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Marie Paul Cairine MANN
Père : George Peter Galbraith Mann
Mère : Clara Anna Valiquet
Décès le : 2007-06-13
Parution : 2007-06-18
Conjoint(e) : Thomas Carlyle Thompson, Maurice Lightfoot
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

OBITUARY CAIRINE MANN Marie Paul Cairine Mann, daughter of George Peter Galbraith Mann and Clara Anna Valiquet, born February 17, 1909, died peacefully in her ninety-ninth year, on June 13, 2007, at the Montreal General Hospital, with her family at her bedside. Beloved Mother of Pamela and Susan Katherine. Adored Grandmother of Michael, Julian, Charles, Tom, and Alix, and much loved Great Grandmother of Isabeau, Kieron, Brigitte, Luna, Bruce, Antonia, and Izan. She was married to Thomas Carlyle Thompson, OBE, for 40 years until his death in 1970, and subsequently to Maurice Lightfoot until his death in 1987. She is survived by her only sister, Claire Van Bommel, nine years her junior, and by her sister-in-law, Barbara Whelan and family. Mum, 'Tiny Mother', 'Cockie', Gran T, and Great Granny T was a passionate and quintessential Montrealer. Half French and half English, she was to reside here for most of her life. During the war years she did hospital work, and helping others became a passion which was to become a big part of her life in later years. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Montreal Diet Dispensary. She contributed to the landmark study on Pre-Natal Nutrition which was led by her great friend Aggie Higgins. She was recognised by The Woman's General Hospital for her work there. She started a library, and she was a familiar figure in the poorest parts of Montreal helping people less fortunate than she was. As her daughter Sue would later recall, "Whenever Mum felt I needed reminding about what a privileged upbringing I was lucky enough to be getting, she would bundle me into the car and take me down to her regular haunts below the Main." She was blessed with an enquiring mind - always interested in what was new and what was going on around her. In 1999, at the age of 90, she took up the study of computers and found out that with email, she could stay in touch with friends and family around the globe. She was not without her own challenges, but always faced them bravely and with quiet determination. Her principles of life were solid, unyielding, and above all ethical. She was gracious and dignified - a great role model. As a result, she created a solid foundation, not only for her own family, but also for succeeding generations. She was always there to support and help in whatever was important to someone. She gave real meaning to the words, "You can depend on me." The family would like to thank the staff at the Montreal General Hospital, particularly Dr Michael Rasminsky, for their incredibly caring and attentive support during her confinement. Her ashes will be interred beside her parents in Ottawa and there will be a Memorial Service to be held in Ottawa in October. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. 'Care more than others think you should. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.' She will be sadly missed. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 6/18/2007

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