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Date of Passing: Oct 13, 2020

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Patricia Joan McGarry passed away peacefully, at the Riverview Health Centre, on October 13, 2020.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Patrick Martin Fenton McGarry in 2002, and her sisters, Gladys and Mavis. She is survived by her six children, Kevin (Betty), Patrick (Melanie), Deirdre, Anne (Charles), Geraldine (Brian) and Martin (Candice), 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Hazel Davies in England.
Born in London, England in 1927, Patricia lived through the difficult war years as a teenager. She survived the blitz, sometimes under the family dining room table. She entered nursing school shortly after the war and graduated as a registered nurse on July 23, 1948. She joined the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and, after various postings in Britain, she was called for overseas duty and posted to a base hospital in Japan, supporting casualties from the Korean War. She was very proud of her military service and the opportunity it provided for an adventurous young nurse. As fate would have it, she met her future husband, a young Irish doctor, Patrick McGarry, at that base hospital in Japan. Upon their return to Britain, they were married on May 17, 1952.
Patricia and Patrick started their family in England, and then immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. Patricia often spoke of the rough Atlantic Ocean crossing with her then 18 month old, sea-faring son, Kevin. They settled into life in Winnipeg and five more children arrived in the subsequent decade. As a mother of a large family, she was lightning fast in the kitchen so as to make time available for her chosen activities. Patricia was very active and learned to figure skate, downhill and cross-country ski, swim, play tennis and so much more. She made many friends and enjoyed regular bridge, tennis, and golf in their company. She volunteered, taught swimming, and made a late in life return to nursing. She was also an avid sports fan never missing the big skating or tennis competitions. One of her final musings was who had won the French Open.
The acquisition of a family cottage at West Hawk Lake in 1966, began another significant chapter in Patricia's life. The cottage became a source of joy, challenges, and endless adventures! The independent nature of Patricia meant embracing living in a remote location accessible only by often unreliable boats that she often cursed but also mastered. But she also loved nature and the quiet of the surrounding wilderness.
Patricia had a long career as an active grandmother. She spent many Fridays over a 20 year period with her preschool grandchildren - so much appreciated by their mothers. Every grandchild had the "Nana" experience of trips to the zoo, playground and swimming pool, which they fondly remember and cherish.
England always had a special place in her heart, and she had many trips "home" to visit her mother and sisters often dragging with her a gaggle of unruly children. She loved the English gardens in springtime, that her children didn't manage to trample.
Late in life, she spent eight wonderful years living at the Portsmouth in Winnipeg where she made new friends and continued her myriad of activities. Always a great participant and fueled by a love of learning, there were few programs she wasn't involved in.
Patricia has been a true inspiration to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and independent to the end. We will love and miss her always.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Riverview Health Centre. She felt greatly supported in her final days by the dedicated care she received. Patricia would also like to thank her private nurse, Belinda, and the staff at the Rosewood during her stay there.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John Brebeuf Church on Monday October 19, with family only in attendance due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please join us at 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverview Health Centre Foundation or a charity of choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My thoughts are with Anne and the whole McGarry family with whom our whole family has many fond memories. Patrice was a dear lifelong friend of both of my parents who loved her deeply. She welcomed us to cream pie fights on the floating dock at West Hawk. And of course she was the famous mother of those well behaved McGarry kids. Our mom always wished she knew her secret! All you kids had so much precious time with her. I wish I could have seen you all, but I am sending hugs your way. - Posted by: Nancy Wightman (Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • Our families sincere condolences to the McGarry clan. Your mom was a wonderful women who welcomed me to the family cottage as a kid for weeks on end (probably much to the chagrin of some of Pat's siblings, lol). The way she calmly handled the loading of the car with all the food, kids and dog, to the loading and piloting of the little boat to get us to the cottage was a reflection of the strong, caring and remarkable lady she was. I haven't seen her in the last while but those memories will stay forever. Take care Mrs McGarry, say hi to my mom! - Posted by: Stephen Miville (Family friend) on: Oct 20, 2020

  • So many fond memories of your Mum at home in Winnipeg and at the cottage! She was an inspiration to all of us and her independent inquisitive spirit lives on in all of you. She will be missed but never forgotten❤️❤️❤️ - Posted by: Linda ( Peddle) Ferguson (Family friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Sending my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. It was such a privilege for me to meet and know her through Anne. From the first time I met her she struck me as an extraodinary woman. I saw her as very sophiticated yet warm and genuine. Her athleticism especially amazed me; playing tennis, swimming in West Hawk lake! She was and still remains an incredible role model. Blessings to you Anne, and to the entire McGarry clan. - Posted by: Denise L'Arrivee (Friend of Anne McGarry) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Anne and her family for the loss of their Mom and Nana. In reading your beautiful tribute, it is apparent your Mom had a wonderful life with a loving family. I hope the memories of your life together will help you at this sad time. - Posted by: Marcia Ewatski (acquaintance of Anne) on: Oct 17, 2020

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