ELEANOR STEWART After a week spent at her cottage retreat on the Rideau, Eleanor lived her last days at The Bridge Street Retirement Residence before passing on Sunday, March 25, 2012. She was predeceased by her ex-husband Thomas, the love of her life. Eleanor is survived by her beloved daughter Janice and son-in-law Dr. Rad Wilson as well as her "just like a daughter to me" Sue Brown. Eleanor had a special family bond with her loving sister Bonnie who lost her devoted husband Bob just last year and her nephew Jim (Jan) and nieces Jane (Vic) and Robyn (Peter). She treasured her friendships with many people, especially her neighbour of 42 years, Phyllis Huff. Eleanor was born in Aylmer, Ontario in 1923 and moved to London for University at Western. After graduation, she worked at Labatt's until she married in 1947 and moved to Montreal, then Kingston and Westport. In 1960, she began a teaching career at Rideau District High School as the head of the Commercial Department. Tom and Eleanor made lifelong friends in the area, especially Eleanor and Joe Fahey, Dunc and Marilyn MacLennan and Joyce and Ernie Riddell. They also purchased land on the Big Rideau and built their cottage which over the years welcomed all of their family and friends. By the 1970s, she and Tom relocated to Belleville and Eleanor taught until retirement at Quinte Secondary. Eleanor was a busier than ever after retirement as a Friend of Glanmore, a weekly bridge player at St. Thomas Anglican Church, a PROBUS and Red Hat member and a Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) volunteer. Just last fall, she received the Distinguished Member's Award from RTO. Eleanor will long be remembered for her terrific sense of humour, her quick mind and intelligent dialogue, her feisty spirit and her superb organizational skills. She retained her wit and spunk to the very end. Eleanor loved all animals, especially her little cairn terrier Kari, who now lives with Janice, Rad, Sue and her nemesis, the cat Tinker. In lieu of flowers, she has asked for any donations on her behalf go to an animal charity like the Humane Society, World Wildlife Fund or the OSPCA. Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Bridge Street Retirement Residence for such fine and sensitive care during her final days as well as staff from the Community Care Access Centre. Private cremation has taken place and at Eleanor's request, an informal gathering to celebrate her life will take place at BURKE FUNERAL HOME, 150 Church St., Belleville (613-968-6968), on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sharing Time to commence at 2:30 p.m. Friends who join the family on this occasion are invited to wear something purple in her honour . Online guestbook at www.burkefuneral.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 31, 2012