Emily Mary Quirk       August 21, 1934 - December 31, 2017

 

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce that on Sunday, December 31, 2017, after a short illness, Mrs. Emily Quirk (nee Summers) passed away at Lake of the Woods District Hospital, to reunite with her late husband Doug and son Michael in Heaven.

 

She will be dearly missed by her daughters Rosemary (Matt Parliament) and Patricia, grandchildren Shauna, Chelsey, Delaney and Justin, great-grandson Jack and his Dad Erv Reimer, numerous nephews and nieces as well as cousins. Predeceased by her parents Ella and Michael Summers, her sisters Ella and Agnes, and her brothers Gerald and Vincent.

 

Emily was a "feisty" lady and a true force to be reckoned with. She was a friend to so many, a great Mom, and a wonderful grandma and great-grandma. She was born in Kenora, and overcame hip problems in childhood while attending Mt. Carmel School. She met and married Douglas Quirk in 1954, and her family followed in quick succession. She had a talent for business and after obtaining her certificate as a hairdresser, started working in her chosen profession, finally opening her own shops in Kenora and Winnipeg. She also became a licensed realtor. An opportunity arose to return to Kenora after Doug's retirement, and they became owners of the Anchor Inn Restaurant and Marina in 1986. Emily was a unique fixture for many years in the business community, and life as a hotelier and restauranteur provided many fascinating stories for family and friends. Emily felt a strong bond with people of Indigenous ancestries. She was elected to the Kenora Metis Council in 2007 in the position of Senator. She helped found the "Kenora Metis Warmth and Wellness Group", a community group that met weekly to knit hats, mitts, sweaters, blankets etc., for the less fortunate. She loved to travel with her family, including stops in Florida, Alaska, the Ottawa region, and over to Ireland. She soldiered ahead in life happily despite health issues in her later years. She stayed active in recent years, even after the passing of Doug and Michael, whom she missed every day.

 

Her family is deeply grateful for the kindness, consideration and compassionate care provided by the physicians and staff of the Emergency Department, Medical ICU, and 3rd floor at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. In addition, special thanks to the Home Care staff of ParaMed Home Health team for care over the years.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Notre Dame du Portage Catholic Church at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the charity of your choice, or honour Emily's memory by passing on an act of kindness to someone less fortunate. 

 

Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.