Irene (Lockwood) OGILVIE
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OGILVIE, Irene (née Lockwood) November 6, 1919 - January 11, 2014 Irene has played her last bridge game. She bid us adieu in the depths of winter, a season she loved, leaving her loving children Keith Ogilvie (Francine Hallé), Jean Ogilvie (David Crowley), grandchildren Casey and Mika (Adam Coolidge), and a much anticipated first great-grandbaby on the way. Born in Regina, she loved Saskatchewan, especially her grandparents' farm near Cardross. She never missed a chance to bet on the western team in the Grey Cup or remind friends of her Prairie roots. In England when WWII began, she joined MI-7, then part of the British War Office. Two years later she transferred to the RCAF as a photographer, developing a lifelong passion that has provided rich documentation of the adventures of family and friends. Good memories were important to her, and she did her best to preserve them. Irene was a presence wherever she and her beloved husband Keith "Skeets" moved during his post war RCAF career-organizing events, participating enthusiastically in the community and contributing many volunteer hours. In the style of her great generation, she insisted on good manners, modesty and an unwillingness to complain even in the face of health challenges. She had an irreverent streak, loved good jokes and hosted countless picnics and dinner parties wherever the family lived. She was revered to the last by her Ottawa neighbours as the "Queen of Patterson Avenue", where she and Skeets based their retirement years. She fought a good fight, appreciating the best of life no matter her circumstances. For years after losing Skeets in 1998, she enjoyed winters in Victoria and the rest of the year in Ottawa. She remained active in her senior's residence, and most recently Perley Veteran's Health Centre. Bridge, dancing, festivities and outings always included Irene, even when she was confined to a wheel chair. Just as she missed her brother Gordon Lockwood (predeceased in 1938), Irene will be sadly missed by family and a great many friends. Deep gratitude for the care team at R2S, Perley, and to Dr. Pugh and the Medicine Team at the General. The family is planning a service of celebration of Irene's life when we can all gather on Friday, Sept. 5 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 217 First Ave. in Ottawa. Donations to St. Matthews Anglican Church (http://www.stmatthewsottawa.ca), Perley Rideau Foundation (www.perleyrideau.ca) or the charity of your choice would be gratefully received in lieu of flowers. www.mcgarryfamily.ca (613)-233-1143



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Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2014.
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January 21, 2014
Irene was a true lady, a gem of a human being and her soul will shine in heaven as brilliantly as in life.
I will miss you,
Anne
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