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Vera Kearney

Mrs. Vera Kearney, age 95 years, passed away in Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Vera was born in Fort William on May 25, 1923 to Una and Charles Hardick. She attended Drew Street and Fort William Collegiate Schools, as well as Fort William Business College. During World War II she worked as a clerk at Canadian Car, and later worked at Chapples Department Store.

On April 2, 1956, she married George Kearney beginning an enjoyable 60 years together until his passing in 2016. Together they raised 3 children.

She was a devoted lifelong member of Knox United Church. In whose service she filled many roles, among the most prominent she was the superintendent of Sunday School and CGIT, of which she was founding member, for 20 years; a life member of the UCW and president for a number of years; she was also chairman of the official church council and the Presbytery representative for Knox United until its closure.

She was a life member and long-time volunteer of McKellar General Hospital for 35 years. She greatly enjoyed her position as a buyer for the McKellar Hospital gift shop and loved her trips to the gift shows. She was a life member of the Ontario Hospital Auxiliary Association.

Vera will be sadly missed by her children George (Sally), Geoffrey, and Joel (Michele); grandchildren Megan (Nicholas), Ted (Elizabeth), Erin, Steven, Liam, Jessica and Jacob; great grandson Corbin; and sister-in-law Arlene Hardick. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

She was predeceased by her husband George; parents Una and Charles Hardick; and brother Robert Hardick.

Funeral services will be held in First Wesley United Church on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00am. Visitation will be held on Friday evening at WESTFORT FUNERAL CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Interment will take place in Mountain View Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. Coccimiglio for the concern and compassion he showed to Vera. A very special thank you to the nursing staff of on 3C for the care and kindness they provided to our mother and family members while she was in their care.

Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of Vera to the M.S. Society or the Sick Kids Hospital or a charity of their choice would be greatly appreciated.

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