Peggy passed away peacefully in her sleep on
December 15, 2015.
Peggy (aka Ethel) was born on November 10, 1924 at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, within the sound of Bow Bells to Albert and Mary Gillham. Her twin brother James passed away at 10 months. She spent her childhood in Stepney before moving out of the east end of London just before their house was bombed in the Blitz. Peggy started her career in ‘retail’ before joining the war effort building telephone cables, resuming her career in the department store business in 1946. In 1953 she married Ronald Ramsey, started a family and then emigrated to Canada in 1957 arriving at Toronto’s Union Station, mid winter, with a suitcase, one child in a stroller and another in development. Ron and Peggy then established the family home in Dunbarton, Ontario. When the children got older she returned to the department store business, retiring in 1989. She then split her time between Uxbridge, Ontario and Cozumel, Mexico before moving to Rossland in 2006.
Peggy lived a complete and happy life, traveled extensively, made many friends and was never short of a story or a glass of vermouth.
She is predeceased by her husband Ronald (aka Frank) and her daughter in-law Kathleen Deacon Ramsey and survived by her three children Jacqueline (Jim), Michael (Janice) and Michele (John), nine grandchildren, Alix, Andrew (Angie), Anna, Austin (Marie), Colin, Marie (Cory), Morgan (Megan), Natalie (Kosma), Simon(Victoria) and three great grandchildren, Carson, Harrison & Kathleen.
Peggy very much enjoyed her Rossland experience, becoming a member of the Rossland Seniors Association and the Rossland Legion, volunteering at the Thrift Shop (working in retail), making friends at Esling Park, shopping on the main street and talking to everyone. She was a remarkable woman who loved her family, loved Canada, never lost her accent and remained a Cockney all her life.
If you knew Peggy (Ethel) and would like to share a glass of vermouth or a libation of your choice, we will be holding a celebration of her life at the Rossland Seniors Centre, 1916 First Ave, anytime between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on January 23, 2015.