In Celebration of

Rosemary Mackinnon

May 19, 1952 -  August 27, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Rosemary MacKinnon (nee Devaney) announce her passing peacefully at home on Thursday August 27, 2020 at the age of 68 after a long illness with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Rosemary will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years Ron, children Sarah (Hedde) and John (Valerie). Rosemary was proud of her five grandchildren, Madison, Paige, Annika, Simon and Zoe. Dear sisters Eileen (Dave) and Fran (Lorraine) and nephew Ewen Calder, and numerous other family and friends.
Rosemary was predeceased by her parents Terry and Rose Devaney.
Rosemary was born in Dundee, Scotland and would often reminisce about family holidays in Scotland. She qualified as an ECG technician and worked at the Royal Infirmary Hospital in Edinburgh. She met the love of her life Ron in Edinburgh and immigrated to Canada to join him in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They moved to Ottawa and married in 1975. Rosemary was a loving and caring person: she was a caregiver to many young children, all of whom she cherished. She loved to golf and curl with her group of “golfing buddies” and spend summers at Crow Lake fishing. She made many lifelong friends and always enjoyed keeping in touch with everyone especially Skype calls with her sisters.
A private funeral mass will be celebrated.
Rosemary was fortunate to have a wonderful team of doctors and nurses caring for her and we will be forever grateful to them. In particular we thank Dr. Manorie Edirisinghe, Dr. Michelle McKinnon, her primary nurse Asha and all the members of her care team at Bayshore Home Care Solutions. Thanks also the staff at Medigas for their excellent service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.


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Wayne and Doreen MacKinnon 

Entered August 28, 2020 from Pleasant Bay

Sincere condolence to Ron, Sarah, John and families in the loss of a wife, mother and grandmother. May Rosemary R.I.P. ❤️ Wayne and Doreen.

Fran Devaney (Sister)

Entered August 29, 2020 from Glasgow, Scotland

Sisters are very special people and none more so than Rosemary. My eldest sister, a constant in my life. The pain of her loss is hard to bear. We managed to maintain our bond even living miles apart. Rather than dwell on the loss I prefer to look at the memories – the whacky childhood imaginary games, where Rosemary always got the best part (prerogative of being the eldest), the fun and shared joy of holidays in Canada and Scotland with Ron and the kids and her special visit to New Zealand with Ron for my 50th. Rosemary was full of life and generosity of spirit. I’ll miss her sorely but there will always be a special place in my heart for my big sis. Gone but certainly not forgotten.

Lorraine Stefani (Sister-in-Law)

Entered August 29, 2020 from Glasgow, Scotland

Across the miles, across the sea
You were always dear to me
To a woman of strength, a woman of courage
A few short words convey my message

The tears I shed will soon subside
But in my heart you will reside

Barbara Beaumont and Dot Aitken (Cousin)

Entered August 30, 2020 from Cornwall UK

"To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die"
I remember that saying when thinking of those who have passed away. I found a photograph recently that I was holding Rosemary as a new born sitting in the garden down by the Tay bridge. We knew each other mostly as children in the school holidays, great fun every year.

Cheryl Sevigny (Friend)

Entered August 31, 2020 from Ottawa

I was heartbroken to read of Rosemary's passing. Rosemary was the caregiver to my two children: Mitchell and Jessica. She cared for them like they were her own, and we all adored her. Rosemary played such an important role in my children's lives and I am so grateful for the love she gave them. Sarah was our papergirl and I was always so impressed with her. When I found out her mother was a caregiver, I knew I had to get my son in somehow. Anyone who raised a child like Sarah, knew what she was doing. Meeting John and Ron only reinforced my decision. What a terrific family!. To all of you, I am so sorry for your loss! Rosemary was an extraordinary person. I think of her often and thank God that she helped me raise my children. She will always have a special place in our hearts.


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