McKegney, Rita Catherine

October 25th, 2016

Peacefully, with a smile, after suffering a heart attack following Sunday dinner and plenty of Dave's homemade gravy (which she loved) on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. Predeceased by husband Bill and cherished daughter Cathie. Much loved mom of Peter, Dave (Ellen) and Pam. Cherished grandmother of Drew (Laura), Sam, Mike (Kyla) and Michelle. "Mom" to Altin Ricci and Genti Dervishi. Rita grew up in Preston, Ontario, attended the University of Toronto, and practiced as a physiotherapist for many years. She was a long-time member of St. John the Divine Church, the CWL, Trefoil Guild and bell choir. Rita was a world traveller and lived a spirited life until the end. Sincere thanks to the L.H.S.C. and Arbor Trace staff for their attentive personal care and professionalism. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. JOHN THE DIVINE PARISH, 390 Base Line Road West, London, on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow with private family inurnment at Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Rita may consider the London Health Sciences Foundation or Women’s Community House. 

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Rick and Marg Downey and familyOur deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of Dear Aunt Rita! We will remember her in our Masses and prayers. Love, Rick and Marg Downey and family
Donna and Ron AnglestadRita McKegney was one of our favourite people. We loved to meet her by chance and have a cheery little conversation. We last saw her at Mass with Pam on either Christmas or perhaps it was Easter, and yes, she was that same sweet lady, giving a compliment, making us smile and wishing us well. We pray that God has now complimented her for a life well lived, given her so much for which to smile and is keeping her eternally well.
Maureen & VinceWe extend to you our most heartfelt condolences!
Diane and Kevin GowanlockEllen and Dave and families: We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dave's mom. We are unable to attend the visitation and funeral but we wanted to send our condolences (and hugs) to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Manuela SibleyPam I am so sorry to hear about your mom ! She was such a wonderful women ! Heaven just got another angel ! God Bless you Pam and the rest of your family !
Anne Marie Nelson I will always remember the wonderful Christmas gatherings at your mom's home. Her warmth, kindness and generosity were so much a part of those visits. I always looked forward to them. These qualities stayed with Rita who remained always welcoming, polite and concerned for others throughout her life. She will be deeply missed. Anne Marie
Tom TelferWill always remember her smile and her kindness shown to others. Sending sincere sympathies.
Rob ArnsbyPeter, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. My condolences to you and your family. Your Mother was a very kind and thoughtful lady and always had a cheerful smile and greeting whenever our paths crossed. Rob Arnsby
Josie Pellegrini & FamilyPam, Dave & Peter My sincere condolences. I will never forget your Mom's infectious laugh and Sunday dinners at your house (a very long time ago...) Take care.... Josie
George T BruntonOur sympathy to Rita's family Our deepest sympathy to Rita's family. . In recent times we would speak with Rita at Encore band concerts and at the I.B.S. Annual St Patrick's day celebration. She enjoyed telling stories of her travels. Rita's smile and upbeat personality will be missed. Although we are unable to attend the funeral Mass be assured of our prayers. May she rest in Peace. Sincerely George 7 Kay Brunton, London,Ontario
John W.Peter, Dave and Pam, Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your families through this difficult time. Find comfort knowing she is in peace now. John and Jane
Barb and Mike SmithPeter, Dave, Ellen, and Pam , we were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom Aunt Rita. We were sorry we could not be with you but you are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love. Barb and Mike Smith and family
Diana KoyleDearest Pam and family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I didn't know her well or for long but she was a special person. I do believe when we leave this earth our spirits stay among those we cared for and are guiding and protecting us in all that we do. If you happen to think of it when you feel her presence tell her I said Hello. Diana
Philip Clover - EnglandI am deeply saddened to just find out about not only Rita's passing but also of Cathie. Deeply shocked. My condolences to all the family. Heartbreaking. We met on a train from Wales as they were travelling the UK. Cathie chatted me up (!) and I ventured to tour with them both down to Stratford and London. We kept in touch as pen friends and I was informed with all of Cathie's, her mum and family news until suddenly a few years back I didn't get letters any more....? 24/7 work intervened as it does.... I reflect with much fondness and more than a tear. God Bless Rita and Cathie. Love to you all. Philip
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