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Patricia Chasmar

CHASMAR, Patricia May (née Pirie)
May 27, 1926 – October 19, 2023

At the age of 97, Patricia (Pat) Chasmar passed away quietly, surrounded by her children. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Leslie R. Chasmar, in 2019. Pat will be fondly remembered for her excellent sense of style and grace, and her sharp but understated wit.

Pat was born in Unity, Saskatchewan, and spent her prairie childhood in the rural communities of Senlac and Humboldt with her younger brothers, twins Jack and Gordon, and Glen. She was recognized early on for her scholastic and musical abilities. She also cycled, skied and played tennis.

After graduating in 1948 from the University of Saskatchewan as a laboratory technician, she embarked on a successful professional career, working for Merck & Co. in both Seattle and Montreal. Impressed with her skills and potential, Merck sent Pat to the University of California, Berkeley where she earned her master’s degree in library science. As a single, independent, female professional, Pat was a rarity in the 1950s, blazing trails well before the term ‘glass ceiling’ was even coined.

Her life took on a new dimension when she married Les in 1961, a close, long-time friend and widower with four young children. In joining the Chasmar family, Pat brought her considerable organizational talents and attention to detail to their home life in Saskatoon, with the family growing to seven upon the arrival of their son, Robert. Aside from the demands of child-rearing, she became an accomplished gourmet cook, hosting legendary dinner parties for their friends and Les’s medical colleagues, as well as many memorable family dinners.

Away from the home front, Pat oversaw UNICEF’s Hallowe’en and Christmas fund-raising campaigns in Saskatoon for many years. She had a discerning eye for fashion, art, and interior design. Pat and Les travelled extensively, appreciated fine dining, and simply enjoyed life, retiring to West Vancouver in 2009.

An intelligent, witty, and gracious woman, Pat will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She leaves her five children, Robert (Grace), Jean, Hugh (Kathleen), Ann, and John (Cydnee); eight grandchildren, Matthew, Katherine, Margaret, David, Robbie, Rennie, Elizabeth, and James; two great-grandchildren, Adelaide and Theodore; brothers Jack (Daphne) and Glen (Sharon); and her many Pirie relatives.

The Chasmar family is thankful to the staff at Hollyburn House and HomeCare West for the wonderful and thoughtful care they provided for Pat in her final years.

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