|On the night of January 16, Amy Steele (Kempster) passed away at the Colonel By Retirement Home, where she had been residing since mid-2021. Amy, who lived at 118 Clearview Ave. for many years, had been a stalwart leader, whose goal was to help (frequently nudge in the right direction!) Champlain Park and all of Ottawa to become the best places to make a home. During her long lifetime of community engagement, her volunteer positions included President of the CPCA, Co-president of the FCA, and Co-chair of the Greenspace Alliance. Among her many awards were the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service in 1999 and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement award from the FCA. In 2014 the CPCA presented Amy with an Award for her 30 years of volunteer service with our community. The Amy’s corner web page is here: https://champlainpark.org/amys-corner/
Amy has always been an inspiration and a passionate defender of neighbourhoods and the environment.
Amy touched many lives. We will miss her.
Our neighbour on Daniel Avenue, John Sadler, has passed away this spring. I often stopped for a pleasant chat with him when I was walking by and he was outside working on his property or washing his immaculate white car. Kelly wrote a good article about him in the Ottawa Citizen:
From: Laurie Fagan
Date: October 15, 2020 at 4:34 PM
John Holliday a longtime resident of Champlain Park passed away on October 11 just shy of his 98th birthday. Jack as he preferred to be called lived at 198 Keyworth Avenue in a small white bungalow where he and his wife Winnifred raised 5 children. They were married for 75 years before Winnifred passed away almost a year ago. They lived their entire married life in the house on Keyworth Ave. After her death Jack went to live in a retirement home. He was according to his obituary a “bomb aimer” with the RAF Bomber Command out of England during the war and worked in the federal government when he returned to Canada.
But Jack’s real passion was the natural world, especially gardening. His front apple tree had several bird feeders and clumps of seed studded suet. In his garage he raised several types of moths and butterflies. He one day invited me over to see a Cecropia moth, North America’s largest native variety. It had a wingspan of about five inches. It was incredible if not a bit creepy since I had recently seen the movie Silence of the Lambs.
His side garden was ablaze with bright orange and yellow poppies every year but it was his backyard garden that was his real pride and joy. I live behind his home and Jack and I would swap flower and gardening tips quite often on spring and summer days. He had a giant patch of indigo blue delphiniums one year that was so tall that if you closed your eyes for a moment you felt like you were in an English garden. Another year he had about a dozen Asiatic Lillies (Casa Blanca) with a mass of trumpet white flowers almost 6 feet tall. As I sat in the backyard near dusk with a glass of wine the beautiful scent wafted my way. Jack shared his garden with neighbours, especially children as he often left free pots of Johnny Jump Ups and other perennials at the end of his driveway – usually on Mother’s Day.
This summer as his family prepared the house for selling, his son John very kindly gave me a clump of Jack’s irises that I will treasure in my garden and think of that lovely, gentle man.
A more formal obituary is at https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/john-holliday-1080426016
Neighbour Kathleen Margaret Kot of Cowley Avenue died on September 29 2020 at age 92. For a more poetic and much more detailed description from Debra Huron, please see https://www.champlainoaks.net/post/farewell-dear-kay-kot There’s also a more official obituary at https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/kathleen-kot-1080352222
Subject: Passing of Len de Carle
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2020 08:13:16 -0400
From: John de Carle
Just wanted to let the community know that my father, Len de Carle, passed away on Thursday.
He (and my mother) were long-time residents of the Community and lived most of their adult lives on 66 Pontiac St.
John de Carle….
Kelly passes on this obituary:
Marcella Winship, a longtime resident of Clearview Avenue (near the corner of Patricia), has died in Magog, Que., at the age of 84. She is remembered fondly by neighbours as a kind, thoughtful person who was very engaged in community life, just as she was proudly enthusiastic to be Canadian. Condolences to her husband David and three children and good friend Amy (Steele) Kempster. Please see the attached notice on ottawacitizen.com. The service is Saturday, with visitation on Friday.
Joan passes on this obituary for Harold Richard (Rich) Denham in the Ottawa Citizen:
Debra passes on this obituary (via Facebook) for Steve Kot (of Cowley Avenue) in the Ottawa Citizen:
Alfred Carew, Cowley resident since 1977, has died. See the obituary at:
Joscelyn wrote on Thursday July 7 2016:
As many of you have heard, an active member of our community, Brad Brooks died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 30. Brad was the wife of Sarah and father to daughters Josie (13) and Lucy (10).
Although the tragic news has reached most people in our community, Brad’s family would like to make sure the community is aware of the memorial service that will be held at the West Chapel of Hulse Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Road) on Saturday, July 9 at 1:30 pm. Reception to follow.
For those unable to attend the memorial service on Saturday, you are invited to visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, on Friday (July 8) from 4:30-6:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Right to Play Canada, (http://www.righttoplay.ca/) respecting Brad’s dedication to empowering kids through sport, or to the Canadian Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.ca/), honouring the untimely deaths of many friends and family.