A former resident of Iroquois, Gwynneth Margaret Casselman of Morrisburg passed away peacefully at the Woodland Villa on August 18, 2016.
Born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on April 11, 1929, she was the daughter of Dwight Hamilton and his wife, the former Margaret Johnston.
She received her early education in Iroquois and a high school diploma from the Ontario Ladies College in Whitby, Ontario. She continued on to earn her Registered Nurse diploma from Kingston General Hospital in 1952.
Gwynneth was married to Arliss Casselman. They had 56 wonderful years of marriage.
Upon Arliss’s early retirement from DuPont, Mississauga, they returned to the area where they built their dream home, “Rosemont,” on the St. Lawrence River in 1986.
Family and friends were Gwynne’s passion and delight.
She was a kind and gentle soul, with a loving and generous heart who was always delivering her baking, cooking and garden vegetables to others. Gwynne was a consummate mother, homemaker, and involved community member. She loved to host and entertain many dinner parties and BBQ’s.
She was a member of the Iroquois United Church and an active member in the UCW, always volunteering at any church event. Gwynne served as one of the Iroquois Brownie Leaders from 1958-68, devoting hours to Brownie activities for many Iroquois and area young girls.
She was a compassionate animal lover. Gwynne was always gathering supplies for the Brockville and Cornwall OSPCA, organizing stray dog rescues, and advocating relentlessly for stricter animal cruelty laws, a passion she has left with her daughter, Arla.
She enjoyed numerous activities throughout her life including reading, studying family genealogy, gardening, and world travel to the USA, Europe, Russia, Asia, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands.
Gwynne leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her children, son Richard and his wife, Pam, of Portland, Maine, and daughter, Arla, and husband Brian Veinotte of Morrisburg. She also leaves three granddaughters: Arla and Farley Casselman of Portland, Maine, and Isabel Casselman of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Gwynne was preceded in death by husband, Arliss Casselman (2006) and two infant sisters Jean (1923) and Marie (1933).
A private family service was held August 22, 2016, at the Iroquois Point Cemetery with the Rev. Janet Evans officiating.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg.
Condolences and donations to the South Dundas Animal Shelter may be made at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the Woodland Villa Nursing Home for their support and wonderful care in Gwynne’s final years.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart.” (Helen Keller)