Sunday, 14 December 2008

30 - Mrs. K

Mrs. K died yesterday at the Providence Centre in Toronto. She was 87.

Margaret Kmiciewicz wouldn't mind the abbreviation of her name. The Toronto Sun Day One switchboard operator - along with Jean Osborne - was always Mrs. K to us.

And she was Mrs. K to fellow Toronto Telegram employees before its demise in 1971.

Her switchboard skills in reaching just about anybody on the telephone for a breaking story were legendary.

As her obituary says: "Her life was dominated in equal measure by dedication to family and to her beloved newspapers - the Toronto Telegram and later as one of the old "originals" (at) the Toronto Sun."

Mrs. K was married for 54 years to Wladslaw Kmiciewicz, now deceased. She was a mother to Michael, mother-in-law to Barbara, grandmother of Julie Anne (Damian) and Erin Alexandra (Andrew) and great-grandmother of Conor, Kate, Maggie and Honor.

Says the obit: She will be missed by all for her charm, tact and integrity.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Butler Chapel", 4933 Dundas Street W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mass of Remembrance at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor Street West, Toronto, on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Mississauga.

Her family says in lieu of flowers, any donation to Providence Healthcare Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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1 comment:

  1. Peace with you Mrs. Kmiciewicz,

    Kind Regards

    Mateusz Kmiciewicz