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MARGARET LOUISE CASLAKE (published on May 29, 2010)



MARGARET LOUISE CASLAKE (nee GRIFFIN) Peacefully, after a long and fruitful life of 98 years, our mother Margaret passed away on May 11, 2010, at her residence of 46 years on Moorgate Street. The first 60 years of Margaret's life were spent travelling back and forth between her birthplace of Winnipeg, and her special adopted home of Vancouver. Before the war she worked as a legal secretary for RICHARDS, FILMORE, RILEY and WATSON. With young son Campbell in tow, she followed her siblings Art and Dorothy out to Vancouver, where she spent the war years working for Eaton's. It was there she met her second husband Ed Caslake and the return east was now a threesome. A short five years later she gave birth to a second son Terence, and life was soon to get busy for her. For the first several years back she was kept busy raising her family and helping out in her husband Ed's insurance and real estate office. Her first son Campbell and wife Heather, gave her five grandchildren to fuss over in short order. Eying greener pastures in his field of engineering, he moved his tribe to Mississauga in the early 1970s. She travelled there many times for visits, and had a wonderful time at their time share near Tampa in September. As the years went by grandchildren became great-grandchildren and she was always the family favourite at weddings where well into her seventies she would claim the twist contest. It was as a senior, however, that Margaret truly came into her own and was an inspiration to others. She kept her mind sharp by writing regular long letters, especially to her sister, and read two or three books a week. When she was 90 she took part in a balance study at the Manitoba Rehab Centre. She was an active member along with her son Terence, at the St. James Senior Centre where she practised Tai Chi. It was at this time, she could still be found on a Friday or Saturday night out enjoying the city's best jazz and blues artists. Then saving the best for last, she was still going regularly to aqua fitness classes at the St. James Civic Centre pool at 97. While growing up in Winnipeg Margaret attended Riverview, Earl Grey, and Kelvin schools, and sang in the youth choir of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. She was soon joined in passing by her late daughter-in-law Heather Roylance (nee Mowat). She is survived by sons Campbell and Terence, younger brother Arthur and special niece Patricia, grandchildren Glen, Cindy, David, Penny and Susan; great-grandchildren Julia, Clark, Camille, Maggie, Mitchell, Bradley, Jordon, Brittany, Adam, Vanessa, Alexander, Kelly, Heather and K.C. Also the last surviving member of the infamous sewing club Gwen Wright of Regina. She was predeceased by her first husband Jack Roylance, her second husband Ed Caslake, sister Dorothy Gagne, and parents Beatrice and Arthur Griffin. A special thank you goes out to the wonderful homecare workers who took such good care of her in the last year of her life, and the palliative team, who guided her during her final week. There will be no official service.


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