Peacefully, at Sunrise of Oakville, at age 93. Predeceased by Ian, her loving husband of 35 years. Beloved mother of Stuart (Christine). Much loved grandmother of Matthew. Predeceased by her loving sister, Dorothy. Loving aunt of Ann and Margaret (Terry).
Margaret was born in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) after her parents emigrated from Scotland. Margaret left high school early while living in Edinburgh during WWII. The family returned to Toronto after the war where she met her husband, Ian, after he emigrated from Scotland in 1953.
Margaret became a stay-at-home mom when Stuart was born. After Stuart started school, she began to take one night course each year to obtain her high school diploma and then a BA in economics and political science from the University of Toronto.
Ian was diagnosed with cancer in 1987 and died at home in 1990. At the time, there was little support for people who wished to die at home. Margaret provided the funding to build Ian Anderson House, a residential hospice in Oakville. IAH provides quality palliative care in a home-like setting to residents of Mississauga and Halton and support for their families, all at no charge. Margaret’s tireless fundraising efforts led to the opening of the hospice in 1997, which has now served over 3,000 residents and their families. Margaret volunteered her time to run IAH for over 20 years.
In the process, Margaret became a champion of palliative care. In the early 2000s, Margaret made a donation to the University of Toronto to establish the Ian Anderson Continuing Education Program in End-of-Life Care. She received a number of awards over the years for her pioneering achievements, including the Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General Michaelle Jean in 2006 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Margaret enjoyed golf and played regularly with Ian and Stuart. They joined Credit Valley Golf and Country Club after moving to Mississauga. Margaret and Ian won the matrimonial tournament there twice and Margaret is a Past President of the Ladies’ Section.
Margaret loved dogs and the dogs she had over the years certainly loved her! Back in the day, she took home doggie bags before they became commonplace, except that the food in the bag was really for her dog!
Many thanks to the wonderful caring staff at Sunrise of Oakville where Margaret had resided since January 2019, including her “boyfriend” Jackie whom she educated about golf!
A private service will be followed by a celebration of life at a later date.
If desired, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Ian Anderson House Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Peel.