Visitation

Visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond.

Service

The funeral service will be conducted at First-St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave. at Waterloo, on Thursday, March 20 at 11 am.

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Donations

Memorial contributions may be made to Childreach, 265 Maitland Street, London, ON N6B 2Y3. Please remit directly to the charity, address and link below. Complete and send the form on this page to notify family of your contribution.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Ellen McKim

Death Notice

McKim, Ellen - With saddened hearts we announce the passing of Ellen Mary McKim, nee Copp of London at University Hospital on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Loving wife of the late Dr. John S. McKim (2004) for 30 years. Beloved mother of Cindy Lou Cottrelle and her husband Stuart of Oakville, David Elgie and his wife Deborah of Dorchester, Susan Elgie and Jim Desand of London, Mary Ellen Rowe and John Sero of Owen Sound, Colin McKim and Olwen of Orillia, Bruce McKim of Toronto, Douglas McKim and his wife Susanne of Ottawa, and David McKim and Holly of Burlington. Dear grandmother to 14 grandchildren. Sister of the late Brayl Copp. Fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Marge Copp and by her nieces and nephew. Ellen was witty, charismatic, possessing a wonderful candor that was well known and appreciated. Beyond her beauty and elegance, Ellen was a woman ahead of her time, always well versed on world events, politics, the latest novel releases, and high style fashion sense even into her 80's. Ellen was born Ellen Mary Copp in 1931 in London, Ontario to Stanley and Coral Copp of Copp's Buildall. Ellen attended Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario. Through her love of Shakespeare and acting she was offered a scholarship to Pasadena Playhouse in California. Her "anything is possible" spirit, combined with her tremendous tenacity, led her to be the first woman in Canada to break into radio advertising sales - and enabled her to become CFPL's top selling salesperson throughout her 25 years with the station. Ellen taught her children to be kind, forever optimistic and to never give up the ship. Ellen and John travelled the world, always coming home with a suitcase full of fascinating experiences. Dancing with Pierre Trudeau, dinner with Imelda Marcos, meeting Nelson Mandela, hiding in the back of a beauty salon from the IRA, and climbing Mount Everest holding a parasol (well "to the foot of it). Today with heavy hearts we, her family and friends must say goodbye. Never a greater loss than a loving mother, proud grandmother, and friend to all. Visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted at First-St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave. at Waterloo, on Thursday, March 20 at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Childreach, 265 Maitland Street, London, ON N6B 2Y3.