It is with profound sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Ann Price, surrounded by love, on February 23, 2023 after a brief illness.
Ann took every opportunity to embrace each aspect of a life well lived. Ann leaves behind a family that she treasured: her husband of 65 years John, her children (whom she described as her greatest joy and most important legacy), Neil (Indra), Shaun (Shari), Maura, Brian (Gwyneth), her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Cailean, Miriam, Siobhan, Alexander, Lauren, Carolyn, Jena and Neve, her great grandchild, Lowen, and her niece, Ann Patton.
Born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland to John Martin and Margreta Adams, Ann lived the early years of her life on the family farm. These foundational years sparked a life-long love of craft, gardening and, ultimately, cooking. The family bond was firmly secured by a love for one another, travel, music, literature, and wit.
After receiving her physiotherapy degree in 1954, Ann began her career at the Waveney Hospital, Ballymena. She kept in touch with her physiotherapy classmates her whole life. It was at work where she and John met, later married, and began their life together. Their adventurous ski honeymoon in Switzerland (they had no appropriate clothing nor knowledge of the sport) laid the foundation for future ski vacations with family and friends.
Ann and John moved to Montreal and then to Fredericton when a career opportunity for both came up. Ann worked at the Stan Cassidy Center for Rehabilitation and raised their family. John bought Ann a sports car. Imagine her angst at juggling work, home, and her glamourous side (which she both treasured and downplayed). Daily adventures were a joy, with a dash of conspiracy, often evolving with her friend Marjorie.
The community of Fredericton brought opportunities and collaboration with wonderful friends. Ann approached life and fun with passion and attention to detail. She was an avid quilter, rughooker, and volunteer. Her efforts allowed her to stay connected to everyone.
Together, Ann and John visited all points on the globe, fostering many special friendships with people at home and abroad. To say she had many friends is a vast understatement and she loved and embraced each and every one of them.
Ann, equally comfortable in a meadow or a ballroom, was always up for live music, theatre and fundraisers. She followed all sports with impressive knowledge of her childrens’ and grandchildrens’ pursuits, whether on snow, water, court or gym. She played golf into her 80s and skied with her gang of friends into her 70s. In recent weeks, she mastered a FitBit to track her steadily increasing daily steps, looking the part in Lulu and Patagonia.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Drs. Kara Allan, Andrew Berkshire, Walter Binedell, Chris Goodyear, and Payam Farhadnia, and the many nurses and support staff who supported her in every step while in hospital.
Ann liked nothing better than a good gathering. She was the person who always made sure no one got left out of the fun. Her family invites you to join us on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 2 pm at the Wilmot United Church, 473 King Street to celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, we would ask you to consider a donation to Wilmot United Church or a charity of you chosing.