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Mary-Jean Deeth

Mary-Jean Deeth

Tuesday, June 30th, 1942 - Monday, October 14th, 2019
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On Monday October 14th, 2019, at the age of 77, Mary-Jean Deeth passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in her home. Mary-Jean was born June 30th, 1942 to Catherine and Kenneth Mackinnon.

Mary-Jean will be remembered by family and friends as vibrant, kind, creative, thoughtful, down-to-earth, funny, musical, and fiercely intelligent. Mary-Jean loved to read and was passionate about politics. As a mother, she was always quick to make her children laugh, see the bright side of life, and to encourage them to be themselves and pursue their dreams no matter the challenges. She cared deeply about the underdog and possessed strong ethics and a keen sense of justice. She gave generously to charities and volunteered her time to help make life better for others.

In 1986, Mary-Jean and her spouse Don Buchanan pooled their resources and started their own rubber import business Buchanan Rubber Ltd. The business expanded significantly over the years and in 1995 they opened a branch in Montreal. Two years later, they bought out their much larger competitor. Mary-Jean’s passion for people made her a natural in running the customer service department. Over the years, she loved to tell stories of her and Don’s travels and interactions with suppliers overseas. After 18 years, they sold the business and retired in Etobicoke. Even to this day, clients and customers reminisce about Mary-Jean’s skill, humour, and interesting anecdotes about her travels.

Mary-Jean is survived by her partner, Don Buchanan; sister Beth Thomas; brother, Donald Mackinnon; two sons, Terry (Christa) and Sander (Carolyn) Deeth; daughter, Kelli Deeth (Liam); two stepchildren, Bruce and Kathleen Buchanan; six grandchildren, Joshua and Adam, Abbigail, Emily, Lillianna, and Tyler; twelve nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, as expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home "Weston Room"
    Address
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON M9N 1X7
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home "Weston Room"
    Address
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON M9N 1X7
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  • Interment

    Location
    Riverside Crematorium
    Address
    1567 Royal York Road
    TORONTO, ON
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Alanna May

Posted at 06:59pm
On behalf of the staff and students of Thistletown C.I., I send our sincere condolences to Mary-Jean's family. Mary-Jean was a generous donor of the Mary-Jean Deeth Scholarship over the last several years at Thistletown C.I. which has enabled several students, who have excelled in the areas of the fine arts and/or creative writing to continue with their studies after completing high school. We were honoured that Mary-Jean chose to assist students from her alma mater and will be forever grateful for her generosity. Every blessing to her family.
JR

JR Roohi

Posted at 03:39pm
We like to extend our sincere condolences to Don, Terry and the extended families of Deeth and Buchanan. I have no doubt that Mary Jean has touched so many hearts over her amazing life journey. When it came to helping charities and those in need, she was one of the most generous people I have come across in my entire life. She was my mentor and also my biggest fan. She was always simple and believed in simplicity. Her incredible smile will surely be missed. May you rest in peace MJ. JR, Marilou, Hanna and Johan Roohi
DB

David Binnie

Posted at 10:04am
Please accept our deepest condolences to Don and family in this difficult time from the Binnie family
RP

Richard Porter

Posted at 07:01pm
We extend our deepest condolences to Don and Terry and to everyone else in Mary Jean's extended family. Mary Jean was a wonderful individual and we know that her presence will be greatly missed by all. May the love and support of friends and family offer you some comfort and assist you in your time of grief. Richard and Cathy Porter
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Margaret Adams

Posted at 10:55pm
Our sincere sympathy to Don & families. Mary Jean will be deeply missed by all who knew her. So many wonderful memories to cherish. We were public school classmates and were honoured to have her as our bridesmaid in our wedding 56 years ago. A true friend forever. Never to be forgotten.
Gord & Marg Adams
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