In memory of

Mary Macleod

January 15, 1934 -  September 27, 2016

Mary Macleod, 82, passed away peacefully at her residence in Toronto on September 27,2016. Loving Mumsy to Colin (predeceased), Gary and his wife Sharon, doting Granny to Jasmine and Sarina, and Aunt Mary to Neva, Jason and Dylan.

Born in Coatbridge Scotland January 15, 1934, Mary immigrated to Canada with her husband William (divorced 1978) and settled in the Yonge and Eglinton area of Toronto where she raised her two sons, Gary born 1958 and Colin 1961 to 1999.

Trained as a home economist and baker, she founded Mary Macleod's Shortbread in 1981, the first shortbread only bakery in Canada. Mary moved her bakery to the Riverside area at 639 Queen Street East, it's current location. Mary "officially" retired in 2010 but continued to bake and meet customers at her leisure. She passed the reigns to daughter in law Sharon. The bakery continues to thrive and expand, ensuring her legacy lives on.

Retirement allowed Mary time to devote to her many interests including cooking for family and staff, horticulture, travel, reading, and spending time with her babbies (granddaughters). She supported many charities and community events and had a special affection for her Urban Angel, St. Michael's Hospital and all their wonderful staff.

In the course of her years, Mary touched many lives with her kindness and thoughtfulness and her true love of her fellow man. She will be dearly missed.

Visitation in the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre- 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON. on Monday, October 3rd from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral in St. Paul's Basilica Parish- 83 Power Street on Tuesday, October 4th at 11am. Burial to Follow. Reception at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre after the burial.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mary's honour to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.


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jas grewal (family and friend)

Entered September 29, 2016 from Del Mar, CA, USA

You enriched my life with your welcoming smile, your kindness, your thoughtful gestures! We became close in 2009 when you broke your hip the same week as my mom and I looked after both of you at mom's house over six weeks while you both recovered. It was fun talking to you, cooking with you and it was my honour to care for you. Your feisty spirit, your clear expressions of thought and opinions and iron will were admired! Our teas together to catch up on the news whenever we met with your delicious original shortbread will stay with me forever!! Will miss seeing you Mary but you will always stay in my heart!!!!!

Sam Davis (Family friend)

Entered September 29, 2016 from Toronto

There are many people we encounter in our everyday lives, few that have an impact as much as Mary had . Amazing , incredible lady .

Donna Johnson (Employee & Friend)

Entered September 29, 2016 from Toronto, ON

My condolences to the family. You will be greatly missed! Rest In Peace!

Cathy & John Vankesteren (Friends)

Entered September 30, 2016 from Mississauga

Dear Gary, Sharon, Jasmine & Sarina
We were very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your Family for your loss. She was a lovely lady. You have a wonderful legacy and great memories to cherish.
Cathy & John

Denis and Wendy Kearns McGOWAN (friends)

Entered September 30, 2016 from Toronto

We have such a large void in our lives ...
Mary was indeed all things to all people.
Mary was a good and valued friend, a wise and wonderful counsellor - always ready to help and support.
We shall miss her tremendously.
Thankfully she has left us all a delicious and lasting legacy !!!


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