Born June 8, 1930, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 just shy of her 89th birthday. Beloved wife of the late Leo Way. Loving mother of Richard (Maggie), Gloria Day (Simon), and Leisa Way (David Nairn), and grandmother of Rebecca Cherwonak (Jody), Barbara Anselmo (Nelson), Jake Day (Chantel), John Way (Catherine Hilliard), Eric Way, and Scott Way, and great-grandmother of five. Sister to Gloria Rowlandson, and predeceased by sisters Lavina Perrin, Jean Hamilton, Eveline Duffy, brothers Gordon, Lawrence, Wilmer & Jim Jamieson, and parents William Jamieson and Mary MacDonald. Eilleen was born in Callander, Ontario, into a large family of nine. Her Dad played the fiddle and his love of music was instilled in his children, who all played instruments. Eilleen in particular loved to step dance. She met the love of her life, Leo, at a square dance. He was the caller and always joked that he ‘called to her heart’. They married in 1948 and their children were born in Kitchener, where Eilleen worked for almost 20 years at the Hi-Way Market. They moved to Sault Ste. Marie briefly before settling in Copper Cliff (near Sudbury). Eilleen worked at the Pinto Store, where everyone in town knew and loved her for her bright smile and sunny personality. Over the years, Leo and Eilleen were valued Foster Parents, welcoming many children into their home, and changing so many lives with their unconditional love. When Leo passed, Eilleen moved to Grand Bend to be closer to her family, her greatest love. She showed that love by feeding everyone. Her famous cinnamon buns will be missed, along with Grandpa’s favourite ‘appropriate’ date-filled cookies. Heartfelt thanks to the medical team at South Huron Hospital in Exeter, Ontario for their incredible care and kindness.
Donations can be made to: South Huron Hospital Foundation (attn: Kimberley 519-235-2700) to purchase needed equipment in Eilleen’s memory.
A celebration of her beautiful life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Zurich.