Obituary: Margaret Antoinette Westin, 1924-2014

Margaret Antoinette Westin (nee Webster), wife of the late Malcolm (Father Alban) Westin, passed away peacefully at the Turnbull Nursing Home in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, on Thursday evening, Oct. 9. 

Born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Kingston, Jamaica, she was the eldest child of Carl Rosebery Webster Sr. and Ruby Eliza Webster (nee Wood), both originally from Grand Cayman, and older sister to the late Carl Rosebery Jr. and Anna Katherine (Issa).  

She received her education from Wycombe Abbey, Buckinghamshire, England; St. Andrew High School, Kingston; and Charlotte Mason Teachers College, England.  

Margaret, a Presbyterian by birth and upbringing, became Anglican when she married Malcolm Westin at St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Half-Way-Tree, Jamaica on Nov. 15, 1952. They moved to Canada in 1955. They served in parishes in Ormstown and Terrebonne, Quebec; Stony Hill, Jamaica; McAdam, New Brunswick; Amherst, Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In 1995, Margaret and Malcolm were received into the Antiochian Orthodox Church. 

Margaret had resided in Saint John, New Brunswick, since June 2013. 

Margaret was actively involved in the life of the various parishes in which she and her husband served. She was a member of the ACW and served as president for a time while at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Charlottetown. She was also a member of the Binney Group, the Christian Education Committee, and an active participant in Bible Study groups, both as an Anglican and at Saint Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. 

Frequent visitors to the Cayman Islands, Margaret and Malcolm spent part of each of their retirement years from 1990, enjoying the sun, the sea, the flowers and the people. She loved to garden and to visit her many friends and relatives on island. She was concerned with the welfare of the community and served as a director of the Webster Foundation, a charitable arm of the Webster family that over the years supported local projects such as The Pines Retirement Home. 

Margaret was a faithful Christian and loving wife to Malcolm, dedicated mother of three boys: Donald (Kirsten), Peter (Loretta), and John Paul (Carolyn), 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and a loving aunt to eight nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered for her extraordinary memory for people and their birthdays, as a great correspondent, a woman with a playful sense of humor, an unquenchable sweet tooth, and a gracious hostess to all of her many visitors, family and friends over the years. She was predeceased by her husband Malcolm (2007), her brother Carl (2011) and her sister Anna K (2014). 

The Westin Family would like to thank the many people who have offered their love, prayers and condolences, and express appreciation and thanks to the dedicated administrators and staff of the Turnbull Home for their exceptional care over the past six months. 

Her funeral was held in Charlottetown, PEI, on Friday, Oct. 24, with interment in the St. Peter’s Cathedral Cemetery, where she joined her husband Malcolm. 

Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Mt 5:16). 

Margaret-Westin

Margaret Antoinette Westin

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