Our hearts are broken as we announce the passing of June McRae on Wednesday, October 7th at the age of 94. She was greatly loved by her daughter Irene, son David, granddaughter Kara and great-grandchildren Emma and Jonathan. She was predeceased by her husband Al McRae in 1985, and was the only child of Sam and Elsie Pyper.
To know June was to love her. She was kind, sweet and above all loving. She epitomized aging with grace and dignity. She saw the positive in everything and everyone. We will truly miss seeing her eyes light up when friends and family would enter the room.
June was born in Toronto and lived in North Bay for a short while before her father was transferred to Kirkland Lake as the manager of the Canada Bread Company. It wasn’t too long before she met a handsome young hockey player at Friday night public skating. They were soon married and spent most of their married life on Algonquin Avenue raising their own children and everyone else’s on the street as was the custom in the sixties and seventies.
June’s passion was figure skating. She skated as a young girl and for over 50 years travelled throughout Northern Ontario as a volunteer judge judging young skaters as they tried tests or competed in competitions. She was a much sought after judge and won many awards for her volunteer work in skating.
June had a fulfilling life and she lived it well. She loved to travel, have coffee with friends and to simply be with her family. We were all very lucky to have had her in our lives.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to June’s friend extraordinaire; Joanne Morneault. Our family will be forever grateful for the time you spent with our mom. She loved you like family.
Thank you as well to all her friends who visited or called her regularly, the nurses at the hospital and of course to everyone at TPR.
Rest in peace mom. We love you!