We said our final goodbyes to my grandmother today. She was an amazing woman who led an interesting life for 93 years. She had 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and we all loved her very much.
Raised in The Ward in Guelph, Ontario by Italian Immigrants, Grandma had a ridiculous number of siblings. So many that I won’t even attempt to count them all. She went on to marry William McCarty and then, after a divorce (something not common in her time) Jim Scannell. You could say she had a thing for Irishmen.
I was one of the youngest grandchildren, so my experiences growing up with her was different than my cousins. To me she always lived in the Park Mall Apartments, the one with the store on the ground floor. If we were lucky she’d give us some change to go down there and buy candy.
If not, there was always, always gingerale and cookies to be had. In fact I swear the first words out of her mouth when you went to visit were “There are cookies in the cupboard and gingerale in the fridge.” When I worked across the road at the Guelph Public Library as a teenager I would go to her place for our half hour “lunch”.
She spent her last years at St. Joe’s where she passed away on September 3rd.
I hope wherever she is now she’s happy.
Love you Grandma, Rest in Peace.