Miriam Redshaw passed away peacefully at Quinte Hospice November 8, 2023. In June of this year the love of her life, her husband Raymond Redshaw died. They would have been married 70 years on July 18, 2023. They had an amazing life together. At ninety years of age Raymond still told her that she was a “smasher” or gorgeous in Geordie. Both were born in small villages in the north of England near Newcastle. They lived through the war. When the war ended Mom started her apprenticeship as a hairdresser and Raymond started his as an automobile mechanic. After they married, they decided to move to Canada for a few years to earn enough money to return to England to buy a house. Raymond accepted a job at English Motors in Ottawa and Miriam managed a hair salon. They fell in love with Canada and made their life together in Ottawa. They had a daughter Judith; Raymond started his own business, and they bought a house. Raymond worked long hours at the garage with Miriam supporting him on the home front. Miriam and Raymond both joined a local golf club so Judith could take swimming lessons. Miriam learned how to golf and became a low handicapper. She won many matches and trophies. They made many friends. When Raymond retired, they had many years as snowbirds. They spent their winters in Avon Park Florida and summers in Calabogie Ontario. Miriam continued to golf and made many friends in Florida and in Calabogie. Raymond found golf frustrating and focused on his passion of repairing British automobiles or anything with wheels. Raymond restored a 1962 Mark 2 Jaguar and Miriam was at his side when they travelled to car shows and they accepted the many trophies that he won. They had a wonderful life. Miriam and Raymond have two grandchildren, Stephanie Doucet, and Andre Doucet. They adored their grandchildren and spent lots of time with them in the summers and looked forward to their annual visit to Florida in the winter. More joy was added to their life when Stephanie and her partner Gord McMillan presented them with a great granddaughter two years ago. Annabel loved Mimi, as she called Miriam.
Judith and her husband Mark Proulx will miss Miriam. She was a fabulous mother and mother-in-law. Miriam was always there when they needed her.
Special thoughts go out to all her friends in Calabogie who supported her and Raymond over the past challenging years. Thanks also to Dr. Robertson and his staff of the Queen’s Family Health Team in Belleville for the care they provided. Also, the Belleville General Hospital and Hospice Quinte and staff at Bayview Retirement Home. Judith and Mark would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive over these challenging past few months.
At Miriam’s request there will be no visitation. Cremation entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Belleville, ON. If you wish to make a donation in her memory, please consider Hospice Quinte or Quinte Health.