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Day, Marguerite Gladys (née Marguerite Gladys Bricker) (Died on 18 Feb 2007)
appeared in Oakville Beaver, 23 Feb 2007, p. 55

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MARGUERITE GLADYS DAY 1920-2007 Marguerite Gladys Day (nee Bricker), a true local hero, died at home on Sunday, February 18, 2007, just one month before her 87th birthday, from pneumonia and other complications resulting from her long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Marg was the daughter of Edna Annie Gray of Arthur, Ontario and Dr. James Goodfellow Bricker of Roseville, Ontario. She leaves her husband of 66 years, Bertram George Day, and her loving family and wonderful Tibetan caregivers to lament her passing. Marg was born in Toronto in 1920 and attended Jarvis Collegiate before specializing in Household Science and Maths at the University of Toronto. In 1941, she married her summer sweetheart, Bert Day, who finished his degree in Forestry Engineering and his stint in REME (army engineers) and bomb disposal before whisking her off to the University of New Brunswick where he taught Dendrology and Silvaculture, and then to Timmins to live in an Abitibi bush camp where she was the only woman in charge of 200 men. Marg and Bert built the Mohawk Inn in Campbellville as a Centennial project in 1967 and operated it until 1974, specializing in her colonial beef stew which simmered in a huge iron pot in the open fireplace. (Brackets and cranes smithed by Milton's own Alf Waldie.) Marg was an active member and often hostess for the University Women's Club of Milton and was a member of the Horticultural Societies of Milton and Marathon Florida. She was also an occasional lecturer at the Royal Botanical Gardens on the medicinal and culinary value of herbs and plants and on what we should all learn from the ancients, referring to herself as a "white witch" for growing and making such concoctions. Marg is also survived by her younger sister, Bernice Huff, of Denver, Colorado but was predeceased by her youngest sister, Elvera Frame, of Victoria, B.C. Marg's own mother died of pneumonia when Marg was only eight years old and she raised her two younger sisters with the help of her father who was a busy G.P. Marguerite's three children survive her: Peggy Haliburton and her husband, Michael, of Milton and their children Jennifer, Beth and Christopher; William Day and his wife, Stephanie, of Toronto and their children, Amber and Lacey; and Richard Day and his wife, Karen, of Milton and their children Peter, Paula, Robert and Tianna. Marg was also predeceased by her closest friends Ann and Henry Kelneck of Timmins, Karen Day's parents. A small luncheon reception celebrating the surprising range of Marg's lifetime achievements will be held at Rattle Snake Point Golf Club on Highway 25, in Milton (905-878-6222) on Wednesday February 28, 2007 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Marguerite Day was a truly great woman and the world is a better place because she was in it. Those wishing to make a contribution in Marguerite's memory are invited to consider the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 1200, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1K8, www.alzheimer.ca, Telephone Numbers 416-488-8772 or (toll free, valid in Canada only) 1-800-616-8816.

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23 Feb 2007
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18 Feb 2007
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    Latitude: 43.4473682625124 Longitude: -79.6665048808289
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Day, Marguerite Gladys (née Marguerite Gladys Bricker) (Died on 18 Feb 2007)