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McGINN MAY, Margaret Ann “Meg”

1964 – 2017

Dedicated mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, community volunteer.

After a courageous battle with a Glioblastoma brain cancer, Meg passed away quietly on Saturday, April 15, with her family by her side. She leaves behind her sons: Mitchell, Joey and Eddie and their father Doug. She will also be dearly missed by her mother, Arlene McGinn, White Rock, BC, father Joe McGinn, Calgary, brother Fred McGinn (Linda; Megan, Melissa) West Vancouver BC, brother, Doug McGinn, Langley, BC, sister Marcelyn McGinn Reynolds (Paul; Josh, Jorja) London, UK.

Meg was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, July 16 1964 and moved to Calgary in 1967. She attended Bishop Carroll High School, Mount Royal College and later University of British Columbia. She was a competitive team-player with skill and dedication in basketball, volleyball, skiing and community hockey, and later golf became her game.

Meg entered the working world in Vancouver with B.C. Tourism/Hospitality; Expo, Vancouver BC; Super Host programs and later worked at the Canadian Pavilion at Expo in Brisbane, Australia.

Meg and Doug travelled to Europe (Budapest) in the early days of their marriage and is where Mitchell was born. Toronto was the next destination, where the twins Joey and Eddie were born, before finally settling back in Calgary in 2004.

In addition to being a wonderful mother, she was blessed with boundless energy and an incredible zest for life. She was a hockey mother, and in the past year saw Joey and Eddie play hockey in Camrose, Alberta and son Mitchell continue his studies at McGill University.

One of her passions was staying in touch with the people she cared about, by phone or in person, to assist them when and where needed. She touched many. She deeply cherished her friendships. Many of these friends have reciprocated during the past months with daily support and care.

During the medical challenge of the past 9 months when Meg was in Foothills Hospital, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Rosedale Hospice, Meg, together with her family and friends, chose to “Celebrate” her life while she was with us.

“To Meg with Love”: a collection of memories written by her friends was created and formed into two booklets; a golf party, where golf friends shared and traded Meg’s golf shirts; a concert, where her neighbors and family friends together celebrated Christmas; and a dinner prepared by her high-school friends where they Face-Timed her girlfriend in Florida.

Meg, her family and friends participated in the “Make a Difference” fund-raiser initiated by Calgarians for Glioblastoma Research being done by Dr. Kelly. The $500,000 raised will hopefully help develop treatments and a cure for this type of brain cancer.

Meg’s life would have been much shorter without the support of Alberta Health Services, Foothills Hospital, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and, for the last 5 months, the Rosedale Hospice. The staff, Director of Care Alison Potter and Dr. Tara Pickering provided very knowledgeable and comforting care.

To Meg’s family and friends: she would want you to continue to spend time with people that make you happy.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W.) on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Hospice Calgary Rosedale Hospice, (1245 70th Ave S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8), (403) 263-4525, www.hospicecalgary.com/page/donate.

In living memory of Meg McGinn May, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Greg T. Busby :

    Our sincere condolences to the entire McGinn family.

    Greg & Donna Busby

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  2. Janice And Jim Parker :

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Meg will be missed.

    Sincerely,

    Janice, Jim, Jerrod and Lucas Parker

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  3. Louise Krchnak :

    My sincere condolences to the family. So sad to hear of Megs passing.

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  4. It is with deep sadness I send my condolences to the families of Meg and Doug.
    God Bless you all.
    Michael and Sandra Krchnak

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  5. Susan Collins :

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your young wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and niece.
    With love, the Collins family

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  6. Kathy Hnatiuk :

    Meg was and will remain a pillar of strength and inclusion. Meg will be missed by all. On the eve of the Bishop High school reunion it is impossible not to align Meg with the school where she taught me about great sportsmanship. Her character, spirit and cross sport skills were always inspirational.

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  7. Heidi Steckle Stammberger :

    Meg was my friend and confidant in high school. She was sunshine on a cloudy day. Love and healing to her boys and thanks to her family for raising such an amazing person. Raise a glass to Meggy, you’ll be missed! Til we meet again my friend.
    Heidi Steckle Stammberger

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  8. Teri Sikstrom :

    We were very fortunate to get to know Meg, if only for a short time, and later getting to know more of her by getting to know her sons Eddie and Joey. She brought a mom’s love and enthusiasm to every time we saw her at the arena. Her boys are a legacy to her love of life, resiliency beyond imagine. We get to know a lot of parents through billeting, but rarely do we meet someone who did her job of preparing her boys for their futures with such love. Our hearts love and prayers go to the May family at this time.
    Brian and Teri Sikstrom

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  9. Dean and Jacquie Hansen :

    Our thoughts and prayers go to the May and McGinn families. Meg was a friend and bridesmaid to me and though we didn’t see each other much we always stayed in touch. She was that friend. Many happy memories at UBC with Linda Wilson and Donna Hunter. I love you Meg McGinn and I will always remember our long chats into the night. Be at peace my friend and rest easy – you have left a great mark on the world. Love Jacquie (Miller) Hansen.

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  10. My deepest sympathies on the passing of Meg. I will always remember her smile and laughter.

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  11. M. Elizabeth Burke-Gaffney :

    Mrs. McGinn and all the family,
    So very sorry to read this — Meg was called home too early… faith is a gift, they say.
    Sincerely,
    The Burke-Gaffney family

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  12. Sabina and Warren Garten and Family :

    Our deepest sympathies go out to Doug and his children on their loss.
    Meg will be dearly remembered.
    Sabina & Warren Garten-Zutter

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  13. Brian Krushel :

    What a privilege to have met and gotten to know Eddie and Joey.
    They spoke very highly of their Mom, and lived and played hockey to honour her life.
    May God hold you all in His loving care.
    “Pastor B” (chaplain, Camrose Kodiaks)

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  14. Donna Patterson :

    It is with great sadness that I learned of Megs passing.My memories of Meg and the time she spent with our girls in their younger years are wonderful.My thoughts and prayers are with all Megs family at this sad time.Her time was all to short.
    May she rest in peace.

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  15. Fran Sloan Sainas :

    Tears fill my eyes as I write this note. Words can not reflect the pride that I have to be considered one of Meg’s friends. Her vivacious personality, contagious smile, and brave spirit will always be with me. I send my love and thoughts to Meg’s close and extended family and friends. I will never forget you Meg, we had good times on the slopes, in Hungary, on Salt Spring and in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. May your spirit sore forever. Love Fran

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  16. Chuck & Vera MacIntosh :

    Our loving thoughts are with the entire family.

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  17. Donna HunterSmith :

    “The best and most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller
    Thinking of Meg and her family and friends as you share treasured memories of a most beautiful life.
    Meg blessed my life with our first giggles in 1976 and continues to this day as I sense her radiant joy uniting people. Meg was amazing and her legacy lives on with the strength, courage, hope and stardom of her boys. Peace to Doug, Mitchell, Joey, Eddie .Godspeed my dear friend. I love and miss you.xxoo

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  18. Myles, Cathy, Logan and Owen O'Connor :

    Doug, Mitchell, Eddie and Joey,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Meg touched so many people with her giving heart and endless energy.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  19. Scott and Katherine Buchanan :

    Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Meg was a wonderful woman and always welcomed us at family gatherings. She will be missed.

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  20. Meg we had some great childhood memories together! I am sorry your life ended too soon. You were a messenger of love and will be missed! God’s blessings to your family.
    Debbie Nash (Patterson) and family
    Cypress TX

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  21. Scott Sharples :

    I was very saddened to hear of Meg’s passing. I hope that you all take comfort in your no doubt vast trove of memories that you have of her and that you take strength and comfort from family and your many friends.

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  22. Christie Simmons :

    What a privilege it’s been for me to get to know Meg through the many stories and memories people have shared with me. Their words, their obvious and immense love of and deep gratitude for this amazing woman — their many joyful, delightful experiences and warm connections with Meg has made me wish I had had more time to know and experience her for myself. She has clearly touched many lives… including my own! My heartfelt condolences go out to the McGinn family, the May family and all of Meg’s many dear friends.

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  23. Arlene and John Young :

    So sorry to hear of Meg’s passing.
    Too young, too soon.
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you for many months, we have so many happy memories of our time with you both at Donalda.
    God bless you all,
    Arlene and John Young

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  24. Paul Gallant :

    Meg was a bright, shining light wherever she went and left such a positive impression to all she met. A great friend. She has left a wonderful legacy with her boys Mitchell, Joey and Eddy. Heartfelt condolences to Doug, her boys and the McGinn and May families and friends.

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  25. Pinder Famiy :

    Doug & Boys,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your profound loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gerry & Kay Pinder

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  26. Rochelle and Bruce Wallace :

    Thoughts and memories of times long ago, laughter shared, tears shed, hugs and kisses,… Meg, you had a positive impact on the lives of so many people. You will always be in my heart.

    All our best to the May and McGinn families.
    Peace and love,
    Rochelle

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  27. Meg spent many hours at my house when we were in HS. She was a dear friend of my brother. I spent alot of time at the McGinn house with Marcelyn. Meg was everyone’s friend. She had a wonderful life spirit. Her energy was infectious. I am so happy she was part of my life experience.

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  28. Darlene Reigh :

    Meg, you have brought so much joy in so many ways to so many people. Your determined nature and incredible sense of humour along with that great infectious smile was contagious. During such a very difficult time I send my love to Meg’s close and extended family and all of her friends. Meg, I will always remember the sparkle in your eyes and the smile on your face.

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  29. Pam, Keith, Anna, Sophie & Finn Wright :

    Doug, Mitchell, Eddie and Joey,

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of dear Meg. Her light shone so brightly from within, and now from afar.
    We are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

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  30. Dr. Andrew Barrett :

    I am sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. My wife’s battle with glioblastoma ended in room 13 during the early part of Meg’s stay at Rosedale. I met Meg, and many in her family. My 18 year-old twins met hers. I understand all too well the pain your are feeling. May you find peace through the tears. May you forever be grateful for each day she lived. May you continue to live your lives knowing the preciousness, fragility, and marvelousness of each detail we have been granted the opportunity to experience in this world.

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  31. Deanna Cassie (nee Machon) :

    I was so sad to hear of Meg’s passing. Meg and I played basketball together at Mt. Royal College. We became really good friends during that time. She was a great athlete, but more importantly she was a kind and caring friend. I always thought Meg was so beautiful, both inside and out. The world has lost a beautiful soul. My sincere condolences to her family.

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  32. Scott Rasmussen :

    So saddened and sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. To all of her family and friends are sincere condolences. RIP Meg.
    The Rasmussen’s

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  33. My condolences to Meg’s family. Meg was a wonderful person and I will always have fond memories of the many adventures we shared growing up – God Bless

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  34. Henrietta Goplen :

    Such a beautiful young life gone from this earth…….no not really. Meg remains with us in so many ways. She will live on in our memories in all the kind and gentle things she did and the three young men who survived her. These things give me some comfort and I hope all her family. Henrietta Goplen from Dublin Ireland.

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  35. Judy Williams :

    Doug,

    Such a difficult and challenging journey for Meg, you, and your boys and what an enormous loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and you family.

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  36. Doug Downing :

    We are so very sorry for the loss of Meg. Our thoughts and prayers are with the May family.
    With love,
    The Downing family

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  37. Danny & Patti Shannon :

    So terribly sorry to learn of the death of beautiful and young Meg. Our sincere condolences.

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  38. Matthieu, Megan, Mark and Agathe Fawcett :

    Joey, Eddie, Mitchell and Doug, please accept our most sincere condolences for your loss. She was full of life and so, so very proud of her children.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely,
    Matthieu, Megan, Mark and Agathe Fawcett

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  39. Sincere condolences to Meg’s family– particularly sister Marcelyn my HS VB teammate. Meg was that energetic little sister who we all enjoyed being around. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Barb Konicki

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  40. Bob and Candy Jordan :

    Arlene, Joe and Family:
    We are so saddened for the passing of your daughter and sister Megan. You are all so blessed to have had Meg in your lives; she was truly one of a kind daughter and sister. Arlene, I remember many times you professing the major accomplishments of the young daughter at St. Mary’s; but most remember your pride in your daughter and her successes. May I say, those of your whole family as well. She will be well loved and remembered by all who knew her as Mom, Daughter and Friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this a truly sad time, knowing God will comfort those who grieve. Bob and Candy Jordan

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  41. Brett Raycroft :

    Our love and condolences to Meg and Doug’s families and especially her children. Meg is loved by so many and her life is a gift to so many.

    Brett & Maria Raycroft

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  42. Colleen Flanagan :

    My sincere condolences to your family. We had wonderful memories at Mt. Royal College playing basketball. Meg was a beautiful person inside and out. She had an infectious smile and laughter.
    Her family was so warm and welcoming and her mom Arlene made a huge impact on me growing up. I will always keep Meg in a special place in my heart.
    With Love,
    Colleen Flanagan

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  43. Harvey and Blanche Steffenson :

    We would like to express our deepest condolences to Megs family…tho we never had the privledge of knowing Meg, I feel we know who through the words of her loving mother Arlene…RIP dear girl…..we watch in tears as we see her go, while those watch with smiles as they say “Here she comes”…God Bless You…

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  44. Sharon Colbert :

    McGinn and May families
    It is with sadness that I write this note. I will miss my friend, ‘my golf buddy’ and I will remember all those happy memories. Meg will always hold a special place in my heart as she clearly does with many other friends and family.
    My sincere condolences to your family.

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  45. Gwenda Raycroft :

    Dear Arlene,
    My heart goes out to you at this sad time and words are so inadequate to express my feelings for what you are enduring. Please pass on my deepest condolences to all the family and let them know that so many of us share your loss. I will keep in my mind a picture of the bright and beautiful person that Meg was, so vibrant and full fun.
    Much love
    Gwenda

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  46. Deb Zutter & Darryl Larson :

    Doug, we send you and your sons our love and our hope that as time goes by your sadness will be replaced with peacefulness and happy, even funny memories of Meg / Mom. We enjoyed our brief visit with Meg so many years ago in West Vancouver.
    Love,
    Deb & Darryl

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  47. Marguerite Paulsen :

    Arlene, Doug and family,
    My condolences on this sad news. I remember Meg as a vibrant, intelligent, fun loving young woman. My thoughts are with you at this time.

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  48. Dawn Bollinger :

    I am so sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. My condolences to your families and friends.

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  49. Iloe Flewelling :

    To Arlene McGinn; coach of Iloe and Echo, we send condolence to you. So sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. McGinn we think of you often.

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  50. Diana Elekes :

    Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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  51. Kathy Keenan-Kereszti :

    My sincere condolences to the May & McGinn families. I will always treasure my memories with Meg, Doug & Mitchell in Budapest & Prague…..Meg has forever touched each & every one of us that were honored to call her friend! My Love, Hugs, Beautiful Thoughts & Prayers to all of you everyday.
    Much Love, Kathy

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