In Loving Memory

June Maginley in 2013June Maginley died on June 10, 2014.

June spent her last month in hospital. She received her cancer diagnosis only 10 days before she died, and she accepted her impending death with a grace that was a wonderful gift to those who loved her.  Her family gathered round her for a celebration of her life while she was still with us to enjoy it.

We tell the story of her dying here as a transcription of how it unfolded on Facebook, as it affected and inspired so many of our Facebook friends. Her husband Charles (“Doug”) has added his reflections.

The Memorial page has photos, texts, descriptions and videos from the memorial service which was held in Mahone Bay on August 16, 2014, and related events.

June dreamed of writing her memoirs, and felt a little cheated by her illness taking that dream from her, so we have been collecting her writings and other creative pursuits in this website. See various items in the menu.

Please feel free to leave memories, anecdotes etc. below, or on any relevant page, in the comments sections.


In Loving Memory — 12 Comments

  1. Thank you, June, for inspiring and teaching me about growing grasses in my garden. And for being Heather’s mother. I really appreciate her sharing your collective journey at the end.

  2. Sorry to hear of June’s passing and I wish to extend my sincere condolences to you at this time.

    Doug & Louise

  3. June was a very special person. I wish I could have known her longer but it was a privilege to share even a small part of her dignified journey toward the end of this life. Blessings accompany her to the next. Reverend Lee Simpson

  4. Dear Charles, so sorry to hear of your loss. You will have June’s lovely gardens to keep her memories alive. My thoughts are with you. Dorothy Cocks

  5. Doug (Charles),
    Audrey and I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family on the death of your dear June. May her memory be with you always.
    Audrey and Bob (Lanc) LANCASHIRE

  6. To Charles and family: We will remember June with fondness..her love of the garden and a most genuine interest in architecture and the home. She had a wonderful curiosity of so many things.
    Judy & John Bain

  7. We here at Trinity United treasure the time spent with June, and always enjoyed the times that she and Doug attended our services and events. Our collective prayers and our communal prayers go out to her family and her many friends. Our thoughts are with you.
    Love from the congregation of Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay.

  8. Dear Charles;

    Gabe and I think of you at this time of your loss and send to you our belated condolences with prayers that you are comforted knowing that so many care. Our memories of June are so linked with appreciation of beauty, especially with regard to home-making and to gardening. This summer after much searching, I fnally found the rose bush that June was so pleased with -“Blanc Double de Coubert”. It was planted in June and hence will be known as “June’s rose” in her memory.

    Dorothy and Gabe

  9. Thank you, Heather, for contacting your dear mother’s friends! June & I were on staff at The Charlottetown Guardian daily newspaper, then later remained in touch by mail & visits when I lived in Halifax. We shared a love of the natural world around us, and enjoyed the wonder of discovering that life! We became busy with our family life, yet in later years right up to these final octogenarian years, we found many common interests and our friendship remained . What a wonderful family, indeed, is her heritage! “Verily, we are God’s, and to Him shall we return.” (Baha’i Writings)
    Fran Maclean, Richmond BC

  10. I grew up with your mother in Wheatley River PEI.I just found out she had passed.we were in the same grade in school , even then she loved to write stories.
    We were both born in 1933. Would love to hear from her family. My name is Eleanor Axworthy Tremere

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