FEATHERSTONE, Christine Ann (nee Clark)
Passed away at her home in Muskoka, on October 15, 2018, at the age of 70.
Beloved partner for life of Francois Tremblay. Christine was predeceased by parents Joan Rhoda Flett and "Tim" Gordon Charles Lloyd Clark and her brother Philip Gordon Charles Clark. She leaves Francois and the Tremblay family and nieces Miranda and Courtney, great niece Tesla and great nephew Fox.
A career professional in the charitable sector, Christine held senior leadership positions with the North York YMCA, national YWCA of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She was the Executive Director of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, National Executive Director for the Girl Guides of Canada and President and CEO of ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. But she always felt that the best job that she ever had was being a Camp Director with the YMCA and that the skills she learned in that role influenced her entire career.
Active on many community boards, she was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bloorview Children's Hospital and its Foundation, member of the Board of Governors of St. Clement's School, member of the Board of Directors of the St. Andrew's Church Heritage Trust and Founder and Chair of the Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy. After moving to Muskoka, she served on the Board of Directors of the Muskoka YWCA, Township of Muskoka Lakes Public Library and Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare.
A person of decided tastes and strong opinions, Chris hated dealing with any technological gadgets, flatly refused to adopt the decimal system and almost never appeared at St. Andrew's Church or in Muskoka without a hat. She loved her many trips with Francois, who shared her love of art galleries and museums. She taught him to enjoy the pipes and drums and ceilidh dancing at the St. Andrew's Ball and at their annual summer Scottish-themed costume parties in Muskoka. A perfect day for Chris consisted of seeing one of her frequently published Letters To The Editor appear in the Saturday edition of the Globe and Mail newspaper, spending the afternoon cooking while listening to "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera" on CBC radio, stopping long enough to watch the University of Notre Dame play football on TV and then hosting a dinner party for friends in the evening. Her life was enriched by Francois and her beloved Westies - Cosby, Caber and Skye, her "Old Girls" group from St. Clement's School and her many friends in Toronto, Muskoka and Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Visitation will be held at Reynolds Funeral Home in Bracebridge, Ontario, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Christine's life at the Windermere Golf Club, Windermere, Ontario, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Memorial Funeral to be held at St. Andrew's Church, 73 Simcoe St, Toronto, Ontario, on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Reception to follow. Private Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew's Church, 73 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 1W9 (standrewstoronto.org) or to St. Clements's School, 21 St. Clements Ave, Toronto, ON M4R 1G8 (www.scs.on.ca).
Messages of condolence can be offered at www.reynoldsfuneral.com, which can also be used to make donations to the Church or School.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm, Reynolds Funeral Home
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00am, Windermere Golf Club
Friday, November 2nd, 2018 5:00pm, St. Andrew's Church
Mount Pleasant Cemetery