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Margaret MACKESY

Margaret Fanny “Florence” Mackesy, aged 82, a resident of R.R. #1 Paisley, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, following a brief illness. Florence was deeply passionate about reading and dedicated her career to becoming a renowned librarian. She worked as a respected reference librarian in St. Catharines for several years before pursuing her Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto. After completing her studies, Florence returned to her hometown in Bruce County. Not only did she enjoy books, but she also took immense pleasure in reading publications like The Rural Voice, Legion publications, and local newspapers. Florence was an enthusiastic member of the Brown Bag Book Club and a frequent visitor to the Chesley Library. Moreover, she held a strong commitment to her family’s genealogy and served as the family historian. Florence leaves behind her loving brother Jim Cullen and his wife Valerie Wasserfall of R.R. #1 Paisley. Her nephew James from Holland Township and niece Stephanie Cullen from London will fondly remember her. Florence was preceded in death by her brother Les, as well as her parents, James and Marjorie (Young) Cullen. In accordance with her wishes, Florence’s body was donated to science, and no further services will be held at this time. Her ashes will be interred at Chesley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial donations to be made to the Bruce County Public Library or the Canadian Cancer Society as tokens of remembrance. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.rhodyfamily.com.

Margaret Fanny “Florence” Mackesy, commonly known as Florence, passed away on September 21, 2023, at the age of 82. She was a resident of R.R. #1 Paisley and had been receiving treatment at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, for a short period of time before her passing. Florence was an ardent reader who pursued a career as a librarian, specializing in reference services. She gained recognition in the field during her tenure as a reference librarian in St. Catharines. Florence’s passion for reading extended beyond books, as she found delight in reading various publications, such as The Rural Voice, Legion publications, and local newspapers. She frequently visited the Chesley Library and actively participated in the Brown Bag Book Club. Florence had a deep devotion to her family’s genealogy and served as the family historian. She will be greatly cherished and missed. Florence is survived by her beloved brother, Jim Cullen, and his wife, Valerie Wasserfall, from R.R. #1 Paisley. Her nephew, James, who resides in Holland Township, and niece Stephanie Cullen from London, will hold loving memories of her. Florence was preceded in death by her brother Les, and her parents, James and Marjorie (Young) Cullen. As per Florence’s wishes, her body was donated to science, and no further services will take place. Her remains will be laid to rest at Chesley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for memorial donations to be made to either the Bruce County Public Library or the Canadian Cancer Society. These contributions will serve as heartfelt tributes to honor Florence’s memory. The arrangements for the funeral have been entrusted to the care of Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley. Additional information can be found at http://www.rhodyfamily.com.

Margaret Fanny “Florence” Mackesy, affectionately known as Florence, breathed her last on September 21, 2023, at the age of 82. She resided in R.R. #1 Paisley and succumbed to a brief illness at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley. Florence discovered her passion for reading early on, which led her to pursue a remarkable career as a librarian. She made her mark in St. Catharines as a distinguished reference librarian for several years before returning to her roots in Bruce County following the completion of her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Toronto. Florence’s love for reading extended far beyond books, as she enjoyed delving into the contents of The Rural Voice, Legion publications, and local newspapers. She found solace and community at the Chesley Library, where she became a regular visitor and an active member of the esteemed Brown Bag Book Club. Florence held a deep reverence for her family’s genealogy and diligently served as the family historian, leaving an indelible mark on their heritage. She leaves behind her adoring brother, Jim Cullen, and his wife, Valerie Wasserfall, from R.R. #1 Paisley. Florence will forever be etched in the memories of her beloved nephew, James, residing in Holland Township, and her niece Stephanie Cullen, based in London. She was preceded in death by her brother Les, as well as her parents, James and Marjorie (Young) Cullen. In accordance with Florence’s final wishes, her remains were selflessly donated to further scientific knowledge, and there will be no additional services held at this time. The inurnment of her ashes will take place at Chesley Cemetery. The family kindly requests that instead of flowers, donations be made to either the Bruce County Public Library or the Canadian Cancer Society in Florence’s honor. These contributions will serve as heartfelt expressions of sympathy. Funeral arrangements have been gracefully entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley. Further details are available at http://www.rhodyfamily.com.

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