McAVOY , Grace Ellen (Stafford), 90 yrs, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2013.
Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, James; sons Frederick (Fernand) of Bathurst, William (Lynnette) of White Rock BC, and Mo (Norman) of Newcastle, Maine; grandchildren Dustin, Katie, Malcolm, Jordan and Ranger; and great-grand-daughter Macy. Grace has one surviving cousin, Barbara, and numerous nieces and nephews. Born at home in Liverpool on March 4, 1923, Grace was a daughter of the late Fred and Jessie (Feener) Stafford. She has one surviving sibling, Merrill (Elsie) of Bridgewater. Grace was predeceased by her daughter Carolyn in 1965.
Grace was a devoted mother to her family. Her faith in God was strong. Grace led a full life of travel, music (she played piano by ear) and celebrating life with family and friends. She will be missed by many.
Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. Visitation will be at Chandlers’ Funeral Home from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Sunday, July 7th. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Liverpool, NS. Condolences may be made by a donation to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Dear Uncle Jim, Fred, Bill , Mo and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May you find peace in your faith knowing Aunt Grace always watches over you . She was a true lady to all , with a strength from deep within .
Sandy, Barry and Macartney
Grace’s face brings a flood of memories! We spent so much time at the McAvoy house in Liverpool, playing in the yard and in the wonderful playhouse, always welcomed with gentle good humour by both Grace and Jim. Grace was a wonderful woman, kind and generous and who, through her own grief, helped guide her daughter’s playmates through the loss of their childhood friend to cancer. The MacAvoy’s hold a special place in many hearts. I am so sorry for the loss of Grace. And I will remember Grace, Jim and Carolyn always.
Dear Uncle James,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Aunt Grace. She was kind, gentle and always a lady. May you take strength in the strong faith you both shared.
Fred, Bill and Mo, I am so sorry for the loss off your mother. Know that she is now with Carolyn and will always be with you.
May God bless all of you as you go through these most difficult days.
Our most sincere condolences.
Roy and Cynthia
Karen ( Sabin) Watson
So sorry to hear of Grace’s passing. I’ d like to express my deepest sympathy to the MacAvoy family.
I have fond memories of such wonderful neighbours in Liverpool.I remember playing with Carolyn when we kids. Your little dog always ran along side of my dad’ s car ( Hap Sabin ) when he came around the corner when my dad came home and your precious pet always greeted him when he got out of the car. So sweet!
Karen (Sabin ) Watson
Emilien & Corine
Une pensée spéciale pour Frédérick
Sincères condoléances à la famille. Nos pensées vous accompagnent en ces moments difficiles.
Emilien & Corine
Une pensée spéciale pour Fréderick.
Sylvain, Mireille, Ariane, Émilie
Our sincere condolences to the family, more precisely to Fred. Grace Ellen will always be there for you where she is.
We think of you.
Mireille, Sylvain, Ariane and Émilie
I remember Mrs. MacAvoy well and the year I lived with you. My condolences to all the MacAvoy family. Especially Jim. You will remember me as Audrey Croft.
De la famille Horth (Corine en Gaspésie)
De Emilien & Corine
Une pensée spéciale pour Frederick
Dear James & Family:
Thinking of you In Sympathy & Friendship in the loss of your loved one [your wife/mother Grace]. No one can begin to know exactly how you feel. Except to know that sorrow such as yours is deep and real – As you pass through this time of sorrow may you be comforted by God’s grace, and the understanding that others share your loss. Keeping you all close in thought & prayer. Grace was a wonderful lady.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through these
She was a lovely lady.
John Bullen and Murielle Young
It is with a heavy heart that we join you in grieving for your dear one who was such a wonderful friend and neighbour for a short while when you lived in Bathurst. I was privilege to grow close to her as I helped her with personal care. She was very kind and generous and we have shared many precious moments together. She spoke so highly of her children whom she loved and never complained. Her husband Jim was the love of her life and she was very grateful for the tender and loving care he always displayed. I remember a visit at Christmas which was so wonderful. I know that Grace loved the Lord. and we often prayed together and sang hymns as we shared our faith. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy as you mourn your great loss. We will keep you in prayer knowing that the Holy Spirit will comfort you as you mourn. We will be with you in thought as you attend the funeral service. We wish we could be near you but it is impossible due to circumstances. We are as near as the telephone if we can be of help in any way. May the Lord bless you richly. A scripture that I really love is…no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind can imagine what God has in store for those who love Him. How comforting to know that Grace has gone to her eternal reward.
Sue and Doug Fraser
Dear Uncle Jim, Fred, Bill, and Mo
Our sincere sympathy on Aunt Grace’s death. She looked very peaceful when we visited on Tuesday. She is now reunited with Carolyn, and many of her siblings. I have many fond memories of the times that I spent at your home, playing with Carolyn. I am sure that you have many more very special memories………they are yours forever, and will help you through the next several months.
Sue and Doug
Shelagh (Sister) Connors
Dear Jim,Fred,Billy and Maureen,
My sympathy is extended to your family.
I remember many happy times playing together in the neighbourhood in St. Andrews and picnics on Deer Island.
My parents and Jim and Grace had many laughs together.
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Dear Uncle James,Fred,Billy, Maureen and familes
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Grace, I wil always remember her as a kind,lovely lady with a beautiful smile.
May your memories of time spent with her help you through your feeling loss and know that her spirit will always be with you.
Hugs to you all
Greg Barry, Susanne & Cassandra Inch
Our condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Suzanne et Florian
Nos plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille, Une pensée spéciale pour Frederick et Fernand.
DIANE ET RÉAL
NOS PENSÉES SONT AVEC TOI, FRÉDÉRIC ET TA FAMILLE.UNE PENSÉE PARTICULIAIRE POUR TOI FRÉDÉRICK ET POUR FERNAND.SINCÉRES CONDOLÉANCES DE TOUTE LA FAMILLE.
Mo McAvoy Langdon & Family Norn,Ranger
MOM … I LOVE YOU.
XO LOVE MO
if my brain cancer is not going to leave my body, and God brings me
to heaven with you in a short while …It will be most sad to leave
Norman and Ranger and Chicken too ….but to know that the one
Mother who truly loved me is in heaven to greet me with loving arms
is most beautiful … amazing Grace you are …
I’m going to go out for a walk with Chicken and talk with you
somewhere by the oaks and the pines
on the knoll by the daisy’s where the where the owls sing
Dan and Maureen McAvoy
Uncle James and Family, may God bless you all,,thinking of everyone,,as we are away in Calgary, take care and talk soon.
Peggy (Connors) Leahey
Dear Jim, Fred, Bill Nd Mo,
Sincere condolences at this sad time. I remember so many happy tmes spent in St. Andrews on family picnics and church functions. I also remember the unbearablevsadness of Carolyn’s passing. The Charles St – Alexandra Cr gang was close.
Jim and family: I was sorry to read of the passing of Grace. My sincere condolences to you all. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dorine et Magella
Nos plus sincères condoléances à toi Frédéric et à Fernand, ainsi qu’à toute ta famille.
Nos plus sincères condoléances à toi Fred et Fernand…et toute ta famille…Bon courage…
Clovis Lola et katrine xxx
Diane et Ghislain
Frederick et Fernand
Toutes nos pensées vous accompagnent lors de cette grande épreuve qu’est la perte d’une mère
Neil and Evelyn
Hello McAvoy Family,
I am sorry for your loss … I am honored to be in Liverpool and help say goodbye to a wonderful wife and mother.
Neil Lai Fatt
Uncle Jim, Fred, Bill, Mo and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Tammy Robbins Kiel Kelsey
Chris and Connor
Dear Fred, Bill, Mo and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as I know how great the pain is of loosing your Mother. There is no greater love than a Mother’s love, but cherish the memories and laugh often.
Love Leona (Thurber) Golding
Connie Lai Fatt
Dear Fred and family,
As I watched the PowerPoint of your mothers life I caught a glimpse of a beautiful, gracious lady! I offer you my deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful wife and mother!
Dear Family –
I’ve got a lot of mixed emotions. Sad at our loss and at the same time happy that Aunt Grace is with all the rest of the family who have been waiting for her on the other side. What is a departure for us is a joyous arrival for her. It was a really beautiful service today and though hard to say goodbye, it wasn’t a funeral filled with sadness. It was the kind of celebration of life Aunt Grace wanted.
Love you guys,
Pat Gallop (neePelham)
Dear Uncle James and Family,
I was sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Grace. She was a wonderful lady. May the memories of all the good times you shared help to make this difficult time less painful. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love & Prayers,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.
Jim, Fred, Bill and Mo
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who offered their heartfelt online condolences. We knew that we were not alone in our love and admiration of Grace (Mom).
Your words were great comfort to all of us. May God bless you all.
Jim, Fred, Bill, Mo and Merrill
Martha Akagi Bergantini
Mr. Mc Avoy and Family;
Along with the Connors sisters, St. Andrews and Church Functions return to mind many fond memories of Mrs. McAvoy.Keeping you all in our prayers……
The Bergantini and Akagi Families