Judith McKay

Judith Jacqueline "Jackie" McKay

1932 - 2024

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Obituary of Judith Jacqueline McKay

“Jackie” passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her ever-loving husband Keith McKay, daughter Celinda Van Horne (nee McKay), and son-in-law Richard Van Horne. She was predeceased by her parents Alfred Day and Jeanette Day (nee Scott).

“Jackie” was born November 30, 1932 in Stratford, Ontario. She went on to graduate from Stratford Collegiate and graduated from Stratford Normal School in 1952, elected as her class representative. Her early career years were spent in Stratford elementary schools, followed by a move to Etobicoke to teach. “Jackie” then worked with special needs students at Alexandra School in Brantford. While living in the Brantford Y.W.C.A., she met Keith on a blind date and they married in St. James Church, Stratford on December 20, 1958. Returning from a honeymoon in Florida, she continued teaching at Alexandra School until Keith was transferred by the C.N.R. to London. She spent a short time with the London Spare Board before having her only child, Celinda, in 1963. When Keith was again transferred by the C.N.R. back to Brantford, the family moved to Paris. “Jackie” resumed teaching when they moved to Mississauga and into their first house. She spent the rest of her career teaching English as a Second Language at Humber College. Along the way, she simultaneously took university courses, graduating from York University in 1986, and made one more city move to Kitchener-Waterloo while still teaching at Humber College.

After her official retirement, “Jackie” and Keith travelled to Prague and China where she taught English, as well as to Guyana where she taught mentally and physically challenged children. Throughout her life, “Jackie” had so many adventures with friends and family. She travelled the world with Keith, and sometimes Celinda, as much as time allowed, spending time on every continent. She loved entertaining and cooking for friends, and the Twelve Fools held a special place in her heart.

Special thanks to all the staff of 5N and Dr. Chen at Grand River Hospital. Their care and compassion during her final weeks was second to none.

In typical “Jackie” fashion, there will not be a service. Remember the adventures, laughter, great food, and good times; until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to the Alzheimer’s Society may be arranged through www.erbgood.com.