Winifred Dacey
Winifred Dacey

Obituary of Winifred Mabel Dacey

Winifred Mabel Dacey passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on October 23, 2022.

Win is survived by her two children (and spouses): David (Susan) and Susan (Gordon); her six grandchildren (and spouses): Jennifer (Frank), Jonathan, Matthew (Katy), Sarah (Bobby), Katelyn, and Gavin (Janina); and 10 great-grandchildren: James, Ethan, Cooper, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Sophie, Leila, Emilia, Evelyn, and Jackson.

Win was born on March 21, 1925 in Ottawa to Earnest Albert Wright and Mabel (Porter). Throughout her life, Win remained proud of her strong typewriting skills she acquired in high school and used in her first career at the National Council of Women in her early 20s. She was also skilled at skiing, horseback riding and badminton. Win played badminton at the local YMCA where she met her future husband, J. Maynard Dacey (predeceased).

Together, Win and Maynard carved out a meaningful, abundant life filled with children (David, Susan and Kimberly [pre-deceased]) a collectibles business, travel, and lawn bowling. With their children, they lived in Ottawa, Scarborough, and Agincourt. Later, Win and Maynard moved to Sharon and then to the Ballantrae Golf and Country Club Condominium community. From 1975 to 2000, Win worked alongside Maynard in the gift/collectible business: Timeless Treasures, First Choice Gifts, and 16th Avenue Collectibles.

Win and Maynard were members of The Granite Club where they were both very active in lawn and alley bowling. They traveled extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. competing in lawn bowling tournaments. They also traveled for leisure to places like Morocco, the Canary Islands, Israel, Brazil, and Barbados. They shared their love of traveling with their grandchildren by taking them on trips to Florida, Vermont, Virginia, and Nova Scotia. Win and Maynard were devoted members of the Canadian Progress Club and later in the Rotary Club.

 In her spare time, Win was an avid and skilled baker. She tested and collected many recipes with the hopes of creating a family cookbook. Just like their beloved mother, both of Win’s children love to cook and celebrate the holidays.

Above all, Win’s love and tender care of her children, grandchildren, and great-children has always been evident by those who knew her. Win would do absolutely anything to support her family and in doing so, she consistently demonstrated the strength and power of love. Win was so deeply admired and loved by each of her family members across the generations. She will be missed dearly and always remembered.

Win’s family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff at Markhaven Home for Seniors for the exceptional care they provided to Win these past few years and especially throughout the COVID pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society

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