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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 (www.ryanswell.ca), a Canadian charitable organization providing sustainable solutions to the water crisis in the poorest regions of the worlds’ developing countries.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

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

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    Address
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    66 Church Street
    Brockville, ON K6V 3X6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Brian Price
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
    Address
    1530 Lyn Road
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
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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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Nathan

Posted at 10:02am
Please accept my condolences for the passing of your dear loved one. When someone we love dies, the heartache and grief can be great. I hope that you can be comforted knowing that God cares for you and sees your pain. (1 Peter 5 : 7) "He is close to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34 :18) May you find comfort and relief during this grievous time, as you cherish the precious memories of Elayne.
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