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Family Stories & Testimonials

Ernie & Shirley

Meet Ernie & Shirley

Ernie Brunet knew the importance of family. He was a loving husband to his wife Shirley for sixty-one years and father to four children, Tony, Joanne, Alex and Gerald. Ernie took his role as father seriously, working hard to ensure that his family had a roof over their heads, food on the table, an education and participation in sports and clubs.

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Connie Elford

Connie’s Story

Connie Elford lived precisely in each moment and took the time to really appreciate what was beautiful or unusual. Where others saw the norm, Connie always experienced the exceptional.

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Todd & Amanda Pyper

The Pyper Family Story

Mention the name Todd Pyper in Grimsby and it’s likely many people will have a story to share. Outgoing, friendly and giving, Todd’s energy touched the entire community and community in turn was very important to Todd.

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Frank & Anne's Wedding

Meet Frank & Anne

Champagne and romance are not what someone might expect to find at McNally House, but Frank Huskins, named the “most romantic man on the planet” by his partner Anne Kravchenko, made that happen.

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Edward Carter Edwards

A True Fighting Spirit

A true fighting spirit defined the life of Edward Carter-Edwards. Not even horrific conditions in a Nazi concentration camp could shake his positive outlook, and almost in defiance of those experiences, he lived a life full of joy and love.

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Kathie, Chris & Jenn

Kathie’s Lasting Legacy

Selfless was the word that both Chris and Jennifer used to describe their mother Kathie. She lived her life to the fullest, whether hiking along the Bruce Trail, exploring Italy or simply spending time at the family cottage. Everything she did was always centred around other people. She genuinely cared about the stories and situations of others.

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Claire Matthews, owner of Yoga Truly in Grimsby

Finding Peace

One of the basic foundations of yoga is the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And Claire Matthews, owner of Yoga Truly in Grimsby, is an embodiment of that yogic philosophy. As a Compassionate Community initiative, Claire works with McNally House to bring a safe and serene space to people experiencing grief. Once a week, the studio offers a free class geared specifically to those who are journeying through grief; a class that is open, welcoming, gentle and, above all, restorative in every sense.

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Dick & Barbara Maxwell

Dick & Barbara Maxwell

There was always a twinkle in Dick Maxwell’s eye, a bright grin and a ready joke or comment. He saw life as an opportunity to have a good time, and he seized every moment, playing and working hard throughout his life, surrounded with good friends and a loving family. He returned that love with loyal care, both to his children and to Barb, his high school sweetheart. Barb was young when they met, but Dick knew as soon as he saw her that she would be the girl he would marry, and he did, creating a beautiful life together for 66 years.

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Hugh-Moore

The Moore Family Story

Hugh Moore had a larger than life personality. His deep spirituality and a great sense of humor served him well in so many aspects of his life – from building a successful family business (H. Moore Printing Services Ltd) to his volunteer ministry at a local nursing home. Anyone who met Hugh learned quickly he was a character, but above everything else that he was a family man. So when Hugh’s health began to fail him at the age of 87, his beloved son Alex and daughter in-law Vera were so happy to find a place like McNally House Hospice for Hugh.

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