In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Connie Beattie

Constance (Connie) Ann Beattie
May 20, 1960 – June 7, 2021

Constance (Connie) Ann Beattie passed away suddenly at age 61, in her home in Ottawa on 7 Jun 21. Connie was predeceased by her parents A. Jean Beattie (nee King) ‘89 and Alan Russell Beattie (’07), her Aunts Constance Marie Beattie (‘49), Lois Willis (‘06) (of Rochester) and Uncles Carl King (‘02) and Robert Willis (‘70). Connie is survived and dearly missed by her brother Charles (Chuck) Alan Beattie, (Alison Manning), nephew Ian Alexander Beattie of Perth Ontario. Cousins Debbie (Willis) Haar (Sandy) of New Jersey, Doug Willis (Colleen) and Donald Willis of Rochester, and respectively, Nona Kerr and Connie Henderson (nee Kerr) of Ingersoll Ontario, Susan Kerr of Winnipeg as well as numerous cousins in the Davis, King, Willis and Haar branches with whom Connie found endless joy in new family arrivals and visits over the years.

Connie grew up in Beaurepaire, Quebec and spent her summers at the family summer cottage near Rockport, visiting her Grandparents Charles Alexander Beattie (Fullerton’s Drug Store) and Mildred Beattie (nee Russell) of Westport and relatives in the Brockville area. She attended Christmas Park Elementary, Beaconsfield High School (BHS) and Bishop’s University where she obtained an Early Child-Care Certification. Connie worked for Stentor and Bell Canada, following her father into that company.

Connie was involved in many social groups from a young age, including Brownies and Girl Scouts in Beaurepaire, figure skating and later The CHEO Teddy Bear Picnic in Ottawa and many other charity events where she volunteered her time. More recently, she helped with BHS School Reunions, which she was especially fond of attending and seeing old friends. Connie was adventurous and tried everything from sky diving and geocaching to white-water rafting and SCUBA diving with her brother, who was an instructor. She was a world traveller, having visited Mexico, Cuba, most of Europe, Bermuda, China, and Hong Kong and took many cruise ships tours of the Caribbean with her best friend Helen Brownlee. Her lifelong friends Cindy Mackinnon, Susan Dewitt and Sue’s late sister Jane were always there as a sounding boards and big sisters. These are friendships that all should envy for their depth and strength.

Connie will always be remembered for her caring heart, compassion for others and infectious laugh. She will be sadly missed by many friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Connie’s name to:

a. BHS School Convocation 2021 (web site), e-transfer to
b. The Ottawa Humane Society or
c. ’CHEO, childrens mental health

Arrangements entrusted to the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James St. E., Brockville. Please leave a condolence or make a donation online at

In Memoriam: Richard (Dick) McGrail

McGrail, Richard Alfred


McGRAIL, Richard Alfred
September 2, 1932 – December 26, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Dick (Richard) McGrail, aged 88 years. After a brief battle with late-stage cancer, he passed at the Lakeshore General Hospital, on December 26, 2020. Devoted father and grandfather, he is deeply mourned by his children Terry, Dawn (Scott Jamieson) and Susan (J Lopez), his grandchildren (Alec, Tara, Molly, Jacob, Jessie, Jackie and Josie). His many friends at the Cambridge, bridge clubs and social groups will also miss his enthusiastic spirit.

Son of Terence McGrail and Dorothy (née Greenford), Dick grew up in Montreal, where he nourished his passion for baseball, badminton and basketball. He started his teaching career at Queen’s in 1956 and joined the staff at Beaconsfield High School in 1958. Within several years of teaching, Dick assumed guidance responsibilities, then administration for the Lakeshore School Board at Lindsay Place and Beaconsfield High School. He will be remembered by students and staff for his leadership anchored in students being offered possibilities to access their potential. He ran clubs, coached basketball, volleyball and badminton, and he organized many extra-curricular trips to Europe. Dick also treasured his final years at Spring Garden Elementary before retiring in 1989.

After retirement, he spent most of his time socializing: through travel, golf and playing bridge. Dick was always sharing the coincidences that brought him in contact with people from his past – former students, staff and friends. Dick especially looked forward to Beaconsfield High School reunions.

Dick instilled in his children the love of golf and sports, card games, travel, theatre and enjoyment of life. We are thankful for his travel opportunities throughout the years – his trip around the world, his memorable bridge cruises, his innumerable trips with children and many vacations to his winter homes in Florida.

As per his request, there will be no public service. We will hold a celebration of life when circumstances permit larger gatherings. At this time, you are invited to raise a glass in remembrance or to share a kind word with the family.

We thank all his caregivers and health professionals who worked with him in recent years and special thanks to the Lakeshore General staff of 4th and 3rd floors for their commitment to high quality care. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to make a donation to the Lakeshore General Hospital or a charity of your choosing.

Published in the Montreal Gazette on December 31, 2020

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