Elayne Webster

Elayne Patricia Webster (O'Neil)

Saturday, April 28th, 1928 - Friday, June 7th, 2019
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Elayne Patricia (O'Neil) Webster, 91, formerly of Mallorytown, ON passed away peacefully on Friday June 7, 2019, at Canmore General Hospital in Canmore, AB.

Born Saturday, April 28, 1928 in Cornwall, ON, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Snetsinger) O'Neil. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas “Tom” Benjamin Webster, two brothers, Bill and Edwin O'Neil and two sisters, Leonora Brady and Dorothy M. "Peggy" O'Neil Slade.
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Elayne grew up in Cornwall; that is where she met Tom, and where the couple were married in September 1955. The couple moved to Donnacona, QC on the banks of the St Lawrence River near Quebec City where Tom was the Resident Chief Engineer at the Donnacona Paper Company. Elayne immersed herself in entertaining and raising a family. Tom was eventually transferred, living in Pointe Claire, QC for many years where Elayne realized a long-held dream to sing when she joined the Sweet Adelines West Island Chapter which went on in 1979 to win first place in the North Atlantic regional competition in Worchester, MA. A final job transfer brought the couple to Brampton, ON where Elayne was a volunteer literacy tutor with the Peel Literacy Guild. Despite the moves, there was one constant, as summers were spent at the Webster cottage in Butternut Bay, near Brockville, ON.

Upon retirement in 1987 Tom volunteered with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) on various engineering assignments overseas. The first was a posting to Alexandria, Egypt for two years where Elayne taught English at the Schutz American School. Other assignments saw the couple posted to China, Columbia, Turkey, Chile and Indonesia. During this time Tom and Elayne purchased a home on the 1000 Islands Parkway but were soon smitten by what became their retirement home on Old River Road in Mallorytown where Elayne spent some 30 years enjoying the view of Singer Castle and the St Lawrence River.

The couple were keen golfers and after Tom passed away in April of 1995 Elayne continued golfing and kept busy looking after her home, gardening and swimming countless lengths of the pool in the summer. Every morning began on a treadmill, followed by a rowing machine and exercise bike. She was an avid walker and spent many hours walking along Old River Road. Elayne also traveled extensively on her own, enjoying trips to warmer climates during the long winters.

Elayne is survived by her three children, Peter Webster of Toronto, ON, Mary Wood of Canmore, AB and John Webster of Canmore, AB; grandchildren Dr. Melissa Wood of Saskatoon, SK and Jennifer Wood of Calgary, AB, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville from Friday, July 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 6 at 11 o’clock at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 66 Church Street, Brockville with Father Brian Price officiating. Interment will be in Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery, Brockville. Arrangements are being handled by Irvine Funeral Home, Brockville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity that was dear to Elayne’s heart, Ryan’s Well Foundation (, a Canadian charitable organization providing sustainable solutions to the water crisis in the poorest regions of the worlds’ developing countries.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
    66 Church Street
    Brockville, ON K6V 3X6
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    Fr. Brian Price
  • Interment

    St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
    1530 Lyn Road
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
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Jim & Judy Gaylord

Posted at 12:23pm
We just found out of Elayne’s passing....she was our next door neighbour on Old River Road in Mallorytown. Here are a few memories to share, my husband tried to helped her understand how to use the computer, she was determined to learn, especially emails. She was quite the girl, loved life, she would go for long walks everyday then come to the house to say Hi to she did, we also had a big hill on our driveway but she had no problem getting up it. She talked me into showing my gardens in the yearly community garden tour, talked about her golf games and every fall she would be out raking her leaves. On her birthday I would have her over for tea & cake and ask her how old she was, she always answered with “quite” ....Every Valentine’s Day she would bring out the roses her husband gave her on their last Valentines before he passed....she said it was as if he knew he was going to pass because he always gave her fresh flowers but that year he gave her artificial roses so she would always have them....we have so many other good memories of Elayne. We moved from Mallorytown in 1914 so lost contact with her but never forgot her....I know she had two sons and to them we are very sorry for the loss of your Mom, God Bless her soul, may she Rest In Peace.

Judy Gaylord Posted at 03:40pm

Sorry an error in my condolence above...we moved from Mallorytown in 2014 not 1914 and I just read that she had a daughter too, our sympathies to her as well.....Elayne was someone you would never forget, the world will miss her, Mallorytown especially💖 She always wore a hat so she always signed her name with a character drawing of her with a hat, cute🙏🏻

John Boyd

Posted at 04:01pm
Regrettably, we are unable to attend visitation and funeral.
There are good memories of Elayne, our 'Lady on the Hill'.
Sympathy to the family.
John & Tony

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Posted at 01:37pm
For John Webster and family - our thoughts are with all... from your friends and colleagues out west - Ben , Liz Sharon , Paul Yvonne , Jan and Wend
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Fran & Gary Dwyer

Posted at 11:35am
We send you thoughts of peace and courage.
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Linda Caldwell

Posted at 07:15am
I was Elaynes travel consultant for many years. Her extensive past knowledge always gave me great pleasure . I also had a great luncheon at her lovely home viewing her gardens and the River. I could understand her love of life. Always dressed beautifully .. yet quite a “spit fire”. Definitely will miss Elayne.. a “ one of a kind” lady.

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