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Fiche créée le : 2005-10-27
Minnie GRAY
Père : George GRAY
Mère : Hattie
Décès le : 2005-10-27
Parution : 2005-10-29
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

GRAY, Minnie ("Eleanor"). Passed away on October 27, 2005 in her ninety-fourth year. Born in Greenwich Kings County, near Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Daughter of George and Hattie Gray, who both died in a horse and buggy accident when she was five, leaving her without family. In 1944 she enlisted in the Canadian Women's Army Corps, where she was trained as a nursing orderly and served as nurse to the (women's) Pipe Band. This group was sent overseas in July 1945 and was stationed in the Netherlands at Apeldoorn. The band gave scores of concerts for the Allied soldiers and civilian populations both on the continent and in England in the following six months. Her account of this period, which she remembered as the best time of her life, as well as her carefully preserved army uniform and medals, will be donated to the Canadian War Museum. After moving to Montreal she became a baby nurse; she is remembered fondly by many of "her children." During her long retirement she was a popular member of the Seniors' Club at the Women's Y, where she also took part for years in a special swim program for arthritis sufferers. She was a fun-loving companion of many of her fellow tenants at 4040 Girouard, a residence for seniors. During a long stay at the Palliative Care Unit of the Jewish General Hospital she won the hearts of staff and Hope and Cope volunteers. Many thanks to both for their exceptional care. We say goodbye to a gracious woman who showed that one can create "family" even if one doesn't have surviving relatives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 10:15 a.m., at Collins Clarke Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke Street West. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 10/29/2005


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