OBITUARY: Gertie Edwards GROGAN

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Gertie Edwards Grogan died at Saint Brigid’s Home on February 24, 2019. Gertie was a founding member and long­time president of Saint Brigid’s Guild, an exceptional friend and caregiver, a CWL member and winner of the Moe and Regina Rosenhek Award for outstanding volunteer service. For fifty years she was a key member of the W.B. Edwards Photography business on St. John Street until it closed in 1992. Over the years she had worked alongside her brothers Walter and Austin and her twin Maurice, following the death of their father in 1944. To many, she was the face of the studio, taking passport pictures and portraits and managing the store. Customers loved to come into the studio to chat and pass time with Gertie.

She was predeceased by her parents W.B. Edwards and Ella Feeny, her husband Bill Grogan and her more recent partner Blair Kack; by her brothers and her sisters-in-law Walter (Gertrude Lefebvre), Austin (Frances Martin) and Maurice (Monique Fontaine). She leaves to mourn: her thirteen adoring nephews and nieces Linda, Carol and Marian, Susan, Robert, Bruce, Lucy, Brian, Martin, Brenda, Frank, John and Vincent, their spouses, her grandnephews and nieces, her stepson Brian Grogan and his sons Laurie and Sean; her special friend Hilary Buggie and her many other friends within the Sisters of Charity, the Guild, Saint Brigid’s Home and St. Patrick’s Parish and the community in general.

Gertie was very grateful to the staff at Saint Brigid’s for the care she received there in the last two years, and more so for their friendship and love on the third floor.

A funeral mass will take place at St. Patrick’s Church on Avenue de Salaberry on Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. Family and friends will receive condolences at the church from 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Brigid’s Home Foundation, 2000-1270 ch. Sainte-Foy, Québec G1S 2M4.

A life well lived indeed! The Tuppert family will remember Gertie with much love and fondness. Condolences to all the Edwards.