Margaret Maude Walsh

June 17, 1936 to February 18, 2020


Our family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Margaret, dearly beloved wife and mother.  On Tuesday morning, February 18th, in the presence of her loving family, Margaret Maude Walsh (nee Wickham), age 83 years, passed peacefully away at the Leonard A. Miller Centre.

Margaret was first and foremost a loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife.  She would sing the praises of her children to all who would listen – they were her greatest achievement.  Although she had a large family, Margaret’s table was always open to one more and she welcomed anyone to join at anytime.  Her sociable, loving and sweet demeanor and her great sense of humour resulted in a vast number of friends of all ages who considered her a motherly figure, a sister, a friend, and a confidante, not to mention a magnificent card player.

Margaret loved family traditions and became famous for her old fashioned Newfoundland fudge at Christmas time.  She believed in celebrating every milestone big or small, whether a birthday or a distinguished award.  She had a lovely way of making those around her feel unique and special.  She was a beautiful person who accepted everyone for who they were.

In the family-owned business, Excel Pharmacy in Churchill Square, Margaret was the smiling face customers first encountered when they walked through the door.  Her sweet disposition and charm made a huge impact.  It was she who won over customers day after day.

Music was a great part of Margaret’s life too.  She loved Newfoundland and Irish music and could be seen at many local performances.

One of her daily rituals was to feed the birds that gathered in her back garden. Margaret loved birds and now has wings of her own, closely watching over all those she loved so dearly.

Predeceased by her parents, Margaret and John Wickham and her brother, John.  Leaving behind to both mourn her passing and to celebrate her life are her loving husband of sixty four years, Basil; her children, Beverly Tucker (Kyle), Brenda Bursey (Bob), Margaret Walsh (John), Basil Brian Walsh, Barbara Chalker (Chris), Bernice Batten (Tony), and Robyn Knott (Tom); sixteen grandchildren, Krista, Adele, Victoria, Scott, Christopher, Stevie, Maggie, Ben, Nikki, Elizabeth, Ryan, James, Alexandria, Sam, Jacob, and Angela, and their partners and spouses; five great grandchildren, Edward, Emily, Hayden, Max, and Madilyn; her siblings, Leonard (Peggy), Mary, Carol Ann, Eileen, Frances (David), Lorraine (Gordon), Louise (Spencer), and Kevin; brothers-in-law, Des and Victor Walsh.  Also many beloved nieces and nephews and a large circle of special friends.

Thanks to the staff at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the Palliative Care Unit, Leonard A. Miller Centre.  A very special thank you to Dr. Tara Tucker, Ottawa, for her kind support and advice. To all of you, your kindness and care was very much appreciated and made an impact on all of us.

The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home at 329 Freshwater Road on February 20th from 7 pm to 9 pm, and February 21st from 11 am to 2 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm.  Service will be held from The Carnell Memorial Chapel on Saturday, February 22nd at 10 am. Cremation will follow the service. Internment will take place at a later date.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in her memory can be made to Dollar-A-Day Foundation or Daffodil Place.



7-9 p.m. on February 20, 2020

11-2 p.m. on February 21, 2020

7-9 p.m. on February 21, 2020

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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10:00am, Saturday February 22nd

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My heart goes out to my family over the loss of my amazing Aunt Margie. She will be dearly missed by so many, as she was very much adored. She was a very special aunt to me. Every time I saw her, she had a big bright smile and the kindest words to say. She always went out of her way to make me feel special. I have so many fond memories of her from my childhood, and adulthood that if I tried to write them all it would take me hours and hours (I have thought of many of those memories this past week). As a child, I loved visiting Excel Pharmacy, and as a teenager I enjoyed working there. It was so nice to be in the presence of my wonderful aunt whenever I had the chance. The day my first child was born I clearly remember her coming into my hospital room, taking him in her arms and showing me how to hold him properly. She made it look so easy. Throughout my life, I saw the kindness my Aunt Margie bestowed on everyone around her, and her sweet, gentle, loving ways taught me lessons about life and the importance of being kind to others. I could say so much more. It was very difficult to be away from home this past week. I wish I could have been with my family during this difficult time. My thoughts are with my entire family including my mom, my aunts, my uncles (especially my Uncle Bas), all of my cousins (and second and even third cousins) and everyone else who loved my Aunt Margie. I am thinking of you all.

Bev, my dear friend, Basil and families: my heart is so torn to hear of the loss of your precious mom, wife and grandmother. Last time I saw her smiling face was at St. Clares. We were so happy to see eachother and she was to be going home in a day or two. She was a beautiful lady and always so upbeat and kind. After just losing my precious son on January 10th, I understand too well your pain and loss. Time is our best friend right now but it is still so very difficult to accept the loss of your loved one. May you be guided by knowing that she now has her wings and flying with the angels along with my Ryan. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you, Bev, and your families. God bless you, Basil, as you mourn.

To the Wickham family I am so sorry for your loss. I apoligize for not attending as I only just read it here this morning. Take care and stay close to each other. Fly with the angels Margie.

Dear Barb and family,
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, she was a lovely person always smiling. I have a lot of fond memories of your mom when you and I were growing up together Barb and the Walsh house felt llike a second home.
I know you will all miss her dearly but take comfort in the beautiful memories you all have with her. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending our love.
Brenda, Paul, Bryan Tompkins

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Another bright star in the night sky.

God speed.

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Basil, the Walsh Family, the Wickham Family and to their extended families and friends.
I felt a soft gentle breeze and heard a voice saying that a great lady had just received her wings. That ladies name was Margaret. Remember the good times. When we were in our mid teens, I felt that she & Basil were like older siblings to me. I felt so comfortable talking to them that I could tell them almost anything.
I’ll be thinking of her & you all.
God bless
Sincerely, Nelson Brace

Basil and Family,
Thinking about you on this sad occasion. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincere condolences,
Elaine Yetman

Basil and family,
Sorry to hear of Margs passing, we have fond memories of many socials at the Trades Collage at Prince Philip Drive Sorry we can`t be with you.Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. May God bless you.

Basil and family,
Sorry to hear of Margs passing, we have fond memories of many socials at the Trades Collage at Prince Philip Drive Sorry we can`t be with you.Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. May God bless you.
Allan and Millie Piercey

Brenda and family
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and all the family.

Bernice , Tony and Family
Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I always remembered her smile. Treasure your memories. Thinking of you all take care
Sherry Cole ( Dawe)

Basil, Brenda and Family,

So sorry to hear your beloved wife and mother’s passing, as I read about the smiling face upon entering the pharmacy, I remembered how much my Mom appreciated her loving friendship and chats upon her visits. I experienced the warmth of your family as well from Basil to Brenda to Mrs Walsh, God Bless, love and prayers

Joe Conway, Alberta

Hi Burnice
So sad to hear of your Mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. We’ll Talk soon

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts
and condolences are with you at this time.

To The Walsh Family,
Some of the saddest moments in life are when the person who has given you the “best “ memories becomes a memory.
May your memories become treasures that will live on in your hearts forever.
We are thinking of you,
Jacquie and Karl

As many as 20 teenagers listening to music (Band On The Run 1973) on Walsh’s steps on Mayor Avenue. No problem for Mrs. Walsh. Great memories and a wonderful person who made everyone welcome. Florida

Dear Walsh Family,
I cannot express enough how wonderful and loving your Mom was to our family. She was part of our family too. A special and dear friend to our Mom which always brought comfort to me. Her always pleasant and loving demeanor made us all feel loved. I will miss her for sure and will be reminded of her sweet nature whenever I’m around her children. Sending you all our love,
Beth (Chalker) & Majid Shadmand

Dear Brenda, Bob and Family,
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Such a beautiful tribute to your mom; may the many wonderful memories you have give you strength. Our deepest condolences.

Basil and Family
So very sorry to hear of Marg’s passing. I am in Quebec right now and unable to drop by,.M y heartfelt condolence to you and your family at this difficult time.,she is a beautiful and gentle soul that touched the lives of all who knew her.. Had many a great game of cards with her over the years At the house and at the cabin Lots of precious memories.And I am sure you all have awesome ,precious memories to help you through this .God Bless.

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful woman. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

Robyn, Bernice and family

So very sorry to hear of your great loss. Be sure to cherish all the wonderful memories at this most difficult time..

Mr. Walsh, Brenda & all the family,
Sincere condolences to all of the family. We remember Mary fondly from the Excel days.
Tim & Dianne Anderson

Margie , Stevie and all the Walsh family.
Sincere condolences to all of you at this difficult time .
I’m sure you will all have lasting , precious memories of her .
Take care of one another.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you .God Bless.

Brenda and family
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Another guiding light has faded , but her glow will always shine in her family and friends.
Best Regards
Jerry and Lorraine

To the Walsh family .sorry to read of Mary’s passing .such a nice person .got to know her a long time ago when I worked with a wholesale company selling confectionary .looked forward to dropping by Excel pharmacy each week to deal with marg .may she rest in peace .hold onto all the good memories .

Bernice – We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deepest sympathy to the family.

Dear Basil and family,

So sorry to hear of Marg’s passing. We remember her as a sweet and loving lady who had a beautiful smile who greeted everyone with a kind word and friendly manner. Marg was the heart of your home. I know that she will be dearly missed by everyone whom her life touched. It is our hope that the memories you shared together will help you through this difficult time.

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Don and Helen Heale

Brenda, we are sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. We are away and are unable to drop by to express our condolences in person. Please pass on our message to your family and we will see you on our return.
Wayne Bruce and Mahlodi Tau.

Brenda and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our love to you all.
Lori and Adam

Brenda and family, My condolences to all of you. Your mom was always so kind to me during all the time I spent at your home when we were growing up. Mrs. Walsh was always such a happy lady. I know you have wonderful memories of your mom.

Heather & Frank

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Margaret, I know she was well loved and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

My condolences to all of you. You r Mother was a lovely lady who welcomed me into her home when I was in nursing school with Robyn. Thinking of you all. Michele (Raymond) Haire.

I have many precious memories. Certainly one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known.

My love and thoughts to all of you.

Jeanette (Chalker)

Brenda, Bob and family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. We are thinking of you.
Cindy & Bill

Condolences to family and friends of Mrs. Walsh–I have known the Walsh family for a great number of years.-,and done business at their Pharmacy. They were a lovely couple-Our prayers and thoughts are with you. GOD Bless. Jim/wife Nelia Campbell St. john’s NFLD.

Basil & Family
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your wife.
Paul Facey

Walsh family, Thinking of you at this sad time. Sorry I am not there to pass along my condolences in person. Hold on to each other and the many great memories you have to get you through this difficult time.

Walsh family, sincere sympathy on the passing of Margaret. I will always remember her radiant smile and the friendly chats we had at Excel Pharmacy. Those were the good old days. Marg’s gentle soul is now at peace.

Brenda, Margie, Bernice and the Walsh family. Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We are thinking about you at this sad time and unable to convey our condolences in person, as we are away.. May you take comfort in your memories of her in happier times.

Frances and family, we send warm condolences to all the family.

Margie and the Walsh family sorry for the lost of your Mom. May the memories. you shared stay close to your heart and help you during this this time of sorry. Margie I never had the privileged of meeting your Mom but I doubt a very special person because meeting you , your qualities ,your morals and the dedication you have for your children tells me that you must be following your Moms .footsteps Losing a love ones is a part of living and is never easy. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

It sounds like she was a beautiful lady, sorry for your loss

We are very sorry to hear of Margaret’s death. She was a loving, caring and compassionate woman whose love for family, friends, and Newfoundland still shines.

I am so sorry to the hear about the passing of Mrs. Walsh. Growing up I remember her as the sweet lady with the warm smile.. Her home was always full of love and life. A place I always felt welcomed. with lots of children and laughter. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Sincere condolences to all the family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed.

So sad to hear of Margs passing. She was my mother’s best friend and one of the best persons I have known. She was always kind to me and I will miss her.
John and Cindy Walsh

Louise, Lorraine and the Walsh family we are so sorry to hear about the passing of a beautiful sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt and friend to many. Her obituary said it all. We have wonderful memories of celebrations with Margie over the years and we will cherish them always. Rest in Peace .

My condolences to all of Margs family.She will be missed by a lot of people.I played cards with Marg & she had the best hummer,win or loose she always a smile on her face.Rest in peace Marg.

Bas and family. Please accept my deepest condolences. Marg was a special lady, for sure. I always enjoyed chatting with her whenever we met. Please take comfort in knowing that others are thinking about you at this difficult time.

So so sorry to hear of your moms passing , she was an amazing lady. Tressure your memories u have with her!

Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Mr.Walsh, Brenda and families. I will never forget the kindness and generosity of your beautiful mom and dad at the little drugstore in Churchill Square. I am sure we connected the first day we walked in there. Your mom always had a smile and a little chat just to see how you were. Myself and Walter always enjoyed seeing them.. Your mom I am sure is smiling down and singing with the Angel’s. Deepest condolences.

To the Walsh family,

So sorry to hear of your Mom.’s passing.
I know she was so proud of each and every one of you.
She was the consummate mother…and at times, to me as well.
Take solace in knowing she’s in a better place and in God’s care.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Barry Roche

Dear Margie your Dad and family . Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting your Mom on two occasions and I knew at first sight she was a special person loved and adored by her family. To your Dad her picture is beautiful . You can see her Love shine and their beautiful connection they shared a lifetime . She will be forever in his heart. Sending our thoughts and prayers at this sad time . Hugs Cletus and Helen

Dearest Robyn, Tom & Family, and your Wonderful Extended Family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Although we did not have the pleasure of knowing your mom, I am certain we saw her in your own sweet, smart, funny and loving nature. Through your grief, I hope memories of your mom bring you pockets of joy and peace. Much love to you.

Bernice and family, may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.

Our deepest condolences to the family our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lenny , Robyn and Leonard

To my dear cousins, Bev, Brenda, Muggy, Barbara, Bernice, Robyn and Basil and my Uncle Basil, so sorry for the loss of your Mom and life partner. Aunt Marg was the most pleasant and loveable lady that I had the pleasure of knowing.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and I would like to think that Aunt Marg and my Mom are reunited once again! Rest in peace Aunt Marg! I will miss you so much!

Carol and family. I am so sorry for your loss of sister and mother. My condolences to you all. Hugs Carol.

Brenda, and family, please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your Mom….thinking of you all at this time.