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In Loving Memory of

Lilian Pedley

1918 - 2019

Obituary of Lilian Pedley

Our dear mother/grandmother/great grandmother Lilian Pedley, nee Wallingford, passed away peacefully at the St. Catharines General Hospital on April 28, 2019 at the tender age of 101.
Lilian is survived by her son Charles and wife Ellen, daughter Sylvia and husband Ted, 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Wesley, by both parents and by five of ten siblings. Lilian was born on March 29, 1918 in Ottawa, Ontario. She was a dedicated wife, mother and secondary school teacher who was called upon to support her family when her husband, Wes, lost his sight after about 8 years of marriage. She was an amazing support to her husband, who was a composer of folk music, even to the point of laboriously transcribing his new compositions note by note onto paper.
She loved her “growing up” years in Ottawa and especially spending time at their family cottage on Lac McGregor in Val-des-Monts, QC. She graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston which is where she was married on April 29, 1940. She taught Secondary School (specializing in French) in several towns in Ontario, including her final years before retirement in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.
Cremation has taken place. A private Memorial Service for family and close friends is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) or to Radiant Care Pleasant Manor. Online condolences may be made at

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Margaret Stedman
4 years ago

Dear Sylvia and Ted, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. I imagine all her sisters have now gone, the last of that generation to leave a legacy to us all. My sister died in September 2018 and leaves two daughters and grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Thank you for letting me know. I don’t seem to have your address since you moved in 2016. I am glad to keep in touch if you have time.
My warmest love,

Margaret Stedman
4 years ago

Dear Sylvia and Ted, I am sorry to hear of my Mother’s niece passing. It is a whole generation now who have left their legacy. What a long life your Mother had. My sister passed away in December 2018 at the age of 87.
I had a lovely memory of meeting your Mother and you many years ago.
With love, Margaret Stedman

Elfrieda (Tiessen) Neufeld
4 years ago

Ted & Sylvia & Extended Family, Although I did not know your mother personally, I am thinking of you as you mourn her passing. At her age and amazing life she lived, you can think of her death as a ‘Hallelujah’ occasion. Please accept my Deepest Sympathies and Sincere Condolences as you remember the happy times in her long life..

Rosemary Jasinski
4 years ago

Dear Mrs. Pedley was our forever neighbour since childhood. She would always buy my Girl Guide cookies and chat. Memories include seeing her wearing a big straw hat and checking her garden full of vegetables.
She would sit on their front porch with Mr. Pedley and Sylvia playing the guitar and they would all sing their folk songs as a family.
She was very kind to my dad when my mom passed. She would watch for my dad’s window blind to go up in the morning as she would know he was okay. If it didn’t get pulled up she knew something was not right and would let us know. I do recall that my dad taught her how to drive.
Rest in peace – you are now with Mr Pedley. He might even share his dish of maple nut ice cream as I remember that was his favorite flavour.
We should all be so lucky to have childhood memories of such a lovely family.
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Heather Overholt
4 years ago

Sylvia and Ted

Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Although your mother didn’t teach either of us, we do remember her from a Grantham High School. She certainly worked hard and deserved her many years of retirement.

Thinking of you.
Dick and Heather


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