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Mary Heathcote

Mary Heathcote

Saturday, October 17th, 1953 - Saturday, June 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Heathcote, Mary (nee Loran) aka “Miss Mary”

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a truly special person. Lovingly cared for and surrounded by family, Mary peacefully passed at her home in Burlington on June 20th, after a brief and intense battle with cancer.

Loving wife of Doug for 44 years, beloved mother of Sherry and Kimberly, second mother to James and devoted “Gra” to Andrew and Owen. Predeceased by her parents Katalin and Gyorgy Loran. Mary will be greatly missed by her sisters Eva (Paul), Jacqueline, and Patricia (Emmanuel), brothers Leslie (Sindy) and Alex, sister-in-law, Margaret, her niece and nephews and her extended family in Hungary, whom she recently had the pleasure of visiting. Mary will be missed by her many wonderful friends.

Mary grew up in Montreal, where she was involved in Hungarian scouting at an early age. This fostered her love of camping where she became deeply involved with Scouting and volunteered for over 30 years with the Girl Guides of Canada, as both a Sparks leader and Brown Owl in Burlington. During her summers she would often spend time volunteering at Camp Kiawa. She graduated from Sheridan College as an ECE in 1980 where she passionately began teaching children. She taught at St. Elizabeth’s Co-op Nursery School, where she was affectionately known as “Miss Mary” for 30 years. Miss Mary had the ability to connect with each student and help them reach their potential. She was committed to helping families and children with autism and continued to help children in the summers through the Evenstart program. She inspired and touched many lives. Always a busy person, she was involved with both St. Patrick’s Church and School, organizing the children’s liturgy, Christmas pageants, back to school BBQ’s and various fundraising efforts. Even in “retirement” she continued to work where she would help assist and brighten the day of many. She was a proud Montreal Canadiens fan, loved celebrating holidays, especially Christmas and cherished her time as a grandmother or “Gra”, which fittingly means “Love” in Gaelic. She enjoyed life each and every day, always finding time to ensure those around her felt her love and support. Her kind heart, warm eyes and beautiful smile will be forever missed.

Though there are too many individuals to name, the family would like to thank all healthcare professionals who cared for her. Know that the care and compassion you provided, even in the most uncertain and challenging of times, is greatly appreciated.

Mary always enjoyed a good party. A celebration of life and memorial will be announced at a later date. A private family service to be held. In memory of Mary, donations may be given to the Girl Guides of Canada or to Scouts Canada to help children participate in the programming she so greatly valued.

“Those who live no more, whom we loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts. And what they did and who they were becomes a part of all we are, forever.”― Richard Fife
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Anne Bright

Posted at 02:24pm
We are so very sorry to learn of Mary's passing. She will always be Miss Mary to our family. Miss Mary was our son Tom's first teacher and she was perfect for Tom who has Autism Spectrum Disorder and at the time (age 2.5) did not speak and had difficulty with sensory issues. Miss Mary was so kind, patient and loving toward Tom. We know that she had a positive effect on Tom over the years while he was attending preschool at St. Elizabeth's. Tom, now 29, still remembers the songs that Miss Mary taught to him! With deepest sympathy from The Bright Family.
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Robert Charles MacLaren

Posted at 12:07pm
I remember Mary as one of the pioneer founding members of the St. Michael’s Rover Crew, the first coed Rover Crew in Canada. She helped break the mild. She had the strength and determination to stand for an equal partnership of males and females and would back down to no one. She had a great sense of humour. It’s as if after all these years I can still hear her laugh. I’m so sorry to have lost touch but she obviously went on to live the Rover Motto, SERVICE! I’m proud to have known her.
Bob MacLaren
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Laura Howard

Posted at 11:12pm
We are so lucky to have known Miss Mary. She taught both of our kids at St. Elizabeth's. I will never forget her kind heart and that twinkle in her eyes! Our kids' experience at St. Elizabeth's was so great because of her. She made every child feel special and loved and part of something. She encouraged them to explore and taught them to love learning. She will be greatly missed!!! My sincere condolences to her family during this difficult time. Laura, Geoff, Izzy and Ethan
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Paul and Karen Maslovskis

Posted at 01:31pm
Our sincere condolences to Sherry, Kimberly, Doug and families.
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Kristy

Posted at 08:57pm
We were also very fortunate to have met Miss Mary at St Elizabeth's. She had a warm smile and gentle approach that drew our children in and set the early foundation for them to be excited about learning. My son still remembers their "disagreements" over which hockey team was better (Leafs or Habs) and we were so grateful for her willingness to embrace our daughters special needs in the same way she embraced all her other students. Miss Mary had a heart of gold and we have reflected on our memories with her at St. Elizabeth's often.
Extending our deepest condolences to your family.
Kristy (Warren, and Elise)
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