McQuaig, Lillian & McQuaig-Skinner, Judy #236 *

Memorial Tribute for Lillian (Comba) McQuaig (1924-2002)

And Judy (McQuaig) Skinner (1950-2001)

Lillian McQuaig (nee Comba) was born on January 18th, 1924 to Thomas and Theresa Comba in North Bay, Ontario. As the youngest of six children, she benefited from the support of a fun-loving, close-knit family.

She was a devoted mother of five: Tom, Judy, Phyllis, Joan and David, and was further blessed with nine grandchildren. She dedicated her entire life to raising her children (many of those years as a single parent) and was a role model for all mothers. Lillian’s faith and active role in Corpus Christi Church gave her the strength, courage and determination to face life’s challenges with an even temper and an optimistic outlook.

Lillian was an incredible cook and her brownie recipe will be passed down for many generations.  Her desire to please everyone kept her very busy in the kitchen. She never made a meal without taking all food preferences into account and would routinely serve-up a homemade dessert twice a day. Without complaining, she worked tirelessly inside and outside the home to provide for her children.

She took great pride in volunteering many hours to the Catholic Women’s League and the local parish. Her love of music ranged from singing in the church choir to keeping up with the latest “rock” hits well into her 70s.

Lillian possessed a unique ability to teach by example – never admonishing or criticizing. She was the embodiment of goodness and remains our true hero!

Judy Skinner (nee: McQuaig) was born on August 1, 1950 to Lillian and Dalton McQuaig of North Bay, Ontario. She was a dedicated Customer Service employee for Ontario Hydro serving thirty (30) years in this capacity.

Judy was a very social and engaging spirit, evident in the many lifelong friends she gained – both in her beloved hometown as well as the many places she travelled. She was the unofficial “Mayor” of North Bay for many consecutive terms! Judy loved to entertain, hosting many family get-togethers and dinner with friends. Judy’s infectious laugh is one thing her family and friends will never forget.

Through sheer determination and drive, Judy discovered her creative side.  She worked hard to acquire her many artistic skills, some of which included needlepoint, knitting and painting. Her personalized crafts and Christmas ornaments continue to grace our homes and serve as a fond reminder of her many talents.

Judy had a soft spot for her nieces and nephews and loved to treat them to cottage vacations, the trendiest restaurants, coolest shops and nicest hotels. She could always be relied upon for quality alone time or just lending a trusted voice over the phone. She made each one feel special.

Judy’s active involvement in all our lives, her boundless energy, love of life and sense of humor has bestowed endless memories upon us. There was never a dull moment when she was around. Whenever the family is together, you will inevitably hear one exclaim, “Judy would have loved this!”

Honoured by David and Terri McQuaig, Tom and Lois McQuaig, Joan and Mike Medley, Phyllis and Lloyd Beaudin and families.