July 7, 1922 – December 6, 2022
Margaret (‘Marg’) Peel has died at age 100 (July 7 1922 – December 6, 2022), peacefully while in care at Suncrest Retirement Community in South Surrey, B.C. Private cremation arrangements have been made; interment likely shall take place summer 2023.
Predeceased (Feb. 10, 2020) by her husband of 75 years, Ronald Peel. From ‘home bases’ in Montreal and St-Laurent, QC. and then White Rock, B.C., Ron and Marg had the opportunity to travel widely. As long as they remained able, each year they were with family at the beloved cottage on Lake Scugog, ON. which her parents Lois & Bill Lucas built in 1929. Swims, games, canoe rides & community remained a joy there from her youth to old age.
Her passing leaves sons Terence (Carol), in South Surrey B.C., & Kenneth (Katherine), in Toronto; and 6 grandchildren + 11 great-grandchildren. Marg and Ron were predeceased by son William in 2018 (survived by Brenda, in Courtice ON.) and grandson Lucas in 2015, each lost to cancer.
Marg was born and raised in East York (Toronto), christened at Hope United Church (where in 1944 she married Ron), & remained faithful and engaged wherever she resided. She learned to dance at an early age, with Santa Claus Parades and CNE appearances and school events, and was still waltzing with Ron at their 70th anniversary. She swayed to any vintage tune. After working in Toronto at Eaton’s, and then when her parents moved to Montreal, at Sun Life, post-war Marg’s focus was devoted to raising the three boys, while also engaging in church & community activities – including helping the founding of an English public lending library in St-Laurent about 1959. Family recall Xmas turkeys and fruitcake, garden peonies & iris, applesauce & jams, fresh pies and cookies, bridge parties and social teas.
On Ron’s posting to a final Vancouver role with Air Canada in 1979 and their settling in South Surrey, Ron and Marg became very interested in the opportunities for boating and the many pleasures of the San Juan and Gulf Islands. She assembled a remarkable shell collection from cove and beach roaming & her world travels. Margaret was regularly seen volunteering at the Peace Arch Hospital Superfluity store.
Her July 7th 100th birthday included a loving family gathering, and greetings from Her Majesty, to whom Margaret was a loyal subject. Their passing, together in 2022, closes an age we shall not see again.
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