Documenting Mary Rose Paige from Pakenham

Documenting Mary Rose Paige from Pakenham

Jeri LunneyI will never forget her. They lived across the street from my parents in Pakenham. My brother, Ken Doherty, died at the age of 31 in Espanola in 1972. I had to drive from South March to Pakenham in the middle of the night to tell my parents. When I got there, my key wouldn’t open the door since my dad had an extra lock from the inside. It was his barber shop. I panicked then went across the street to the Paiges and woke them up. They helped me break the glass on the door and get inside. The family all drove to Espanola that morning and we were there for several days. When we came back the door had been repaired. Good neighbours and good friends!

Stephen BrathwaiteMary was warm and welcoming and mom to some wonderful people. Im glad i knew her.And the photos don’t do her justice. She had a soft beautiful smile. She was lovely

Jeff MillsI second that! A wonderful woman

Sue CampbellI remember her well. Grew up in Pakenham.

Shirleen DuncanLittle Danny looks a lot like his great grandmother

Brenda ParsonsMost precious, lovely lady , yes with a beautiful smile. Anyone that had crossed paths with her was very fortunate. 🌹

Alice PaigeShe was a lively, sweet, intelligent woman. We were good friends for many years. Mary grew up in PEI. She was an Islander at heart but loved Pakenham and the friends and family she had here. She told me many stories about her younger life. A different time and so interesting.

Gayle DoxtaterShe was a wonderful lady. I got to know her when I worked at the Centennial restaurant in Pakenham.

Kelly Killeen PhillipsMy first job was at the Centennial . Mary was a lovely lady, great memories!

Katherine RitchieSuch a lovely lady. She was friends with my mother in law and when I lived in Pakenham she was always up for a little conversation when we met on the street

Debbie ChenierShe was a wonderful lady

At the age of eighteen Mary was teaching at a one-room school at Albion, PEI (many grades in one room was no doubt valuable preparation for rearing six kids and welcoming all their pals). Throughout her life she cherished her Island roots, often returning to see family and friends.  During the war, she was hired by the Bank of Montreal in Charlottetown to fill a vacancy left when her brother Dan enlisted in the army never to return.  On a blind date in 1943, Mary met Bertram Courtney Paige, an RCAF officer from Bridgeport, Ontario who was training in Summerside.  Before Bert returned overseas, they were wed in 1944 in Alberta where he had been stationed.  Bert and Mary lived in Kitchener, Waterloo and Gowanstown prior to moving to Pakenham in 1965.

Mary was a quiet, private person who deeply valued her friendships with dear neighbours in Pakenham, as well as those formed while working as the bookkeeper in the early days of the Centennial Restaurant. She treasured the time spent as a life member of the Women’s Institute, as a member of St. Andrew’s United Church and the UCW, as a volunteer at the library, and at the card table playing bridge. The Millstone

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Mar 2015, Mon  •  Page 25– Former Bookeeper of the Centennial Restaurant

also read-History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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