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Date of Passing: Dec 27, 2019

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(née HODGSON) (formerly BOULT)

Surrounded by friends and family, our beloved Rosemary passed away peacefully on December 27, 2019.
Rosemary was born in Winnipeg and lived in the River Heights area. She spent her childhood on Carpathia Road and eventually moved to Oxford Street. Rosemary attended Carpathia School, J.B. Mitchell, and Kelvin High School. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Human Ecology.
The acquaintances, relationships and friendships Rosemary developed in her high school and university days have endured. She formed especially close relationships with the Johnstons (Diane and Dave, Matt and Will), and the Fergusons (Colin, Alison, Andrea and Ainslie). Rosemary's bond with Diane and Alison has been the foundation of a large extended family, one that has shared all its most important moments together, whether through travelling, sharing celebrations, or supporting each other in any number of ways.
Growing up, Rosemary spent summers at her family cottage at Victoria Beach. She was lucky to continue spending many more summers there, at 301 7th, with Bob, Cam, and Corey. Rosemary played a variety of sports, and over the years became an avid and skilled tennis player. She built many lifelong relationships with her tennis group at Victoria Beach, along with her friends at the Winnipeg Winter Club. She was particularly fond of the many Tuesday mornings spent playing tennis with Bev, Megan and Claire.
Surprising herself, Rosemary also became an accomplished creative artist. She focused initially on stained glass, and then moved on to produce an extensive portfolio of works in fused glass. Rosemary's glasswork is truly beautiful. As a result - and despite her modest approach - it has become highly desired and admired. Her work has been featured in the Boreal Shores Art Tour, Lacosse Gallery on Lilac, St. Peter's Church Emerging Artists Show and Sale, and many home showings.
After spending 20-plus years working with preschool children at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, Rosemary became a key part of the founding and development of Robert R. Scurfield & Associates, with her husband Bob. The success of the company led to a whole new direction for Rosemary and Bob: travel. They travelled initially to the Caribbean and Mexico. This led to an ongoing, long term connection to Ixtapa, where they also met and looked forward to spending time each year with Claudia and Chris Shae and their family. With her characteristic enthusiasm for adventure, Rosemary embraced this whole new dimension to her life with Bob - they added new destinations every year, including Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. A special trip was to Canada's Maritime provinces and eastern Québec.
Knowing Rosemary was to know her Westies, too. Those noisy, loyal, loving little dogs - Bonnie, Murphy, Piper and Logan - were a key part of who she was.
In these past months, whether through calls, visits or cards from friends and acquaintances, the words used to describe Rosemary include "sweet, endearing, calm, graceful, beautiful, gentle, strong and creative". Quietly, but fiercely loyal to her boys, and proud of them, she has instilled in them strong values and principles as they developed into the skilled, capable young men they are today. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Robert Scurfield, sons, Cameron Boult and his partner Fiona Wollensack, Corey Boult and daughter-in-law Stephanie Kolly-Boult, stepson and stepdaughter Melissa and Rob Scurfield, brother Brian Hodgson, sister-in-law Nancy Hodgson, and their children, Tom, Megan and Steven, and the Johnston and Ferguson families.
She was predeceased by her father and mother, Thomas and Kathleen Hodgson, and brother Allen.
The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at CancerCare Manitoba, and to the wonderful Palliative Care team at Riverview Health Centre. Rosemary formed special bonds with the nurses and aides there. Their kindness and caring made Rosemary's last days safe and comfortable.
Cremation has already taken place. Family and friends will be invited to a celebration of Rosemary's life at a date to be announced.

Bardal Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Rosemary was a beautiful lady. The world was a better place with her in it. My condolences to all her family and friends. - Posted by: James Kirk (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2020

  • I just came across this obituary of Rosemary and am so saddened to see that she has passed. I too worked years ago in the preschool program at The Society for Crippled Children and Adults and had the pleasure of getting to know Rosemary then. She was a kind and gentle teacher loved by all her students. A number of us had children at the same time so we often got together for play dates with the little ones at parks or each other's homes. She was so proud of her sons. I was in awe of her strength in dealing with her Hodgkins Cancer when she was a young woman. She certainly loved life and didn't let anything stand in her way. My condolences to the entire family. May your memories bring strength and comfort to you. Sincerely Susan Flynn - Posted by: Susan Flynn (Friend/former Coworker) on: May 24, 2020

  • Sending love, strength and healing to Cam, Corey and Mr. Scurfield. Your mom was always so lovely while we were growing up and a pleasure to chat with throughout our formative years in River Heights. I specifically remember her bringing some Mexican glass work into our grade 2 class, when she was sharing about her trips to Mexico. So very sorry to hear of her illness and ultimately passing. - Posted by: Chelsa Carter (Long time friend of Cam and Corey) on: Jan 28, 2020

  • I am brokenhearted to see of Rosemary’s passing I enjoyed her warm and very polished matter may God rest her soul sincerely Jane Dargie-Vandal❤️❤️💐💐 - Posted by: Jane Dargie-Vandal (Coworker @ SMD) on: Jan 10, 2020

  • Fond remembrances of working with Rosemary at SMD in the preschool program in the late sevenies and early eighties...I will miss her lovely smile and gentle ways. My condolences to her family and friends Rosemary's passing will leave a big space in your lives... May it be filled with the many joyful memories you shared with her throughout her life! God's blessings to you all, Sheila Tarte - Posted by: Sheila Tarte (Friend) on: Jan 07, 2020

  • On behalf of the Emerging Artists Sale sponsored by St. Peter's Anglican Church, I offer sincere condolences on behalf of the art show and it's committee. Rosemary participated in four of our five shows and made an important contribution to our show with her fused glass creations. Last year when she was unable to participate in our show, both she and her work were missed. It is with a great sense of loss that we face future shows without her work. Please accept our expression of sorrow at the loss of such a significant artist in our community. - Posted by: Lynda Wolf (Coordinator, Emerging Artists Sale) on: Jan 05, 2020

  • Rosemary was so much. A friend, neighbour, artist, fellow VBer always ready with a friendly smile and a kind word. I will miss not seeing her on Oxford Street with her Westie. Condolences to Bob, Cam and Corey. - Posted by: Alex McCuaig (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to all in Rosemary’s family. Our family lived a couple of doors down Carpathia from the Hodgson clan. As kids we played together in and around Rosemary’s next door neighbour’s home (Judge Malloy) so much so that her neighbour, an avid gardener, planted two rose bushes and named them Rosemary and Timothy! RIP my friend. Tim Stephenson - Posted by: Tim Stephenson (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2020

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