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O’DONNELL – Bridget Anne (nee Fernie)

September 13, 1934 – December 17, 2010

Nurturing and Loving until she passed away on December 17, 2010, Bridget is now at peace.

She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Mary Fernie; her husband of 39 years, Patrick O’Donnell; daughter Rosemary; and sisters Mary Susan and Catherine.

Born in St. Laurent, Quebec, Bridget grew up in Fife, Scotland where she trained as a nurse, marrying Patrick in 1957. The family returned to Montreal, Quebec in 1961. Bridget worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for 35 years. In 2005, she moved to Calgary, Alberta to be with her family. Bridget’s Montréal friends and neighbours remained dear to her after she moved.

Bridget will remain forever in the fond memory of her children Janet, Ellen-Anne (Eric), and John; grandchildren Victor, Bridget, Dirk, Nadia, Patrick, Jessica, Rebecca and Erica; brothers John, James and Thomas Fernie; and her sister Janet Kennerell; as well as her many nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial will be held in the new year in Ontario. Bridget will be buried at Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal Quebec, beside her late husband and daughter.

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  1. Barbara Fernie :

    There’s so many things I will miss about my Aunty B, the memory that will stay with me the most is the smell of Dumpling baking in the oven, with all those dimes wrap in paper, and how she always told me my Dad was older than she, all the while, she snickered thinking I believed her…I did. She will be in my thoughts and I pray she is with the ones that are surely waiting her arrival, may you rest in peace.

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  2. Dr. Sebastian Saba :

    My deepest condolences……your mom was a special person and I remember her from many years ago…..days on Botrel ave I believe…….

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  3. Mr. & Mrs. Ambrosio :

    Your mother was a special person and will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    And to Ellen-Ann…you will never be an orphan.
    Love your Italian Mom

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  4. Good-bye my witty, naughty, loving Scottish Mum.
    You will be missed.

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  5. Bridget welcomed me into her home over twenty years ago to celebrate the wedding of Ellen-Anne and Eric, and I saw immediately how children gravitated towards her when Victor and Matthew played havoc around that table in the living room.
    She had a gentle soul and was much loved by those in her family and friends.
    I am so glad I was able to take her nephew out to visit her in Calgary this past fall and those memories he and I will cherish.
    “The summer sun has faded,
    The year has grown old,
    The winter winds will be much colder,
    Now she’s not here.”
    But the warmth of her smile will remain with us always.
    Our deepest sympathies and much love.
    Matthew & Don.

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  6. Joyce and George Huber :

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother, Ellen-Anne and Eric
    “May her soul rest in peace”.

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  7. Ann Marie and Sam Rafla :

    Bridget was a very special person.She
    was very kind and she was a dedicated
    devoted and hard working nurse and
    loved her family.
    Our deepest sympathies.Our thoughts and
    prayers are with you.

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  8. Luke, Margaret, Moia, Danny and Roanne :

    Luke and I can go back seventy years of remembering Bridget. And from our childhood days, we all grew up together. I think we were a wee family even then; going through school, leaving school, remembering her training for the nursing, her courtship then marriage to Pat and their leaving for Canada. In all the years that we knew her, she never stopped laughing and playing tricks. Her generosity to us was shown in so many ways and these attributes have been passed on to her family, who continue to show their love quite openly for us. She will be sadly missed on this side of the pond and I can sincerely say that aw’ Lochore and Ballingry send their condolences. Forever yours, Margaret and Luke, Moia, Danny and Roanne.

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