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Meredith McCallum

Meredith Rose McCallum

Thursday, December 1st, 1983 - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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It is with great sadness that her family announces the sudden death of Meredith Rose McCallum, beloved wife and loving mother, at her home in Winnipeg on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at the age of thirty-five.

Born in Fergus, Ontario, Meredith was a gifted classical musician who began playing the violin at the age of four, and whose early years of musical education were spent at the Suzuki String School of Guelph. After graduating from Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus in 2002, she pursued advanced degrees in violin performance, earning a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in 2006 and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory in 2008. Upon graduation, she auditioned and won her first professional position in 2009 as Assistant Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she moved again to join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, playing initially in the second violin section, then shortly thereafter winning a position in the first violin section which she held until her death. During her schooling and career, Meredith’s musical talent allowed her to pursue her love of travelling the world, taking her to many places and music festivals throughout Canada, the US, and abroad to such countries as Germany and Japan to study and perform. At home in Winnipeg, Meredith was active as a private teacher, and appeared as a regular member of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Respected for her elegant playing style and skill in classical performance, she also enjoyed many different genres of music; in her teens she loved to play and sing with a folk group in Tobermory, Ontario near the family cottage, and as an adult in Winnipeg would go on to play for recordings and live performances with many leading local and international folk, rock, jazz, and R&B musicians. From a very young age, Meredith also possessed a remarkable artistic talent, and this creativity would go on to enrich her adult life in many ways.

Meredith is mourned and will be lovingly remembered by her family, including her husband Matt and son James, her parents Cynthia and Donald McCallum, her sister Susan, her brother David, her brother-in-law Meredith Johnson, and her nieces and nephew, Isla, William and Beatrice. Meredith was married to her beloved Matt Dyce in Elora, Ontario in July 2018. The love and happiness that she and Matt had found in one another was deeply cherished not only by Meredith, but also by her family and close friends for the new joy and contentment it had brought to her life, and to the lives of those dearest to her. Her loss is deeply felt by parents-in-law Dave and Marilyn Dyce and her brother-in-law Drew. Also bereaved are the Rose, Podolak, Burford, Millar, Jeffers, Parsons, and Harper families.

In the last year of her life, Meredith was beset by the terrible pain of depression, and while the disease took many things, it could not take her kindness or her care for others. She endured to give birth to her beloved son, James Alistair, and share with him her light and love. Meredith will be remembered by all who knew her for her kind and gentle spirit, her purity of heart, her love of laughter and whimsical humour, her sense of fun and adventure, her personal integrity, her devotion to family and friends, and her considerate and caring nature. For all those whose lives were so happily touched by hers, knowing Meredith in all her love, joy, beauty and quiet grace was and will always remain a cherished gift.

A service in her memory will be held at The Speedside United Church located at 5903 Wellington County Road 29, Speedside Ontario on Friday September 27th at 2pm. Arrangements are entrusted to The Graham Giddy Funeral Home, Fergus.

In lieu of flowers and for those wishing to make a donation, please contact 4babyjames@gmail.com for more information on how to contribute to a trust fund for James Dyce.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Speedside United Church
    Address
    5903 Wellington 29 Speedside
    Speedside, ON
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    Officiant
    Norm Allen
  • Reception

    Location
    Speedside United Church
    Address
    5903 Wellington 29 Speedside
    Speedside, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Immediately after the service.

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Richard Lee

Posted at 12:48pm
Meredith was just about the sweetest person I know and despite the fact that I no longer live in the Peg (and thus am no longer in her carpool, what an honour that was!), I will miss her terribly. My deepest condolences to her family, her friends and her WSO colleagues.

Richard Lee
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Posted at 09:45am
I knew Meredith as a musician and she was a beautiful, loving soul. I am so sorry for your loss, and send you my love.
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Suhashini Arulanandam

Posted at 06:03pm
To Susan, and the rest of Meredith's nearest and dearest: my heart goes out to all of you.
I have a great memory of Meredith, one summer when we were both playing in NAO in Hamilton. She generously offered to drive me to where I was staying. Neither of us was familiar with driving in Hamilton, so we ended up laughing helplessly at the absurdity of driving up and down the mountain 3 times by mistake in an attempt to get me home. Note: my place was not on the mountain at all.
The only show I ever saw on Broadway was with Meredith. We saw West Side Story. She had an audition in New York while I was there for school, and it was a pleasure to host her at my apartment. I remember her as a truly good person who moved in the world with an incredible gentleness and grace. I remember that she had a quirky sense of humour! I lost touch with her over the years, which I regret,but I am grateful to have been graced by her presence.
 
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Suhashini Arulanandam Posted at 06:44pm

Meredith also taught me how to fold a fitted sheet!
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Joan White

Posted at 12:59pm
Dear Matt,
I was so very sorry to hear from John Walsh of your sudden, sad loss of your wife Meredith. Please know that you and your little boy James are in my thoughts. My sincere condolences to you and your son, and to both families .
Joan White
History, Carleton University, Ottawa
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Denise Lupien

Posted at 10:12am
Dear Meredith,
Thank you for all the smiles, gentleness, and the very special «McCallum» thoughtfulness that you have printed in my fondest memories of McGill !
Your music, so sensitive and elegant, will always be there, deep in my soul...
Love,
Denise
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