Our Stories & Testimonials

Meet the Moore Family

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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Meet the Edmondson Family

“Death is a difficult journey we must all take, but McNally House Hospice showed my family that it can be done beautifully,” explains Beth Carravagio of Beamsville.

Over the last two and a half years Beth, her siblings Gordon, Sandra, Kenneth, and their families, have dealt with the loss of their much loved parents, Joan and Murray Edmondson.

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Meet the Fracchioni Family

It’s a bright afternoon and the Fracchioni family is gathered around the dining room table to share Sunday lunch like they have done so many times before. But as the family laughs and shares stories, it quickly becomes clear that a very special person is missing from this gregarious bunch.

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Meet Ann…

For Ann Durham facing the reality of her husband Jim’s sudden death seemed insurmountable – until she found McNally House Hospice. Ann and Jim shared a wonderful life. 54 years of marriage, five great kids, and a growing number of grandchildren!   After living in Burlington for 47 years, they sold their family home and looked forward to many happy years of retirement in Grimsby.   Unfortunately these plans would be cut short.

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Meet Damion…

Damion Mackey was as energetic and lively as any little boy you could imagine. He kept his parents Lynn and Tim Mackey constantly on the go! But at around the age of seven, Lynn noticed Damion was having problems with his balance, and then his speech started to change. After many rounds with different doctors, Damion was diagnosed with Juvenile Huntington’s disease.

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Meet The McDaniels…

“He lived larger than life.” This is how Becky McDaniel describes her husband Darryl who passed away all too soon at the young age of forty-seven on August 22, 2015. For more than two years Darryl fought a courageous battle with cancer, all the time living every day to its fullest.

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Meet Alyson and Janice…

McNally House Hospice strives to bring unconditional compassion to the Niagara West community.  This promise would not be possible without the dedication and caring of the truly unique individuals who are its staff and volunteers.

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Meet Lew…

As a very young man “Lefty” Lew Ayre had the choice to either follow a blossoming hockey career with the Boston Bruins, or join the Canadian forces in the struggle overseas during WWII. Thiswas a decision that would have perplexed most, but for Lew, who lived his lifewith a strong sense of purpose and the desire to do his part, the answer was simple and he enlisted immediately becoming a member of the Lincoln-Welland Regiment.

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Meet Joe…

End of life is the most difficult journey we must all take, but for Joe (Johan) Van Rooijen McNally House Hospice provided hope and the opportunity for peaceful reflection at theend of a life well lived.

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Meet the DeVries Family…

It would be hard to find someone in the communities of Niagara West who is not familiar with Cole’s Florist. The long standing, family operated Grimsby establishment has been there to help many of us celebrate life’s special occasions – births, graduations, weddings, holidays – and to also console us during the difficult ones such as a loss of a loved one.

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Meet Jim…

For 43 years, Jim Wright was an active member of the Grimsby community where he and wife Barbara raised their family.

In 2008 Jim was diagnosed with cancer, and in February 2009 he became a resident at McNally House.

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Meet Al…

Compassion – this one word best describes the Gunn family’s experience at McNally House Hospice.

In 2009, Al Gunn, loving husband of Trish and doting father of Ryan and Aimee, was diagnosed with acinic cell carcinoma.

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Meet Linda…

Linda Nagels couldn’t have planned a more storybook ending than the one her family and the staff at McNally House still love to talk about. Linda’s story is the second in a three-part series on living, loss and learning to heal, and the special role that McNally House Hospice plays in our community.

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Meet the Ridders…

The Ridder family is truly amazing. Their story is one of loss, living and learning to heal, and the special role that McNally House Hospice plays in our community.

Carolyn and Gerry Ridder, raised their four children Caryn, Paul, Jennifer and Rachel in St. Anns. At all to young an age, their children have been forced to deal with the death of both their parents

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Meet Dorothy

Although Bert MacGirr and wife Dorothy always knew about McNally House, it wasn’t until Dorothy needed end of life care that the MacGirr family really understood the unique and special role the hospice plays in our community.

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