Well, Heather Inglis, the time has come for us to tell people that you have died on October 23, 2022. We, being your husband Robert "Bob" Inglis and your children Stephanie Inglis (Peyton Chisholm), Bryan Inglis (Bernice Callahan) and Robert M. Inglis (Louise MacKinnon). We have remembered your instructions "… for heaven’s sake, when I die do not say that I have passed. I am not passing. I will be dead."
You were certainly ahead of your time graduating with two degrees from Dalhousie University: a BA in Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce with you only one of two women in the Commerce graduating class. You were creative (a weaver), artistic (a water colorist), thoughtful (remember the quotes that you would post on the fridge every week and that we had to discuss at dinner time), practical (you sewed our clothes, tapped our maple trees to make syrup and kept your own chickens for eggs), smart and outspoken. Who could forget your standing outside a political banquet, immaculately dressed, lobbying with your fellow protestors against cruise missiles. You did not just tell us but showed us how to advocate for social justice. You were the mother that always drove everyone’s children to activities, acted as the chaperone for our trips, nurtured our interests and sought out interesting life experiences for us.
You were a leader and community minded volunteer, Head Girl at Edgehill School, President of the Sydney YMCA and a Provincial Commissioner of the Nova Scotia Girl Guides. You served as treasurer of the Lochaber Community Development Association during construction of a centre which will serve that community for years to come.
Your professional career spanned decades, working with Lee&Martin, a regional CPA firm as the firm’s accountant and as CFO of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years.
Your encouragement to your children and later your grandchildren, Jessica Inglis (Justin Parker), Holly Chisholm (Stephen Cantwell), Mackenzie Inglis (Savanah Pantages) and Mariah Inglis, to think independently and outside the box will be a lasting legacy. You only had a short time with your great granddaughter, Myra Mae Parker, but we will make sure that we follow your lead taking her on many adventures to spark her curiosity, exposing her to books and poetry and sharing with her the magic of Lochaber.
You were predeceased by your parents, Gerald E. Martin and Dorothy Martin (nee Townsend); your sister, Kathleen Finley Mack; your brothers-in-law, Allen Finley, Gordan Mack, and Fred Inglis. You are loved dearly by your sister-in-law, Carol Inglis; and your nieces and nephews, Allen Finley (Linda), Robbie Finley (Fiona Polack), Stephen Inglis (Thanh Vui), Susan Inglis (Chuck Adam), Stuart Inglis (Joan); and by your nine grand nieces and nephews.
Donations in memory of Heather may be made to Kings-Edgehill School to support female students in financial need. Please contact Heather Strickley (1-902-798-2278) or go to the following website https://kes.myschoolapp.com/page/alumni/inglis-education-foundation/in-memoriam?siteId=1641&ssl=1
A family celebration of life will be held at a future date.
A Special Thank You
The Inglis family would like to thank the staff of the McSween Wing of the MacLeod Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home in Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton, as we all appreciate the care given to Heather by MacLeods.
We will miss you.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com