Norma Kearney

Norma Kearney

Thursday, September 8th, 1927 Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Norma Fay Kearney (Rosebrugh)

Norma Fay Kearney (nee Rosebrugh)
Norma passed away peacefully with family at her side at Amica Peel Village Retirement Home on October 22, 2020 at the age of 93.
Survived by her 6 children David Kearney (Karen Chiovitti), Susan Palmer (John Palmer), Paul Kearney, Diane Boyd (Chris Boyd), William Kearney (Karen Nayler) & Robert Kearney Jr. (Kerry Kearney). Also survived by her grandchildren Laura, Nolan, Jennifer (Anthony), Lisa, Sandee, Stephen (predeceased 2013), Kevin (Sydney), Alex, Cameron, Jessica & Adelle, as well as her great granddaughters Elizabeth & Kathleen. Norma will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Married for over 64 years to her loving husband Robert Francis Kearney (predeceased 2016).
Norma graduated with a B.A. from McMaster University and with a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Toronto. She worked as a Social Worker with the Welfare Department in Toronto, with Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Toronto and enjoyed a long career with the Peel Childrens’ Aid Society. Following her retirement from CAS in 1990, Norma began a private social work practice, initially in adoption disclosure, then in private adoption where she continued to do home studies and place children into loving homes until she was in her 80’s. She was a mentor to many young social workers, including her granddaughter, Lisa. Norma’s greatest love was her husband, Bob, and the family they raised together. Norma had many friends and social connections and gave willingly of her time to many community and volunteer organizations. Norma was intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate and was greatly respected by all who knew her. Norma and Bob travelled extensively in their retirement, visiting many places in Europe and the Caribbean, and visiting their family in BC. After over 50 years in the Co-op subdivision they helped to build in Wildfield, they moved to the Rosedale Village Community in Brampton. There, they formed many new friendships and lived there until after Bob’s passing. Norma moved into Amica Peel Village in February 2019 and enjoyed another new group of friends and activities. She will be sadly missed by the many people whose lives she touched. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Amica for their exceptional care of our mom for almost two years. We would also like to thank her family doctor of over 30 years, Dr. Leili Pede, for her compassionate and professional care and for treating mom like a family member.
Family will greet visitors at Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First Street, Orangeville on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Prayers, songs and memories to be shared at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 16066 The Gore Road, Caledon East on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Reception to follow at the Dods & McNair Reception Centre.
Norma will be interred at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wildfield at a later date.
Donations may be made to a Charity of your Choice or to one of Mom’s favourite charities, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Bethell Hospice or McMaster University. (Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Prayers and memories will be held at 7:00 pm (webcast available of this service on this site)
  • Service

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    St. John the Evangelist Parish, Caledon
    16066 Gore Rd.
    Caledon, Ontario
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    Friday, October 30th, 2020
    Father Bob Glynn
  • Reception

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On
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    Friday, October 30th, 2020
    12:30pm - 2:30pm


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Beautiful Celebration and Tribute to an amazing Woman, Wife, Mother, Aunt, Grandmother and friend. Forever in our hearts and we loved her very much. So glad that we now have another sweet Angel watching over all the families. xxoooo It was an honor to know her and be inspired by her the way she cared for her family and loved ones. A tremendous role model and I will try to be half the mother and grandmother she was. Love and Peace.
Comment | Posted at 08:05pm via Condolence

Maureen O'Dell

Norma has been a wonderful friend, mentor and colleague to me for over 40 years. I will love and miss her always and feel so grateful for so many happy memories. She was a model of kindness, wisdom, and generosity with an open mind and a somewhat wicked sense of humour when the occasion called for it. My condolences to Sue and all the Kearney family. She was a 'good one', as Bruce Stewart would say.
Comment | Posted at 06:45pm via Condolence

Michelle Kearney

You will be missed by myself and my family 👪 You were like a mom to me growing up Love you now and always ❤ Love Michelle and family
Comment | Posted at 03:32pm via Condolence

Lesley Commandant

We thought the world of your Mom. Mrs. K. was always very welcoming, warm and very kind. One of the rare souls who gave one her entire attention to whomever had the pleasure of speaking with her.
Sending you all our deepest condolences on your loss. Your Mom was one of a kind and incredibly special .
With our love, Lesley and Ian and families. xo
Comment | Posted at 10:41pm via Condolence

Mary Quinlan

Sincere condolences to the entire Kearney family. As a remaining member of the original "Co-op" of Wildfield, I cannot speak highly enough of the love and admiration that we all felt for Bob and Norma. They were indeed an exemplary couple, and our memories remain of golden days past in their good company.
Comment | Posted at 03:56pm via Condolence

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