Mary Elizabeth MacKay

September 11, 1921 – April 21, 2021 

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Mary MacKay of Thornhill, on April 21, 2021 at Caressant Care, Woodstock. Mary was born in Niagara Falls to John B. Hopkins and Mabel Hopkins (Tait). She is reunited with her husband of 61 years, Jack, who predeceased her January 2009. Lovingly remembered by her daughter Janet (Bill) Thompson and son Ian (Sandra), grandchildren Mary, Mike, Bob Thompson (Micaela Karvola) and Mark, Kristen (Dan Giovinazzo), Lindsay MacKay (Dave Groeneveld) and great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Gabe, Jackson, Carter and Peyton, and sister-in-law Margaret Hopkins. Predeceased by her brothers John and Tait Hopkins and sister-in-law Florence, and by brother-in-law Stanley (Marge) MacKay.

 Mary attended Niagara Falls CVI and graduated from Victoria College, University of Toronto. She met her husband, Jack, in Niagara Falls. Mary and Jack moved to Thornhill in 1953 with their family and lived on John Street for 44 years. After retirement they enjoyed an active life at their condo in the Gazebo and, in later years, Mom at Glynnwood Retirement home. 

Mary was amazing support to our Dad as he pursued his career at Shouldice Hospital. Her involvement in our education, activities and sports was greatly appreciated. Thornhill Presbyterian Church was a cornerstone of Mom and Dad’s lives where they formed many lifetime friendships. Mary enjoyed entertaining family and friends, playing the piano and particularly excelled at playing the harmonica. Mom enjoyed travelling with Dad throughout the US, Europe and Australia. She was an avid bridge player into her late 90’s and did crosswords until the end. 

If desired, memorial contributions may be sent to Thornhill Presbyterian Church (, Diabetes Canada, or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and inurnment is planned for her September 100th birthday at Thornhill Cemetery, Covid regulations permitting. 



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  • Our thoughts are with you all & we hope it helps in some small way to know others care. She will be fondly remembered from our Thornhill days living on John Street.

    With heartfelt sympathies,
    Janice & John Russell

    Janice & John Russell

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