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September 17, 2015

Christine Elenanor Irving (née Kennedy) of Kincardine died peacefully at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Kincardine, Sept. 17, 2015, in her 65th year. Survived by her husband, Keith; daughter, Alannah (Derek Turner); and grandson, Hudson; her brother, Kevin of Ottawa; and her parents, Tom and Elenanor Kennedy, of Kincardine. Also deeply missed by her sister-in-law, Linda Kennedy; niece, Erica; and nephews, Jordan and Dean of Ottawa. Remembered and sadly missed by all her relatives from Germany, England and Ireland. Christine was born Dec. 25, 1950 at the military hospital in Rinteln, Germany, to Tom and Elenanor Kennedy. When she was five, the family immigrated to Canada. She spent her early years in Sudbury and her teenage years in Deep River. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1972 (BA) and married Keith. After completing Toronto Teachers College in 1974, she moved to Kincardine and began teaching. She had a long and successful career as an educator, obtaining a Masters of Education degree from the University of Windsor in 1986 and Supervisory Officer Certification in 1988. Her passion for the education system was evident in her many years as a school administrator, serving as principal in Kincardine (W.E. Thompson Public School), Walkerton (Walkerton Public School) and Port Elgin (Port Elgin-Saugeen Central Public School). Following retirement from the Bluewater District School Board in 2007, Christine took up real estate where she quickly made many new friends and business associates. In July, 2014, after being diagnosed with cancer, she retired from real estate. Over the past year, between treatments related to her cancer, she has spent much of her time doing the personal things she really enjoyed – spending time with family (especially her grandson), reading, home renovation (supervising family projects), gardening and cottaging. Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., where the funeral will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m., with Crystal Morais officiating. Interment, Kincardine Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Christine’s life. Memorial donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, the London Regional Cancer Program or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. The family would like to thank Dr. Bill Knox, the nursing staff and all the support staff at the Kincardine hospital for their care and support through this difficult journey.

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