Angus, Mary Findlay

Mary Angus (nee Wilkinson) passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, peacefully in her home in Thornbury, with her family by her side.

Mary loved to spend time with her children Michael (Felicia) Tom, Jane, Claire (Mark Caplan) and grandchildren, Aidan, Effie, Mason, Cache, Payton, Molly, James, Wilkinson, Findlay, Tillie, Max and Angus, and of course her beloved sisters Helen (Bruce Mairs) and Bette (George Marshall).

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Peter Angus and spent the six years of her time without Peter living her life to the fullest.

Mary was interested in everyone she met and was a loyal friend to all. An avid reader, Mary loved to share her books and add them to the cottage bookshelf. She was a regular at the Thornbury library and was a founding member of the Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1932, Mary and her family then moved to Larder Lake, before eventually ending up on Roxborough Drive in Toronto. Mary formed many lifelong friendships during her time as a student at Branksome Hall, and later at Toronto General Hospital while training to be a nurse. Known for her unbounding energy, she remained an active alumni in both, organizing reunions and bringing her community together. Mary was physically active her whole life; she was a swim teacher and life guard, loved sailing and canoe tripping, skied, golfed, was a dedicated bridge and cribbage player and was an avid walker where few could keep up with her.  Mary loved her time at camp Northway Lodge in Algonquin Park as the head of waterfront. She passed this love of Algonquin Park on to her children and grandchildren and created many wonderful memories for her family, including her nieces and nephews, at the cottages on Cache Lake. Mary was a volunteer extraordinaire, everyone could count on her support, and she did so with enthusiasm and endless energy.  Mary was never afraid of change and made every home a wonderful place to be, starting in Maple, heading to Vancouver, Burlington, Woodbridge, and the farm in Beaver Valley before finally settling in Thornbury. She will be missed enormously now that she has made her final move but the memories, she created will always be with us.

Please join Mary’s family in celebrating her life on December 27, 2022 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the Far Hills Clubhouse, 200 Beaver Street South, Thornbury (across the street from 27 Beaver Street South).

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation 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.


A Celebration of Mary's Life on December 27, 2022 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the Far Hills Clubhouse, 200 Beaver Street South, Thornbury

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Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Maggie
    Monday, November 28, 2022

    When I was moving to Thornbury a mutual friend in Oakville gave me Mary’s phone number. Mary was so welcoming and suggested various activities and clubs I could join, helping me settle happily into my new town. Over the past 11 years I’ve enjoyed Mary’s company playing bridge, golf and walking along the Georgian trail. Her passing has left a big hole in my life.

  2. Deb Meek
    Monday, November 28, 2022

    A sad time, to reflect on a great woman. Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Mary had a very special way -always exuding calm and positive energy that made everyone seem comfortable.
    It is easy to see how she raised, and built such a great family and adapted to the many places she lived and communities she served.

    We are very sorry for your loss.

    xo Ward + Deb Meek

  3. AlinaGrelik
    Tuesday, November 29, 2022

    Heartfelt condolences to Mary’s family on her passing.
    Sounds as though she had a very full and interesting life!
    I’ll remember her laugh and infectious smile!
    Rest In Peace, Mary.
    Alina G. and Paul J.

    1. Heather Metzger
      Friday, December 2, 2022

      My condolences to Mary’s family. – I had the pleasure of volunteering with Mary at BVO.
      She was a wonderful person and always so interesting to talk to
      Her witty personality will be missed by many.

  4. Erin McIvor
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    Mary was a truly lovely woman . My deepest condolences to the extended Angus family , from your Spruce St neighbours.

  5. John Nolasco
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    My sincere condolences to the Angus families. I worked with Mary’s husband Peter for many years and met Mary on many occasions. She was always upbeat and ready for a party. May she rest in peace.

    John and Maureen Nolasco

  6. Joan Lewis Wright
    Thursday, December 1, 2022

    My heart felt condolences to all the Angus family . Mary was a friend for over 40 years and I loved her very much . She was our neighbour in Woodbridge and my boys have very fond memories of happy times spent with Mary and Peter and family. We corresponded all the years after I returned to Ireland.
    “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”

  7. Howard Siddall
    Thursday, December 1, 2022

    Mary was a great friend to both Verna and I, we enjoyed many card games and lots of social get togethers with both her and Peter. My condolences to her family, she will be missed.

  8. Roy Carroll
    Friday, December 2, 2022

    My condolences to all of the Angus clan . Mary was a special lady and exuded calm and friendliness.
    My family enjoyed many visits to Peter and Mary’s farm house in Beaver Valley. My boys still remember the salt lick (yes they did)
    Best regards to the family and may Mary rest in peace .

  9. Marni Balcom Rabasso
    Monday, December 5, 2022

    My warm thoughts to all of you Angi. My Mum liked to tell the stories of me toddling next door because your Mum was always willing to feed me an apple and send me toddling on home. She was so warm and always ready to laugh.
    Big hugs to all of you,

  10. Kimberley
    Wednesday, December 7, 2022

    Oh my dearest Mary I am so saddened to hear of your passing, you were an amazing lady and wonderful neighbour to us at Lora Bay. You loved sitting outside in your garden listening to our waterfalls and pond and you always loved the fact that so many birds came to us both. You couldn’t wait to see our Goldendoodle Lord Barkley pop his head out of the drapes and look across at you in the day, you loved him. From dinner party get togethers you entertained us with grace and your Pate was always a winner, my hubby Ian spent quite a lot of time away working when we lived opposite you and you always made sure that I was fine by inviting me over to sit with you and Peter looking at photo albums of your wonderful family. Oh you loved your children and grandchildren beyond measure, your stories of them were so endearing Mary. When we moved to BC 4 years ago I was heartbroken because you truly were a wonderful friend to me, we would send each other Christmas cards and talk of our lives. The last time I saw you was when you moved to Thornbury and Barb and I had a wonderful lunch with you in your new apartment, again you put on a fabulous lunch… did everything with style! I shall miss your laughter and smile Mary, you had a lovely kind heart. Ian, Sam and I will will miss you but we will hold you and Peter dearly in our hearts, you are together again now. RIP sweet Angel, we send our condolences to Mary’s family. ♥️

    Love Kim.

  11. Barbsheridan
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022

    My deepest Sympathy to the Angus Family, I have fond memories on Cache lake and
    here in Thornbury with the Angus Family .
    A lovely Lady, whom I had great respect for, and admired. May the memories stay fresh
    Mary will be missed, but not forgotten
    Barb (Yaskovitch ) Sheridan

  12. Mary dame
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022

    Memories of our early teen age years together, happy memories of your family in your Roxborough Drive home, the memories of lunches at Primrose and at your daughter’s farm,I always believed you,Bette and I would be together again!

  13. Gail Birkett
    Wednesday, August 9, 2023

    I have very fond memories of Mrs Angus whose smile always contained a laugh behind it. I also remember a line she said when I was young and impressionable. “I get high from a walk in the woods”. How true I have found that to be.

    My mom Ede Birkett, told me about Mary recertifying her swimming for her birthday when she was older and that has inspired me too. Condolences to all the Angus kids who we grew up with in Maple. Sorry I missed the funeral.


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