Mary McCann (1940-2021)
On June 5, 2021, Mary Margarete McCann (nee Forbes) was welcomed into the loving arms of her parents Duncan and Zita, her sister Joan and her brothers Paul and John. Mary’s great love Edwin; her greatest pride MJ, Sean, Maureen (John Nethercott), Patrick (Christina Williams) and Michael (Nancy Fraser); and her greatest joys Liam, Mikayla, Katherine, Rory, Lauren, Brody, Ewan, and Duncan will carry on her memory of a most loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
“Mary McCann was my bridge mentor in a way, I was so nervous to play duplicate bridge having heard of the awesome reputation of the Renfrew Club. She welcomed me as I entered the door to the bridge floor for the first time, kindly prepared a name tag and explained the routine. She was so genuine and pleasant, my fears disappeared and my ‘real’ bridge experiences began. I appreciate knowing the wonderful people at the Renfrew Club Mary to whom introduced me. I know things will be different when we return to Mataway, I will miss Mary’s happy disposition and friendship. Rest In Peace Mary.” – Marg Leach
Mary is also survived by her sister Anne (Tom Ditchburn), brother Joseph, sister-in-law Sandy and her many nieces and nephews who loved her and felt love by “Aunt Mary”. Mary’s legacy will be one of grace, beauty, style, humour, and the joy she brought to those around her.
Born April 16th, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan and raised on a farm in Antigonish, Nova Scotia – Mary was a proud Maritimer. It was here, at the age of 18, she began a long and rewarding career in teaching and met her husband Ed, with whom she raised a family in Renfrew. Mary loved the students and colleagues she met during her tenure at St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School. Her love of learning inspired her to open what eventually became McCann’s Books and Records in Pembroke and to earn her BA (Psychology) at the University of Waterloo, where she met her kindred “Waterloo Girls”. A devout Catholic and generous community volunteer, Mary was proud to be part of the Renfrew Fair Board and was a founding member of the Renfrew Competitive Bridge Club. Whether she was singing in the hallways, dancing with Eddie in the kitchen or quietly quilting in the basement, she shared her love of the arts with her kids and students. Her fondest family memories were made on the slopes of Candiac, the backyard pool, baking chocolate chip cookies with her grandkids, and simply sharing a laugh with her family and friends; the more sarcastic the better. Mary’s joy and positivity will live on through those whose lives she graced.
Online condolences/donations may be made at www.gouletfuneralhome.com
Phyllis Brennan (1925-2020)
Phyllis Brennan completed her journey of almost 95 years with joy, gratitude, spunk, and a kind of fierceness that is to be admired and emulated.
At the bridge table, she was a powerful partner and a formidable opponent. She had a well-deserved reputation of bidding 3NT under almost any circumstance and she frequently found a way to make the contract.
She was kind, generous, caring, spontaneous, and indomitable. She was deeply loved by her remarkable family and an extraordinarily large circle of friends.
She was not a shrinking violet.
She would and could and did play bridge almost every day.
She was a player.
She was a force.
She is an inspiration.
She will be missed.
Watch for details of a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Helen Kathleen Good
On March 21, 2020 Helen Good of Eganville, a member of the Renfrew Duplicate Abridge Club, died very suddenly in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She was enjoying a good part of the winter with her husband, Brian (another club member), in B.C.
Loving wife of Dr. Brian Good and mother of Geoff (Jane) of Eganville, Colleen (Bill) of Etobicoke and Keith (Jenny) of Eganville. “Nana” will be missed by grandchildren Scott, Josh, Claire, Everton, Thomas and Gracie. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Leonora Briscoe of Pembroke. Dearly loved by her brothers Roger (Bea) and Murray (Zillah).
Helen’s life balanced leisure and service to others, which gave her immense pleasure. She graduated from the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital nursing school. In Kingston, she met Brian, the love of her life. They spent a few years in Haliburton, where they made lifelong friends and then returned to the Ottawa Valley and made Eganville their home. Helen and Brian spent time building a family, volunteering in their community, playing golf, finding adventure through travel and bike trips, and enjoying music and theatre. Helen had a strong faith and was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church for 45 years.
Helen was a friend to all – a vibrant member of her community and a “social force” who could engage anyone in conversation. She had endless energy for connection and hospitality. Her generosity knew no bounds – there was always room for one more at the table or time to reach out to others going through a difficult time. Helen tirelessly fund raised for many causes and communities. She touched so many near and far and leaves us with a legacy of love and faith.
A celebration of a life well lived will be held in the summer, with the date and time to be determined. Tributes and condolences may be left online at http://www.zohrfuneralhome.com
Happy 95th Birthday Phyllis Brennan!!
Attached are two pics of our efforts at celebrating Phyllis Brennan today with an early 6-feet apart (other than David and myself) 95th birthday party. We presented her with with a big poster card signed from the Renfrew Duplicate Bridge Club. We were donned in party hearts and carried noisemakers. We also wore colourful shoes (rainbow coloured duct tape did the trick) in honour of Phyllis’ love of such shoes.
She stood in her living room, glass of white wine in hand, while outdoors we chatted with her through the picture window as best we could. Phyllis was very pleased and very humbled with the attention people were giving her. She expressed deep gratitude for the wonderful friends she had made over the years in the realm of bridge. Her family seemed very happy for their mother.
We stayed about 10 minutes, until the next persons came along. KateRay was set up in her lawn chair ensuring that the 6 feet social distance rule was respected.
If you were able to attend the celebration, you likely know most of this.
Carol and David
The Renfrew Bridge Club regrets to report that Gillian Wilson, a long-time member of the Club, passed away on December 31, 2019.
Many of us have pleasant memories of playing against her and her late husband Mac. Gillian was always a considerate and courteous player, who never seemed to get too upset about disappointing results. Her quiet ways and gentle personality will be greatly missed.
The Renfrew Bridge Club regrets to report that Bill Buttle, a greatly respected member of the Club, passed away on Sunday evening, January 19, 2020.
Bill certainly was a man of many talents: retired dentist, accomplished author, wry and very prolific cartoonist, long-time bluegrass band member and an extremely skilled bridge player. Every player looked forward to playing at Bill’s table. The skilled could anticipate a challenging game; while the beginners might receive patient mentoring. His courteousness and genuinely helpful personality will be greatly missed. Bill was a true gentleman of the game.