Mary Macleod

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82, passed away peacefully at her residence in Toronto on September 27, 2016. Loving Mumsy to Colin (predeceased), Gary and his wife Sharon, doting Granny to Jasmine and Sarina and Aunt Mary to Neva, Jason and Dylan.

Born in Coatbridge, Scotland January 15, 1934, Mary immigrated to Canada with her husband William (divorced 1978) and settled in the Yonge and Eglinton area of Toronto where she raised her two sons, Gary born 1958 and Colin 1961 to 1999.

Trained as a home economist and baker, she founded Mary Macleod's Shortbread in 1981, the first shortbread only bakery in Canada. Mary moved her bakery to the Riverside area at 639 Queen Street East, its current location. Mary "officially" retired in 2010 but continued to bake and meet customers at her leisure. She passed the reigns to daughter-in-law Sharon. The bakery continues to thrive and expand, ensuring her legacy lives on.

Retirement allowed Mary time to devote to her many interests including cooking for family and staff, horticulture, travel, reading and spending time with her babbies (granddaughters). She supported many charities and community events and had a special affection for her Urban Angel, St. Michael's Hospital and all their wonderful staff.

In the course of her years, Mary touched many lives with her kindness and thoughtfulness and her true love of her fellow man. She will be dearly missed.

Visitation in the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre - 375 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, ON. on Monday, October 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral in St. Paul's Basilica Parish - 83 Power St. on Tuesday, October 4th at 11 a.m. Burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mary's honour to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.


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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Visitation Centre, Crematorium and Mausoleum
375 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4T 2V8
(416) 485-9129
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Published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 1, 2016