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Claire Whitney

Claire Mary Whitney (Wilson)

Sunday, March 20th, 1932 - Friday, January 15th, 2021
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Obituary

Mary Claire Whitney

Words can not express the deep sadness we feel with the passing of Mary Claire Whitney on Friday January 15th, 2021, at home surrounded by her husband Ken and her children at the age of 88. Loving wife of Ken Alsop, mother to Rebecca (Martin), Krysta (Jody), Michelle (Mark), John (Jennifer) and William. Doting and cherished grandmother to Whitney (Paul), Katherine (Joel), Meredith (Gerry) and Lily and great grandmother to Acacia, Noah, Amelia, Quinn and Stella. Survived by her younger sister Barbara Giffen (Patrick) who she traveled with and sailed southern shores of Nova Scotia.

Predeceased by many family and friends, most notably her best friend Carol who beat her to the pearly gates. Claire touched the lives of all the people she met and included everyone at her table when she was cooking up a storm. She could light up a room (and work it!). The love of family and of friends, were her most precious values.

Claire loved her gardens and began organic gardening in the mid 70’s on the farm. She took up golf and canoeing in her 60’s, winter camping and cycling in her 70’s and the love of her life was her e-bike. Sweet with a side of zest, Claire was a true adventurer. She instilled the love of the outdoors and the appreciation of the natural world in all of us. Her spirit lives on.

Thanks to Dr. Anna and Dr. Sid and all the PSW’s at LIN as well as the entire Right at Home team, special thanks to Britney, who was a godsend to the family.

Government imposed Covid restrictions (that violate the charter of rights to gather) will not allow us to honor our mother’s life the way it should be. A celebration of life for Claire will take place when she can be honored properly.

Rest in peace mamma bear

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following charities
Guelph Humane Society
Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
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Trudy Taylor_Fong

Posted at 09:37am
Claires Auxilliary friends recently heard of her passing and we are all so very sad.
She was a wonderful, vibrant and fun lady who hosted us and fed us so many times with great aplomb.
She was SO proud of all of her children and always loved to share stories of " Those Whitney Girls !" and later of all the grandchildren. I so miss the laughs we shared with her and Carole but it is comforting the know that they are somewhere together , in good health. laughing and drinking a good wine .
My deepest condolences to all of you as you navigate through these strange times dealing with your grief.

Trudy Taylor-Fong
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Jane Merilee Howley

Posted at 10:57am
Thinking of Rebecca, Michelle, Krysta, and William with a heavy heart for you all and especially for these early and raw days.
I remember having lunch in your kitchen on Mont Street with your mum squeezing in yet another kid. A ride in the Jaguar with her at the helm.
Her big and ever present smile and joy exuding from her huge heart .
Rest In Peace Claire you made a mark on so many peoples lives . xxx
 

Merilee Howley Posted at 04:48pm

John of course I am thinking of you and don’t know how zi missed that. I will chalk that up to grief.
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Nancy

Posted at 03:51pm
Our deepest condolences and may your memories of your mom be cherished always.
Dennis and Nancy Snyder
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Donna

Posted at 02:45pm
Sincere condolences on the passing of your loving Mamma Bear. I have fond memories of Claire and her beautiful spirit and interactions with family. Donna Zuccala
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Shirley (Potter) Smith

Posted at 04:14pm
John, Becky, Krysta, Shelley, Will and Families,

My thoughts are with you all as you grieve the loss of your Mother. The loss of a Mother is a hurt like no other, especially when that Mother was as special as yours. Although it has been many years since I've seen Claire, I have always and will always remember her with a great deal of fondness. She was a beautiful Woman with a kind, gentle, gracious and patient soul who had an undying love for her Children. Her warm and welcoming nature was always greatly appreciated.

I wish for you all peace and comfort, may you gain strength from each other, your Families and Friends as you face the difficult days ahead. I will light a candle for your Mum, to help guide her way. RIP Claire, you will be missed by many.

With Deepest Sympathy and Much Love,

Shirley (Potter) Smith
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