consulting teams. The West African years were among the most rewarding and interesting of her life, with many long lasting friendships and adventures.
In 1992 Margaret and Ted left Toronto to live in Peterborough, joining Peterborough Golf and Country Club, University Women's Club, bridge groups and book clubs, picking up more speed travelling the world. They visited their children in many foreign postings.
Avid reader, gardener, music lover, bridge player, golfer and political junkie. Six Mile Lake cottager, fond of a cold beer on the deck in the late afternoon. Her family and lifelong friendships were all important to her.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Stoker for twenty-four years of care, the Canterbury Gardens staff for their many kindnesses, Dr. Whiting, Kim Endicott and the PRHC palliative care staff for seeing her through her cancer with much thoughtfulness and compassion. If wished, donations to The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra or the CNIB would be appreciated.
The family will receive friends at Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, Peterborough on Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Margaret's life will be held in the Fireside Lounge at Canterbury Gardens, 1414 Sherbrooke Street West, Peterborough on Wednesday, October 19th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.