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Margaret Calder

Margaret "Peggi" Calder (Racey)

Wednesday, December 27th, 1944 - Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of "Peggi" Margaret (nee Racey) Calder at her home in Dunvegan, Ontario, on May 12, 2020, at the age of 75. Beloved wife for 50 years to the late William "Bill" Calder. Loving mother to Byron (Samantha Schofield) and Kathie (Steven Nunn). Proud grandmother to Corra and Hana Nunn of Coquitlam, British Columbia and step-grandson James Weller of South Glengarry, Ontario. Cherished sister to Frances Racey of British Columbia and Gordon (Sheena) Racey of Quebec, sister-in-law to Murray (Didi) and Robert Calder, both of Quebec. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews from multiple generations, as well as a wide range of extended family and friends. Predeceased by her parents Arthur Racey and Elizabeth "Betty" Wickson.


"Peggi" was born in Paris, Ontario in 1944 at the Hamilton Place estate. Shortly after selling the family homestead in 1949 they relocated to Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. It is during these years growing up that Peggi began to develop her love and knowledge of nature. In 1962, after a brief stop in Heron Bay, the family found themselves at a new home in Senneville, Quebec. Upon finishing high school and moving to Montreal to become an independent employed young woman Peggi met Bill. They were married in 1968 and bought a house in Pointe Claire, Quebec out of the city, where in 1971 they began a family. In 1975 Bill realized Peggi would not be settled and happy in a suburban home for long and they moved for their final time to a farm in Dunvegan, Ontario. They began to grow deep roots in this Scottish community of Glengarry. Over the years Peggi volunteered with many organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Woman's Institute, I.O.D.E., Dunvegan Recreation Association, ARC Industries, and was even known for having taught a 4-H club or two. Her dedication and passion were also felt through other organizations, such as the Vankleek Hill Nature Society, where she not only led nature identification walks and wild edible presentations but also served as president and director for many years, and the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in Dunvegan, where she sat as a board member and put in many hours of time cataloguing, researching, guest speaking, gardening and was honoured to be awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2018. When raising two kids and keeping a hobby farm going wasn't enough, Peggi kept herself employed using many of her various talents that included bookkeeping, proofreading, her writing skills (including many years as the Dunvegan correspondent for the Glengarry News), teaching her knowledge of wild edibles and even driving a school bus. Besides her amazing baking (and pickling) that she shared with much of the community over the years, Peggi will be remembered for her incredible love of nature. She was a wealth of knowledge and the first to help when nature called, whether that was baby racoons found abandoned, turtles laying eggs in a bad spot, baby ducks born in an unsafe environment or any number of other reasons her phone rang for assistance. Peggi was an avid bird watcher and nature enthusiast, even participating in annual bird and frog counts. It is a great loss for all who knew her and all looking for her knowledge and experience, whether that was bird and plant identification, genealogy information or her extensive ability for wild edible clarification, there is a huge hole left for many and will be felt throughout the community. Peggi also had a real love for music and a talent for making people smile. Her beautiful caring personality will be remembered by all who knew her and we are all thankful for the fond memories she has left us with.

Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 114 Main St. Alexandria (613) 525-2772.

Peggi's final resting place will be in Paris, Ontario, as well as a memorial marker with Bill in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and in British Columbia for family and friends to stay connected. A memorial service will be planned and announced once gathering restrictions have been lifted. Keeping with Peggi's continued support for local history and her love of nature, the family is requesting all charitable donations in Peggi's memory be sent to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum via their website at http://glengarrypioneermuseum.ca/museum-donations/ or by mail at 1645 County Road 30, Dunvegan, ON K0C 1J0 and/or the Vankleek Hill and District Nature Society by mail at PO Box 366, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0.

As a Memorial to Peggi a tree will be planted in a memory woods. A tree grows – memories live. Condolences may be made online at www.munromorris.com
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Service Details

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    A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
    Address
    ALEXANDRIA, ON
  • Interment

    Location
    Cremation
    Notes
    Burial of cremated remains in Paris, Ontario.

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Lorette Pinet

Posted at 08:33am
Byron, Samantha & Family, Deepest sympathy on your loss. I had the opportunity to work with Peggy and she always had a smile. She helped me a lot with my gardening and we also exchanged recipes. What a lovely lady and she will be missed.

Fraser Addison

Posted at 08:37am
Byron, Kathie and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Peggi was a wonderful community member that everyone seem to know. Every memory i have of her is a kind one. I will always remember her being a true naturalist that loved the world around her and seemed to know a little bit about everything! An amazing character indeed that will be missed by all. My thoughts are with you guys.
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Shannon MacMillan

Posted at 10:54am
Byron, so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
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Barbara Burton Newman

Posted at 07:30pm
Dear Byron, Kathie and all the family,
So sorry that your mom was taken from us so soon. What a lovely obituary you have shared with all of us. Brought back so many memories. Loved working with Peggi getting the swimming program started in Dunvegan, 4-H and W.I. and so thankful that she accepted my request to judge the apple pies at the Harvest Festival last September. We have so many good memories of our children and you two spending so much time together in your younger days. I remember the time, when Alyson was up at the farm, and your mother shot that rabid fox through the screen door. She was so matter of fact and down to earth. You will miss her so much. We are just thankful that she was part of our lives and we were able to enjoy her company.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Barbara (Graham) Newman
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Mary Higginson

Posted at 01:31pm
Dear Byron and all of your family,
Our warmest sympathy on the loss of Margaret or Peggi as we knew her. We were fortunate to have her with us for our Glen boardwalk last July, along with Hana. We always learned new things when walking with her. It was a beautiful day. Margaret was a wonderful leader for the Nature Society. We know that you will miss her sparkling presence and we will reminisce on all the times she shared her observations with us.
Sadly, Mary Higginson, VKH
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