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"PYK" 2008 Obituary


PYKE 2008-04-26 published
PYKE, Mary Teresa (née McDONALD)
Peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, April 25, 2008 in her 88th year, Mary Teresa (McDONALD) PYKE. Predeceased by her beloved husband, John Francis PYKE Sr. Cherished mother of Daniel Kenneth (Vi) McDOUGALL of Cobourg, John Bernard (Lynn) of Trenton, Bernice (Dennis) McAFFER of London, James Francis (Diane) of Halifax, John Francis Jr. (Tinie) of London, Victoria (Bill) BARTON of London, and Les S. (Madeleine) of Kitchener. Dearly loved grandmother of twelve granddaughters, five grand_sons, five great-granddaughters and nine great-grand_sons. Dear sister of Kenneth (Gwen) McDONALD of St. Catharines, Angus (Jean) McDONALD of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Daniel (Carol) McDONALD of Sackville, Nova Scotia. Predeceased by sisters Geraldine MURPHY of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Frances COHEN, Sadie (Doug) TAILOR/TAYLOR and Pearl (Jack) TOMLINSON of St. Catharines. Daughter of the late Daniel K. McDONALD and the late Lucy (KENNEDY) McDONALD of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, retired from Revenue Canada Taxation. Visitation will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. with prayers at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 777 Valetta Street, on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Mary will be sadly missed by her faithful companion, Sheba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the London Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to

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PYKE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-24 published
BURGESS, Prudence Elizabeth (née PYKE)
At home in Ottawa at age 66, on Friday May 9th, 2008. She leaves her spouse, Andre MILLAR, daughters Serena and Fiona and granddaughter Kayla in San Francisco, sisters Bridget and Angela, brother James, their spouses Brad and Debbie, as well as sisters-in-law Diana and Mychele. She also leaves numerous close Friends and other relatives in California, Florida, and elsewhere in the U.S.A. and Canada. Born and raised in Hudson and Montreal, Quebec, she attended McGill University and moved to San Francisco and Marin County with her first husband, Theodore BURGESS, where they raised Serena and Fiona, and where Prudence worked as a real estate agent. They were surrounded by Friends and family who shared Prue's and Theodore's passion for good food and wine, the arts, and travel to Europe to savour its cuisine and its history. She was especially fond of Stinson Beach, where she and Theodore liked to entertain. Subsequent to the death of Theodore in 1992, Prudence married Andre and lived in Ottawa, Ontario, until her death. This new phase of her life saw the making of additional Friends, and work for Statistics Canada where she interviewed a wide cross section of Canadian society. In the summer, there were frequent stays with Andre in Jones Falls, Ontario, at the Kenney family inn and, in the winter, on Casey Key in Florida, where her parents had had a winter home. Casey Key, its beaches and sunsets, and the Smetts family (Bonnie, Bob, Debbie) became another home for her. Diagnosed with cancer in 2000, Prudence was determined to beat it until 17 days prior to her death. Throughout this time she was kindly and assiduously attended by the doctors Dent (whose care added 4 years to her life), Wong (always there in "stretcher bay" for her), Robillard, Drodge, Laurie, Aldridge -- nurses -- Carmen (kindly present at all times of need), Carol (devoted to her comfort unto the last moments), Beppi, Debbie, Andrea, Fatima, Sue -- and many others at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, and in her own home. With all of them, Prudence shared her optimism and her indomitable spirit to beat the odds. Her sparkling personality was larger than life. She was an amazing and wonderful woman, with immense sensitivity and great kindness. She was also wise, funny, willful and passionate, inspiring others to live life cheerfully, and with gusto. Her love touched all who knew her, be they family, Friends, professionals or those just met. Her warm embrace freely given was unforgettable, even as she lay dying. Andre's regret is not having been an even more supportive knight to this great lady. She was cremated in the Gatineau Hills near Ottawa, on May 12th, on a hillside not far from where they had both recently marked her 66th birthday. A gathering of Friends and relatives, to inter her ashes, will be held in Ottawa and in San Francisco, later this summer. Condolences and/or inquiries at (613-233-1143)

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