In Memory of Madeline Banfield
Madeline Mary Isabel Banfield [Tarrant], born October 09, 1938, in St. Lawrence, NF, died peacefully November 6, 2023, in Ottawa, Ontario, at home in Barrhaven with her daughters Coleen, Charlaine, Teri and her son-in-law Jacques at her bedside. She spent her last days telling them how proud she was of them, how much she loved them, and they did her.
She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, John Charles ‘Charlie’ Banfield; her son, Captain John Charles ‘John-Boy’ Banfield (whom she affectionately called ‘Y.L.C.’); her beautiful granddaughter, Victoria Grace Banfield-Gagnon; her brothers Alex, Pat, and Gus; and her sisters Florina, Ella, Carmel, and Margaret.
She was “Nan” to Colin, Christopher, Derek, Sandy, Samantha and Victoria Grace and great-grandmother “Nan” to Konnor, Robyn, Cale, Camdyn and Charlie.
Madeline was proof it’s never too late to explore your passions. In the 1950s, she moved away with her husband, Charlie, to the mining town of Schefferville, Quebec. When the recession of 1982 hit, they moved again to Labrador City, NF, to work until retirement. She retired in 1997 and moved to Bath and then Kingston, Ontario, where, at 71, she wrote and published her first book.
Her motivation came from her children and grandchildren, who had little knowledge or connection to hers and Charlie’s hometown of St. Lawrence, except for a couple of vacations once in a while over the years. They always had so many questions she wanted to answer. Her grandson Colin McRae told her years ago, “You know, you tell us all these amazing stories, but we won’t remember them, and our children will never know them. You should write them down.”
She did just that. (After she had a cup of tea!)
Family and Friends will be received at St. Linus Church in Bath, ON, at a future date for the Celebration of Her Life—donations made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Society or The Dementia Society.
“Love you, Mom, you are finally at peace”