In Celebration of

Winifred Whittier Simons

February 11, 1936 -  May 7, 2020

On May 7th, our dear mum, Winifred “Scottie” Simons (nee Whittier) passed away peacefully after a brief illness.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1936, she was the loving daughter of Ralph Whittier and Winnie (Wood) Whittier, and devoted wife of Jan Simons with whom she shared 45 years until his passing on May 7th, 2006.

She is survived by cherished sisters Joyce Chaplin (David, 2017) and Nancy Evangelatos (Tim), her children Mark, Andrew (Martha), Nicholas (Slim), Anne (Rod), Katherine (Will), Laura (Gábor), grandchildren (Annie, Thomas, Katherine, Christopher), and many nieces and nephews.

Scottie grew up in Halifax where she received her B.A. from Dalhousie University, went on to Smith College for her M.Ed. specializing in teaching the hearing impaired, and completed her training at Clarke School for Hearing and Speech. She spent her nearly fifty-year career with the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf (M.O.S.D.) where countless students appreciated her patience, kindness, and dedication. During her 40+ summers at CAMMAC music centre, she directed the children’s program, did arts and crafts and sang innumerable songs with the children. A surprising number of musicians (professional and amateur) have fond memories of baking bread with Scottie in the CAMMAC house kitchen. Her impact on musicians went far beyond that, and is still clear, with so many of Jan’s voice students remaining in close touch with her through the years. McGill’s music department will remember her fondly for her abundant and delicious Christmas baking.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Causes close to her heart included the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf, the CAMMAC scholarship fund, and Dans La Rue. Support of these organizations will be greatly appreciated.

The family would like to thank all health care workers, especially NOVA Montréal, the CLSC, and St. Mary’s hospital for their care.


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Rachel Jennings (acquaintance)

Entered May 10, 2020 from Montreal

To all Scottie's family and friends: I am very sorry for your loss.

Over the past four years as a student of Geneviève I have been going to Olivier street almost every week and I have had the good fortune to get to know Scottie. I have appreciated her warmth and generosity of spirit and I have enjoyed our little chats. The thought of Scottie playing Scrabble with her left hand competing against her right always brings a smile to my lips. A lovely gentle soul has left this world.

Jean-Marc PARENT (Connaissance.)

Entered May 11, 2020 from Montréal

Je voudrais offrir mes plus sincères condoléances aux membres de la famille de madame Simons

Isolde Lagacé (Amie de la famille)

Entered May 18, 2020 from Montréal

Chers Mark, Andrew, Nicholas, Anne, Katherine et Laura,

Votre mère bien-aimée Scottie a fait partie de ma vie depuis ma plus tendre enfance. C’est toujours avec joie que nous la retrouvions l’été à Cammac, qui nous réunissait pas la musique. Ces semaines estivales au bord du lac MacDonald resteront à jamais gravés dans ma mémoire et elles sont indissociables de Scottie qui a passé tant de temps à nous guider dans nos travaux d’art plastique dans le fameux grenier. Toutes mes meilleures pensées vous accompagnent dans ces moments difficiles. Isolde


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