THOMAS, Mary Theresa (nee McConvey) - Mary died quietly after a long life on February 14, 2014. She was predeceased by her loving husband Paul and her sisters Paddy Smith and Virginia Biss and her brother Andy McConvey. She was the cherished mother of Jane Watson (Colin) and Peter Thomas of Bangkok, Thailand. Grandmother to John (Lisa), Tim (Linda), and Suzanne Tymkow (Brant) and great- grandmother to Laura and Annie Watson. The eldest of the six children born to Tom and Lucy McConvey, Mary was also sister to Betty (Ted) Biss and Ted McConvey (Jean) and sister-in-law to Mel Smith, George Biss and Daryl McConvey. Mary loved history and her family. Her greatest delight was in telling stories about her childhood on Armadale Avenue and the summers in Chatsworth and Atherley. Preferring the business world to the kitchen, Mary worked for the former City of Etobicoke for over 26 years, primarily with the Committee of Adjustment. Mary was never one to "suffer fools gladly," but if you were part of her family she would always fight for your dreams - even if she did not agree with them. Her favourite remarks - always said with a grin - were "if you are going to be a martyr, don't do it in silence" and "I told them, but they wouldn't listen." She enjoyed entertaining at Clontarf - the house Paul built - in the Lake of Bays area. But she preferred venturing around the world: on safari in Kenya, camel caravanning in the Sahara, paddling up the Amazon, and reaching Santorini by donkey. She has left us with a love of books and travel. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Neweduk-Erin Mills" Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (just east of Erin Mills Pkwy.), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 21st at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church (2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., just west of Erin Mills Pkwy.). Many thanks go to the staff of Sunrise in Mississauga for the excellent care they provided Mary over the past eight years. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 18, 2014