March 17, 1931 - October 30, 2023
Mary Porteous (nee Raso) passed away on October 30 at her home in Meaford with her loving husband and daughter by her side.
Mary was born in Guelph, Ontario March 17, 1931 to parents Thomas and Annie Raso (nee Sorbara). She is predeceased by her brother, Dominic Raso, and by sisters, Nancy Durso, Rose Skater, and Teresa Tedesco.
She grew up in Guelph and it was there that she met her true-love, her husband of 71 years, William ‘Bill’ and raised her daughter, Kathy.
Mary led a vibrant and full life. Her work ethic was incomparable and she was certainly independent and determined. She was sharp-minded and her meticulous attention to detail and commitment to fairness propelled her through a rewarding 50 year career at John Sutherland and Sons Insurance. She retired at age 65 and stepped gracefully and effortlessly into retirement with Bill.
Mary also possessed a sense of fun and adventure. Through their life together, she and Bill curled, played tennis, and golfed. She also loved to ski and she, Bill and Kathy spent many years at Talisman Mountain Resort doing just that. Mary treasured this time of her life and the enduring friendships made. It was because of this that the couple decided to leave Guelph and move to Meaford. She and Bill also loved to travel and while ski holidays dominated, they also found time to explore Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
It was human connections that truly drove Mary, especially her connections with family. Mary loved her family fiercely. She was a bright light for them and shared her sweet heart and gentle words of wisdom generously. She was loved and adored by the entire extended family and especially by Bill, Kathy, and her son-in-law, Chris. We are heart-broken by her passing.
She is survived by her husband, William (Bill), her daughter, Kathy, son-in-law, Chris, beloved and loving grandchildren, Hunter (Ally) and Dallas (Rob), and her great-granddaugher, Meredith who made “Gigi’s” eyes sparkle. She is remembered lovingly by many nieces and nephews whom she adored.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Meaford Hospital for their gentle care during her time there. They also wish to thank the wonderful home care professionals who assisted during her time at home.
Cremation has taken place.
A funeral service will be held at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, Meaford on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 11 a.m. with a private interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers as expressions 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. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
A funeral service will be conducted at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Meaford on Thursday, November 16, 2023 with a private interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
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