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Margaret Ko IMAI-COMPTON
1952 - 2020
BORN
1952
DIED
2020
MARGARET KO IMAI-COMPTON Margaret Imai Compton passed away on the evening of April 12, 2020 at the Princess Margaret Hospital after thriving with ovarian cancer for almost 7 years. Born in 1952 in Kichijoji, Japan. She is survived by her brothers Shin (Kathy Laird) Imai, Ray (Ann Fearon) Imai and daughter Carly Mei Imai Compton. Margaret was known for her passion and energy both professionally and personally. She had three great passions in life; her work, her daughter and mountain climbing. She studied Library Science at U of T and went on to work in market research. From corporate life, she went on to start her own company specializing in qualitative research. She was honoured by the Market Research Intelligence Association as a Research Fellow. Her great passion was for mountain climbing. She was a technical rock and ice climber at an advanced level. She summited almost every major peak in the Rockies, Europe, New Zealand, Africa and South America. She went rock climbing between chemo treatments. She will be missed. Updates on the memorial service will be provided by emailing [email protected]. Donations in her name can be made to the Alpine Club of Canada by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2VhQNqx This is to the Margaret Imai- Compton Fund for a program called 'Girls on Ice' dedicated to teen age women.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Apr. 24 to Apr. 28, 2020.
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To Margaret's family, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She had the most tremendous energy and spirit. What an amazing soul she was. I am honoured to have met her.
Shainhouse
June 25, 2020
I met Margaret at an ice evolution week with Yamnuska in 2009 where we were paired up for the multi-pitch day. She ended up hosting our group multiple times for dinner that week. I enjoyed my time with her sooo much and we stayed in touch for years after that. I am so glad I had a chance to get to know this wonderful, unique, loving, and fabulous woman. I cherish the week we spent together. It was a short time, but was enough to become very fond of her. I send love and comfort to her family. She will be truly missed.
Melissa Faulkner
Friend
June 23, 2020
Dear Carly and Margaret's family, Deepest sorrow for your loss and the loss to many touched by Margaret's love, energy and charm. Margaret was extraordinary in her commitment and courage to engage with life. She was generous with her skills, wisdom, and treasure. She was a treasure herself and to know her was to be blessed by a unique individual. God bless her journey up the highest peak and eternal love. -Robert Massoud and Beth Currie
May 16, 2020
Loving mother, successful career woman, enthusiastic mountaineer. These of course are the broad strokes of Margaret's life. But God is in the details, as the saying goes. So here's another share. Margaret was a classically trained pianist; and as a PK (preacher's kid), played the organ for her dad (Rev. Canon Imai) at St. Andrew's in the Annex throughout her teens and twenties. She was also a lifelong fan of 1960s pop, soul, R&B Motown for short. Rushing home from Oakwood Collegiate, she would fire up the old TV and dance along to American Bandstand while chatting on the landline phone to a girlfriend doing the same (these were the days of very long extension cords). And remember 45s? Margaret had stacks of them! So let's pull out one of her favs from the pile, and play it loud and proud:
David Compton
May 11, 2020
My deepest condolences. I am so saddened to hear of Margaret's passing. She was a dear friend, even in our physical distance, and I will cherish her enthusiasm, chutzpah, generosity, inclusivity and her grace. I'll always explore the mountains with her In my thoughts. So much love to Carly and Margarets Brothers. She touched many and her loss is deeply felt.
Debora De Napoli
May 6, 2020
Margaret was indeed a woman of many talents, and fluency in Italian (as mentioned recently in Lidia V's wonderful tribute) was yet another one. Growing up in Corso Italia (Toronto's other Italy), attending Oakwood Collegiate, serving on the student council, Margaret fell in love with all things Italian -- so much so, that she spent the better part of a university year studying and travelling in her adopted motherland. And of course, she delighted native speakers wherever she went: 'Hey, check this out ... La Piccola Japanese! ... brava!' Margaret even went so far as to name every car she owned after her Italian heroes: Ricasoli, Garibaldi, Vespucci, etc. So yes, long before 'La Piccola Alpinista', there was yet another Margaret, one of many; who will always be remembered as one of a kind.
David Compton
May 6, 2020
Margaret and I shared many lunches, coffee and chats over the years. I always walked away from our visits with renewed energy and positivity. She embodied the idea of living life fully. I know she battled hard during those 7 years of living with Cancer. Any moment she had between treatments, were spent living life fully and travelling to higher summits. The other little part of Margaret many may not know is she spoke Italian like a real champ. It always amazed me how this cute Japanese lady could rock that Italian accent. I miss her and our lunches and our perky chats. She left behind a legacy and inspired many of us along the way. Rest in Peace Amica. xoxo Lidia
Lidia Vetturetti
May 4, 2020
Margaret was inspiration personified and I am grateful for having known her. What a dynamo!!
Jim Hansen
May 2, 2020
Over fifty years of friendship, so many amazing times together-from our high school days at Oakwood Collegiate to the present day when you shared your love of climbing with our grandson. In between, how many get togethers with our friends, sharing wonderful meals and lively conversation, watching our kids grow up...
Marg, your life always brimmed over with laughter and adventure-you will live in our memories and in our hearts.
Much love and warm hugs, forever.
George, Marg, Heather, Michael and Ollie
May 1, 2020
Many fond memories of our shared adventures.
David Compton
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April 30, 2020
Margaret was such a wonderful person, a shining star, always bringing positivity, warmth and joie de vivre to the people and spaces around her.
Margaret, you will forever be in our hearts and in our fond memories.
Rest in Peace dear friend.
Vasco Rodrigues
April 28, 2020
Margaret was like a mentor to me - she had such a positive outlook on life. She was a very king, generous person, and a brilliant moderator. When I started my own company, she encouraged me and hired me for my first contract. She will be missed.
Pascal Patenaude
Coworker
April 28, 2020
I had the unbelievable pleasure to be Margaret's personal trainer for the past 9 years. Her attitude, even through her chemo was the most inspiring thing I've ever experienced.

Margaret, thank you for showing me what a women fully alive looks like. Thank you for your generosity in everything. I know you are climbing all the mountains now.

Lots of love,
Annette and family
Annette Papa
April 27, 2020
This is very sad news. I had the pleasure of being a client of Margaret's in the early 2000s. I fondly recall her warmth, generosity and enthusiasm for her work.
Philip Conliffe
April 27, 2020
Margaret was always such a positive, happy person. I always enjoyed working with her because of her positivity. I was a client for her as a moderator and she was always very hard to book because she was so much in demand.
Michael Edwards
April 27, 2020
RIP Margaret.
David Harris
Acquaintance
April 27, 2020
"Do not think of me as gone.I am with you still in each new down,every mountain peak and every drop of rain"
Margaret as a friend of 22 years I want to tell you that You were Very Unique Person, radiating positive energy around yourself and others.You altered our life and made us better human beings.
Your friend for ever
Vitek Warchol
with Family.
Vitek Warchol
April 26, 2020
I have many fond memories of Margaret. She was smart, funny, generous and brave. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends.
Louise Hill
April 26, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Margaret's death. She was a true bright light ... intelligent and multi-talented. I worked with Margaret when I started out in the MR industry and she was a most generous mentor. My deepest condolences to the family.
Melanie Kaplan
April 26, 2020
I had the privilege and pleasure of being Margaret's travel doctor. I will not forget her enthusiasm, her courage and her smile.

Mark Wise
April 25, 2020
Margaret will always be present in the beauty of Misty Valley and in the spiritual spaces of the mountains she loved so much. She lived fully and generously and wanted the same for all who loved her. I will miss you Margaret.
Vivien Ratcliffe
Friend
April 25, 2020
Vivien Ratcliffe
April 24, 2020
I worked with Margaret many years ago and am so pleased to see that she lived such a rich life. I knew back then that she was destined to grab life by the tail.
Meredith Ware
April 24, 2020
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