Alice Grenier (née McCourt)
1921 - 2020
Peacefully at the age of 99 at CHSLD Montarville in St. Bruno after many years of decline during which vascular dementia gradually stole her from us. Devoted wife to the late Ernest Grenier, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born in Glasgow, Scotland to Felix McCourt and Hannah Cunningham, she was the youngest and last remaining sibling of 7 (Hannah, James, Margaret, Felix, Jean and Cathy). She met her Canadian husband during WWII and was married in September of 1942. When Mum arrived in Canada as a War Bride in 1946 she already had two children. She courageously made the journey and adopted Canada as her new home, settling in Montreal where she was welcomed by the Grenier family. She soon learned French and, although she embraced her new life, Mom never stopped being a Scottish lass and was often heard to say – “that’s not how we do it in Scotland”!
She left her mark on her beloved family – son Brian, daughters, the late Maureen (Michael Farnan) and Kathleen (Bill Balfour); grandchildren Samantha (Dan Gallagher), Christine (Mike McInnis), Rory Farnan (Tanya), Melinda (Mike Flemming) the late Cara Farnan, and Kevin Farnan (Meredith); great-grandchildren Kaydyn Farnan, Farrell and Finn Gallagher, Benjamin McInnis, Zoe and Samuel Flemming and Michael and Alexander Farnan. Among her many nieces and nephews Carol Boyle and Moira MacRae were always a presence in her life. We will miss her but feel privileged to have had her with us for so long.
Alice was a feisty lady who had a very strong work ethic and was a loyal friend to many. In the early years she worked for Paul’s dry cleaning service and Bell Canada as an Information Operator. Later on, until retirement, she worked as a cashier for Steinberg’s on Greene Ave. in Westmount. She loved people and they loved her back. She was a voracious reader who also loved crossword puzzles. When she and Ernest retired to their log cabin at Blue Lake she became involved in the community and, among many other activities, she helped establish the Golden Age club of Lost River. She had many friends who remained dear to her throughout her life. She faced many challenges and sadness but somehow held on to her positive attitude and was able to enjoy life and the gift of all her loved ones.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff at CHSLD Montarville – un gros merci! There will be no funeral service as per her request and cremation has taken place. Arrangements are with Urgel Bourgie Athos. A celebration of her life will be held at some later date when we may once again congregate.