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(nee Ahern)
Wife, educator, family historian, aunt par excellence and friend. At home, July 28, 2015. Born February 24, 1939 in Quebec City, she was raised in Parent, Quebec where she began her career in teaching which led her through schools in Hull (Quebec), Niagara Falls, Kanata and Orleans. For four summers (1970 to 1973) she lived in a tent trailer while pursuing studies at University of Ottawa. Monique was a superb, imaginative teacher who brought all her life experiences to the classroom, and her last job was as a vice- principal mentoring a new principal . After retirement, she was often recognized by parents and former students. Her interests included gourmet cooking, fine wines, literature, theatre, curling, travel and owls. She was fiercely proud of her French and Irish roots and overcame seasickness to visit Rainsford Island (Boston) where her father was born. Survived by husband Hugh, sister Pierrette (Lambert) and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Heritage Funeral Home, 2871 Boulevard St. Joseph, Orleans on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 1.00 p.m. A Celebration of her Life will take place in the Chapel at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be offered online at :

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Jul. 30 to Aug. 1, 2015.
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17 entries
September 1, 2015
I have just now heard of her passing. She was an amazing teacher and person. She was inspirational and knew how to get us to learn. Son inspiration était unique dans l'école. Sa passion, inoubliable. I learned more during her short time replacing our history teacher than in the entire year. Ses expectations pour ses étudiants en français étaient hautes, mais réalisables. My heart goes out to her family. I wish I would have had the opportunity to talk with her as an adult and express my thanks.
Oliver Foulkes
August 31, 2015
Mme Halliday was a wonderful teacher. I remember her very well, as she taught me and my brother for many years at Stephen Leacock P.S. in Kanata. I went on to study French and obtained my degree in translation, in part due to her love of French becoming my own. RIP, Madame. xox
Karen (Westmore) Frost
August 10, 2015
Hugh, very sorry to hear and learn of your loss in our newsletter. I sure many of the CAHS - Toronto members feel the same. My condolences to you and your family.
Lee Walsh
August 8, 2015
Hugh Please accept Hilda's & my condolences on your loss.
Alan Fell
August 8, 2015
I'm sorry you have lost your life long love. You have my sincere sympathy.
Bruce Burgess
August 4, 2015
Hugh, I am so sorry! It was such an inspiration to see the two of you attend the CAHS conventions together, and I so enjoyed hearing how you both researched together when you traveled to archives. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you process this new chapter of life.
Rachel Lea Heide
August 2, 2015
Redoubtable in the finest sense of the word, Monique wasn't fazed in the least to help pilot a brand-new Early French Immersion program 'way back in early 1970's Kanata. A one-woman institution, she moulded a generation of bright, highly precocious kids into fine, bilingual citizens. As a parent of one of those long-ago students, I remain grateful. Her name still comes up fondly, when members of that first class - now in their late 40's - get together.
Gail White
August 1, 2015
Hugh, Monique & I met @ Stephen Leacock PS in Kanata.She was an excellent professor of French to those first groups of English students in Eary French Immersion classes. Under her tutelage, learn it they did. The students & parents respected her. I admired her & we became friends over the years. Siobhan & I will miss her. Our condolences. Beth Mlacak
Beth Mlacak
August 1, 2015
Hugh. I am extremely saddened to learn of Monique's passing. She was a very fine lady and was clearly your soul mate and partner in all that you did together. Take strength in knowing that we will remember her fondly and that we are thinking of you in this time of extreme loss.
Rod Digney
July 31, 2015
My deepest condolences on the death of your wife, Monique.
Stu Tait
July 31, 2015
Dear Hugh,

Why do we take for granted that our friends will always 'be there'? Monique and Norma (with you) are always in my memory book of good times! And yes, Monique was a remarkable lady, and yes, you complemented each other as a couple, always sharing your experiences and knowledge.

I don't think I can make it to Orleans, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers,``

Warmly, Joan (of Wakefield)
F Joan Garnett
July 30, 2015
"The measure of a life is not its duration, but its donation."
Hugh, I am saddened to hear of your dear wife's passing.

Doug Zahody
July 30, 2015
I am saddened to hear of Monique's passing. I always enjoyed chatting with her when you two would drop by. She was always so nice to me.

My condolences,
Kyle Huth
Kyle Huth
July 30, 2015

I was very saddened to hear of Monique's passing. I did not know her well, but the few times that I met her at various historical gatherings she struck me as very fine lady who had a lot to contribute to the world. She will be missed.
Ernie Cable
July 30, 2015
Hugh, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Marc Ducharme
July 30, 2015
Hugh & family
We are very saddened to hear of Monique's passing...she was a wonderful lady and it was a pleasure curling with her these past years....she will be deeply missed.
Ray Barker & Marielle Campeau
July 30, 2015
Please accept our most sincere condolences. This is a great lost for you.
I immediately connected with Monique when she said she was from Parent, P.Q. I sent 4 summers there working as a summer student for the E.B. Eddy company. We would reminisce about the good "old" days in Parent when we got together.

Dick and Jane Pickering
Dick Pickering
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