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FINLAYSON, Margaret Irene (nee McAllister)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Margaret Finlayson’s passing on Friday, May 26, 2023, at the age of 76 years. The cancer that took her from us too soon was diagnosed less than three months before her passing, but she endured her illness with courage and positivity. Margaret will be dearly missed by children Duncan (Tina) and Tracy (Darren), and grandchildren James and Ryan. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 53 years Allan, parents James and Florence McAllister, and sister Joan.

Margaret was the centre of her family, often hosting holiday dinners at her home in Rockport. She was quiet and reserved in larger groups, but at home with family and friends, her wit and humour shone through – a perfect match for Allan!  Always quietly smiling, her positive attitude guided the family through hard times and taught us how to enjoy life’s natural beauty.

Having grown up on a farm in Havelock, Margaret was hardworking, and loved living in the country and being outdoors. An avid gardener and lover of trees, she spent many happy hours working outdoors to maintain their 50-acre property near Rockport. The dream home she and Allan had built and shared together was her pride and joy. It was the culmination of years of hard work:  from running a tree farm in Iroquois while raising two children, to running a hardware store in Cardinal, to establishing Finlayson Construction, always with her soulmate and life partner Allan by her side.

Her love of books nourished her thoughtful insights, and she instilled this passion in her children.  She loved art in all its forms, and her own creative side was often visible – especially during the holidays, when she created the best clues for her Christmas gifts! Her beautiful gentle spirit, kindness, and warm smile will be greatly missed by all who knew her.   

A graveside service will be held at Ormstown Union Cemetery on Sunday, June 18th at 1:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honour to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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