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"LUF" 2008 Obituary


LUFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-21 published
RAYNER, Phyllis Marie (née GALLAGHER)
Peacefully, as the sun rose in Brantford, Ontario, on June 20, 2008, Phyllis RAYNER, a cherished mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and proud nurse, died in her 86th year. Predeceased six months ago by her beloved soulmate and husband of 56 years, George. Wonderful and fun-loving mother of Shelagh (Bruce PETERSON,) Mississauga; Moira (Les WHITE/WHYTE), Ottawa; Barbara (friend of Paul FLANAGAN), Strathroy; and George (Lori LUFF), Mississauga. Adored Grandma of Susan, Kathryn (fiancée of David LUND,) and Brian PETERSON; Emily (fiancée of Stefan GINGRAS,) Elizabeth (Alex SARABURA,) Fraser, Anna, and Mary WHITE/WHYTE; and Abigail, Joshua, Zachary, and Jessica RAYNER. Honorary mother of June (Ray) LOW/LOWE/LOUGH. Dear sister of Richard (Mary) GALLAGHER, Regina; and Louis (Vivian) GALLAGHER, Thunder Bay. Predeceased by sister Patricia (late Gerald) McKAY, brother George Patrick GALLAGHER, and George's family Rev. Father Frank RAYNER, OMI, Patricia POCOCK, and Angus RAYNER. Survived by Michael and Mary (RAYNER) HADDON, Joseph POCOCK, beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. Born October 3, 1922, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Doctor Patrick J. GALLAGHER and Marie Cecilia DRISCOLL, Phyllis graduated from Saint Mary's Academy, St. Boniface Hospital (R.N., 1944) and the University of Toronto (PhN, 1950). For many years she was a Public Health Nurse in Brantford, retiring in 1988 as Acting Director. A tireless volunteer, organizer, and crusader for social justice, Phyllis was the first female chair of the Saint_Joseph's Hospital board, a past chair of the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital Community Advisory Board, a past chair of the Canadian Mental Health Association Task Force on Housing for the Psychiatrically Disabled, a past chair of the Mohawk College Studies in Aging Advisory Committee, a founding member of the Nova Vita women's shelter, and a past board member of the Brant County Children's Aid Society, the Brant District Health Council, the Children and Youth Services Council, and the Brant and Branford Housing Authority. She also worked on the Ontario Provincial Psychiatric Hospitals Strategic Planning Committee and at the Ontario Board of Parole. A lifelong Liberal, Phyllis served as president of the Brantford Liberal Party. She was also a Companion of the Sisters of Saint_Joseph. She was awarded the Canada 125 medal in 1992, the J.A.D. Marquis Award for her contribution to health care in Brant in 1995, and last month she was delighted to be presented with the Mission Legacy Award by the Saint_Joseph's Healthcare System. Phyllis will long be remembered for her incredible joie de vivre, wicked sense of humour, common sense, and quest for adventure. She loved her family fiercely, cultivated life-long Friendships, and together with George, welcomed all to their home with open arms. She will be greatly missed. Visitation at McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North, Brantford, Monday, June 23, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, on Tuesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. If desired, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Saint_Joseph's Lifecare Foundation or the Canadian Mental Health Association.
McCleister 519-758-1553,

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