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Obituary for Sophie Helen McFadgen (Woodley)

McFadgen, Sophie Helen (nee Woodley)
Sophie passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at age 101. Beloved wife of the late Duncan McFadgen (d. 2016); well-loved mother of Neil, Jan Schlee (Gary) and Diane Mann (David Bagshaw); cherished grandma of Ian (Laura) and Michael (fiancée Anna Ma), Laura Schlee, and Katie (Tyler Hoskin) and Scott Mann; and adored great-grandmother of Weston.

Sophie was born at her family home in Dundas. She met Duncan while working at the local dairy bar. They married in 1947 and subsequently moved to Burlington. They were a couple who did everything together for 69 years. Camping trips across Canada when the children were young led to extensive travelling as a couple once Duncan retired. The two enjoyed gardening, playing cards and get-togethers with their many friends. Nothing made them happier than gathering around the dining room table for Sunday dinner with their family.

A woman of faith, Sophie was a long-time, active member of Wellington Square United Church. She volunteered extensively in the community and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star for almost 60 years, serving as Matron of Lakeview Chapter #79, 1968-69, and later Secretary, and as Grand Representative of Arizona in Ontario, 1989-91. She was also a member of Rundle Chapter #108 in Guelph. An avid Jeopardy and Blue Jays fan, Sophie also spent many hours working on jigsaw puzzles with the help of her daughters and granddaughters.

Family came first and foremost for Sophie. She took great pride and delight in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, and was a keen attendee at their sports activities, recitals and performances. She has left a legacy of love, kindness, honesty and generosity to her family and friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Michael and Dr. Laura Foster, and their staff Kim and Mary, as well as to her long-time PSW Gloria for the compassionate support they provided. Diane’s loving, devoted care over many years enabled Sophie to remain in her own home after Duncan’s death.

A private family service has taken place at Greenwood Cemetery. A celebration of Sophie’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to Canadian Foodgrains Bank ( or to Canadian Red Cross (