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Postby Mark Llew » Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:48 pm

Margaret Llewellyn

With a very sad heart, I wish to let all Margot Llewellyn’s friends and neighbours know that she passed away this morning, peacefully in her sleep at home, at the age of 98. Because of Covid, there will be no visitation or public funeral.

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Re: Llewellyn

Postby Mark Llew » Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:28 pm

Margaret Dorothea Llewellyn (née Hills)

Died peacefully in her sleep, Friday morning January 22, 2021 in her 99th year. Predeceased by her husband Donald, Margot will be sorely missed by her three sons, Mark (Mary Ann), Simon (Fran) and Clive (Ari), not to mention her nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was born in 1922 in Purfleet, England, the third of six daughters to Albert and Rose Hills. Her father was a blacksmith and tool-and-die maker, and from an early age she spent much time at his side helping in his workshop, which stood her in good stead later. An excellent student at school and an accomplished jock, Margot joined the WAAF in World War II and became a lorry driver. This was in the days of manual transmissions before synchromesh and, being wartime, there was no roadside break-down assistance. As a result, lorry drivers also had to be mechanics, for which she had an aptitude, as it turned out.

As transport driver on various Royal Air Force fighter squadrons, a major responsibility of Margot’s was to ferry the pilots around. Since she was young, vivacious and very pretty, the front passenger seat was much in demand as she drove the pilots! Our father, a Spitfire pilot who had joined her squadron towards the end of the war, found a way to ensure that HE was always the front passenger.

In 1947, after the war, our Mum, with an infant son, found herself on her way to join her husband in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). The next seven years in East Africa were a huge change from her origins in a small English village, but she adapted well. In 1955, she again found herself on her way to join her husband overseas, this time with three young sons, and this time to Canada. The family moved into a bungalow in Georgetown, where she lived for the next 65 years and mowed her own lawn and tended her English garden until her late nineties.

In Georgetown, she was a fervent hockey mum, a keen Olympic-wrestling mum, an indefatigable supporter of her sons, a hard-working employee of Smith and Stone, a good neighbour, and a proud Canadian. She never did quite manage to lose her English accent, though. But most of all, she was a devoted wife and a terrific Mum and Granny. She leaves a big hole in our lives.
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Re: Llewellyn

Postby John_Bailey » Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:08 am

Our condolences Mark and family, so sad to see her go but so happy you had her for so long.
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