Family Stories & Testimonials

Meet Paul and Patricia

Paul Hutchinson’s lung cancer diagnosis came as a shock to him, his wife Patricia and all those who loved him. Patricia describes Paul as having a brilliant mind and says that he was a beautiful and loving human being.

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Meet Linda and Anne Marie

As friends, Anne Marie and Linda have shared so much of their lives: knowing each other’s families, singing in a choir, belonging to a walking group and volunteering at McNally House Hospice.

Now, they share a journey of grief.

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Meet Cynthia

Cynthia Samuels described her husband Lloyd as kind, funny, intelligent, and an amazing father and husband. She said he was her rock, so when he passed away in July 2021, she needed help to navigate her grief journey.

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Meet Judy

Judy was a woman who cared deeply about people. As a wife, mother, sister and teacher, Judy had incredible compassion and care for others. How fitting then, that she spent her last days at McNally House Hospice, where compassion and caring are the essence of all that is done.

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Meet Janet

JJ Sgambato remembers his mother, Janet Sgambato, as a compassionate, caring, and humorous woman. He said she was an amazing mother to him and his two cousins, Laura and Brenda whom she was very close. Janet lived in her hometown of Grimsby while she worked as a nurse at West Lincoln Memorial for over 40 years.

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Meet Gloria

Jim Lamothe and his wife Gloria were married for ten years. He treasures the short time they had together, and fondly recalls the adventures they shared. He calls his late wife a sweet woman, who worked as a cleaner and dreamed of becoming a missionary.

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Meet Ralph

Like many people, Mitchell Brown did not know much about hospice care before entering the McNally House Hospice doors with his father, Ralph Brown. Mitchell says Ralph was a dedicated worker and a good father to his five children. Mitchell helped care for his father for about seven years, after his mother passed, before bringing him to McNally House.

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Meet John

John Dunsmuir had never heard of McNally House Hospice until his wife of 23 years, Lauraine, became a resident in 2018. She was “happy-go-lucky and always had a twinkle in her eye,” according to John. Thanks to McNally, John, along with Lauraine’s daughters, were able to be with her when she passed.

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$15,900 OTF Grant Builds Resilience for McNally House

McNally House Hospice received a $15,900 grant over 12 months from the Resilient Communities Fund at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. These funds were used to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

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