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Faith Rosemary Dignam
Celebration of Life

MacCoubrey Funeral Home
30 King St. E., Cobourg
Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 11:00 am

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Faith Rosemary Dignam

August 16, 1928 - July 18, 2022

Faith Rosemary Dignam, 93, of Grafton Ontario passed away on July 18th, 2022 at her caregiver's farm in Thomasburg. “Rosemary”, was the only child of Faith and Norman MacDonald and loving wife to Russell Dignam. She is survived by her two sons, David and Ian, and by three grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was known as Rosie to her friends and relatives, and as Puss by her husband Russ, due to her ability to attract and adopt all stray cats within a five mile radius of wherever she lived. When still in her youth, she was a competitive diver, swimmer and figure skater and continued to judge figure skating in Canada and Europe into her old age. She had her own radio show while living in Lindsay. She filled her time drawing, traveling, creatively cooking and spending summers at her cottage in Georgian Bay, entertaining her many relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed by her immediate and extended families. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Rosemary’s life on Wednesday September 7th at 11 am. at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St., E., Cobourg. The service will be live streamed ( to watch service please go to, locate Rosemary’s notice and go to box under her photo to watch service.)

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Wendy Rolph - September 24, 2022

Just learnt of Aunt Puss’s passing and am sorry not to have known of her celebration of life. She was my mothers best friend and her mother (Faith) a grandmother to me. To many memories to even begin … thoughts to you David and Ian

Valerie Calver (Coyle) - September 22, 2022

I am sorry to learn of Rosemary’s passing. Rosemary judged many skaters from the Cobourg area and gave of her time selflessly. Valerie

Ivana Ioannoni - September 19, 2022

My condolences to David and Ian. I always enjoyed our talks on the telephone, although we never met in person, I always felt I have. She always spoke about her grandkids with pride. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ivana Ioannoni Ottawa

Gail Harrington - September 19, 2022

Sorry to hear about Rosemary. I am Hugh MacDonald's daughter. My Mom just passed last Wednesday. I was trying to find out about your Mom when her obit turned up on the internet. Another generation gone. So sorry to hear about Rosemary. If you're interested, Mom's obit is on Thorne funeral Home, Cannington, On. Best regards Gail

Jane Kelly - September 6, 2022

My condolences to both Ian, David and their families. Rosemary was committed to her community - sharing her love and knowledge of history, gardening and art. It was an honour to know her and I am sorry to miss her service tomorrow. Sincerely, Jane

John D. Kerr - September 3, 2022

Dear David & Ian, Please accept my sincere condolences. Rosemary was always a delight to work with and I enjoyed my many visits including the trip to the cottage. It was a privilege to be your parents financial advisor & friend for so many years. John Kerr -Ottawa

Jennifer Darrell - September 2, 2022

As Bernadette says, Rosemary could be the life of the party. (I attended one of her "Oscars nights" too but I was not imaginative enough to be in costume!) She was a great hostess, a good cook and a wonderful gardener and fun to be with. As I quite often drove past her Grafton home more recently I wondered how she was. I am sorry she has left us. I knew she had been a skater and judge but had no idea her life included so many other activities. Not sure if I can attend her C of L but extend my deep sympathies to all of her family.

Bernadette Murray & Michael Stephenson - August 30, 2022

Rosemary was the life of the party! I remember her annual Oscar Night celebration to which guests came in costume based on that year’s contenders. (One year I came as a fairy from “Lord of the Rings!”) Rosemary brought out the merry in everybody. So talented and generous and always to be remembered for her response to the beauty of this world. You set the stage Rosemary, now play on!

Lorraine Harnden - August 29, 2022

We are very fortunate to get to know Rosemary over the past 20 years. She was a frequent client of our salon City Streaks. We loved her gentle mannerisms, and her interesting stories. I will always think of her when I drive by their blue home.