It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia Dorothy Will, age 79, on Saturday, December 29, 2018.
Pat was born to Harry and Vera (Hinam) Attwood, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 3, 1939. Pat grew up at 441 Arlington Street and spent summer holidays and weekends with her mom and dad at their cottage in the Grand Beach Campsite. When the C.N.R. sold the Grand Beach site to the Province in 1962, they purchased a cottage in Grand Marais. The weekend trips home from the Beach involved a stop at Weston's Bakery to load Harry's truck for the next morning's deliveries which she sometimes accompanied him on.
Pat enjoyed swimming and spent many years at Sherbrook Pool with her mother Vera as members of the Women's Amateur Swimming Club. She also taught swimming and lifesaving both in Winnipeg and in Grand Beach. In addition to swimming Pat loved cross country skiing, skating, camping and canoeing. She was also actively involved with Canadian Girls in Training at St Matthews Church, Explorers at St Jude’s Church and in later years was an active member of P.E.O., Chapter L.
Pat attended General Wolfe School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute and following graduation she was employed by the Manitoba Telephone System at the 138 Portage Avenue office. Pat also worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia and in recent years as an Elections Officer for the Provincial and municipal elections.
She met her husband, Sandy, at Grand Beach in the summer of 1957. They were married June 16, 1962. In 1964 they moved into their lifelong home on Harvest Lane where she took up breeding and showing West Highland White Terriers. Their son Blair was born in 1969 followed by Glenn in 1971.
Summer with Sandy and the boys were spent at the cottage in Grand Marais or camping in a canvas tent and later a tent trailer in Northern Ontario, North Dakota and Minnesota. The couple also travelled to England, Scotland, Wales and France. As well they enjoyed cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii and the UK.
Pat and Sandy were actively involved with Winnipeg Scottish Country Dance (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) and were part of the demonstration dance group.
Pat was also involved with Government House and accompanying Sandy as he served as an Honorary Aides-de-Camp for the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba from 1987 till 2015.
Pat was an avid crafter and her hands were rarely still. She loved sewing, knitting, ceramics, painting and making outfits and dance costumes for her grandchildren. She also had a zeal for Bingo, figure skating, curling and Babycham.
Patricia was predeceased by her parents Harry (1991) and Vera (2011). She is survived by her husband of 56 years Alexander (Sandy) Will, sons Blair (Terri) and Glenn (Shona), and grandchildren Allannah (Peter), Braedy, Kadeyn, Zackery, Jennifer (Sam) and Tyler. She is also survived by cousins Katherine Halliday, Irene Hinam, and William Hinam.
A special thanks to Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service and The Winnipeg Police Department for their sympathetic and kind care. A celebration of Patricia's life will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019. The Rev. Dr. Bruce A. Miles will be officiating. Interment to follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.