Heather B.S. MacGregor
June 6, 1921 - January 15, 2013
Our darling mother died in her sleep after a short illness.
Lovely, elegant and impeccably dressed with a fabulous sense of humour, she enjoyed a good discussion, her family, travel to the Pacific Northwest and Europe. She knew how to get inside a good story, how to make you a co- conspirator and how to open up young people, so they responded to a grown up in ways that they didn't think they could. Her friends adored her.
Heather had a wonderfully adventurous life. She was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, to Sydney Reynolds and his wife Jean (nee Macpherson) and at age 8 moved to England where she trained as a classical ballet dancer and teacher. She was one of an elite few women chosen to be officers in the Royal Air Force during World War Two, and one of very few stationed in what was then Palestine where she made life-long friendships. She married F/L Winston Walker (deceased 1958) in Cairo in 1944. On the young war bride's arrival in Canada, she taught at the Davidson School in Edmonton; later danced in the company of Canadian ballet pioneer Boris Volkoff in Toronto; and directed a respected ballet school in Burlington and Oakville, Ontario. In 1963 she married Colin MacGregor (deceased 1987) and lived in Montreal, Lakefield and Toronto. She was an active Anglican, a committed volunteer and from 1997 to 1999 President of the Toronto Hospital Auxiliary.
She is celebrated and missed by children Elizabeth, Gary and Malcolm; grandchildren Sean, Ted, Andrew, Jeffrey and Christopher; step grandchildren Amy and Aaron; and great grandson Sean Jr.. She was predeceased by her cherished granddaughter Kate and infant grandchild Sara; her sister Shena Reynolds of Zimbabwe; and brother Macpherson Reynolds of London England.
Cremation has occurred; we will schedule a memorial service later in the year so that her far-flung family can attend. Condolences: 285 College St., Cobourg ON K9A 3V1
Saturday January 19, 2013
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