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Carol McGrath

McGRATH, CAROL(E) BARBARA (FOX)
April 18, 1930 – July 11, 2015
Carol, the avid reader has begun her next chapter at the age of 85 on July11, 2015. Born in Halifax, NS, she was the daughter of the late Carroll Arthur Fox and Mary Edna (Power) Fox of Halifax, NS. Her grandparents were Neil and Marguerite (Nowlan) Fox, and Grace (O’Brien) Rice and Ambrose Power. Great-grandparents were Robert and Anne (McLean) Fox, Michael and Elizabeth (Sullivan) Power, Henry and Agatha (O’Brien) Norris, and Charles and Mary (McGann) Nowlan.
Predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Percy Bernard McGrath of Halifax, NS, she is survived by sons Kirk (Cindy) and Mark (Kathy) of Bedford, NS, and daughter Lisa Morris (Jim) of Moncton, NB; six grandchildren: Jessica Cunningham (Mark), Josh (Brittany), Brittney Poole (Matt), Matt (Courtney), Ryan and Cody; 6 year-old great-grandson Matthew McGrath, three-week old great-granddaughter Emma Cunningham, and soon-to-be-born great grandson Jameson Poole. She is also survived by nephews Pat and Paul Kelly, Bob (Wendy) Munroe and their families; Don Campbell (Anita) of Burlington, ON and many other cousins.
A graduate of the former Queen Elizabeth High School and Academy Business School, she began her career as Executive Secretary at Harvey Jones Travelers Insurance before moving to Moncton in 1968 when her husband was transferred. Up until her retirement and return to Halifax, she worked as a librarian assistant at Riverview High School and was adored equally by staff and students.
She will be fondly remembered for her zest for life, her infectious laugh, her wonderful sense of humour and the ability to put people at ease in any social setting. She was an ardent bird watcher, bridge player, cross stitcher and daily walker – always finding treasures on her jaunts. She loved nature and was in her element with her gardens and God’s winged and furry creatures. She loved to read, in particular biographies, and was a marvelous story teller.
A great sport, she would be up for any adventure any season whether cross country skiing, ice fishing, clam digging or gathering driftwood along the shore in summer. In her later years, she was sadly deprived of her beautiful mind but will always be remembered for her eternal spirit and gifts of heart she gave to all who knew her. She loved family and cottage life and so enjoyed get-togethers where kids and grandkids would perform antics making her laugh.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Halifax NS. Celebration of Life Service will be held 12 noon, July 21 in the chapel of J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Clayton Park, Halifax NS. Visitation will be from 11am to 12noon same day prior to the Service. Reception to follow. A family memorial of Carol’s life will be held later amidst flower gardens with poetry readings and the release of butterflies representing her new chapter in life.
In lieu of flowers, Carol’s wish would be for you to reach out and hug a family member, a friend or offer a flower to brighten someone’s day. Donations, if desired, could be made to the charity of one’s choice.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. To leave an online condolence please visit www.jasnowfuneral.com

 

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