ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Anne Aberdeen, 55 years old, born on May 16, 1964, and passed away on March 30, 2020. We will remember her forever. 
  I just put this together for our dear friend Anne Aberdeen we lost last year to COVID as she never got a memorial (nor an obituary). We welcome wide circulation and sharing and hope Anne's far flung friends and family will visit . . . to share stories and photos and to view the 50 photos already uploaded
       She spent her life gathering a chosen family of friends all over Canada and the globe.  Anne was an intrepid traveller and travel critic and lover of water in all its forms - the ocean, lakes, rivers and streams.  She loved to share stories and words of encouragement with all of her friends, who would not know each other as she walked through and across many circles and groups of diverse people.  She was able to connect with almost anybody.  the photo gallery shows many of her friends in her later years and many of her favourite places.  Please feel invited to share more stories and photos/videos.
       Anne was adopted into a small family in a rural area north of Kingston on a small family Hobby farm. Her early life was not easy as many of you know.  In her later years Anne spent a lot of time and energy connecting with her biological family, largely located in Australia (I believe). They greeted her with open arms and each gave the other much joy.
       Anne finished up her career as National Psychological Advisor at Public Service Health Program - Government of Canada.  Not bad for a theatre and psych major, :-).  After she graduated from U of T with her bachelor's degree, Anne kicked around with various jobs in the theatre and travel agent worlds. During this time she honed her writing skills and went on to achieve Trip Advisor's highest status for online critics! Eventually Anne ended up going back to school in Nova Scotia for her master's in counselling at Acadia University in Wolfville.  She fell in love with Nova Scotia, it's people and the ocean.
      Anne had several counselling positions in Nova Scotia including Digby and in Cape Breton. Later she moved to Goose Bay, Labrador for a long stint with the federal government as a liaison to the Innu communities there. Her final post involved a move back to Ottawa, so she could be near her parents, as she wanted to take care of them in their golden years.
      Alison, myself and Anne's long time friend, David Bird will be having a small memorial, and spreading of her ashes, this summer at West Lake (near Picton) as that was one of her most important places on Earth. We will probably save some ashes for those interested. A date for the celebration of life is yet to be set, but probably around August 10th, let us know if you like to attend. 
      We plan on recording some video and photos and posting them to the memorial site. People are strongly encouraged to share wishes/stories, pictures, and videos so they can be enjoyed by all. This site will serve as a permanent memorial and a way to remember Anne Aberdeen with a record of her life, passing, and the relationships she created and fostered through her life.
Posted by Stephen Marinelli on May 16, 2021
Not a day goes by that you're not thought about. We had a special bond that started on a ship called the Bond, as we met on our way to Goose Bay, NL. You had the most tremendous, caring and generous heart of anyone.

   Our time together was always cherished and will live on in my memory forevermore. Our travel and exploration of new places and finding those special spots to take in the scenery, share a special meal, debate social issues, talk about our careers and share dreams. Spending some time building woodworking projects, you loved to learn and face challenges . You we're fearless and tackled everything with a can do spirit which was infectious. You loved to drive convertible muscle cars, boats and explored many beaches.

   You spent many of your days giving to others, volunteering, personally helping others in need, caring for your father Don and your mom, Enid when they needed you most and ahead of your own needs, shows just how caring and loving lady you were.

   I miss you everyday. Forever remembered with love and a smile.
Posted by Rory Batchilder on May 10, 2021
Patricia Kemuksigak, Goose Bay, Labrador

Anne was my boss and a good friend. I miss her dearly, she was always so caring and kind to everyone she met. 
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A Quote Anne Aberdeen gave me when I was bullied at my workplace:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world. This is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Its not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” 

Marianne Williamson
Posted by Rory Batchilder on May 9, 2021
On behalf of David Bird;

Below is my memorial celebration for Anne

Anne was a superb friend. She was kind, wise insightful and very very passionate. She was an incredibly generous person with a big heart and a lot of love for people. She will be dearly missed. She was a lot of fun and full of a wonderful joy with a great sense of humor. She was also a good listener with a sensitive soul for people who were a bit fragile like myself. I would like to have shared life with her for 20 more years. Life is so short. I hope all of her friends and family benefit for the rest of time from her spirit which will last forever. Anne was also an invincible explorer with courage and belief in doing the impossible, and proving all the time that the imagination can be very powerful, and stronger than doubt. I will miss her dearly and i think of her all the time.

Peace and love Anne,

David
Posted by Iris Allen on May 8, 2021
My heart is still sad after I heard of Anne’s passing . She was a dear friend and colleague who had a heart of gold . She cared deeply for those in need and was always there to help in any way . A kind and loving person who I will always have fond memories to cherish forever . Rest peacefully dear friend
Posted by Maria Murphy on May 8, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. Anne was such a kind, generous and helpful person. I am so thankful that my mom had a friend like, Anne. A true friend who was really there for her over some trying times. To know that her ashes will be spread at a lake is so fitting, anyone who knew Anne, knew that she loved the beach and the water. I can’t imagine she would have it any other way. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Jo-Anne O'Connor on May 8, 2021
Dear Anne, 

I will always be thankful for that day in Westport when we chatted and laughed so easily. Thinking we were strangers we then realized we knew each other from years gone by and had shared the joy of being a student at Sydenham High.

Our shared love and enjoyment of a great breakfast spot and cafes was shared to few times after reuniting but I will always treasure those chats we so easily got lost in. 

You listened and shared your heart. In a way so few do. You made me feel valued. I will always keep that tucked in my heart, thank you.

Save me a spot at the table in your favourite heavenly cafe! I know I will love it too! Until then may you bask in the sun on beautiful beaches, and enjoy the tranquilizing crash of the waves hitting the shore until night falls. xo
Posted by Rory Batchilder on May 8, 2021
You will be missed dearly Anne.
I literally can still hear your voice in my mind . . .
  . . . we had so many long conversations over the years.
Honestly, every room of our house has objects that remind us of you and our times together.

You will be missed dearly.
       "Rest High on that Mountain"

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Posted by Stephen Marinelli on May 16, 2021
Not a day goes by that you're not thought about. We had a special bond that started on a ship called the Bond, as we met on our way to Goose Bay, NL. You had the most tremendous, caring and generous heart of anyone.

   Our time together was always cherished and will live on in my memory forevermore. Our travel and exploration of new places and finding those special spots to take in the scenery, share a special meal, debate social issues, talk about our careers and share dreams. Spending some time building woodworking projects, you loved to learn and face challenges . You we're fearless and tackled everything with a can do spirit which was infectious. You loved to drive convertible muscle cars, boats and explored many beaches.

   You spent many of your days giving to others, volunteering, personally helping others in need, caring for your father Don and your mom, Enid when they needed you most and ahead of your own needs, shows just how caring and loving lady you were.

   I miss you everyday. Forever remembered with love and a smile.
Posted by Rory Batchilder on May 10, 2021
Patricia Kemuksigak, Goose Bay, Labrador

Anne was my boss and a good friend. I miss her dearly, she was always so caring and kind to everyone she met. 
""**""*""***""""***""

A Quote Anne Aberdeen gave me when I was bullied at my workplace:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world. This is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Its not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” 

Marianne Williamson
Posted by Rory Batchilder on May 9, 2021
On behalf of David Bird;

Below is my memorial celebration for Anne

Anne was a superb friend. She was kind, wise insightful and very very passionate. She was an incredibly generous person with a big heart and a lot of love for people. She will be dearly missed. She was a lot of fun and full of a wonderful joy with a great sense of humor. She was also a good listener with a sensitive soul for people who were a bit fragile like myself. I would like to have shared life with her for 20 more years. Life is so short. I hope all of her friends and family benefit for the rest of time from her spirit which will last forever. Anne was also an invincible explorer with courage and belief in doing the impossible, and proving all the time that the imagination can be very powerful, and stronger than doubt. I will miss her dearly and i think of her all the time.

Peace and love Anne,

David
Recent stories

Her Dream of Sailing - SV Delos

Shared by Rory Batchilder on May 9, 2021
    Many of you know about Anne's penchant for logging 1000's of miles on the highways and in the skies… she loved going place to place, and her Facebook log is proof of it.  :-)   You may not know that she had detailed dreams of learning to sail, buying a sailboat, and travelling down to the Caribbean and beyond. Anne went so far as to take some navigation courses and some small boat courses in the last several years.
    A couple of winters ago we learned more about her sailing dream as we made it a fairly frequent Sunday ritual to visit her, have some nice espresso drinks, get some take-out Chinese, and watch her favourite YouTube sailing program - SV Delos.  She was a patreon of the group and in direct communication with them over the last couple of years!  Together we vicariously enjoyed Delos' adventures through the Caribbean and around the world as amateur/greenhorn sailors would join the core group for months at a time, as they documented their travels and adventures at sea and in port.  There were a few on ship romances with a little bit of drama thrown in to boot, :-). What fun on a dreary cold february afternoon.

Still can't believe that you are gone

Shared by Alison Rose on May 9, 2021
    What a journey we have been on Anne. It is still hard to believe that you are gone. Meeting at Earth Sea in Nova Scotia 20 years ago...our love of music and spiritual contemplations...finding out we were both from Kingston on Ontario and you dated a member of the Conboy family who lived on lake of my family's cottage. What can I say? You were part of Rory and I's family...I mean a trusted member witnessing the truimps and struggles like only a  real family member would.

     You supported each of us, and especially me, in the most empathetic and real ways possible. Also, both our families knew you well and you treated them like your family too, they grieved with us...when we found out about your sudden passing into guardian angel realm.
     On earth you were a guardian angel . . . finding ways to help make lives better and dreams possible. Like becoming my traveling guardian angel when, as a directionally creative person, I took the plunge to drive back to Nova Scotia by myself. Traveling back the place where I first met Rory and then you. You calmed me down, guided me at every critical junction of the way, and we talked for hours and shared the excitement as I entered Darthmouth, NS and traveled across the bridge to Halifax, my true heart home. Now you really are in Guardian Angel realm.
    I hope you are taking a little break from caring about all of us and enjoying yourself traveling as much as want and enjoying yourself.
Shared by Jim Rose on May 9, 2021
Joan and I enjoyed Anne visiting our cottage with Alison and Rory.  We loved her intelligence and sparkling personality.  We particularly remember Anne's research into her Scottish heritage and how one of her ancestors may have furthered Robbie Burns' career.

Jim and Joan Rose