A resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg, for the past six years, Heather McIntosh passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 12, 2013. She was 88.
Heather was born in Vancouver, B.C. on March 15, 1925, to her parents William and Gladys Hetherington (nee Horne). Mary moved with her family to Deseronto, Ontario, when she was two years old, to live with her grandparents.
At age 11, she moved to Malartic, Quebec, where her father had opened the mines, and remarried, Florence Platt of Boston.
After finishing her elementary school education in a log cabin, Mary attended Ontario Ladies College in Whitby, Ontario for her secondary school years. There she made many close friends with her classmates who were there, from Britain, during the war.
She was very active in her school and was elected Head Girl in her senior year. Upon graduation, she chose to attend Ottawa Civic Hospital for her nurse’s training.
It was here that she was ‘nicknamed Heather’ and it stuck when her classmate Betty Hamilton introduced her to Glenn McIntosh.
Sixty-five years ago Heather married Glenn on June 12, 1948 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. They lived in Ottawa until moving to Williamsburg in 1951.
Heather and Glenn had three children who were born into the very large extended McIntosh family. Glenn’s siblings and cousins were very close, and Heather was welcomed into the clan.
In addition, Heather and Glenn had many close friends with whom they bowled, cross country skied, and played cards with, and enjoyed going to dances.
Once settled in Williamsburg, Heather worked as a specialty nurse at Winchester Hospital, and then for Dr. Rosenquist in Williamsburg, before finishing her career at the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic in the early 1970s.
Though Mary ‘Heather’ moved many times throughout her early years, she made many good friends along the way, and stayed in contact with her extended family and friends from coast to coast, and overseas to Britain, through her avid letter writing. Her desire to keep in touch with distant family and friends, often served as good reasons for travel on many vacations.
Heather volunteered at the Villa Seniors Residence and loved to quilt at the church, work with her craft group and have lunch at the Basket Case followed by performances at the Upper Canada Playhouse
Heather loved to watch her grandsons play with her cat Bob, build with Lego, and she even tried to play Garage Band on the iPad with them.
Heather is survived by her children Tim of Coquitlam, B.C., John of Iroquois and Mary Ann McIntosh (Robert Scott) of Mount Albert. Heather will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Joshua McIntosh, Spencer Scott, Quinn Scott and Gilly Scott. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Heather was predeceased by her husband Glenn and her brothers Bill and Pat Hetherington.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, on Thursday, April 18th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating.
Interment of cremated remains followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.
Pallbearers were Gordon Garlough, Bruce Garlough, Maynard Richmire and David McIntosh. Honorary pallbearer was Brian McIntosh.
Donations to Winchester Hospital or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.