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Friday February 9, 2018

(née McMullen) June 10, 1923 - February 2, 2018
June passed away peacefully, in the early morning hours of February 2, 2018, in her 95th year. Never shy to follow her convictions, she had reached the point where her quality of life had deteriorated to such a degree that it was her time to pass on to a better place and join her beloved husband, Doug. And that's what she did.
Predeceased by Doug ten years ago, June carried on as a loving mother to Mary (Peter McBride) of Montréal, Andrew (Susan Crocker) of West Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, and Gigi (David Moore) of Toronto. Much-loved granny to Meghan McBride (Gary Courchaine), R.D. McBride (Audray Lemieux), Dustin Currie (Jen Mirosevic), Sarah Currie (Jeff and Wyatt Peterson), Lindsay Moore and Stephanie Moore; and a very proud G.G. to her latest family members, Edie and Adèle. Born into the McMullen family of Windsor, Ontario, June was one of seven children who tragically lost their mother at a young age. Undaunted, and after skipping two grades in public school, June set out to make a life for herself by studying history at University of Toronto. It was there that she caught the affectionate eye of a handsome young engineering student, Doug Currie. They were married on Grey Cup Day, December 1, 1945. A few years later, June and Doug packed their bags for Montréal, where Doug had accepted a position with the Aluminum Company of Canada. The young couple soon settled in suburban Baie d'Urfé to raise their family.
While Doug pursued his career in Montréal with engineering positions at Dominion Bridge and Pratt & Whitney, June ran the household. She proved to be a mother 'extraordinaire,' bringing up three very active children in the suburbs with all that entailed at the time - from Brownie badges and cub leader, to school assignments, to hockey practice, to bites by neighbourhood dogs and skinned knees. June managed it all. When there was time, her personal interests included painting, bridge and a song and dance group (the June Currie Dancers) that performed locally and at Expo 67!
Through those years. June lived for her children and began a tradition of Sunday night roast beef dinners for family and friends that are remembered and talked about to this day. As her children grew older and things started to slow down a little, June entered the work force as the librarian at Fisheries Research Board of Canada. There, she held her ground against a coterie of brilliant, but often eccentric, scientists. She enjoyed the challenge and earned immeasurable respect from her colleagues.
Retirement saw June and Doug return to Toronto and settle in Port Credit, often spending summer weekends on Windlark, the family sailboat, in the Kingston area. June also became active in the University Club, and local book and gardening clubs but all with a watchful eye and love for her growing family.
June had a remarkable and wonderful life. She died peacefully at home in the presence of family members. Although she had become exceedingly tired over the past several weeks, thankfully she did not suffer from pain. She retained her spirit, dignity and her sense of humour until the end. June and her family were and are very appreciative of all the care and attention that she received from so many in the health care system - from her family physician, to the physicians and staff at Toronto Western where she was first admitted, to everyone at the Princess Margaret Myeloma Clinic, to the palliative caregivers assigned to help her over the past seven months and last, but certainly not least, to Bernadeth, Cynthia, Marissa, Shirley, Sonia and Gemma, June's 'Dream Team' of in-home caregivers. It is a very long list!
A celebration of June's life, for family members and friends, will be held in Toronto on March 31, 2018. Donations in June's memory to the Arthritis Society, or to the charity of your choice, would be most appreciated.

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