It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia Maria Faragher announces her passing on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005 at her home on Rainy Lake.
She was born March 17, 1941 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to her birth mother, Rose Fletcher (Pickering, Ont.) She was adopted by her parents, the late Alphonse and Erminia Daignault, and was raised in Fort Frances, Ont.
Fifty years ago, on July 4, she met Harlan Faragher, and it was love at first sight. They married on Oct. 25, 1958. Over the next 10 years, they started a close and loving family.
In 1969, they decided to move the family to property on Rainy Lake. This was a great adventure for all, and Pat was most excited to learn and share her knowledge and love of nature through her magnificent gardens.
Every year, she would pick a spot and build another flower bed. After so many years of careful cultivating and tender, loving care, she achieved a masterpiece.
The “crowning glory,” she said, was when family would get together and enjoy many occasions such as Christmas, summer barbecues, and family weddings at her home on Rainy Lake.
Pat always had time to share with her many neighbours and friends. Many hours were spent over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table or on the back deck. Although she had four children, many more have called her “mom” over the years.
Pat, also known as “Bush Bunny” on ther marine band radio, was loved by many and cherished the many friendships she has made with people on the lake. She had a true gift for listening and understanding, and those qualities were most valued by others.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Harlan Faragher of Fort Frances. They were always inseparable, whether it was building a cabin, working in the shop, or remodelling their home together. The fall of the year was when she became “Annie Oakley” and showed the “men” how to hunt.
They shared a rare and special gift—a life filled with a deep and understanding love.
Pat was a loving mother and wife, and very proud of her children, Mark Faragher (Angela) of Illinois; Connie Cuthbertson (Doug) of Fort Frances, Ont., Karen Queffelec (John) of Toronto, Ont., and Darcy Faragher (Penny) of Thunder Bay, Ont.
She also was a very proud “nanny” to 16 grandchildren, Samantha, Zoe, Wyn, Shaunna (Ken), Megan, Tysen, Ashley, Ryan, Daniel, Dustin, Christopher, Chad, Kathryn, Merideth, Natalie, and Audrey; and two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Ashton, whom all will miss her deeply.
She also is survived by her brother, John Daignault (Shirley) of Dryden, Ont.; sister-in-law, Agnes Daignault of Dryden, Ont.; her birth mother, Rose Fletcher of Pickering, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was predeceased by her parents, Erminia and Alphonse Daignault, Ernie Charlebois; brother, James Daignault; parents-in-law, Leslie and Velma Faragher; and son-in-law, Jamie Kircher.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Couchiching First Nations, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and the memorial service to follow at 10 a.m. Deacon Bill Adair will officiate.
According to her wishes, cremation and interment will follow at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 920 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N4, or the charity of your choice.