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"NYM" 2006 Obituary


NYMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-11 published
McKAY, Catherine Elizabeth (née McEWEN)
With quiet grace and dignity, Catherine passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, in Burlington. Beloved wife of the late Bev McKAY (1978.) Dearly loved Mom of Judy JoAnn, Jane and Bruce. Loving mother-in-law of Lind NYMAN, Bob KAY, Stephen Dowd and Jane McKAY. Proud and adored Gran of Jen and Kim and John NYMAN, Stephanie and Jodi KAY, Kyle and Jake DOWD and Casey and Nick McKAY. Cherished sister of Agnus CAMPBELL and the late John McEWEN and sister-in-law of Gwen McEWEN and the late Archie CAMPBELL. A special thank you to Doctor J. STROME and the nursing staff of 5 West and 5 South at Joseph Brant Hospital for their care of Mom. Friends will be received at Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New Street (at Drury Lane), Burlington, (905-637-5233) on Wednesday, October 11 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Catherine's Life will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 11 a.m. at Port Nelson United Church (3132 South Drive, Burlington) followed by cremation. Donations to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada or the Canadian Wildlife Federation would be appreciated by the family. Dodsworth and Brown "Burlington Chapel"

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NYMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-24 published
Boating accident kills Mississauga principal
Called 'respected, strong mentor' to pupils, staff, colleagues
Boat swept through gate in dam on Loon Lake, police say
By Jim WILKES, Staff Reporter
The popular principal of a Mississauga elementary school has died after a weekend boating accident in cottage country.
Ontario Provincial Police said Deborah MacDONALD was paddling a 12-foot motorboat across Loon Lake, near Kearney, to meet her husband at a public boat launch to put the boat in storage for the winter.
But the 53-year-old woman was apparently swept down a spillway in a concrete dam on the lake and struck her head on the dam's edge.
"The motor wasn't working, so she was paddling it," an Ontario Provincial Police officer said yesterday.
"Her injuries were grave," he said. "It was a tragic mishap."
Staff and students at Mississauga's Thomas Street Middle School, where MacDONALD was principal, were mourning her death yesterday.
In a letter to parents, Jim GRIEVE, Peel's director of education, called MacDONALD "an incredibly caring educator who was very involved with the students at the school and a recognized leader in education with 30 years of experience in the Peel board.
"She will be greatly missed."
Flags at Peel schools were at half-mast in her honour. Crisis counsellors were also at Thomas Street Middle School to help staff and students cope with MacDONALD's death.
MacDONALD had also been principal at Greenbriar Senior Public School in Brampton.
"She was a totally committed and dedicated professional," said Judith NYMAN, Peel's associate education director.
"At the heart of anything she's ever done… the best interests of students were always at the forefront.
"She has been a strong mentor, not only for students and staff, but also with colleagues, a highly respected person that people could turn to for assistance, advice and counsel," Nyman said.
Ken MacDONALD said he found his wife slumped in the boat when he drove around the lake to meet her on Saturday.
Police told him she likely suffered severe head injuries when she went through an adjustable sluice gate in the dam, he said.
He said he ran up a hill to get neighbours to call police and paramedics, then returned to the scene to give his wife aid until they arrived.
"I certainly tried," he said.
"I did everything I possibly could."
MacDONALD was taken to the Huntsville and District Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto, where she died Sunday.
"She has a wonderful legacy, from her beautiful children to a vast array of people from all walks of life," Ken said. "She enjoyed life to the fullest and was skilled at bringing people together."
Married for 26 years to Ken, Deborah MacDONALD also leaves daughter Becky, who is following her footsteps at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto, son Robert at Brock University and daughter Katie at Niagara College.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 2180 Hurontario St. in Mississauga at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

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