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Gabrielle "Gay" Andrée Stratford (née Talbot)
Visitation

MacCoubrey Funeral Home
30 King St. E., Cobourg

Friday November 25th from
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Mary's Church Grafton
103 Lyle St. S., Grafton ON K0K 2G0,

Saturday November 26th at
11:00am

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Gabrielle "Gay" Andrée Stratford (née Talbot)

June 17, 1931 - November 21, 2022

Mum passed away at home suddenly and serenely in the afternoon of Monday November 21, 2022 at 91 years old. She was not ill and did not suffer.
She was born in 1931 in what is now Pakistan, then spent her formative years in China including four years in the Weihsien internment camp before returning to England where she trained and worked as a midwife. She met Dad at a Canadian Air Force base in France in 1958. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married the same year. Mum and Dad moved to Canada and welcomed six boys. She lived almost 50 wonderful and peaceful years at Stillbrook, the family home, most of it in the garden.
Mum was devoted to her huge, adoring family: her husband of 63 years, Graham; her brother Peter (Jean); her sister Christine (Richard); sons Rick (Sylvia); Philip (Qian); Graham Jr. (Sylvie); Michael (Ruth); Andrew (Heather); and Will (Suzanne). Mum’s deep love for her 16 grandchildren can be seen in the many letters and books she wrote for them.
Her next greatest love was music. She played the piano her entire life and was the organist and music director at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the past 45 years.
Mum was rooted in her faith and attended Mass daily. There was no issue too great that couldn’t be solved by a prayer to the appropriate saint. She enjoyed her ecumenical Bible study group that ran for almost forty years.
Mum had a lasting impact on a huge number of people through her life of service to others. She was a friend, volunteer, and confidante, counseling with wisdom from her many years of listening and contemplation.
Donations can be made to the Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre or your favourite charity.

Message Of Condolence

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MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE / DONATIONS

Jackie Innis - November 27, 2022

My sincere condolences to Graham and the family she was an exceptional lady May she Rest in Peace l

Sue La Berge - November 27, 2022

Dear Family I am sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was a gracious woman and we enjoyed her music at church. May your loving memories during this difficult time sustain you. Peace be with you. Sue and Joe La Berge.

Marg Godawa - November 27, 2022

Gaye was a mainstay at St. Mary’s in Grafton, beautiful musician and wonderful person.We will miss her so much and she will never be forgotten.I will give a donation to ED’s house in her name.

Joan Chalovich - November 27, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Karen Chalovich - November 27, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Wayne and Pam Gilroy - November 27, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Eleanor Bibeau - November 27, 2022

Graham and family, I’m truly sorry to hear of the passing of Gay. I was fortunate to be in one of her bible study classes years ago. She was a most remarkable woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Brett Norris - November 27, 2022

Dear Stratford Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of spending time at your house while growing up. Your mother was always so kind and welcoming — even when I’d when I’d stayed too long! I know how much she loved and cared for you all. Condolences, Brett Norris

Lynn Bibeau Poirier - November 27, 2022

Sincerest condolences to the entire Stratford family. Gay was indeed a remarkable woman whose full life positively impacted so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she now receive much deserved rest amongst the angels.

george m condie - November 27, 2022

To the entire Stratford family my deepest condolences , there will be one very special bright shining star in the heavens now , she will shine on you for all your lives .

Leopold Pander - November 27, 2022

Forwarded by http://www.weihsien-paintings.org Best regards, Leopold Dear Graham, … just received your sad message. All our condolences for the passing of Gay … We still remember the nice afternoon we had when you came to Brussels a few years ago. We were still young and fit. Best regards, Nicky and Leopold, Janette and Pierre

Danielle Kennedy - November 26, 2022

Dr Stratford (Sr.), My thoughts & prayers, are with you, and your dear family during this very sad time. May your faith, friends & family give you strength I had the pleasure of running into Gay a few yrs ago, when we were both getting our hair cut. She was a lovely, lady. With deepest sympathy Nellie Shaver

Marsha Jones - November 26, 2022

Mrs. Stratford will be missed by all in Grafton who were lucky enough to enjoy visits with her as she walked throughout the village. She was always interested to hear updates of the folks she met and shared some delightful stories. I know that cherished memories will help you through this difficult time.

Jane and John Kelly - November 26, 2022

Dear Graham and Family, Our sincere condolences. Gay was such a gentle and considerate person who contributed to the our community with grace and kindness. She will be missed in so many ways. Jane and John

Jane and john Kelly - November 26, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

JOHN WONG - November 26, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Pauline Vandermeer - November 26, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Betty Ann (Heffernan) & Gerard Logel - November 26, 2022

Dr. Stratford and Family, Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Gay touched so many lives in so many ways. I had the privilege of getting to know Gay when I taught at St. Mary School. She was a talented musician and our paths crossed many times working with the School Choir. Her ability, quiet confidence, caring and gentle way instilled confidence in whomever she interacted with musically and otherwise. As a young teacher, I was truly grateful for this. Gay was a talented writer. I added her songs to my repertoire and taught “Go Forth” to many Choirs within our school board, spreading God’s message through Gay’s music. Thank you to Gay and her Family for her time and dedication as the choir leader and organist for so many years. May your treasured memories of Gay bring you comfort and healing at this time. Gay has ‘gone forth’ to her well deserved rest and place with God.

Betty - November 26, 2022

Rest in peace. I thank God to have been able to cross your path. You are an extroadinary person ! Warm prayers from Réunion Island. Betty and the Paquiry Family

Dave Wilkinson - November 26, 2022

Will, Suzanne and Family: Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. She was a very special lady. Tanya and Dave

Don Mikel - November 26, 2022

So sorry to hear of Gay's passing, she was a wonderful lady.

Dave and Shirley Hare - November 26, 2022

Graham and family. I’m so sorry of Gay’s passing. I will miss her on my weekly visits. Please accept my condolences. Shirley.

Mary Sawyer - November 26, 2022

Dr. Stratford and family, we send our deepest sympathy at the passing of Mrs. Stratford. We did not know her well, but were honored to hear her play the organ so beautifully at church every weekend and hear her read the readings. My husband and I would also see her walking along Country Road 2 quite often. I had recently mentioned that I had heard your house had a wonderful double staircase and was invited to come for a visit and to see it. I wished I had done so and got to know her a little, she sounds like she was such an amazing person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Mike and Mary Sawyer and family.

Anita Wong - November 26, 2022

Dear Phil, Qian, and the Stratford family. My sincerest condolences for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Anita Wong - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Andrea Stiegler - November 25, 2022

So sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a another angel .

Sylvia Whiteside - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Toronto General Hospital

David and Jeannie Thomas - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Catherine and Ari Haukioja - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Teresa Smith - November 25, 2022

Sorry to hear of Gay's passing, I know she will be greatly missed and May God comfort you in your time of sorrow Teresa and family

Joan and Stuart Groom - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Cecilia and Ed Geens - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Joanne Dillon-McKay - November 25, 2022

My condolences to all the Stratford Family on the loss of Mrs. Stratford. Our family had many lovely memories of Mrs. Stratford over the years. She was always so warm and welcoming and she was always so proud of all her family! We are thinking of you all and offer you our condolences and our prayers for the loss of such a remarkable woman. Joanne Dillon-McKay & family

Rick and Chris Simon - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

HSE Department Enova Power Corp - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Penny and Bill Harris - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Bernadette Murray and Michael Stephenson - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Morley & Beth Bursey - November 25, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Gay. May your many memories be a source of comfort in the coming days.

Peter and Suzanne Delanty - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Susan and Mitch Mott - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

James and Nancy Coyle - November 25, 2022

Dear Graham and all your dear family, Words cannot express our heartfelt condolences for you at your time of sadness. Gaye was a kind, peaceful and beautiful woman. We saw her beauty in her words of wisdom, her deep, abiding faith, her music and her boundless love of her family. She was so proud of her family. ❤️ She will be dearly missed, but we know she will be resting in God's loving arms.

Anne Dominick - November 25, 2022

I send my thoughts, prayers and sincerest condolences to Dr. Stratford, his sons and their families. The Stratfords were our next door neighbours in Cobourg before they moved to Grafton. They were wonderful neighbours. Mrs. Stratford was the kindest, gentlest person. As a teenager I remember having interesting conversations with her often as I was coming or going as a babysitter for her growing family! May she rest in peace always in our memories.

Jim and Nancy Maguire - November 25, 2022

Very sorry to hear of your loss. She shared a love of the St. Mary's Church with my Mom and Dad. The family she raised continues to be a testimony to her kind, gentle spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Dina Namer - November 25, 2022

So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. She must have been an amazing woman. Sending my deepest condolences, Dina

Peter and Suzanne Delanty - November 25, 2022

Graham and family , We are so sorry to hear of Gaye’s passing . She was such a joy to know and spend time with . Her love of gardening was legendary and her warm generosity to those in need was exemplary. Gaye will be missed by all but the deepest loss will be with the family . A donation has been made to Ed’s House in her memory .

Mary and Cec Henry - November 25, 2022

Dr. Graham Stratford and family: We will be keeping your entire family in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences to all. 🙏❤️

June, Donna and Shirley Sandercock - November 25, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of loss. What a life Gay led and what a legacy she leaves behind. Treasure the memories and hold them close to your heart.

Nancy and Raymond Quan - November 25, 2022

To Christine & Richard and the Stratford family. It's so hard to lose a loved one. How wonderful it is that she was with you for so many years, and you have a lifetime of memories. Our prayers are with you all. Nancy & Raymond Quan Saint John, NB

Wilfred and Ruth Meston - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Christine Chapman - November 25, 2022

Dr Stratford and family my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. My sincere condolences

Colin and Laureen Slade - November 25, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Jennifer Damiano - November 25, 2022

Dear Ruth, Mike and family, You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Throughout the years, I have heard many heartwarming stories of Gay and Graham and your visits at Stillbrook. I hope that these wonderful memories will eventually bring you peace and comfort. Jen

Karen and John Stephens - November 25, 2022

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

patricia brady - November 25, 2022

From the Brady Family - Our thoughts, love & prayers are with you Michael & Ruth. Stay strong. Luv Auntie Pat & family

Joan and Don Diminie and family - November 25, 2022

Graham and Family: We were so sorry to learn of Gaye passing on, she was such a lovely lady and always had time to stop for a chat. She will certainly be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sister Mary Rowell - November 25, 2022

Sincere condolences to Graham and all your family. Please know our love and prayers are with you in your deep loss. Gay will be so profoundly missed. She was a remarkable woman of loving presence who enriched the life of so many people. For me personally she was gift of a “sense of light, faith and home.” May Gay now rest in the tender heart of God whom she loved so much and served so well.

Brian and Jackie Hudson - November 25, 2022

Ou condolences to you all. Gay was a wonderful person with a really good sense of fun. A life well lived. We will always remember her with love. Brian and Jackie Hudson

Sami Tenngren - November 25, 2022

Our deepest condolences to Will and Suzanne, Andrew and Heather and the entire Stratford family. You are all in our thoughts. - Sami, Maiju, Sara and Anna Tenngren

Siobhan Kenny - November 25, 2022

Graham and family, I was so shocked to hear of Gaye’s death, but glad to know she wasn’t ill and didn’t suffer. She left then as she lived, in serenity. gratia misericordia et pax

Jean Pierre Payet - November 25, 2022

Dear Rick, My sincere condolences to you and your Family. Our prayers will accompany all of you. Bon courage mon ami. Jean Pierre

Deanne and Blair McFadden - November 24, 2022

Gay was a remarkable woman, a beacon of light who enriched the lives of everyone who knew her. She was a woman of Faith. She had a gentle strength and a quick wit and our time spent together was always inspirational. She loved to write and we have kept and cherished every one of her poems ... none more than her beautiful "Advent" received the day before her passing. May God comfort Graham, the boys, and her whole family. May her memory live on in their hearts forever.

Lili Hubinet - November 24, 2022

So sorry Rick . Revi and I send you and your family our deepest condolences Kind regards

Lili Hubinet - November 24, 2022

So sorry Rick . Revi and I send you and your family our deepest condolences Kind regards

John and Nancy Corcoran - November 24, 2022

Sending our thoughts and love to Graham and the whole Stratford family. We are so very sorry for your loss! Gay played her own rendition of a wedding song at our wedding 40 years ago. She was such a beautiful, loving soul. She will be missed! Xoxo

Katherine Macklem - November 24, 2022

My most sincere condolences to the Stratford family. I remember Gay as a woman who was equal parts gentle and strong. I’m sure you will miss her terribly and also take comfort in how deeply she touched the lives of others.

Mary Calnan Cole - November 24, 2022

On behalf of my Mom and Dad ,and all the rest of the Calnan clan who have left us this past while, I offer my sincere condolences. She was such a loving person and a favourite friend of my Mom, Cass Calnan. You are all so fortunate to have had her in your life.

Brad Curtis - November 24, 2022

I’m so sorry to hear of your mum’s passing. Please know that I’m thinking of you at this difficult time. Gay was a loving and caring person to me as a young child. I’ll always remember her sweet smile.

John and Brenda Logel and all the Logel Family - November 24, 2022

To Dr. Graham and the entire Stratford family, we are shocked and saddened with the loss of Gay, certainly a loving wife, mother and friend to her faith community and to her many friends in the Grafton area. My mom often talked about the Bible study sessions hosted by Mrs Stratford at her home. She will be remembered for her long walks along Highway 2 between the village and Cherry Hill Road and her frequent stops to just say hello. She will be missed on Sunday mornings playing the Church organ at the 10 am mass. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Bonnie Daniels - November 24, 2022

Deepest condolences to Will and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim Corcoran - November 24, 2022

As long as we've been in Grafton the Stratfords have always been so kind and generous to our family. Just a couple of weeks ago as my mom, David and I drove by St. Mary's we saw Gaye and Graham in the parking lot. I drove up and rolled down the window. We received such a warm and loving greeting from this iconic couple, always there supporting our family, our church and our community. I will forever remember Gaye's music making the mass so rich week after week. And of course, my family has also been blessed to have the care of this amazing family of doctors. Our love and condolences to all of you from all of the Corcorans.

Peter Marrocco and Christine McCleary - November 24, 2022

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold dear in your hearts. Peter and Christine

Christine McCleary Peter Marrocco - November 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St. Mary of Egypt Refuge

Jean and Jim. Klly - November 24, 2022

Your mum was a very special person. She was the most interesting woman, I ever met. The history of both sides of your family is amazing. Love to you all at this sad time. Jean & Jim

Vonetta and Tony Jones - November 24, 2022

So sorry to hear the sad news about Gay, our love and condolences goes out to Graham and family 🙏❤️🙏

Mirella Vena - November 24, 2022

Dear Ruth and family I am so sorry for your loss. Gaye sounds like such an accomplished woman who gave so much of herself to others. May your beautiful memories carry you through this difficult time. Sincere condolences, Mirella

Riley Jones - November 24, 2022

Gay was so wonderful, and a beautiful matriarch of such an amazing family. We loved meeting her and all of her extended family, just wish we’d been able to do it one more time. Much love and sincere condolences from your Australian cousins xx

Béatrice et Xavier FINE - November 24, 2022

Toutes nos pensées avec vous Rick en ce moment difficile.

John Hargraft - November 24, 2022

There is little doubt that “little Gay” is the epitome of the expression: a life well-lived. Her gentle nature and kindness were limitless. My deepest condolences to the whole Stratford clan.

Brian and Caroline McNamara - November 24, 2022

Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your mother sounds as though she had a rich and fulfilling life and that she dedicated herself to the care of others. You must be very proud of her. We know she will be missed greatly and we hope that you will find comfort in all the wonderful memories you must have. Brian and Caroline McNamara

Marcus Cunningham & Michelle Viengkone - November 24, 2022

Deepest condolences to the Stratford family - it's a terrible thing to lose a matriarch, but it's a small blessing that it was such a sudden and unexpected thing - I hope her final years were as full of life as her early ones obviously were.

Bill and Joan Stover - November 24, 2022

Dear Graham I will always remember Gay for her smile, her faith and her caring ways. Gay was a champion; she will be missed but never forgotten.

Mae Leguard - November 24, 2022

Dear Dr Stratford and families I was so sad to hear of your loss I did not know your wife and family but have always heard about them and how wonderful they are and how wonderful Gay was I’m sure you all have wonderful memories My prayers for you all I’m sure she will be so missed Mae Leguard

Faith and Michael Jones - November 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Joy Clark - November 24, 2022

Dear Graham, How we will miss Gaye's beautiful smile and lovely conversation on walks through her dearly loved Grafton. She was a true inspiration to all she met. Know we are thinking of you at this sad time. Love, Joy and Doug Clark

Faith and Michael Jones - November 24, 2022

To all the Stratford family. We were so sorry to hear of Gai's death. She and Graham had a remarkable marriage and achieved so much. Their personalities truly complimented each other, and they were always giving. We have so many happy memories of time spent at their old house in Cobourg and especially at "Stillbrook" in Grafton. There were dinners, conversation, music, a few winter walks to cut down Christmas trees, and one memorable occasion when the dogs knocked down the family tree and promptly ate Gai's home-made decorations. The house was full of fun and generosity. Gai always seemed an oasis of calm. She was really kind to Michael and I when we first arrived in Cobourg and also to our parents when they visited from Wales. I am sure you will all miss her greatly. Our lives, especially as we get older, seem defined by memories and Gai left some indelible ones of her faith, her intelligence, her humor and her kindness. Love to you all from Faith, Michael and the Jones and Brown families.

Louise and Chris Calnan - November 24, 2022

Andrew, Heathr and The whole Stratford family That was a beautiful tribute to your mum/wife/Grandmother and friend. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you all. She lived a full and wonderful life loving her Lord and her family.

Ang Kemp - November 24, 2022

Our deepest condolences to the Stratford family during this difficult time. She was a huge part of St. Mary’s for many and will be missed. Doug and Ang Kemp (Deseure)

Tony and Carol Farren - November 24, 2022

Our sympathy to all the Stratford family. Gay was a wonderful woman an inspiration to all that knew her. She will be missed. Tony and Carol

Karen and Ed Shaw - November 24, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stratford family. Gay was a beautiful soft spoken lady who touched so many people.

Elaine Hope - November 24, 2022

Dear Dr G, Stratford Sr. and family, please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of a wife and mother. Hold your wonderful memories close to your heart to comfort you at this sad time. Sincerely Elaine

Chris Leeson - November 24, 2022

I am so sorry to hear that Gay has passed. She was a beautiful lady

Katherine Wurster - November 24, 2022

Our condolences go out to the entire Stratford family for the loss of a lovely lady. Our family had the pleasure to meet her. Michael, Ruth, Rose, Hugh and little Simone, our thoughts and hearts are with you all. Love from the Wursters. XXXXX

Robert S Scott - November 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Randy and Kristin Kent - November 24, 2022

Our condolences to Will, and your entire family on the loss your mom. What an incredible life she lived and she'll be remembered by everyone she crossed paths with.

Carolyn and Lyle Skidmore - November 24, 2022

Sending our condolences to the Stratford family.

Linda Flindall - November 24, 2022

To the Stratford family, my deepest condolences on the loss of a loved Mom and wife. She was such a lovely lady. My prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Linda Flindall

Alfons and Dianne Casteels - November 24, 2022

We extend our prayers and condolences to Graham and the entire Stratford family. We are grateful for her friendship and musical talent that she shared so generously with all at St Mary's. She will be dearly missed as we celebate and thank God for Gay in our life.

Hank Vandermeer - November 24, 2022

Our condolences go out to Dr Stratford and his family with the loss of Gaye. Always remember her as a very friendly and caring person.

Margaret Harry - November 24, 2022

My deepest Condolences to all family members and friends. A living Angel amongst us .Learnt a lot from her, she will be greatly missed by the Parishioners of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.May her Soul RIP.

Michael - November 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Melissa and Jeff Quint - November 24, 2022

Our deepest condolences go out to Will and Suzanne and the entire family. Your Mum sounds like a wonderful woman and a great role model for us all to learn something from

Pat and Eddie Casteels - November 24, 2022

Our condolences to Graham and the entire family. Gaye was an amazing person to all. She made everyone feel special. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Rene and Laurie Gatien - November 24, 2022

Will and Suzanne and the entire family, we send our sincerest condolences at the passing of Gaye. The story sounds like she was a great spouse to your Dad, and an amazing Mum and grandmother. We hope you continue to tell all the stories of her life with her family and all the people she touched along the way. You will be in our thoughts and prayers, just like our mums taught us.

Lisa Brancati - November 24, 2022

Deepest condolences go out to Ruth and your entire large family, clearly blessed by Gaye’s love.

Rosemary Taylor - November 24, 2022

Dr Stratford and family..our thoughts and prayers 🙏 are with your family..please except our sincere condolences..Rosemary and Jamie Taylor

Willy & Brenda Casteels - November 24, 2022

Dr. Stratford and families Our sincere & deepest condolences on the loss of your loving Mum, she will be missed by many. Her talent on the organ for mass will also be missed. She was a wonderful lady.

Pat & Shelley Rutherford - November 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Sheryl Walt (nee Ferguson) - November 24, 2022

Willie and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mum. Attending Mass in Grafton, I always knew when Mrs Stratford was playing the organ. She was so talented and unique in her craft. May the memories you hold near to your heart help you through this difficult time. Prayers are being said for you and the entire Stratford family for peace and healing.

Dalton and Heather McDonald - November 24, 2022

We send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you in your loss of Gaye.. an amazing woman , mother, friend to all. . She made everyone around her feel so comfortable . Our sincere condolences to all of you .

Tom and Sharon Roddy - November 24, 2022

Our condolences to the Stratford family

Marilyn Quemby - November 24, 2022

My love & prayers go to each of you. Mrs Stratford was an asset no matter where she stood. The Love she had for her family was a wonderful example.

Marietta Sica - November 24, 2022

Sorry sorry to hear this news, your mom was a wonderful woman! My condolences to the Stratford's.

Scott and Cindy - November 24, 2022

Our deepest condolences to your entire family ❤️❤️❤️

Kathleen Ugolini - November 24, 2022

Our sincerest condolences to Graham and family. Gaye will be missed by many, especially the congregation of St. Mary's in Grafton. The music in the Church will never sound as beautiful as it did when Gaye played her organ. The Bridge Family

Margaret and Bernd vom Dorff - November 23, 2022

Deepest condolences to the entire Stratford family.

Martin de Graauw and the extended de Graauw family - November 23, 2022

I cannot say eloquently enough, the impact Gaye has made on all of us, as protagonist, spiritual role model, perceptive advisor, willing educator, attentive listener, talented musician, and comforting friend. Even though her time with us was finite, the fond memories created, her comforting words spoken and her shared wisdom, will be continue to resonate with us forever more. Thank you Gaye, and we miss you.

Beth & Peter Kolisnyk - November 23, 2022

Our deepest condolences. We are so sad to hear of your Mom's passing. She was wise and gentle and will be dearly missed. We cherish the memories of shared family adventures and happy occasions when we were all together.

Beth & Peter Kolisnyk - November 23, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Jessica Webb - November 23, 2022

Sending my love to you all - I have such strong memories of ´Little Gaye’ at the house during visits and family reunions. What a beautiful tribute. ❤️

Barry & Therese May (Guiry) - November 23, 2022

Dear Dr. Stratford & family. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of a dear lady. What a wonderful tribute. Her faith was so much of her life. She sure lived it to the fullest. She is in the arms of angels now.

Tim Bermingham - November 23, 2022

Such a lovely gentle woman. I am sorry for the loss of her for all of us.

Robert Duncan - November 23, 2022

To Graham, and all the boys Sally and myself send our deepest regrets on the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother. To us Gaye was one of the finest people we have had the pleasure of knowing. A very gentle but strong lady who lived her life following her faith and love for her fellow human beings. May you all find peace and comfort with the memories that she has left behind.

Jane Whaley - November 23, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to Dr Stratford and family Jane and Roger

Rachel Jones - November 23, 2022

So sorry to the whole family. Gaye was a lovely lady and I have lots of fond memories of her from when her boys and I were young. Sending love.

Gerald Ferguson - November 23, 2022

It is with heartfelt condolences to the Stratford family at this time. Gaye was a wonderful person who left much wisdom and kindness to those who had the pleasure of knowing and meeting her. May you find solace in that Gaye impacted many people in a positive way Sincerely Gerald, Theresa and Lynne Ferguson

Bernadette Gatien - November 23, 2022

Dr. Stratford & Family. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of a loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother. Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers at this time. Having a house full of boys I know you will have many wonderful memories of your times together that will bring you comfort in the days ahead. She will be greatly missed by all. Sincerely. Bernadette & Family

anita gutteridge - November 23, 2022

Dear Graham and family Chuck and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of Gaye. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Gaye had a way of always making us feel welcomed which we will always treasure.

Jan Bangs - November 23, 2022

Thinking of you all at this time. A life well lived and a wonderful legacy. My sincerest condolences, Jan Bangs

Elizabeth McCaughey - November 23, 2022

I remember your Mom with great fondness. My sincere sympathy. Liz

Rob and Cyndy Harper - November 23, 2022

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Gayle. She was truly a wonderful, amazing and inspiring lady. Gayle was admired by all who had the privilege of knowing her and especially our family she was a wonderful friend to my mom Bernadette Forster. A beautiful tribute to an amazing lady. May God hold you all in his loving arms and may you find comfort in knowing that her life was a life well lived. We will miss her beautiful smile and her compassionate nature. Sincerely Rob and Cyndy Harper

Bill and Carmel Scott - November 23, 2022

To Philip, Andrew and all of the Stratford men and families, I send you my deepest condolences. Your Mother was such a gifted organist. It seems like just yesterday we were all going to St. Michael's together. Philip and I were classmates at the school, but I remember, most, if not all, of the boys. I believe my own Mother taught most of you. May God comfort you through this difficult time. I am sure the Angels in Heaven are listening to quite the musical composition. Sincerely, Carmel Scott

Beth Selby - November 23, 2022

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mum, Andrew. This is a lovely tribute to her. Sincerely, Beth Selby & Barry Vail

Carol Ann Heffernan - November 23, 2022

Please accept our sincere condolences. Such a wonderful lady; a full life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Sincerely, Tom & Carol Ann

Susan & Bryce Eagleson - November 23, 2022

Our sympathies are with you at this time. A wonderful tribute to an amazing woman!