Mary Patricia (Patty) Eustace (married name Macaulay) was born September 27, 1928; she died August 17, 2016, in North Hatley, Quebec, with her daughter Mary Susan by her side. She is also survived by her son Robert Edward (Dominique Séguin), grandchildren Émilie and Nicolas, and her cherished brother, Edward. A devoted mother and grandmother, Patty was proud of her children and even more so of her grandchildren whom she adored. It’s a comfort to know that Patty has gone home to be with her mother Mary Margaret Kell Eustace, her father Edward Stephen Eustace, and her sisters Jean and Leona, all of whom she loved dearly.
Patty was a highly respected realtor who specialized in property on Lake Memphremagog and environs for thirty-five years. She was an avid skier and golfer; she taught the former for several years at Mount Orford, and was a longtime member of the Hermitage Club, where she was twice the Ladies’ Golf Captain.
Beyond being a great mother as well as a successful business and sportswoman, Patty was active in the local community, particularly with respect to environmental issues. She was involved in fundraising for La Providence hospital among a wide variety of other activities. She passionately embraced causes she believed in, and was a formidable advocate. Generally, you didn’t want to mess with her. The epitome of a “people person,” Patty loved to sing and dance and was the life of most parties she attended, including the dozens she hosted at Ives House, her heritage home on the Georgeville Road. She was beloved by many and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and a loyal clientele comprising both regular and famous folk . She collected antiques, relished planting and harvesting her vegetable garden, and enjoyed swimming in the lake. She was beautiful, stylish and fun. She also baked a mean blueberry muffin.
Living with Alzheimer’s disease did not diminish Patty’s fierce spirit. She was a force to be reckoned with, and she maintained her “let’s get going” attitude and natural ability to connect with others in meaningful ways despite her dementia. She made the most of her circumstances, whatever they happened to be, and inspired others with her courage and determination. Supported by those who cared deeply for her, she lived a full, vibrant, engaged and rich life until the day before her last breath.
Patty made a difference in this world, and impacted the lives of countless people. She will be missed by those who love her. If you feel inclined to honour Patty with a financial contribution of some kind, please give to the Alzheimer’s Society (Canada), Alzheimer’s Association (USA), Alzheimer’s Society (UK) in her name and mine rather than to a private foundation. Thank you.
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