MARGARET BALFOUR Margaret Balfour died in her sleep, with family present, in Toronto on May 14, 2009. Born Margaret Adele Joanne Schmalz on March 25, 1922, she married James Grant Balfour on September 9, 1944. He survives her, in the 65th year of their very happy marriage. She was the mother of Richard James, Ian Grant and Barbara McGill, all of Toronto and all of whom also survive her. Of her seven siblings, only her brother Carl Small, of Guelph, Ontario, survives her. Margaret proudly and rightly said that she worked at home and was selflessly devoted to her family and friends throughout her life. She and James lived in many Canadian cities and towns, including Montreal in the final stage of James's business career at Zellers Limited (1959-1980) and London after James's retirement (1981-2008). In London, Margaret enjoyed regular games of mah jong as well as golf and dining at the London Hunt and Country Club. She also regularly attended cultural events, especially in Toronto, and went to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival annually from its inaugural season in 1953 through 2007. Margaret was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, in 2003, although she must have suffered from it for several years beforehand. She battled that disease resolutely but realistically, with the benefit of continuous and excellent treatment at the London Regional Cancer Program clinic (where she was a patient of Dr. Barr and Dr. Hsia) and Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto (where she was a patient of Dr. Reece). Although ultimately holding her multiple myeloma at bay, she succumbed to complications resulting from repeated pneumonia and a stroke. In her final months, Margaret resided, with James, in Toronto at Lakeside Long Term Care, where she was kindly attended to by a caring staff. Visitation will be at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street, London, Ontario (corner of Richmond Street), on Wednesday, May 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service and celebration of Margaret's life will be held at the same place on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception at The London Club, 177 Queens Avenue, London, Ontario (near Richmond Street). The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Margaret requested that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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