Obituary of Alice "Bay" E. Cardy
ALICE “BAY” E. CARDY
August 8, 1925 – April 27, 2021
Our wonderful, warm, wise and witty Mum died peacefully at home on April 27th, surrounded by family and Sparky, her ever present Jack Russell. Born in Toronto, Bay was the loving wife to the late Gordon Cardy and mother to Barbara and her husband Peter, Roland and his late wife Sandy, Gordon Jr. and his partner Astrid, and predeceased by her youngest daughter Rosemary (1985). Grandmother to ten and with six great-grandkids, Bay shared her strong opinions and advice with all (wanted or not) with no topics off limits. From the outset Bay chose to support her husband from home while his career took them throughout several cities in Canada and the U.S. Returning to Toronto in the late 1950s, she would remain in the same house for almost 65 years until her death. She was a strong willed, intelligent woman who managed to find humour in all of life’s moments, including the bad ones. She lived her life by the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance, doing her best to instill these straits in her children.
She volunteered over many years with the Canadian Cancer Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Alcoholics Anonymous, the latter with whom she had a special affinity. Until Covid-19 struck she could be found every fourth Wednesday working at her church’s food bank dispensing much needed food and household products. Bay loved fur, but only on animals and especially dogs, often two at a time. They were a constant presence in her life, and they returned the unconditional love she gave to them. She and Gordon could be found every weekend at their farm in the Hockley Valley that they acquired largely for the benefit of their dogs. While in Toronto, Bay enjoyed golf and curling, playing both sports at the Lambton Golf and Country Club where she enjoyed a nearly uninterrupted eighty-five year membership. She was a well-known character at Lambton on both the links and the clubhouse, referring to all whose name might have escaped her memory as “Kiddo.” Bay was looking forward to playing this summer. She enriched the lives of her kids and many others, and would be the first to say “do not mourn my passing, but enjoy one glass of wine (and no more) in my memory.”
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Marnie Howe of Sinai Health for Bay’s care in the final weeks of her life, and to Dr. Bernice Snider, Bay’s long-time personal physician.
A private family service has taken place and Bay will shortly be reunited with her husband and daughter in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
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