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Margaret McGill

Margaret McGill (Smith)

April 1st, 1923 - February 3rd, 2021
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McGILL, Margaret (nee Smith)

Margaret McGill was a force of nature. Strong, proud and indomitable right to the end.

She passed away peacefully on February 3, 2021, at the age of 97.

From simple beginnings in Aberdeen, Scotland, second oldest in a large, boisterous family, Margaret crossed the ocean to build a rich and full life in Canada. A wife, mother and community leader, she went on to become active in politics, brokering deals in back rooms, managing campaigns for members of parliament and respected by premiers and prime ministers.

Margaret loved fiercely, expecting much and giving more. She had a wicked sense of humour, was always immaculately dressed and could turn the most ordinary outfit into a fashion statement with the quick addition of a perfect scarf or pin. Never one to sit still, she took great joy in the simple pleasures of life and was constantly delighted by a morning walk along the lake or a bright blue summer sky.

Margaret’s greatest joy of all was her family. After moving to Toronto, she met and married Ken, the love of her life, and had two children, Anne and John. Over the years, she became the beloved Nana to six beautiful grandchildren and four adorable great-grandchildren and loved nothing more than spending time with them and hearing about their antics and accomplishments. Margaret lived a remarkable life and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Margaret was predeceased by her devoted husband Kenneth William McGill. She was loving mother to Anne and John and loved mother-in-law to Chris and Alexandra. She doted on her grandchildren: Alexander (Marieke), Andrew (Shelby), Elizabeth (Tibor), Stephanie, Samantha and Sarah and her great-grandchildren: Catalina, Matteo, Owen and Hazel. She will also be missed by her large, extended family in Canada and Scotland.

If you wish to make a donation in Margaret’s memory, please give to a charity of your choice.

In honouring Margaret’s wishes a private family service has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at
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Shannon Kuypers

Posted at 09:54am
Hi Anne and John,

I wanted to send my condolences to you and your families. It's been awhile since I've seen many of you but I have fond memories of Margaret from family events when I was younger. I picture her always having a smile on her face. Sending love.

Shannon Kuypers (nee Smith)

Horochowskyj Family

Posted at 04:09pm
Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family! Our thoughts are with you.
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Joanne Racey

Posted at 01:53pm
Hi Anne,

My deepest condolences to you, John and your families. Marg was an amazing bright and full of energy. I will remember her as a shining light who was high spirited, engaging and had a wonderful aura surrounding her. When she laughed, we all laughed along with her. She will be missed by all......

Love, Joanne

Ofelia C Toms

Posted at 05:01pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Ofelia Toms

Posted at 04:46pm
We are sorry for your loss and would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom, Margaret. May our friendship and prayers ease your thoughts throughout this difficult time. Rod and I are here for you.
Rod and Alfie Toms

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