“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy” – Inuit mythology
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the loss of Angela Cantwell-Peters, who passed away peacefully in Windsor, ON on September 9, 2016 at 86 years of age. Beloved mother of Michele (Cantwell) Stewart (Tim). Cherished Nana of Laura and Matthew Andrews and Emma Stewart. Predeceased (2009) by her devoted husband of 27 years, Stuart Peters, and Thomas Cantwell (1977), loving husband of 24 years. Daughter of the late Peter and Madeline Withers. Dear sister of Paul (late Margaret Clouter) Withers, Peter (Patricia) Withers, Carmel (Cyril) Fleming, late Ray Withers, Vincent (Delores) Withers, late Kay Kiss, Madeline (Doug) Greeley, late James (late Cathy) Withers. Will be sadly missed by a large number of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Angela was a dynamic, intelligent and successful professional woman who was a pioneer in breaking through the corporate “glass ceiling” in Canada. From humble beginnings in the secretarial pool at Bowring Brothers in St. John’s, NL, Angela rose to the top of the corporate ladder. When recalling special moments from her career, however, Angela rarely cited her title as Bowring’s President and CEO, nor her many Board positions, or her seat on the Prime Minister’s special commission. Rather, she treasured the memory of thoughtful co-workers who brought her a loaf of bread, and those who continued to phone her once a year or send a Christmas card. These were the special people that made her career most rewarding and fulfilling.
As the oldest of nine siblings, Angela took on the role of second mother early in her life, providing love and caring for each of her brothers and sisters in a devoted and loyal way. She was an anchor in the Wither’s family, and her loss will be felt deeply.
Angela adored each of her grandchildren, and in her later years was so happy to be near them in Windsor. She treasured opportunities to watch them in a school play or dance recital, and together they enjoyed many special family trips. In Angela’s eyes, though, no star shone more brightly than her precious Emma, whom she loved “to the moon and back”.
But the most important person in Angela’s life was always her daughter, Michele. Her “Mickey Mouse” was Angela’s pride and joy, and she cherished their time together – particularly special moments after a long day at work or when she returned from a business trip. Angela’s love for her only child knew no bounds, and she left an indelible mark on Michele’s life in innumerable ways — as a mother, a role model and later as a friend and confidante. The memories they created and the bond of love they shared will live on forever.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18th at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd., from 3pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Pius X on Monday, September 19th at 9:30am, with private family interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Angela’s memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre or to the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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