E. Ann McKillop

Obituary of E. Ann McKillop

McKillop, E. Ann (nee Carmichael)

Peacefully at Extendicare Nursing Home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 E. Ann McKillop in her 87th year.  Loving wife for over 58 years of Ian McKillop.

Devoted mother of Christena McKillop (Michael Kehler) and Dougald McKillop (Susan).  Proud grandmother of Claire and Matthew Kehler, Duncan and Arden McKillop.  Predeceased by her parents; Winnifred Carmichael and Dr. L. Dougald Carmichael and sisters; Jane Moore, Martha Smithson, and Mary Eleanor Burleigh.

Wife, mother, grandmother, educator, heritage preservationist, cottager.  Passionately involved in heritage preservation for over 50 years, Ann was a founding member of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, London Branch.  She was keenly involved in the preservation and restoration of many significant London heritage buildings including the Labatt Building Ltd. Ridout Street Restoration at the Forks of the Thames River.  Ann’s dedication to heritage preservation was recognized formally by being named to the Mayor’s Honor List, receiving the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Award of Excellence as well as the Heritage London Foundation Award of Excellence.  As a testament to Ann’s ongoing legacy, she co-founded the Annual Geranium Heritage House Tour that is now in its 44th year.

Ann completed her teacher training at the Ontario College of Education in Toronto following an Undergraduate Degree from Assumption College, now, the University of Windsor, Ontario.  Ann then embarked on a long and fulfilling teaching career at Westminster Secondary School.  For many years Ann was the only female history teacher within the London Board of Education. Fondly remembered by her students, Ann took pride in their achievements throughout life. 

After retirement, as an avid reader and historian, Ann along with husband Ian, travelled extensively throughout Scotland tracing the family lineage and sampling single malt scotch, her favorite drink!

Ann was a devoted grandmother.  Extraordinarily proud of her grandchildren, taking pride and expressing interest in every activity and school paper they would write.  She will be remembered as a grandma who always made time to listen.  Family and friends were a key part of Ann’s life.  Many happy summers were spent with Ian, family and friends at the family cottage on the shores of Lake Huron near Bayfield, Ontario.  Ann’s love of dogs, since childhood, carried on throughout her life.  As a result, the family enjoyed the companionship of numerous dogs both at home and the cottage. 

Ann will be missed by all who knew her for her keen intellect, insight and sense of humor

Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street on Wednesday, May 17th from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. A Celebration of Ann’s life will be held on Thursday, May 18th, at 11am at The Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, 101 Windermere Rd, London.

Interment will take place at a later date in the Bayfield Cemetery, Bayfield, Ontario.  In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the E. Ann McKillop Heritage Fund at the London Community Foundation, 130 King Street, London, Ontario N6A 1C5, https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/london-community-foundation/