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JUDGE EDYTHE I. MACDONALD (published on July 22, 2009)



JUDGE EDYTHE I. MACDONALD Her Honour Justice Edythe Irene MacDonald died peacefully on July 20, 2009. Her distinguished career was brought to an end by a debilitating dementia in her last years. Edythe was born to Irene and Angus MacDonald in Winnipeg on March 22, 1931. She was a precocious child whose academic brilliance was established early. Edythe won the Governor Generals Medal as the Top Student in Viscount Alexander High School in suburban Winnipeg and went on to win the Gold Medal in her Law Class at the University of Manitoba in 1957. On her admission to the Bar, Edythe joined the Department of Justice in Ottawa and began a remarkable career of over 20 years. She was responsible for drafting some of the most important federal legislation of the period; The Divorce Act, The Canadian Grains Act and those portions of the Canadian Constitution with regards to women's rights. Her Ottawa years were filled with friendship as well as professional achievement. She was a devoted volunteer at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Edythe did not aspire to be an actor; but relished in the whole process of putting a show on the boards, spending countless hours in backstage and front of house tasks. In 1982 her focus changed from writing the law to its administration with her appointment to the Court of Queens Bench of the Province of Ontario in the judicial district of Niagara South (Welland). From the date of her appointment to her sick leave she devoted herself to her duties on the bench travelling miles around the circuit of the judicial district. Edythe was also active in her professional community. She loved her beautiful home in Fonthill, sharing it generously with friends and family. Edythe was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and a loving mistress to a succession of Sachas, her dogs. Her trials are over, her illness is passed. May this devoted daughter and distinguished jurist rest in peace. Friends will be received by the family from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2009 at the JAMES L. PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME, 1292 Pelham Street Fonthill. A funeral service to celebrate Edythe's life will be conducted by The Reverend Ronald Hubbard, Deacon at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1557 Pelham Street, Fonthill. Interment will follow at the Fonthill Cemetery. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca


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