JACQUELINE JOAN WEBSTER (McAVAY, CAMPBELL) In the early morning of June 25, 2014 Jackie peacefully passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, Toronto. Jackie was born in this same hospital on May 18, 1930, the second of 4 sisters born to Jack and Margaret McAvay and moved, with the family, to St. Thomas, ON in 1950. An employee of The Canadian National Railway for 35 years, she held many positions prior to her retirement in 1988. During this time she raised her family of three boys: John, Joe and Jim, then boarded students from China attending high school in St. Thomas. She earned the role of "other mother" not only to them but also their friends as her home became one of their social hubs. Moving to Toronto, Jackie established residence at the "Palace Pier" where she made many very good friends and, with them, enjoyed an active and fun-filled social life. She loved to entertain and was often called "the hostess with the mostest". Travel became an important part of life as she visited places on all 5 continents, but most often to China to visit with her "other children" with whom she toured extensively. Her sisters would like to extend special thanks to Anna and Bill Shea, to John, Ester, Keegan and Dylan Burt and to Bill Rupert for their exceptional help and kindness to Jackie, especially as her health deteriorated. They were her rocks and roots. Jackie was predeceased by her sons, John, Joseph and James Campbell and her sister Peggy. She is survived by her sisters Georgia Clarke (St. Thomas), Paddy Meyer (Brampton), grandson Sean Campbell (Vancouver) and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her Chinese brood, in particular Connie Ngan (Mississauga) and Frederick Lau (Hong Kong), her travelling companion Jean Manson, dear friends Bill Rupert and Linda Ewan and her many friends at the Palace Pier. Visitation on Monday, July 7th at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8th at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, 409 Markland Dr. (corner of Markland Dr. and Bloor St. W., west of Hwy. 427). A reception will be held at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, gifts of blood to The Red Cross or donations to Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated. Online condolence may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from July 5 to July 6, 2014