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Aline Gregory Wainwright (nee MacGregor)

Ad astra per aspera - Through adversity to the stars


" A woman's place is in the House ... the House of Commons!"  -- Aline Gregory

September 3,1930 - April 9, 2008
She Rocked Our Universe!

Obituary

WAINWRIGHT, Aline Gregory (nee MacGregor)
Born September 3, 1930 - Died April 9, 2008
Aline left us peacefully, at Hospice Niagara after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

Well remembered for her dedicated work as an active feminist, she was  a co-founder of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women  in Canada.  She was a member of Women for Political Action and in the  1972 federal election was a candidate in Rosedale Riding in Toronto.   In 1975 she played a prominent role in organizing the first World's  International Women's Year Conference held in Mexico City, and in 1977, was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.

Born in Toronto in 1930, Aline is predeceased by parents Alexander and Catherine MacGregor, by sister Catherine (Kitty) Mann, and by brothers  John and Howard MacGregor.  She is survived by husband John  Wainwright, by brother Robert (Bob) MacGregor of Toronto, by daughters Catherin (Cody) Gregory of Victoria, B.C. and Deanne (Dedee) Gregory of  Burnaby, B.C., by step-children John Wainwright of Edmonton, Deborah  Jarvis of Grimsby and Jane Wainwright of Grimsby, and by grandson  Garnet Clare of Whistler, B.C. 

She will be deeply missed by family  and friends.

There will be an open house to celebrate Aline's life on Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. with a commemoration at 2:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, 70 Westchester Ave., St. Catharines, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hospice Niagara would be gratefully appreciated.



Poems

Woman's Song by Gert Beadle


I want to go for broke.
I want to risk it all,
feel the day I'm in,
hear tomorrow call.

The kernel in the straw
is what I'm after,
I want to peel the orange
and crack the nut of laughter

I want the love in loving,
I want the salt in tears,
I want the sweat in striving,
I want no wasted years

I want to walk beside you,
matching you, stride for stride.
I want to be separate, together,
not half of a dream that died.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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