Mary Gertrude Near

Passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket at the age of 89. Mary will be greatly missed by her daughter Brenda, son-in-law Neil Pearson and grandchildren Jessie and James, of whom she was so very proud! She will be fondly remembered by her sister Margaret McKee, and other family. Mary is predeceased by her husband Gordon Near. They were married 62 years before his passing in 2013.

Together they shared a passion for Canada which they explored by car and camping, from Newfoundland to Vancouver. Mary was a great lover of the road less travelled and was happiest behind the wheel driving here and there discovering quaint shops and tea rooms. After Gord’s passing she moved to Mount Albert to be close to her family. Here she continued to enjoy getting out to plays and musicals, another one of her passions.

A big thank you to the Southlake Palliative Care team who made Mary’s last days as comfortable as possible. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, a favourite charity of Mary’s. At Mary’s request, private family arrangements will be held. Online condolences may be made at