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Irene Carswell

Irene Carswell (Smart)

Thursday, September 24th, 1925 - Thursday, April 4th, 2019
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Mary Irene Carswell (nee Smart)

September 24, 1925
April 4, 2019


Irene passed away peacefully in Collingwood on April 4th. She was in her 94th year and enjoyed an amazing adventure through life. Irene was born in Collingwood, lived her life in Collingwood and died in Collingwood. She had deep roots within the town and was involved in so many ways within the town.

Irene graduated from the University of Toronto and it was here where she meet her future husband Bill Carswell. They built a life and family together. Bill Carswell predeceased Irene in 2006.

After graduating, Irene started teaching in Oakville but soon moved back to Collingwood where she spent a career teaching at Collingwood Collegiate Institute. She had a positive impact on many students that is remembered and appreciated to this day.

Irene had two children. Anne (Chris) from England and John (Nathalie) from Collingwood. She was fortunate to have four granddaughters. Jennifer and Hannah from England and Alexandra and Lindsey from Collingwood. Irene was extremely proud of her four granddaughters and always encouraged them on whatever they were doing. She even had one great grandchild Austin. A family cottage in Southampton, Ontario was a family gathering place every summer where all generations enjoyed many memorable summers and for an opportunity for the granddaughters to understand their Canadian and family heritage.

Irene has a surviving sister Helen Hayman from London, Ontario. Irene remained very close to her sister Helen and they enjoyed many trips and family get togethers through their entire life. A very special sister indeed.

Irene had many friends and everyone characterizes Irene as a true lady, smart, fun and a great person to be around. In many ways she was ahead of her time. She will be missed and remembered by many.

The last few years were not perfect but she always greeted everyone with a smile and a laugh. The staff at Bay Haven Nursing home must be recognized for their truly remarkable and outstanding care. A celebration of her life will be held sometime this summer in Collingwood. If so wished, a donation to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation (cgmh.on.ca) would be appropriate.
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Patty Shield

Posted at 09:28pm
Irene, forever Mrs. Carswell to me, was my favourite teacher ever. She taught me how to sew and made learning such a pleasure. When I was a student teacher, she was my mentor as I was learning the ropes to becoming a "Home Ec/Family Studies Teacher". She had to give up calling me Miss Brown in front of the class because it just didn't feel right to her! To her I was Patty and that was it! I was inspired to become a Family Studies teacher thanks to the love of the subject area Mrs. Carswell inspired in me. Thanks Mrs. Carswell for everything! Will miss you dearly. Patty (Brown) Shields

Kara Stone

Posted at 06:53pm
Irene was a true “Lady” I will always admired that she held herself to that standard and how she inspired many....you will be missed by many.
BV

Barb Veyvara

Posted at 05:13pm
Irene and I had many good times in Southampton - we were neighbours for many years. We sat looking out at the sunsets with a suitable beverage in hand. A lot of golf was played - not very well. There are so many good memories that I will treasure.
Barbara Veyvara

Grahame Meredith

Posted at 04:09pm
Anne, John, Chris and Natalie,

Irene was a great friend to Buffy and Ed, Sheree and I for many years. She was an amazing force in Collingwood, as a teacher and volunteer, but to us, a great friend. Sheree and I had many fun times with her and Bill, Ed and Buffy. For me she was a great person to drop in to chat with. Always a smile and positive attitude. With love to all of you. Grahame Meredith
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