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WEST, Mary (Emmy) I.

September 21, 1928 – St. John’s, Antigua
May 30, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Emmy West passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the age of 84 years.

Emmy lived a full and adventurous life and her outgoing personality endeared her to many. She shared her love of art through teaching children in Toronto and Calgary.She was loved and adored by many people from everywhere near and far from across the pond including the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia

Emmy is survived by her children, Graham West (Patricia West); Denise West (McBean) and Diane West-Walsh (Rodney Walsh) ; and grandchildren, Victoria McBean, Ryan, Andrew and Jonathan West; her two sisters Angela Ross and Therese Bradshaw; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Peter.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made directly to Catholic Family Services, 250, 707 – 10 Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB T2R 0B3.

In living memory of Emmy West, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sue and Chris Mitchell :

    Deepest Sympathies sent to you all. We are so proud to have known Emmy. She was the sort of person we inspire to be and She was a beautiful and special lady. We loved her very much. . Loving hugs sent your way. Sue, Chris and family x x x

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  2. Kate and Therese Bradshaw :

    It is with heavy hearts and great sorrow that our family has lost such a loving member. Emmy had a zest for living and always had an interest in what was going on in the world. She loved her family and was proud of all of their accomplishments. She was a lively member of the family and was always interesting to talk with. I will certainly miss the long chats we shared. From her loving sister Therese

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  3. Kingsley McCartney :

    We hold so many wonderful memories of dear Emmy, from our childhood in the 50s when dear Imelda would bring home “goodies” after work at the bank for us youngsters to play with, to ‘minding’ us brothers when mother and dad were out for the evening, to the present with our phone conversations. Emmy, from across the pond you will be sorely missed; and to Graham Diane,and Denise and family. loving thoughts will always be with you.From Aunt Angela, Kingsley & Liz

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  4. Nicky, Paul, Jenny & Richard Johnson :

    We are very sad to learn of Emmy’s passing and we wish to pass on our sincerest sympathy to Graham, Diane, Denise and families. We have many fond memories of Emmy and we will miss her. Love form across the pond,
    The Johnsons of Barnet, England XX

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  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Emmy West and in particular to Diane and her husband Rod. May the thoughts of your mother and the loving times you had with her carry you through this difficult time. Love always, Ted.

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  6. Gary and Rose-marie Conway :

    To Diane, Denise, Graham and Families : The world got a lot smaller with the passing of your dear Mother, she will be missed by all.

    Gary, Rose-Marie (niece), Stephen and Paul

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  7. Steve, Marlou, Paul & Philip Birkett :

    To Graham, Denise & Diane & family
    We send our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother our Aunt Imelda.
    We recall fond memories spent with Imelda and Peter over many years, she was a warm hearted loving and kind person, very artistic and interested in our whole family life, she will be sadly missed by us all. We will be thinking of you at this very sad time.
    God bless from Marlou & Steve Birkett.

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  8. Trevor West :

    To Graham, Denise & Diane & family,
    We were saddened by the news of Emmy but it brought back happy memories of visits to the UK when Peter and Emmy stayed at our house,a gift from Emmy of her teapot she had made herself and in later years when we enjoyed meals with Emmy, cousin John and Barbara, in the New Forest. Our thoughts are with you all from the children of Arthur and Ena West – Phillipa, Avril, Dallas and Trevor and their families

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  9. Pip West (Philip) :

    Dear Imelda (Emmy),
    What a delight to have known you and Peter and been welcomed into your lovely home at Lacewood Crescent, Don Mills all those years ago, to meet and become friends with Graham , Denise and Diane. I was almost a part of the family in those days. Boy how much water has flowed under that bridge but loving memories linger on: The pottery, the artwork and your wonderful smile and laugh. Boy how many times did I just I just show up and be welcomed by you as just another English waif! Love you! Always have! and love to Graham, Denise and Diane and their families in this sad time of your leaving. God bless you all.
    Pip West, Australia

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  10. Valerie Ann MacKenzie :

    Dear Diane, Rod & West Family:

    My sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of your dear Mother. May all the very wonderful memories that you all have, help you in the difficult days ahead. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.

    Valerie Ann MacKenzie

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  11. Wanda & Neil Watson :

    Graham, Pat & Family.
    We we were so sorry to hear the news of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  12. David and Kathy Reilly :

    Dear Graham, Denise & Diane & family,
    It has been a long time from those days when we all lived in Don Mills. Your mom kept an eye on the comings and goings of friends; I recall her often popping upstairs from her clay or kiln to find out who and what was afoot. Always curious what we planned to do with our time and our lives. We grew up, drifting far from home and setting down roots and raising our families. Time has indeed sped by.
    Her presence will be missed.

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  13. Nancy Gauthier :

    You are in our hearts and in our prayers dearest Diane. I remember you speaking so fondly of your mother and what a wonderful lady she was. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Love Nancy

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  14. Patti and Stephen Parker :

    Our thoughts are with you as you say goodbye to Emmy. We know that she touched so many people around the world and she will be missed in our little part of it.

    Patti, Stephen, Ryan and Andrew Parker

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  15. Cavell Dumaresque :

    To Diane and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  16. Marianne Friis Johnsen :

    Dear Graham, Denise and Diane.
    We are very sad to hear of your mother Imelda’s passing. We have such fond memories of our friendship when we lived in Toronto, we had lots of fun together. After we came back to Norway she visited us twice, first time along with Peter in 1970 or -71, and then a second time alone when she went to England after your dad had passed away. We will miss her laughter, and her sudden and surprising phone calls.
    Our thougts will always be with you.
    Finn, Marianne and Finn Otto xx

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  17. Stafford McCartney :

    Such fond memories of Aunt Imelda and Uncle Peter. Graham, Denise and Diane, our thoughts are with you.

    Love Stafford and Joanne Mccartney

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  18. John Jarrett :

    I only recently discovered my family connection to Emmy via Therese Bradshaw, however, the impression that she left on me, my brother Charles and sister Anne-Marie was profound. She was warm, loving, and took a genuine interest. We are all saddened by her loss and our condolences go out to all who were touched by her.

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  19. Since last Thursday may 30th, 2013 I heard the news of Emmy ‘s passing, I have not been able to accept not having Emmy in my life anymore. I could not even try to understand the magnitude of your sorrow as Emmy’s children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces , nephews, and other relatives. However I can tell you how I feel about losing her so suddenly and what she meant to me.
    I have known Emmy over 10 years as my next door neighbour , we have had many memorable moments together, celebrating her birthday with Gina’s birthday, going out for meals to watching Dancing with the Stars, Bachelor, Bachelorette and the World News the list goes on.
    I always had a great time whenever I did anything with Emmy she had the attitude of a 20 year old who embraced life with a very positive outlook. Emmy use to have champagne breakfasts starting at 7:30 a. m on some Fridays, even though I did not drink I was always in awe when it came to the menu and the servings of wonderful, unique yummy food ideas, it was worth waiting for until Friday . What a way to start a day it was. I will never forget Emmy’s signature Champagne Breakfasts, which made me feel so alive and appreciated.
    I loved it when Emmy helped me with my school concerts, with my Year End Family Picnics and when she supported me by joining me and my preschool children competing in the Kiwanis Festival. After the festival we would go to the East Indian Restaurant enjoy a meal with lots of laughter. Having her by my side for the special days of my carrier made her more than a neighbour and a friend, she was also my aspiration.
    I loved going to shopping with Emmy and going out to eat, she had an incredible good taste and she always knew all the good places to eat. I loved listening to stories of her life with her beloved husband Peter. Emmy had a such an enriched life I could listen to her for hours without moving, always loved the way Emmy related her life experiences to the questions or advice I asked of her. Her words made so much sense that I took all of her advice to my heart.
    When I broke up with my ex-boy friend, I don’t know how I could of survived without Emmy, her wisdom, and her truly caring nature helped me get through the pain and suffering I was experiencing at the time. Emmy always knew how to make me feel good about myself, she was very generous with her compliments. Whenever I bought new outfits for myself I use to give Emmy a fashion show, I loved Emmy’s intelligent comments and her positive outlook, Emmy always busted my self confidence, whenever I needed. Having a cup of tea with Emmy always using my special china tea cup meant not just having a great time with my neighbour, my friend, and a one gifted classy mentor, it also was a learning experience, Emmy taught me a lot about life and it’s twist and turns in a most fun and an amazing way.
    I loved it when Emmy turned my Chinese Lanterns, orange flowers from my rental house to work of art,
    I loved it when Emmy turned my Chinese Lanterns, orange flowers from my rental house to work of art, by painting them to a canvas with her unquestionable talent. I loved it when she called me Mrs. Nath instead of Huban. She made me feel respected. I loved it when she got me Yule Log every Christmas for centerpiece for my Christmas table and chocolate cup cakes for my birthdays. I loved it in the summer days when we talked over our fence and shared a joke or two. I just loved her to bits!
    I am very greatfull to Emmy for everything she was to me, all the life lessons learned, I am truly a fortunate soul to have had her in my life. Emmy was to me a class act beautiful lady , an accomplished painter and an art teacher , sharp dresser, gifted mentor , compassionate listener, caring friend, and a loving neighbour with a generous heart. Emmy had a great taste for classical music and anything with class, she lived the life to fullest with no age barriers and experiencing all the colors of the rainbow with refreshing positivity.
    I know in my heart Emmy is in a place now where she is very happy. Probably she already has started the party on the other side, singing dancing enjoying her time with no pain and without the inconveniences of an old age. I will continue to love her as always and I will miss her very much, I refuse to say goodbye to Emmy , so long Emmy until we meet again in the mean time You Go Girl The Universe is Yours to Enjoy! Have a Ball!
    Your friend, neighbour and an admirer!
    Thanks for the wonderful memories.
    Huban Nath ( Mrs. Nath )

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  20. Jock & Julie McCartney :

    Graham, Denise and Dian.
    please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of your very special mom and our special aunt. Your mom & dad helped her sister Stella and 5 very young McCartney children endure the loss of their father with love and affection, we will remember them both most fondly for ever.
    Jock, Julie Becky & John

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  21. Joe & Susan Terrio :

    Diane & Denise, Just heard of your Mothers passing. So sorry for your loss. I remember meeting her on our brief stop in Calgary when we were on one of our ski trips with the H.S. She was a sweet Heart.

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  22. Ann Coleman :

    My heart goes out to you for the passing of your Mom. You never get over loosing someone who is dear to you, you just get to another Place. Death ends a life not a relationship. Peace of quiet earth to you, peace of quiet earth.

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  23. Luann Sunohara :

    Dear Graham, Pat, Ryan, Andrew, Jonathan and Family,

    My sincere sympathy is with you as you go through the process of living life without your Mother, Grandmother, Mother-in-law.

    Emmy certainly had a zest for life, a twinkle in her eye and was amazingly perceptive (must have been the ‘artist’ in her. The last time I saw her, Mother’s Day, Emmy was beautifully dressed in a brightly coloured co-ordinated outfit with a smile on her lips and a hug for an old family friend. Her cut-to-the-chase comments and sweet compliments are what I will cherish.


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