Agnes Gillies Hendry

Saturday November 2, 2019 at 11:00a.m. Trinity United Church Cobourg

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Agnes Gillies Hendry

May 27, 1930 - October 26, 2019

Agnes Gillies Hendry (McArthur) passed away on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Peterborough, Ontario, in her 90th year. Agnes was born on a farm her parents, Donald and Johan, ran in what is now Mississauga. She graduated from the University of Toronto and went to work as a lab technologist  at the Banting Institute in Toronto. She met her husband, Boyd, and began a family, first in Peterborough and then for many years in Cobourg. She raised her family and was active in the Cobourg community, taking leading roles in the Kinette club and the local Progressive Conservative riding association. Later she served as president of the Lioness Club and helped found and run their successful Waterfront Art Festival. As her children grew older she went back to school and then returned to work at the hospital for the developmentally challenged on University Ave. Over time her skills and management ability were recognized and she retired as manager of the children's services side of the hospital, by that time renamed D'Arcy Place.Agnes will be remembered by family, friends and co-workers as a warm, compassionate woman with a strong will and dry sense of humour.  She was firm but fair and preferred to get life’s tasks done efficiently and without fanfare.Agnes is survived by her children Steve (Rachel), Jim (Judi), Ian (Ellen) and Ruth (Rob) and was predeceased by her son Geoff. She is also survived by her brother David (Penny) and predeceased by her sister Janet (Bernie) and brother John (Shirley). She was a much loved and cherished grandmother to Kate, Beth, Reid, Ben, Bryce, Natalie, Will and Jack.Special thanks to the kind and caring staff at both St. Joseph’s at Fleming in Peterborough and Palisade Gardens in Cobourg. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church, Cobourg.    

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Petra Hartwig - November 13, 2019

My sincere condolences to Agnes' family. Agnes and I worked together at the Ontario Hospital and then at D'Arcy Place, and I always liked her spirit and kindness. Boyd was also my teacher in high school. Blessings and may her spirit rest in peace.

Christine Russell - November 4, 2019

IanJust wanted to let you know that I was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Was thinking of you the other day.Christine Russell

Catherine & Paul Dilworth - November 2, 2019 DONATION

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Catherine and Paul Dilworth - November 2, 2019

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your mother. From what I read, she sounded like an amazing woman to be admired. Our thoughts are with you and your family

The Foden family - November 2, 2019

The Foden family send our condolences to Agnes’ family. We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Agnes was a wonderful lady and Nancy and her spent lots of time together when they were both of good health. She will surely be missed by many.

Mike and Jill Irwin - November 1, 2019 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

Jeff McCaig - November 1, 2019

Condolences to you all. I played bridge with and against your mom for a number of years and she was always competitive, thoughtful and kind, keeping me up to date with you all. All the best at this sad time but always remember the happy times.

Inga Belge - October 30, 2019

Ah, my friend. I really enjoyed getting to know Agnes. A wonderful woman indeed. Peace now. My condolences to the family.Regards,Inga (Palisade Gardens)

Joan and Jerry Fontyn - October 30, 2019

So sorry again to hear of Ag's passing. Our condolences to you all.Really enjoyed her sense of humour. She was a great lady Joan and Jerry Fontyn

Estelle Cortesis - October 30, 2019

Dear Hendry families,My sincere condolences to all of you. Your lovely mom was a special lady whom left an indelible impression in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.With sincere love and fondness,Estelle

Chuck Skitch - October 30, 2019

thinking of you all at this difficult time

Ella Chambers - October 29, 2019

A great lady, I had the privilege to know. Never too busy to help. So loved by many. Ella