Toronto, Ontario

1952 - 2020


Toronto, Ontario


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...

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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.

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....

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

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...

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.

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...

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...

Margaret was inspiration personified and I am grateful for having known her. What a dynamo!!

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,...