12.04.2013 11:25 AM

Irene David Cleary

My Aunt Irene passed away on the weekend, another family member felled by cancer.

Her funeral is today in Knowlton, in the Eastern Townships, and I couldn’t get there on time. My Mom is there, however.

What can I tell you about her? To me – as a kid, as now – she was what Montreal was when it was at its hippest: Expo ’67, Trudeau (the elder), Habitat, all of that. She was cosmopolitan and multilingual and lived on two continents, and I thought she was from another world, back then. She was cool.

Anyway, say a little prayer for her, if you will. She was a good one. Thanks.

12 Comments


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    Patrick Deberg says:

    Sorry for your loss Warren. It seems too many good Canadians are falling victim to father time………………..


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    Arnold Murphy says:

    Warren, my deepest sympathies and best wishes for your family. I too had such an aunt, she was a flapper in the 20s though and maintained that free spirit to the end. She always reminded me of that joie de vivre and the life of a vagabond/gypsy/independent woman. It is seldom that I am reminded of her and I don’t smile, she always used to sing “putting on the ritz” a classy woman from a time gone by.

    thanks for sharing and reminding me of her this morning. Cheers 🙂


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    James Bow says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you and yours, Warren.


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    Malcolm Barry says:

    Done.


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    Tired of it All says:

    Warren, you have my deepest sympathies. Although I never met your Aunt, I know her well. Those were the people I grew up with in Montreal. They taught me what a tolerant and just world must look like. They are what Canada was. We are less now, without her. I hope your Mum travels safely.


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    W. Harrison says:

    Sorry to read about your loss Warren. She was obviously a special lady in your life. I am familiar with Knowlton and the Eastern Townships which is a beautiful area of our country.


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    Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Warren,

    My condolences.

    Fortunately, God has a special place reserved for the good ones, like your aunt.


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    Theresa Shaver says:

    my deepest condolences Warren to you to you and your family.


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    Michael Taube says:

    I’m very sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family, Warren.


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    Liane says:

    Dear Warren,
    A heartfelt thank you goes out of you for this post as well as for the beautiful floral arrangement delivered to the church. Thank you!
    My mother was an incredible woman. One of the many from this family.
    We will all cherish the moments we spent with her and the wonderful memories which were created in her presence. This, in itself, is a blessing.
    She is now ageless, timeless and forever in our hearts. She will be missed more than words can say.
    Hugs to you and yours,
    Your cousin,
    Liane


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    Cathryn Easterbrook says:

    So sorry to hear about Irene’s passing. She was an amazing person, so much fun and a great friend to me when I lived in Montreal. My condolences to her family.


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    Susan Foley says:

    I hadn’t been touch in with Irene for years since moving out of province, I thought of her often and always with a smile. Her sense of style and humour was wonderful. She was always radiant and uplifting, such a loving, kind friend she will be missed
    yet ever present in spirit because that what she was, all spirit. Blessings to her family she will be remembered well and often.

    In light and kindness,
    Susan Foley

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