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Alevia Anne Healey (Cassidy) passed away peacefully in her 83rd year on August 16, 2023, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones in her Howe Island home, where she found solace in the breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River. Born in Kingston, Ontario on November 16, 1940, to Donald and Florence Cassidy, Alevia attended Notre Dame High School and Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute. She cherished her youth, especially her fishing trips with her father and visits to Pitcairn Island and Kingston Mills. Alevia took immense pleasure in her work at Fort Henry, creating fond memories with her colleagues.

During her life, Alevia met her future husband Ray Healey, and together they embarked on a journey full of adventure, travel, and memorable moments. Boating on the Muskoka’s, swimming, picking raspberries on the family farm, and hosting barbecues at Pointe des ChĂȘnes became integral parts of Alevia’s life. She also developed a passion for skiing and practicing yoga, even before it became popular. After raising their four children in Mississauga, Alevia and Ray moved to the Kingston area, where she felt a deep connection to her ancestral roots on Howe Island. She cherished her role as the matriarch of the “Ladies of the River,” embracing her Irish heritage and displaying her unwavering commitment to family and friends.

Alevia was known for her infectious laughter, unconditional generosity, and strong work ethic. Despite facing numerous health issues over the years, she remained resilient, even after the heartbreaking loss of her husband in 2011 and her youngest son in 2013. She embodied the strength and determination of her generation, embracing her life with dignity and purpose. Alevia’s creativity was unparalleled, evident in her talents as a hostess, chef, gardener, and interior designer. Her unique sense of style and flair drew people in, and her compassionate nature made her an exceptional listener and a source of warmth for everyone she encountered. Alevia’s impact reached all generations, with admirers spanning across her children’s friends and her own peers. Throughout her final months, Alevia’s daughters, Alison and Christine, provided her with unwavering love and care, allowing her to spend her last days in peace.

Alevia’s spirit will remain in the hearts of those she touched. She is survived by her son Scott, daughter-in-law Ellen Hall, daughters Alison and Christine, and Peter’s long-time partner Bersabeh Jaffari. Alevia also leaves behind a loving extended family and many dear friends who held a special place in her heart. To honor her memory, donations can be made to the Howe Island Fire and Rescue Department, a cause close to Alevia’s heart. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Marian Luka and the medical professionals who provided care and support during Alevia’s final days. Alevia’s legacy will forever shine brightly, symbolizing a life well-lived.

The interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Howe Island Fire and Rescue Department through the provided website or by mailing or dropping off a cheque at the designated address. With love and gratitude, the family appreciates all that Alevia gave them throughout her life.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Tompkins Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 63 Garden Street, Gananoque, K7G 1H8. For inquiries, please call (613) 382-3088.

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