In Loving Memory
December 9, 1924- June 21, 2019
Mary Theresa (Tess) Oldman RN , Diploma – Physiotherapy ( U of T), born December 9th 1924 (Roscommon, Ireland) passed June 21, 2019. Predeceased by her much loved husband Robert “ Bert” Oldman, in 1992.
Mother of Robert, Thomas, James, Patrick, Rosemary,and William. Mother in law to Donna, Judy, Janice, Bruce and Barb. Grandmother to Craig, Sarah, Kathleen, Colin, Kelleigh, Maureen, Ryan, Sean, Shannon, Johnathan, Jacqueline, Colleen, Christine, Brendan, Kaitlyn, Vanessa, Patrica and Sarah-Anne.Great -Grandmother of 36. Aunt and Great Aunt to so many around the world. She is survived by a brother James Keigher and a sister Nora Hansberry.
Tess was trained as a Nurse during World War 2 in Birmingham England, and with Bert immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1953. She continued Nursing in Toronto and made many wonderful lifelong friends with her colleagues and fellow expat Nurses.
Tess completed her accreditation in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 1985, and worked in geriatric programs up until her 80th year. Her range of interest took in a tireless focus on sourcing and supply of foods for Daily Bread Food Banks and many years of volunteering with The St Vincent de Paul Society. Her deep faith and commitment to prayer was lived daily. It was shown in her dedication over many years Teaching the Rosary as a volunteer in the Separate Schools Primary Classrooms.
Over a 20 year period, Tess was also known as Granma to 12 Japanese female students who needed residency while studying English in Canada. It turned into a cultural exchange, and we are sure many are speaking their new language. Tess was most proud of her family, and their commitment to education. We wish a special thank you be shared with the Parishioners of St Theresa’s Parish, and especially Tomi ,Mike and Bridget – who remained a big part of her spiritual life.
On behalf of the family we extend a sincere thank you to Cathy and Vinusha who had acted with affection as companions to our Mother. Thank you to the many practitioners – including the Nurses, and Dr Sandra Marcus – that provided the best of care and allowed our Mother to live out her wish to remain at home. To Mary O’Connell, Peggy Carter and Anne Brown, who all trained in Nursing at a time the world needed their strength and character. And to her life long friends; Fr. Patrick Slaney and Killackey family. Mom sends her love.
In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to St Vincent de Paul Society (directed by her wish to New Immigrants) and / or The Spiritan Congregation. Online condolences may be shared in the Guestbook (www.mceachniefuneral.ca)
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mary Oldman 2019..
Death notice for the town of: Ajax, Province: Ontario