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MACFARLANE, Nancy Gilmour













Born November 23, 1923

Died September 1, 2021

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Mac, and is survived her two sons Neil and Duncan, their wives Eva and Catherine, granddaughters Alie and Jenn, niece Christina (husband Richard and daughter Lucy) and niece Pinky Isaacson.

She was a fiercely independent woman who considered every challenge an opportunity. She was a gifted artist and writer. Her letters are legendary.

As a young girl living in Point St Charles, she lost her mother at the age of 10 and was raised by her Scottish and Lithuanian families. Her father, John, later married Mary who became her mother and our grandmother.

During her days at Northern Electric during the war, she made many lifelong friends, including her best friend Thora Phaneuf, and the love of her life Mac, whom she eventually married.

When she moved to Ottawa in 2012 she was “adopted” by Neil and Eva’s friends and became part of a new, extended family.

She lived in her own apartment overlooking the Ottawa river until she was 96! She watched as her two beautiful granddaughters grew from babies to successful young women. Nancy was equally proud of her two sons, Duncan and Neil and their wives Catherine and Eva.

She will be deeply missed by her loved ones in Montreal, Ottawa, Almonte, Calgary and England.

A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, September 5th, at 1:00, at the Fairview Chapel. Donations to the Ottawa Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.




3 responses to “MACFARLANE, Nancy Gilmour”

  1. Pierre Lagalisse and Diane Lagalisse says:

    May you rest in eternal peace. Our thoughts are with all the family and friends you leave behind.

  2. Christina Walker says:

    Remembering Auntie Nancy with much love. We had two wonderful holidays with her in Calgary & here in England. At 80 years old she was energetic, enthusiastic & always up for the next adventure.
    I remember some of those famous letters that she wrote to me & to my mother in their younger days. Full of anecdotes & wonderful descriptions of nature & the changing seasons.
    Although we can’t be with you today we will be raising a glass with you all in appreciation & celebration of her life.
    Christina Richard & Lucy

  3. Pinky Isaacson says:

    Remembering Auntie Nancy and our 2 Hour Saturday night phone calls. I will miss them so much. We had so many laughs together. I enjoyed listening to her stories growing up in the Pointe with the Smith Family. She talked often about her trips with Mom to Calgary &
    Scotland and the fun they had together. They were two of a kind. You never knew what they would do or say. She was such an interesting & classy lady. I am honoured that she was my Aunt. I will never forget her & always think of her every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as that was our time together. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you tomorrow.

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