Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mourning The Loss Of Mary Knight

We lost a friend and long time colleague of my wife Linda yesterday.

Newly retired and only two weeks past her 66th birthday, Mary Knight lost her battle with cancer.

She and Linda taught at the same school and for many years shared an open concept classroom. Together they led the Berner Trail Public School choir, Mary playing the piano and Linda conducting.

Unlike the practice at other schools where the choir was open only to those with the best voices, they decided to open their choir to any student with a sincere interest in singing. The result was a choir of over 100 voices.

As well as performing for special events within their school, the choir sang at many local senior's homes, at Shopping Malls during Education Week and for the veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital. The highlight of the choir was being asked to sing the Canadian and American anthems at the Rogers Centre prior to the Blue Jays baseball game.

KNIGHT, Mary Rose  Quietly surrounded by her family on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at Centenary Health Centre. She will be sadly missed by her beloved husband Bob, much loved son Christopher Clark (Heather), extended family Stephen Knight, Lesley Whittle (Morley), Graeme Knight (Kelly), her 3 beautiful grandsons Carson, Andrew and Duncan and all of the staff and students at Berner Trail Public School. The family will receive friends at the OGDEN FUNERAL HOME, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Ogden Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. A private family interment will follow. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Rest comfortably Mary.