Patricia “Pat” G. Gregory (nee Stevens) passed away at St. Marys Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family on December 19, 2017 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late H.G.W. “Greg” Gregory. Treasured mother of Sharon (Andrew), Liane (Cliff), Paul (Candice). Cherished grandmother to Sabrije and Isabella. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Thursday, December 28, for visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Reception to follow at the home of Liane and Cliff, 311 Queen St. E., St. Marys.
Pat lived a largely anonymous life. But to the many people she encountered along the long, winding way, Pat will be remembered as a kind, gentle woman who found joy and solace in family, friends (human and canine), music and the countless books she devoured. Born June 18, 1929 on the Knebworth Estate in Hertfordshire, England, where her father worked, Pat was the only child of Kate (Roberts) Stevens and Owen Stevens. Her sole playmate in her earliest years was her dog, Roy. Here, she developed her lifelong affection for dogs, giving a wonderful home to at least 10, many of them “rescued”, over her lifetime. In return, Pat’s many canine companions offered her unconditional comfort and love in good and more recent taxing times. She missed them all, dearly. Now, Jemma and Bonnie miss her. When she started school, the family moved to the village of Englefield Green, Surrey, in the shadow of Windsor Castle. Growing up during the Great Depression and the war years of scarcity, rationing, and the Blitz, Pat embodied the British maxim of “keep calm and carry on”. It was the dominatable spirit, forged in youth, that defined Pat until her last, whispered breath.After graduating from a business administration/secretarial program, she worked as a secretary and for a gemologist in London. There, she enjoyed the vibrant performing arts culture, attending a play, concert or opera each week. Pat had a great love of theatre and classical music.In 1957, she embarked on a trip to Canada, South Africa and New Zealand with her friend, Audrey. After arriving in Montreal, Pat met Greg, also a recent immigrant from England, and her trip ended there, as they fell in love and married in 1960. It seemed, at the time, an odd pairing. Pat, tall and refined, exuded a regal, cultured air. Greg was shorter and made of tough, cockney stock. Still, together, they built a life founded on a life-long commitment to each other. They were married 37 years, until Greg passed away in 1998. Pat and Greg raised their three children in St. Bruno, on the south shore of Montreal; and later, in Ingleside in Eastern Ontario. Stoic, practical, frugal yet generous, Pat instilled in her children an abiding sense of social justice and integrity, encouraging and supporting them in all the challenges they faced through childhood and adulthood alike. After raising her three children, Pat worked as a bookkeeper. Following her retirement, Pat volunteered at several community organizations in Eastern Ontario and St. Marys following her move to the community after Greg’s death.St. Marys suited Pat: the quiet, the politeness, the river and the green retreats that she quickly discovered and enjoyed again and again during long, summer walks, greeting friends and strangers with a nod and a bright hello. Greg is buried in St. Marys. It’s where Pat will be interred.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation.