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Rosamond Violet McKay
September 07, 1923 - September 29, 2017
3080 Lake Shore Boulevard West,
Toronto, ON
M8V 1K3
(416) 259 - 3705
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In loving memory of Rosamond Violet McKay (nee Trussler) who passed away peacefully on September 29th, 2017 at the tender age of 94.  She is survived by her daughters,  Carol Reck (Vic), and Joyce McInnis (Ken) and son,  John (Tanya); grandchildren Vic Reck, Kim Reck, Christine Thomas, Lee-Ann Reck, Michelle Chase, Todd McInnis, Tiffany McKay, and Jonathon McKay and Gary Borden; and their spouses and partners; great grandchildren Shelby and Annalise Reck, Alexis Reck Thomas, Tyler, Connor, and Kiara Thomas, Jamie and  Beth Barbosa, Christopher and Rosamond Chase, Felicia Langdon and Damian McInnis; and great, great grandchildren Teagan and Michael.  Rosamond was predeceased by her husband, Clarence McKay, and many family members and friends.

Rosamond was born and raised in Chiddingfold, Surrey, England in 1923, where she met the Canadian soldier who would become her husband, father of her children and soulmate. A proud “war bride”, she and Clarence were married in Chiddingfold in April, 1943.  One of 8 children, Rosamond was the only of her family to make the long voyage to Canada aboard the Letitia, with her daughter Carol in June of 1946 to reunite with her husband after the war.  Her name plaque hangs proudly at Halifax’s Pier 21.   Rosamond lived in Canada for almost four times as long as she did in Britain and became a Canadian citizen. Though none of that seemed to matter, as in spirit, she remained a Brit until her final breath and missed her British family dearly. Her unabating accent afforded her the opportunity to remind people of her true country and she was always our “Queen”.

Rosamond was a passionate reader, knitter, crocheter, and seamstress and loved her Scottish dancing.  Many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren grew up wearing her beautiful creations and snuggling in their “Gramma Blankets”.  Respected as a kind-hearted role model, a fantastic story teller and loved by many, she has left behind a genuine legacy of fond memories with family.   She was Gramma K to everyone - her grandchildren and their spouses, extended family and friends, and great grandchildren. 

Following her husband’s death in 2007, Rosamond moved to Lakeshore Lodge.  Our family is deeply grateful to the considerate, caring staff for their close and constant attention to Rosamond’s needs during her last few months.

Rosamond will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great, great, grandmother. Right until her last few weeks, she had the brightest blue eyes, devilish smile and sarcastic wit and humour.  Although “our Queen has left the building” and her passing leaves a hole in all our hearts, we take some comfort in knowing that she, Grampa and her siblings are reunited. At Gramma K’s request, there will be no public visitation or service.  A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion or your charity of choice.