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Eileen Mary Macedo
(1932 - 2012)
Eileen passed away peacefully in the early morning of October 21, 2012 in Toronto. Beloved wife of Luiz Macedo of Kitchener. Loving mother to Lara Taylor (Brian), Douglas Muzyka (Christine Calbry), Jim Muzyka, Joanne Rush and Donna Muzyka (Paul Martin). Proud grandmother to Blair Taylor; Adelaide and Amelia Calbry-Muzyka; Michael, Sydney, A.J. and Sam Rush; Jack, Charlie and Ethan Martin. Her grandson Ryan Taylor and her first husband Walter Muzyka predeceased her.
Eileen was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 22, 1932 to Anne and John Beechinor, the ninth of ten children. Her two brothers Father Ron Beechinor and Robert Beechinor both of Saskatoon, survive her. Eileen's greatest joy was her family. On May 3, 1952 she married Walter Muzyka in Saskatoon. Together they raised a family of 5 children while living in many cities across Canada including, Vancouver, Montreal, Chatham and Kitchener. It was in Kitchener that she lived for over 30 years prior to moving to Toronto in 2008. In her later years there, she met and later married Luiz Macedo on June 23, 2001. After a successful career as a homemaker, Eileen worked in the payroll department of Mutual Life of Canada from 1977 to 1989. She was an active member at St. Mark's Catholic Church and volunteered her time with many charitable organizations including The Hospice Association. She was a 'master strategist', particularly when it came to her abilities in Bridge. She was also a voracious reader. This past June, Eileen was overjoyed to celebrate her eightieth birthday with her whole family at her side.
The family wishes to thank her loyal caregiver, Marlyn Pajarillo and the staff at The Donway for their excellent care.
A celebration of Eileen's life will take place at 11am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 24 Cheritan Avenue, Toronto on Saturday October 27, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society (www.alzheimer.ca).
"May the roads rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand."

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Oct. 25, 2012