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Arklow’s Almira 'Myra' Hall was happiest cooking a family roast, tending her garden or in her ‘comfie Florida condo’


The late Almira 'Myra' Hall. Born in Arklow.

The late Almira 'Myra' Hall. Born in Arklow.

The late Almira 'Myra' Hall. Born in Arklow.


Almira ‘Myra’ Hall (nee Nuzum) passed gracefully at home on Saturday, August 6, where she peacefully joined her husband and life companion of over 70 years Robert Thomas Albert Hall (deceased 2013).

She was a long time resident of Clarkson, Ontario, but was born in January 23, 1933 in Arklow, County Wicklow to Edward and Elizabeth (nee Mackey) Nuzum.

The youngest daughter in a family of 11 children, she grew up working in the family owned butcher shop in Arklow town before she immigrated to Canada.

She came to join future Robert in Canada in 1954 a couple of days before the arrival of hurricane Hazel. She was working as an au pair, then after marrying at home in Ireland in 1955, she starting working as a nanny for the Dr Vernons of Clarkson and their children.

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As her own boys grew older she held several jobs outside the home; inserter and home delivery driver for close to 40 years for both the Mississauga News and the Toronto Star. She was a personal caregiver to Mrs Miller and Mr Eliott, housekeeper to the Dr Williams family and volunteer at the Sheridan Villa Nursing Home and Sheridan United Church.

She was happiest when she was cooking up some sort of roast Sunday dinner feast for the family which always included a home baked sweet or her wonderful trifle. She loved her sweets and chocolate.

She loved to tend her gardens where she was known even at the age of 85 to be found removing and replacing patio pavers if the weeds got out of control. 

Myra and Robert loved to travel home to Ireland often to visit family. They went on Alaska cruises twice, Panama Canal cruise, tours of Hawaii, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

Her favourite trip that she always talked about was to China including a cruise on the Yantzee River that she took with her sister Abby. Her favourite place to be besides her home in Clarkson was her comfie condo on the shores of Lake Maitland in Maitland Florida.

She always had a puzzle on the go and was happy to sit quietly in her favourite chair in the sunlight, by her favourite window in the Florida condo, where she would do her intricate needlepoint.

She is mourned by her three adoring sons and their families. Robert and the late Pat Lynch, Richard and Debbie and John and Charlene.

Grandma will be sadly missed by her doting grandchildren Jennifer and Eric Moore, Jaimie Hall, Jayce and Ayden Sheehan, Johnathan and Stephanie Sawicki and Eric and Jailynn Niles.

She is deeply missed by her siblings Elizabeth(Lily) and the late Graham Foxall, Abigail(Abby) and the late John Kerr and Malcolm and the late Ella Nuzum, and by family friends Charles and Trudy Crowe and their family and birthday twin Marguerite McDonald.

She was predeceased by brothers Ned, Daniel and the late Sally, Thomas, Patrick and the late Maureen, Rudolph and the late Dolores, Oscar and by infant sister Hyacinth.

Her family extends special thanks to cousin and sometimes fourth son David Bradshaw for always being there to lend Myra a helping hand and keeping her abreast of the goings on at home in Ireland.

They also thank Pauli and the many Personal Support Workers of Home Care Assistance of Oakville for their wonderful care of Myra these last three months, most especially her caregiver Carla.

They would also like to thank her care team at Chartwell Lakeshore for trying their very best to get Myra on her feet again.

Myra was cremated and a memorial service and celebration of life will be held Friday September 16, 2022 11a.m. at Sheridan United Church, 2501 Truscott Drive, Mississauga. Luncheon to follow in the Church hall.

Private family internment to follow at later date. Service instructions entrusted to Turner and Porter, 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga.