March 17, 1924
June 7, 2019
Tilda was born in Goriach, Austria and with her parents immigrated to Canada at the age of 5. Her early years were spent in Central B.C. enjoying rural life, nature, and found it all quite enchanting and mastering her life long skills of being competent at pretty much everything she tackled. After graduation Tilda moved to Edmonton to live and work with the CNR where several lifelong friendships were established and she met and married Charles (Chuck). Together they raised their three children and over the next two decades lived in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Kelowna, Vancouver and Ottawa. Although the frequent moves were difficult, Tilda found ways for the family to experience the best that each community had to offer. Ottawa was her (and Charles for much of the time) home for over 45 years where the political environment and opportunities that availed themselves in the Nation’s Capital were energizing and central to the family’s life. For the last 9 years of life in Ottawa Tilda lived at Unitarian House where kinship and intellectual enrichment were abundant leaving a special place in Tilda’s heart. Tildas’ last move while still living independently was to Cochrane, AB, to be closer to her daughter and her husband Ed’s amazing cooking.
Tilda was quick witted, quick minded, strongly opinionated, and an articulate communicator whose ideas were often ahead of her time. She was extraordinarily competent at any challenge she took on from setting up many new households, chopping wood, shooting a 22, sewing and crafts to volunteerism in the community and other not for profit organizations. Her bravery and courage were demonstrated both by her final move to Cochrane at the age of 94, where the culture, the people and the politics were totally foreign and also by her final decision to say farewell on her own terms.
Family and friendships were very important to Tilda. Her family, Charles, Margaret, Susan and Terry had many wonderful years together filled with special family traditions, wonderful pets, new adventures, involvement in church groups and time at the lake.
Central to her life were the friendships that she maintained many going back 40 – 80 years, all which were cherished. Their shared experiences, activities and memories continue to be talked about to this day. With family, friends and often complete strangers Tilda was a consummate caregiver full of caring and compassion.
There was nothing Tilda loved more than engaging conversations on most topics, but favorites were politics, nutrition, current events and most other controversial topics. Reading volumes of substantial intellectual books, the Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail and watching CBC news were all consuming pastimes. As were creating memories with family and friends. She was a bit of a radical and tended to be involved in organizations and with people that challenged the status quo like CNWE.
Tilda had great joys up to her last days, with a special weeklong visit with her dear friend of 45 years and a week with her loving daughter Margaret.
Special thanks to the caring folks at Agape Hospice in Calgary for making Tilda’s final journey one of compassion, respect and dignity. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Tilda Flaherty, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.Print This Obituary & Condolences