Retired Beachburg Beef Farmer Remained Resolute
in Dedication to Community
(Pembroke) Having access to critical local resources and health care are paramount when confronting devastating diagnoses. In helping ensure there is optimal health care services available close to home, Mary McGonegal has donated a portion of her estate to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation.
Mary McGonegal was invested in her home community. She knew first-hand the importance of pulling together for one another. Her husband Beatty died in a tragic tractor accident at the age of 48, leaving her to raise two teenagers.
From volunteering with St. Joseph’s Foodbank, a member of the CWL, and part of the Holy Name Choir, Mary was resolute in her dedication to the community. She supported and took an active role in the Memory Garden on Mary Street, supported two children overseas with vision Canada, and racked up 7,212km as a volunteer with Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service supporting individuals in a time of crisis.
“Mom’s passion for the community never wavered – she involved and invested herself, and continues to even now,” shared daughter Erin Mayne. “Before she passed, she was thrilled to learn that Pembroke was getting an MRI. Working and volunteering with many causes, it was obvious to her how much it would help patients and their families.”
The importance of local health care was always front and centre for Mary and her family. Both as a single mother of a child with a persistent medical condition that required frequent hospital trips, or during Mary’s two years of illness with Leukemia where she had to make frequent trips to Ottawa for treatment.
“The care Mom received at the Pembroke Regional Hospital amazed us,” continued Erin. “The medical team was wonderful. They were attentive and did everything they could for Mom during this terrible time.”
Mary McGonegal passed away on March 23rd, 2015. Mary and Beatty’s memory lives on through the investment of their estate in the community, with a portion being directed towards the Pembroke Regional Hospital.
“We are honoured by the consideration shown by Mary McGonegal,” said Nancy Warren, Executive Director of the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation. “Estate gifts create a legacy that helps improve critical health care access for today, tomorrow and future generations.”
To learn more on how your estate can help the 100,000 people the Pembroke Regional Hospital serves, or more information our Legacy of Giving program, call (613) 732-2811 ext. 7408 or email [email protected] today.