Mary Theresa, RN Neary (Maher)

April 3, 2018


Died April 3rd in the presence of her daughter and son-in-law with whom she resided after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary was born November 30th, 1937 in Point Moll, Argentia to Mary Jane (Mae) Bruce and Michael Joseph Maher. Predeceased by her husband Stephen A. Neary, son-in-law David Zucca, brothers Daniel Pius Maher, James Maher, Michael Maher, brothers-in-law John Neary, Gerald Neary, John Durkin, and Bob Carney, sisters-in-law, Mary Neary, Margaret Durkin, Helen Neary, Winnie Neary, Katherine Maher and Effie Maher. Also nieces and nephews, Gerald Neary, Thomasina Maher, Hal Carney, Patty Carney, Paula Neary, as well her Uncle Peter Bruce of Aviemore, Scotland.

Leaving to mourn her daughters, Andrea (Al Harris), Woodstock, Ontario, Stephanie (Aubrey Gover) St. John’s, Monique, Vietnam and Pierre (Cherylene), St. John’s. Her beloved grandchildren Matthew Zucca, Ottawa, Isabelle Zucca, Toronto. Her two devoted nephews who were an amazing support to their Minnie, Gavin Maher (Stacey), their daughter Kierra, of Arizona, Matthew Maher (Kristin), and their children Conor, Rowan and Callum, Nashville, and their mother, her sister-in-law Melanie Richards (Dick), Arizona. Her sisters Margaret Carney, New Jersey, Joan Eichhorn (Charlie), Florida, Anne Marie Sullivan (Bruce), Hamilton, Pauline DePaulo (Doug), Ottawa, her only remaining brother, Edward Maher, Hamilton, brother-in-law Dr. Peter F. (Hillary) Neary, London and sister-in-law Anna (Dave) Reed, Kingston. As well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, from New Jersey, Florida, Triton, Ontario, California, South Carolina, Scotland, and Japan, and her Auntie Mary Bruce of Aviemore, Scotland. Thanks as well to the caregivers, and all the medical professionals who helped her on this journey.

Mary was one of the last of her family be born in Point Moll, Argentia. The family home was expropriated during WWII to make way for an American Base. Her family was moved to Freshwater, Placentia Bay where she went to school and dreamed of becoming a nurse. She entered the RN program at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and graduated in 1958. Her classmates remained lifelong friends, and brought her such joy at the end of her life. After graduation, Mary worked at the Placentia Cottage Hospital for a year. The following year she attended Dalhousie University to study Public Health and returned to St. John’s to work as a Public Health Nurse. As a Public Health Nurse she travelled across the province, she worked in Bonne Bay, St. Lawrence, New Perlican, Burin, Whitbourne, just to name a few places. She moved to St. John’s when she married and worked at the Janeway ICU, for many years at the Emergency Department of the former General Hospital, managed a Community Care Program for the Waterford Hospital, and finished her career at the Health Sciences Centre. Nursing was a calling, to Mary, not a job. Mary often said, “When you are a nurse you will know that every day you will touch a life, or a life will touch yours.”

Mary and Steve lived their lives dedicated to the service of others. Their door was always open to everyone at all times which produced an exciting life. Through it all, they always danced together. Mary loved to sew, bake, quilt, and tend to her vegetable garden. Every fall was spent making jam and pickles for friends and family. Mary lived a life of purpose, great faith, always caring, never complaining, always finding a reason to laugh, and was grateful for all the joys in her life. Funeral Mass will take place on May 19th at 10 AM at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, with internment to follow at Holy Sepulchre, with a reception at the Members Lounge at Clovelly Golf Course from Noon to 5 PM also on the 19th. For those wishing to make a donation in Mary’s memory, donations may be made to the Gathering Place.



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We may live so far away but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will be thinking of you all on Saturday.
Love from
Pamela, Aunt Mary ,Andrew , Frankie, Elsie, Conor, Aiden, Tamsin, xxx

My sincere condolences to the family. Sorry for your loss.

I have many great memories of training days and being the junior working with Mary. May her gentle soul rest in peace. I am glad to partake in the honor guard for Mary’s funeral. I have never met her children but I know they have lots of nice memories to help them
get through this very sad time of their lives.

Neary , Bruce Maher Families. Our condolences to you all. We have never meet .but my grandmother was her aunt Maria Bruce Nolan Of Long Harbour .She often spoke of you all. I ‘m her daughters Doarann Nolan Murphy daughter Carmel . May Mary rest in peace 1

My sincere condolences to the Maher & Neary families! The obituary was beautiful with a little history of Argentia! Very well done! She would be proud! God Bless! Angela Bowes(Kelly}

Stephanie, Aubrey and family I am very sorry to hear about your Mom. I enjoyed the time we spent together when I was her Caregiver.

We enjoyed tending to her garden, picking berries, treating her dogs and especially our chats. Your Mom taught me how to make homemade pickles which I have done several times since then.

She was a wonderful, pleasant lady and incredibly determined not to give-up and surrender without a battle. She is to be admired for her strength, dignity, compassion and integrity.

Stephanie, I know you will miss her most…but when you were at work she talked and worried about you endlessly. She loved you and Aubrey DEARLY!

Remember her presence will always be with you. I was honored to meet her and spend leisure cold days playing cards but she SOCKED me with Scrabble!

Bless you and your family. It was a pleasure spending time with Mrs. Neary and her family. You are in my prayers.

Jackie Howell – Former Care Giver

My condolences to Mary’s family. I had he pleasure of working with her when I first started nursing. I have many fond memories of her. I will always remember the kindness she showed me, the day I lost my dad. A wonderful lady has gone to rest.

We wanted to send sincere condolences to all the family of Mary. She was a very special lady. We have known her for many years and when she would viisit with my Mom and Dad they really enjoyed having her. She would light up a room. Please cherish all your wonderful memories. We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time.

During my hospital stay years ago Mary always visited after her shift ended. I never forgot her kindness. Sincere condolences to the Family.

To Mary’s Family,
I had the pleasure of working many shifts with Mary as a Nurse Intern on 4NB in 1991.Mary was a wonderful mentor to me and holds a special place in my heart.No doubt she earned her wings.Rest peacefully Mary.

I have fond memories of working with Mary in the 90’s towards the end of her nursing career. She was a remarkable nurse, story teller and baker. May she Rest In Peace.

Andrea, Stephanie, Monique & Pierre, please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. I had the privilege of working with your mother at the Community Care Centre. Your mom was a wonderful mentor and nurse and I recall learning so much from her. She was a great advocate for individuals with mental health issues and a wonderful person in general. She will be missed.

Monique and families; My wife Margaret and I were saddened to hear of your Moms passing. Please be assured of our prayers for you all at this time. We really got to know her during the time when your dad came to Port Aux Basques and ran in our district as the Liberal member. I was his contact and we won hand down as they say. Another contact with your family was when you came to work with me in Argentia as our Bilingual employee with C N Marine at that while I was the Terminal. Lots of good memories and glad I am a part of them. Gods Blessings for you and your families.

Stephanie and family. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May she Rest In Peace. Hugs.

Judy Beckwith

The Neary family. Please accept our sincere condolences upon the passing of Mary, a wonderful mother, who contributed so much to her family and to her community.

Condolences to the family. Mary was a gem <3

Andrea, Stephanie, Monique, Pierre, and family,
We say a prayer in remembrance of a vibrant and energetic life. I always looked forward to visiting Fox Avenue as a child. It was lovely to visit with your Mom again last year. May you hold your memories forever.
David Reed and Family (California)

To my dear sweet sister Love Ya.

Stephanie & Neary Family:

I was very sad to read of “Mary Neary’s” passing. She was such an awesome lady.
Hold on to the wonderful memories.
I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincere sympathy & love,

Pierre , Monique , Stephanie , Andrea and family we were saddened to hear of Mary’s passing . She was a great neighbor to us for many years . Thinking of you at this sad time .
Ellen and Don Coady

Stephanie, Aubrey and family,we are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.Her time at community care made a big difference to her patients. She loved her career, and touched many people. Sincere sympathy Ann and David Gilbert

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to the Maher and Neary families.

Stephanie, Monique, Pierre, Andrea and families. I am so sorry your beautiful mother is no longer with you. The loving memories you have all shared will comfort you and never die. Mary was one of a kind – a beautiful person. May she rest in peace.

To Neary/ Maher Family

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the difficult time. We were students and graduated together at St.Clare’s in 1958.

Very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Cherish the memories, and may God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

We’re sorry for your loss Stephanie and Aubrey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rest in peace Mrs. Neary.

Andrea, Stephanie, Monique, Pierre and families,
My sincere condolences on the sad loss of your mother.
I hope you can find some comfort in loving memories.
God bless.

Stephanie and Aubrey, we were sorry to hear your mother has passes away. We are sure she appreciated all the care you gave her over the course of her illness and in the past few years.

Pierre and Cherylene,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Hope your many memories of her bring you comfort at this time and the days ahead.

Pierre & Cherylene and the Neary famlies, thinking of you during this difficult time.

Cherylene and Pierre
Sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. May she rest in peace

Stephanie so sorry to hear about your mom but also glad the suffering is over.