Margaret Euphemia Dagenais

Margaret Dagenais Obituary

Margaret Euphemia Dagenais

The family announces with great sorrow the passing of Margaret Euphemia Dagenais after a brief illness on Friday, December 1 at Timmins and District Hospital.

Margaret was born in Clark’s Beach, Springfield, Newfoundland to Richard and Lucy Warford on January 1, 1926. Mom was predeceased by her first husband Albert McMillan in December 1945, and by William (Bill) Dagenais on September 20, 2003. She was also predeceased by her son Paul Dagenais on July 3, 2013, and a great grandson Justin Dagenais. She was the last of the Warford clan from Clark’s Beach, outliving her six brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her son Albert “Butch” (Margo) McMillan and daughter Carole (Ivan) Hamelin. As well, she is survived by her grandchildren Christopher (Michelle) McMillan, Michael (Lana) McMillan, Katie (Adam De Caire), Patrick (Kelly) Hamelin, Candice Hamelin (Paulo), Terrence (Amanda) Hamelin, Michelle Dagenais and Sherry Dagenais.

In addition, Grandma D. as she was affectionately called by her great-grandchildren, is survived by numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to two of those nieces, Linda Theberge and Lillian Baker, who spent many hours visiting Mom at Spruce Hill and who maintained a vigil at T.A.D.H.

Mom emigrated from Newfoundland to South Porcupine in 1943 and by the end of 1945 she was a bride, a widow, and a mother. She lived with her brother Richard and his family for a short period of time until she married Bill.
Mom was determined to do well for her family, and she entered the world of work shortly after the birth of her third child. She was employed at Lloyd Richard’s Shoe Store in the Sky Building and eventually went to work for R.A. Beamish Store where she worked until the store closed.
Her final place of employment was at the Metropolitan Store in the 101 Mall.

In 1983, shortly after retirement, Margaret and Bill bought their cottage on Gibson Lake. As is the case with most family cottages, it became the centre for many family activities. Most importantly, Mom and Dad and Uncle Richard spent hours exploring the Gibson Lake “Bush” on
their three wheelers. They fished, they hunted, picked berries, cut wood and enjoyed life.

Margaret and Bill moved to Sydenham in 1991 for a short period of time, returning to the cottage each summer and eventually returning to South Porcupine for good.

Mom had a wicked “Newfie” sense of humour which she didn’t necessarily share with her family but did so with many of her friends at Lakeview Apartments, or Spruce Hill Lodge. 

She will be missed by many but there are three special people who visited her at Spruce Hill. They took her out to appointments, for lunch, to do some shopping or just for a drive. Each of these friends, Gina St. Denis, Martine Desrochers, and Nancy Zabirka had formed a very special relationship with Mom. 

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the nurses, the student nurses and the staff on Medical C who provided excellent care and comfort to Mom. As well, a thank you to Dr. Hopkins and the nurses and nieces who comforted her in the palliative care unit. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Miron and Dr. Parr for their care as well, and to Anne Marie Sorsa and Donna Gravel for their guidance and counselling during this difficult time.

Cremation has occurred and family and friends will be invited to a Celebration of Life at a later date. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Spruce Hill Lodge – Recreation, or to Timmins
and District Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Stinson Funeral Home, 100 Bruce Avenue, South Porcupine, ON, P0N1H0 (705)235-2900


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