Pauline Kitchener

02-Nov-1928 - 10-Mar-2023

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In loving memory

November 2, 1928 – March 10, 2023

Pauline (Poyne) Kitchener (nee Cook) died peacefully in Burlington Ontario in her 95th year.

Pauline was predeceased by her second husband Orval Kitchener and her first husband Robert Veitch.

She was the warp in the fabric of our lives, steadfast and true, kind and caring. The weft of her children’s and grandchildren’s lives intertwined with her threads, keeping us together, making us strong. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her children Michael (Meeseong), Heather, Barbara and Roberta (Gary), and her grandchildren Toni (Matt), Sandra, Tyler (Jessica), Lloyd, Matthew, Sean, Evan, Mitchell and Alexa. Pauline was also a very proud great grandmother to Dean.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, she bravely travelled to Ontario after high school to study Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1951. She worked at what is now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto teaching others to turn delicate threads into strong fabric.

Her love of crafts and volunteering led her threads to intertwine with many others as the founding president of the Mississauga Handweavers and Spinners Guild and as president of Visual Arts Mississauga. She was still knitting and crocheting in the last years of her life, she crocheted over 80 hats for homeless and imprisoned people, and her last project was a blanket for her great grandson.

Pauline was a wonderfully compassionate person; she wove her threads daily with things she found meaningful. She was a lifelong member of the Anglican Church, singing in many church choirs and was often busy helping the church Auxiliary.

A service of remembrance will take place Sunday March 26, 2023 at noon at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church (inside Central Baptist Church, Oakville). All those whose life threads Pauline touched, as she wove her life, are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations to World Vision Canada or St. Hilda’s Anglican Church, Oakville are appreciated.

The Art of Weaving a Life

The weft is built thread by thread, weaving in and out between the warp threads, touching each one as it passes by; in the same way our daily actions weave through our values, touching each one on the way. Weave your threads in, remembering your values as you touch them and lift them to guide the weft threads through. Notice that with every little thread, you touch all your values one by one as you weave a row. This is ultimately all there is to a conscious life.

Excerpt from Chapter 5 of ZATI The Art of Weaving a Life by Susan Barrett Merrill

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Pat Patterson | 20-Mar-2023

Pauline was always a great supporter of her family and of the arts in her gentle and kind way. She will be missed! Our condolences to the Veitch family.

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Posted by McGee Judy | 17-Mar-2023

Pauline & her family moved in across the street from us in the late ’60’s & I was thrilled to find out her second born, Heather, was my age! Heather & I became fast friends! Needless to say, I spent a lot of time at their house & got to now the family very well. Pauline was a kind, soft spoken & extremely talented crafter! I loved to sit & chat about her various spinning, weaving, knitting & sewing projects as I love all hand crafts myself. I have fond memories of those years. Rest in peace Pauline. You are loved & will be dearly missed by all you have touched. My sincerest condolences to your family. Love Judy

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