Obituary for Angela Spain
ANGELA KATHLEEN MOIRA
June 16, 1924 - February 14, 2018
With sadness in our hearts, the family of Angela Kathleen Moira Spain announce that she was called home to the Lord on February 14, 2018 at the TBRHSC with her family by her side.
Angela was the third of six children, and the beloved only daughter of Dr. Arthur Patrick Kennedy and Frances Margaret Kennedy (nee Ainslie). Although the family home of her father and the Kennedy family was actually in Annagh, County Offaly, in the Republic of Ireland, she was born June 16, 1924 in Worthen, Shropshire, England. She lived a happy and adventurous childhood growing up with five brothers, a lot of freedom, and a menagerie of family pets including at one time, a pony and a capuchin monkey.
Angela received her education first at home then at the tender age of 9 began formal schooling at the Bridgettine Convent in Abbeyleix, Ireland. Later, she completed secondary school in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England.
With the advent of the Second World War, Angela joined the Wrens (WRNS=Women’s Royal Naval Service) and in 1943 was stationed at Machrihanish, Scotland where she drove trucks loaded with fuel and bombs to service the Naval airplanes. It was during her time serving in the Naval Fleet Air Arm that she met her future husband, Wilbert Spain, a Canadian who was a Royal Navy pilot, also serving in the Fleet Air Arm. Angela emigrated to Canada in 1947 and married Will, the love of her life, and her “rock” in December of 1950. Together they set up homes in Ancaster, Windsor, and finally in Thunder Bay which has been her home for over 40 years.
Angela was a social person who loved people, yet she could be content and peaceful in her alone time, too. Her Catholic faith was paramount in her life and she dedicated her time with her parish families over many decades. Angela was a fierce protector of children and animals; a force of nature to be reckoned with in the face of cruelty or injustice, at times, a worrier out of love, not fear. The idea of “no, it can’t be done” were words that did not sit gracefully in her world. She was an insistent and persistent encourager who believed the impossible was always possible with just a little more effort.
She was a gracious woman of refined tastes and elegant style. She adored poetry and language: everything from Keats, Yeats, and Dylan Thomas to Padraic Colum, Maeve Binchy and Frances Hodgson Burnett, and in between. Armed with a sense of humour and endless repartee, she loved to chat, to laugh, to tell and share jokes and stories. A lifelong music lover, her audio passions knew no bounds. A mere sampling includes Chopin, Segovia, Elgar, Kurt Weill, Stephane Grapelli and Yehudi Menuhin.
A phenomenal knitter and crocheter, a wonderful cook, Angela most enjoyed crosswords, watercolour painting, theatre and the ballet. She loved travelling, too, but most especially, she loved cats. Yes, she was a cat lady and she adored all types and sizes although a weakness for Siamese cats prevailed. She had special skills in the mechanical realm as well: she was a problem solver of epic proportion from plumbing to cars, many times out of necessity not by choice.
Gifted with great genes and a love of movement, Angela was a walker who couldn’t tolerate a poky pace. She didn’t suffer fools gladly and would occasionally tell them so. Angela remained an active member of 55 Plus exercise and art classes for many years. She lived independently in her own home until the end of her life thanks to her determination and her wonderful neighbours. She was infinitely proud of her renewed driver’s licence at age 93!
Angela loved to shine and shine she did in her devotion to church, to husband and family and to her dear friends. Angela was a woman of substance and of character who lived her life proudly with integrity and determination, who kept her Catholic faith loyally and resolutely. Her greatest gift and legacy to her family is to know we are loved unconditionally and for always.
Angela was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Wilbert Spain, and by her dear brothers, Fr. Patrick Kennedy of New Orleans,USA, Dr. Michael Kennedy of the Republic of Ireland and John Kennedy of Australia, and by many friends and relatives.
She is lovingly remembered and greatly missed by daughters Deirdre (Doug), Moira, and Maeve (Finn), and by her treasured grandson, Ciaran Hoffner (Nancy) as well as by her cherished brothers Dr. Desmond Kennedy of England and Dr. Charles Kennedy of Wales and their families.
She is also survived by her many dear nieces, nephews and cousins, and a loving extended family in Canada, the USA, Ireland, England, Wales and Australia. A special farewell goes out to her dear friends new and old, especially Margaret Whittingham of England, a friend from childhood; friends near and far, here and gone. Angela Spain will be greatly missed by all who knew her and dearly missed by her beloved four-footed pals Belle and Wizard.
Visitation and prayers for family and friends will be held Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Sargent and Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street to be followed by a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Our Lady Queen of Poland Church, 85 Algoma Street North. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.
There are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Night night dearest mum.
God bless and rest in peace.
“The best and most beautiful mother in the whole world.”