August 7, 1927 - October 21, 2023
Pauline Major passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Saturday, October 21, 2023.
Born in Ancaster Township on August 7, 1927. She was the daughter of the late John Cesar and Elsie (nee Myers).
Predeceased by her beloved husband Albert Richard Major in 1997.
Pauline was the much loved mother of William Major (Ann Kieffer), Elizabeth Park (Wayne), Ruth Major (Marty McAllister), and Margaret Major (Ron Pretli).
She was the proud grandmother of Andrew, Emily (Dustin), Ian, David (Carrisa), Matthew (Olena), Nathan (Holly), Christopher (Stephanie), Colin (Tom), Liam, Nicholas, and Clara.
Pauline was the treasured great-grandmother of Scarlett, Arthur, Jaxson, Kennedy, Blakely, Owen, Calliope, and Brixton.
Predeceased by her brothers, John ‘Jack’ Cesar (late Marjorie) and Lloyd Cesar (late Irene).
Remembered fondly by nephew John Perks (Marlene), Sylvia Major, and by several cousins.
Pauline grew up on farms in Ancaster Township with two brothers in a close-knit extended family. She attended business college and worked in Sun Life in downtown Hamilton before marrying Albert in 1951 and starting a family in Meaford.
Pauline worked at various part-time jobs such as picking apples and washing dishes at the Legion, until she found a position as an office professional at Georgian Bay Secondary School, a job she loved and retired from in 1992.
Pauline was very active in the Meaford United Church, particularly in the choir. She was a proud blood donor and volunteer at Meaford Blood Donor Clinics. She was an original charter member of the Goldenaires choir and thoroughly enjoyed making many years of music and friendships.
Pauline was a very involved grandmother who was generous with her time and treats, especially her continuous supply of homemade muffins. Pauline was very accepting of others and truly loved people. Her door was always open for visits, and she had a special closeness with her neighbours in the Richmond Street area.
Pauline loved all animals, but her golden retriever Taffy was her most devoted companion.
Pauline was always active. She started jogging in her 50s and participated in the Meaford Apple Road Race. She also enjoyed hiking with her family on both the Bruce and Georgian Trails and continued to walk long distances well into old age, even after a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, showing her incredible resilience.
Pauline was fiercely independent and lived in her own home until she was in her 90s.
Everyone who knew her will remember Pauline’s beautiful smile, joyful laugh, and generous spirit.
The family is grateful for the kind care Pauline received at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre.
A funeral service at the Meaford United Church will be held Friday, October 27 at 11 o’clock with visitation the hour prior. A private family interment will follow after reception.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to Parkinson Canada or the Meaford Nursing Home Auxillary (cheques only) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
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