Beryl Marjorie Chalmers passed peacefully with her daughter by her side on Sunday, July 25th, 2021 at Hospice House Fredericton at the age of 91. Born on June 30th, 1930, in Birmingham England, she was the loving wife of the late Robert Chalmers.
Beryl was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her daughter Julia Biggar (Brad); grandchildren, Heather Wilson, John Wilson, Bradley Biggar (Dagne), and Crystal Biggar; great grandchildren, John James Wilson, Chase Biggar, and Bryson Biggar; brother Ron Bradbury; sister Hazel Yarnell; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her late husband Robert, she is predeceased by her parents William and Elise Bradbury; sisters, Olive Hayden, Ethel Willock, Cathy Stokes, and Jean Turner.
Beryl immigrated to Canada in 1953 with her first husband, James McLeary, and daughter, Julia. They settled in Toronto, Ontario where Beryl worked as a type setter for Coutts-Hallmark of Canada. She didn’t talk much about her childhood, but when asked she would tell stories of her life in England and how she loved Carnations her father grew in his garden, going to the picture shows with her friends and reading books. She told stories about spending time in the air raid shelters during WWII and how after the air raid shelters would open, she and her friends would spend hours looking for pieces of shrapnel to see who could find the best one. On quiet days, she would read books and could always find something to occupy her mind. She loved going to the “Bull Ring” markets or riding her sister’s bike through the streets, listening to Opera music and dancing with a sailor in uniform. Beryl was a determined woman and when she set her mind to something she did it, it was important to always be able to pay her own way. Beryl has seen the rise of new technologies, she has lived the horrors of war and the privileges of peace but she has lived a good life. We have lost a text book of knowledge in her passing. Beryl, may the music of your favorite singers play for you forever and may your dance floors never be crowded. We miss you already and forever. Love Your Family.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hospice House Fredericton for the care, compassion and companionship they extended to Beryl during her stay.
By her request, there will be no visitation or gathering. Arrangements have been entrusted to Modern Celebrations & Cremations (506) 458-8383. Donations in Beryl’s memory may be made to Hospice House Fredericton, Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Deb Smart says
I won’t forget Auntie Beryl.
She was the ‘cool Canadian aunt’. My Mom remembers their childhood with warmth and laughter. I didn’t know her well but I know I will see her again.
It’s a comfort to know she is just sleeping. My thoughts are with her family. With love, Deb
Bradley Biggar says
Saying good bye is never easy … So with that Nan , I will say “till we meet again” . You always lead by example , you were never affraid of hard work or a challenge , and loyal too family and friends . I hope one day to pass those attributes on to my children and your great grandchildren . Thank you for showing us all the way !!!! I love ya and I can’t wait to try and beat ya at bridge one more time . With a heavy heart , till we meet again you card shark …. Love and miss ya xoxoxo Bradley , Dagne , Chase and Bryson .
Jean Stafford says
Although I am not acquainted with this family, I just felt a need to comment on the beautifully written obituary. It will certainly double as a lovely addition to your family history. Her role as a loving and influential person comes across so well and so genuinely.
“Blessed are those who mourn, since they will be comforted.”
Heather wildon says
I can’t imagine my world without Nan in it. I know having her for 50 years of my life was so much more than most people have their grandmother for. For that I’m grateful. I love you Nan with my whole heart. I will miss you every day.
Brad Biggar says
Jean Stafford, thank you so much for the kind words.