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"HIT" 2003 Obituary


HITCHINGS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-14 published
STILL, Clare Kennedy
Helen Clare Kennedy STILL died in Kingston, Ontario, on the afternoon of April 7, 2003, after a long battle with Alzheimer disease. Clare was a self-appointed promoter of each city or village in which she lived. She was active in a number of groups and organizations and did thoughtful things for many individuals.
Because of Clare's organizational talent and knowledge of the hospitality business, she was asked to create the Café at the Kingston General Hospital and Captain Henry's Tea Room at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. Of all Clare's accomplishments, the best known and remembered is the creation of the outdoor café Summer Pantry In The Courtyard, which she operated during the summers from 1977 to 1987. The Downtown Business Association honoured her with the presentation of a certificate as a Pioneer of the Outdoor Cafés in Kingston. Summer Pantry was regularly listed in Where to Eat in Canada. Clare's artistic talent, displayed in the ambience of Summer Pantry, also defined her home. She received the Trillium Award for her front yard garden. The Stills' home was part of a fund-raising house tour for the Kingston Symphony. Clare made a difference, inspiring many individuals and working with a number of groups and organizations within the community.
Clare was born on August 1, 1929, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the first child of William Alexander and Helen Clare (née HITCHINGS) KENNEDY. Clare graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Home Economics degree. She and her husband Harold (a.k.a. Bus) lived in Kingston from 1952 to 1955 and returned to Kingston in 1965. They lived for two years in Blacksburg, Virginia, where Harold completed a PhD in Statistics. They lived for eight years in Alfred, New York. Her husband's work also allowed them to spend a year in LaJolla, California, and a year in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Clare will be greatly missed by Harold, her husband and life-long friend, sons Peter and Jonathan, Peter's wife Sharda (Yaj), grand_sons Andrew, Michael and Jason, sister Jan SHERIDAN, brother John KENNEDY, sister-in-law Jean, many cousins, nephews, nieces and Friends.
A service to celebrate Clare's remarkable life will be held at Chalmers United Church, 212 Barrie Street, Kingston, at three o'clock on Saturday, May 10, with a reception to follow.
In memory of Clare, please consider donations to the following: Alzheimer Society of Kingston (175 Rideau Street, Suite 201, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 3H6), Chalmers United Church, designated 'Radio Ministry' (212 Barrie Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 3K3), Kingston Regional Cancer Center (25 King St. West, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 5P9), Marine Museum (Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, 55 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2Y2), Providence Manor, (Providence Manor Site, 275 Sydenham St, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 1G7), or a charity of your choice. Harold's mailing address is 306-33 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 5E3. His e-mail address is
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