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CHANNON, Kathleen

October 7, 1918 – Ruddington, England
February 4, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Kathleen Channon (nee Grundy), has passed away in her sleep at the Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre in Calgary, Alberta on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the age of 100 years.

“She was an amazing woman” is a comment often made about her. She was still quoting school days poetry just hours before she went to her final rest. Her friends always described her as a lady of a special generation, a kind and generous woman. She put value on the little things in life – listening to good music, enjoying the beauty of nature, and reading great literature all while caring for her family. She loved to laugh and treasured the precious time she shared with friends over a good cup of tea or glass of white wine.

She was born in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England to Harry Jackson Grundy and Jessica Emily Grundy (nee Hemsley) and spent her young years growing up in Selby, Yorkshire. She left school at age fourteen to “get a job” to help support her family. In 1940 she joined the RAF and served at Station Bicester. She met her future husband, John William Channon, an RCAF radar operator, while they were both singing in the choir. The two Sergeants were married April 12, 1944 in the Parish Church of Caversfield in the County of Oxford. At the end of WWII, she embarked on the second boat carrying war brides departing from Liverpool on February 22, 1946 and arriving March 3, 1946 in Halifax, NS after which she travelled by train to Montreal to join her husband and meet his family. They shared more than fifty happy years together, and raised their family while living in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Port Arthur. They moved to Edmonton, AB in 1971 when John accepted Dr. Hugh Horner’s offer to join Premier Peter Lougheeds’ team to create the Alberta Grain Commission. Kathleen and John both loved Alberta and spent many Sundays and holidays driving around to see as many of the 2000 Place Names that they could discover.

Kathleen is survived by her loving family, son Ian David in Ottawa, daughter Jean Mary (Stuart Simpson) in Calgary, her sister Joan (Dodgson) in Selby Yorkshire, England and her many nieces and nephews in Canada, England and U.S.A.

She was predeceased by her husband John in 1995, daughter Judith Anne, sister Mary and brothers Stan, Ernie, Cecil and Maurice.

She was a devoted wife, mother (housewife), aunt and good friend. She did enjoy her retirement which included her newspaper reading and daily crossword puzzles, classic movies on TV, good music and nature. She also had many great friends including Anne (niece), Craig and Adrian Dobson of Sherwood Park, AB, Win Beecroft of Ottawa, ON, Pat LaPlante, Robert Knipe and Thomas MacKay of Calgary, AB.

It takes a huge team of dedicated people to care for an elderly person with medical disabilities. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the following people.
Thank you to the staff and residents of Symphony/Masterpiece Evergreen, Calgary for making her seven years there very pleasant. Thanks also to the staff, Nurses and Doctors of Unit 37 Foothills Hospital and the South Calgary Dialysis Centre for their excellent caring services. “Queenie”, as she was affectionately called, will be remembered for the occasions when she would break into song during the long hours of dialysis, or be heard laughing out loud while watching an English comedy on TV. Special thanks must also go to her extensive care team, and her friends, at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre in Calgary where she lived her last 3 years. Thanks for asking her to recount the stories of her life, she really enjoyed sharing them. You are angels.

She would want us to make special note of the compassionate and attentive care given by Dr. Samuel Schorr. Your unexpected visit to greet her at her hundredth birthday celebration was one of the highlights for her. She loved her hundredth birthday party and thought that it was a great celebration of her life. Thank you to everyone who helped organize it, who attended the event and sent flowers, gifts and greetings. You made it an outstanding memory for her. She never stopped talking about her party and it always brought a smile to her face.

It seems appropriate to share a quote from one of her favourite poets – Dylan Thomas, as she could quote this poem from memory:

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

When all is said and done, she stated many times that she lived a good life. She left behind a wondrous legacy and inspired us all to enjoy music, reading, nature, and spending time with family and friends over a good meal. We will cherish her memory.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral or other official ceremony. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Southern Alberta, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca, or to your favourite charity.

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  1. Louis and Carole Grenier :

    Dear Jean and family,
    Carole and I offer you our condolences for your mother’s passing.

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  2. Mary Schellenberg :

    So sorry to hear of Auntie Kay’s passing. It was an honour to have known her.

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  3. Ian and Jean,
    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have fond memories of the Channon/Murray get togethers so many years ago. Love Leigh Murray De Jong

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  4. Sarah Anderson :

    Sorry to hear of Kathleen’s Passing, She was a remarkable lady. I loved seeing her smiling face every time she came down for meals and the little treats she gave us at the desk.

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  5. Sad to hear of Auntie Kay’s passing. She had a full and good life which should be celebrated.

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