VAN KIRK (WILLIS): Margaret Kathleen

VAN KIRK (WILLIS): Margaret Kathleen- Passed away at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer, Ontario on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in her 97th year, with her daughter Cathy and granddaughter Kellie holding her hands. Margaret was the daughter of the late Marguerite and James Key. Forever sweetheart and wife of the late Henry Harrison (Pete) Van Kirk. (Wife of the late Earle Willis). Beloved mother of Cathy and son in law Trevor and the late Mary (late son in law Ken). Dearest sister of Josephine Ireland (late Gordon) and the late Irene Wilson (late Ross). Much loved Grandma to Kellie, Gillian and Jon, Michael and Rosa, Vanessa and Steve. Adored G.G. by her seven great grandchildren: Brittanie, Sabrina, Kailynn, Kyler, Ryann, Samantha Mary and James. Loved Auntie to Carol (Bob) Stephenson and Great Aunt to Jacqueline Stephenson.
Margaret grew up in Toronto, was a concert Violinist in her teens, met her sweetheart ‘Pete’ in 1935, married in 1941. In 1941 Pete went off to war in Europe. Margaret became a ‘sharpshooter’ (in case she was needed to help the war effort); worked in a munitions plant; worked at the T. Eaton Company and kept the home fires burning until her beloved returned from overseas in 1945. They had two daughters, Cathy and Mary. In 1952 Margaret and Pete moved from Toronto to Scarborough where Pete became a Firefighter. Over the years Margaret was a Brownie and Girl Guide leader, softball coach, member of the U.C.W, and ‘foster’ mother to several children. In 1967 Pete lost his life in the line of duty. Margaret had a brief marriage to the late Earle Willis and was long-time friend of the late Brian McKenzie. Margaret was a long-time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles where she held office as President of the Ladies Auxiliary, was a member of the Drill Team, became ‘Life Mother’ and a Life Member. Margaret was also Mayor of Terrace Lodge Resident’s Council for three terms. Margaret loved to dance, spend time with her daughter Cathy and Trevor in Oakville then S.W. Ontario and her late daughter Mary and Ken in Newburgh, Ontario. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Margaret will be missed by Pauline and Paul Gilbert and family, Barbara and David Whitford, Wynne and Ron Webster, Vlasta and Don Kemp, Zamina and Mac MacDonald, Stan and Bev McIntyre, Joan and Arnold Deakin (England), John and Kathleen Hoban (England), Sheila and Jim Brooks (England),Julie and Neil Whitford (England) and the rest of the family and friends in England. Margaret will be missed by her many friends at Terrace Lodge, in Aylmer. Mom you are an Angel now with Dad and Mary. You will live forever in our hearts and dreams. Cremation has taken place and a private family service has been held. SOUTH COAST FUNERAL & CREMATION ALTERNATIVES INC., 71 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe (519) 426-5102 in care of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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