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Olive ‘Rose’ Irvine (nee Burdeyney)
June 7, 1919 to May 16, 2019
The family of Rose Irvine are sad to announce her death, just shy of her 100th birthday, at the South Centennial Manor, Iroquois Falls, on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Mother of Wayne (Nancy) of Cochrane, the late Ritchie (Susan), Lorna (Joe) Mavec of Timmins, the late Veralee (Joe) Overwater, Terry (Denise) of Iroquois Falls, and Kelly (Debbie) of Porquis Junction.
Grandmother of Brent, Shelley, Parker, Buffy, Josh, Amy, Erin, Kyle and Ashley.
Great-grandmother of Camryn, Alexander, Sophia, Matteo, Damien, Brayden, Henry, Charles, Lux, Leo, Baby Ollie (Olive - in July 2019), Brooklyn, Zoey and Daniel.
She leaves many members of her extended family in the Irvine family, her sister Dolly Rumsam’s family, and her brother Clifford Burdeyney’s family.
Predeceased by her husband Oliver Stephen ‘Auley’ Irvine (1992), her son Ritchie (1997) and her daughter Veralee (2005).
Mom. Grandma. Granny. Rose was born just outside of Cobalt in the village of Silver Centre to Alexander Burdeyney from Kiev, Ukraine, and Olive Allen from the Ottawa Valley. This was in a time just after World War I, a different generation, a different era. Canada’s north was just opening up and her family moved north in search of work ending up in Iroquois Falls, where her father worked in the steam plant of the paper mill. During WW2 her father was temporarily suspended from the mill due to his ‘foreign accent’ so he resorted to producing moonshine somewhere along the Dam (Berlinghoff) Road, until he was re-instated in the mill returning to his work in the coal-fed steam plant.
As Rose grew up in northern Ontario in the 1920s and 1930s, it meant bringing the cow to the meadow on the way to school, working the counter at Mr. Styles’ grocery store on Main Street, and falling in love with Auley Irvine who she would marry in 1941 as yet another World War raged in Europe. As with many women during the War, Rose was left at home to raise her newborn son as Auley went overseas to Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Letters were sent; letters were received, but to prevent the other side from knowing troop movements, Rose often wondered with dread, if Auley was alright.
With Auley back from the War, they had five more children who they raised in the Synagogue Street home. Rose would eventually take on the Jus Jordan Arena cafeteria, where she looked after the community, serving drinks, treats and words of wisdom to generations who came up to her counter. Her sense of duty to the community continued through her help and guidance for the Moose Lodge, the United Church and the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary and most of all, being there for her children and their spouses, her grandchildren then each and every great-grandchild.
Always selfless, she would be seen quick-stepping to and from the grocery store on her own to get ingredients for the church lunch or Legion reception, or during a family gathering, head downstairs by herself to bring up an extra chair for one more person to gather round the table. Because she didn't want to disturb anyone by asking for help.
A Memorial Service will be held on what would have been her 100th birthday, at 11:00 am on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Trinity United Church, 156 Devonshire Avenue, Iroquois Falls, ON. Following the burial alongside her husband Auley there will be a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70, Iroquois Falls.
Donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary to help Rose’s friends to help others.
Funeral Arrangements in care of the Irvine & Irvine Funeral Home & Northern Crematorium, Iroquois Falls. For information: 705-232-4006