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"McEU" 2003 Obituary


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McEUEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-22 published
DE CASTRO, Mhairi Angela McLeod (née FENTON- McEUEN)
November 30, 1918 - March 19, 2003 Mhairi lived in Ste-Agathe, Quebec with her parents until she was five, when her mother died. Her uncle and aunt in Scotland, Dr. and Mrs. Stuart McEUEN, took her back with them to St. Andrews, Fife. On the death of her grandfather Dr. HUNTINGTON in St. Andrews, the McEuens returned to Quebec, Montreal, and Lac Ouimet in the Mont Tremlant area. Mhairi was educated in Montreal and Ottawa, where she was a pupil at Elmwood School for a while before finishing her education at a private school in Scotland. She left the United Kingdom at the outbreak of World War 2, but not before having an adventure in France driving ambulances. In 1937 Mhairi accompanied the McEUENs to the Canadian Arctic. Her uncle was conducting research into the health of the Native people in that area. During World War 2 Mhairi spent much of her time helping her aunt, Dolly McEUEN, run the Ajax Club for British sailors in Halifax. Many comforts, and brief holiday respites were made available to the sailors in private homes. As well, the club provided a place to go when they had leave from their duties on board ship. After the war the success of this venture produced enough funds to create fifteen scholarships for young men from the United Kingdom These young men were unable to attend university because of their service in the navy during the war. Now, the McEuen Scholarship would provide them with an opportunity to continue their education at McGill University. The McEUENs knew all these scholars well, meeting them at the dock when they first set foot in Canada. For many of them the McEUEN House became a home away from home. After the war Mhairi lived at 'Ottir', the house the McEUENs built on the side of a mountain overlooking Lac Ouimet, Quebec, until the late sixties when she and her aunt moved to Ottawa. Mhairi married her beloved Henry DE CASTRO in 1976, he died in 1989. Mhairi and her aunt created another scholarship for a Canadian to attend St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, and this will continue indefinitely. She cared a lot about these students and loved to hear from them, their progress and successes while at university and afterwards. Mhairi also maintained her interest in the Fraser Highlanders of which she was a member. Mhairi will be remembered for her generosity in providing donations of Canadian artifacts to Government House and to the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, as well as to the Louisburg Fortress and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Nova Scotia. Over the last years after Alzheimer Disease took away the life she loved, Mhairi has been cared for by Luci PEREIRA, her employee, friend, and loving caregiver, since the seventies. Luci headed the team charged with attending Mhairi, and deserves our thanks and praise for her devotion. Also appreciated is the compassion and nurturing of the nurses, staff, and doctors in the Villa Marguerite. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 125 Mackay Street, Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at 11 a.m. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers we request that you may think of making a donation to the Villa Marguerite or the McEuen Scholarship Foundation.

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