MacISAAC, Lois Love
Lois MacIsaac, a poet in words and in life, died peacefully on August 24 at the Jewish General Hospital at the age of 89. Born August 6, 1925 in Trenton, Nova Scotia, she raised three daughters-Linda, Catherine, and Judy-and sons Robert and Richard in homes in NDG and Pointe Claire. After the toil and joys of mothering, the ceaseless acts of caring and sacrifice, a million ready smiles, the tender comforting touches, and the occasional wielding of a fiery Scot temper-and after widowhood at 49-came the poetry. Much of Lois's published work was crafted when she was in her 70s and 80s, a time when she was also happily devoting a part of most days to a second generation of children as a grandmother, chauffeur, babysitter, cheerleader, and bottomless fount of chocolate and unconditional affection. Her poems and stories often dealt with them and with her own childhood in a steel town in Nova Scotia's Pictou County where her mother warred constantly with the coal-stained "battleship" linoleum and once served warm cake to fireman after they had doused the flames its baking had sparked. She also told of the adventures of a pretty young Maritimer in the wicked Montreal of the Forties. Lois wrote often of love, and not only because Love was her middle name. It was the lens through which she saw the world. It made it her natural impulse to celebrate each moment, and it helped her endure pain and hardship without complaint. Few who encountered her easy warmth and goodwill went on into their day without the curious feeling that they had been given a small gift. She was predeceased in 1975 by her husband and the father of her children, John Robert Vokey. She was the daughter of Daniel MacIsaac and Margaret Bell. She is survived by her five children and her adored and adoring grandchildren: Jessica, Katherine, Adam, Dylan, Matthew, Robert, Vincent, and Alasdair.
Published in The Gazette on Sept. 2, 2014