COLWIN, Margaret (Nee Cummings) Passed away peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, age 78 years. Margaret was the dearly beloved wife of Cecil Colwin, cherished mother of Leon, (Agnes), Robert (Jane) and Pauline (Paul), devoted grandmother to Joel and Leah, loving sister to Joe (deceased), Joyce, Grace, Jean, Pat (deceased), Stan and Ken (deceased).
Margaret's life was characterized by love and dedication to her family, the community and all her many friends and professional associates.
A multi-talented person in many disciplines, she was selfless, modest and unassuming almost to a fault.
Born in Liverpool, England, Feb. 16, 1930, she graduated as a State Registered Nurse from the Liverpool Royal Infirmary and later became a qualified Midwife after studying at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford University. As a midwife she delivered more than a 100 babies, often visiting under-privileged homes, all by bicycle. Later she served on Lord Cohen of Liverpool's nursing team attached to the Radcliffe Infirmary. She continued her nursing career in Southern Africa, first at the Florence Nightingale Hospital in Johannesburg and then in Chingola, Zambia. In later life, she became a qualified Library Technician at Telesat Canada where she was a popular and respected figure for more than 20 years.
All who knew Margaret cherished her friendship. She was a well-loved, compassionate, understanding and insightful woman whose cheerful manner and sense of humour touched the lives of family and friends, young and old.
Those who wish to pay tribute to a life spent in service to others, are respectfully asked to do so in the form of a donation to the Naomi Bulka Cancer Fund, at the Ottawa General Hospital, 501 Smyth Road Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L6