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Photo de Mary Anastasia NICOLL
Fiche créée le : 2008-11-23
Mary Anastasia NICOLL
Père : Nicoll
Décès le : 2008-11-23
Parution : 2008-11-26
Conjoint(e) : Gordon CATTON
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

CATTON, Mary "Nicky" Anastasia (nee Nicoll) Born in Kingston upon Thames, England on February 23, 1923. Died peacefully at home in Toronto, Ontario on November 24, 2008 surrounded by her family and pets. Predeceased by Gordon, her husband of sixty years. She will be profoundly missed by her brother Jim and his family, her six children Charles, Pam, Debbie, Jane, Andrew, and Jimmy, her 16 wonderful grandchildren, and her kind and dedicated caregivers Thang Guite, Eric Abergas and Chris Madzunkov. Nicky spent the formative years of her life in England, where she trained as a nurse. In wartime England, Sister Nicoll distinguished herself as decisive, practical, and administratively strong. Two life-long relationships were born of this time: the first with Diana "Dicky" James (now Thomas), the second with Gordon Catton, whom she married in 1947. In 1952, after the birth of Charles, they moved to Ottawa, Canada to make a better life for themselves. She devoted the remainder of her life to the role of wife and mother. While her husband loved and respected her as a pillar of strength and support, her children admired her whimsy, strong sense of justice, and deep affection for animals of all kinds. Nicky had a special talent of communicating to children through creative rituals. Whether it was through word-play, song, or playful stories and games, her children and grandchildren have inherited an imaginative legacy. It was Nicky's strong sense of right and wrong that marked her relationship with the world around her, to be incorporated in the core values of the family. Finally, Nicky's love of animals even exceeded her passion for politics, Margaret Thatcher, reading the dictionary, doing crossword puzzles, and studying English history. A great many pets, domesticated and wild, thrived under her care and affection. This animal-loving tradition has been strongly instilled in the two generations that follow her. Nicky leaves behind a life and legacy that touched all those who loved her. She was outstandingly practical and sensible; loyal, loving, and wise; fiercely intelligent and intuitive. She passed on a deeply positive influence to the lives of all her children and loved ones. She is irreplaceable and will be dearly missed by her family and her friends. The funeral service will be held at 11 am Thursday, November 27 at ST. ANSELM CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1 McNaughton Road, Toronto. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in Ottawa in the spring of 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations, if so desired, may be made to The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through . Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Chapel & Reception Centre 416-487-4523 Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 11/26/2008


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