Obituary of Rosemary Felicity Campsie
Born July 24, 1924, in Vancouver, died peacefully at Christie Gardens, Toronto, on April 5, 2021, at the age of 96.
Only child of Dora Hummel Orchardson and Thomas Holman Orchardson; wife of John Sieber Campsie, who died in 2014. Mother of Alison (David Glennie) and Philippa (Norman Ball); grandmother to Alex Glennie (partner Matt Finch) and Kit Glennie (Stevie Greenleaf).
Rosemary grew up on Point Grey Road and attended York House School. After her father died when she was 10, she and her mother depended on each other. She trained as a teacher and worked in a Vancouver school. She met John Campsie after the war. They married in 1950 in England and lived in North Berwick, Scotland, for a year before settling in Toronto. When her children were young, she volunteered at the Princess Margaret Hospital and was a Brown Owl for a Brownie pack at the Toronto School for the Deaf. In the late 1970s, she returned to full-time work at what was then called the Ontario Crippled Children’s Centre, where she supervised recreation and life skills training for children under five, a job at which she excelled.
She and John retired in the 1980s, and for the next decade, they travelled widely. She also enjoyed gardening at their house in Hoggs Hollow, and volunteering with the Friends of the Trinity College Library and the Out of the Cold program at St. Andrew’s Church. When John’s health deteriorated in the late 1990s, they moved to a condominium, and when he moved to long-term care, she took a flat in Christie Gardens. A few years after his death in 2014, she moved to long-term care herself as she began to experience symptoms of dementia. The family would like to thank the Christie Gardens staff for their great kindness and affection toward her throughout her time there.
Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Christie Gardens Foundation. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
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