October 23, 1915 – May 9, 2017


Mary passed away peacefully at Wentworth Lodge in Dundas on May 9, 2017, at the age of 101. Mary is predeceased by: her husband, Robert (Bob); her parents, Joseph and Tekla (Kathleen) Stechyshyn, her brother Walter; her sisters, Jenny and Stella (McCosky). She is survived by her sons, Malcolm (Lin) and Graeme (Joan), her grandchildren, Derek (Amy), Heather, and Iain (Jacinthe), and her great-grandson, Elliot.

Mary was born in Fort William, Ontario, in 1915. Her father had emigrated from Jereirzany, Galicia, Poland, and her mother from the Ukraine – Austria. Her family moved soon after to Hamilton, Ontario, where she, and her siblings, were raised. Mary graduated from Delta High School before taking post-secondary studies in office administration. She started working for Canadian Sterling Electric Company, and eventually became secretary-treasurer. When she married Bob, she became the accountant and office/business manager and co-owner for McMaster Pottery in Dundas, for close to 40 years, until its closure in 1988.

Over her long life, Mary was a devout and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She was the driving force of her immediate family, and along with her sisters-in-law, maintained a strong extended McMaster family. She enjoyed being active, being a member of the Dundas Travel Club and Garden Club for many years. She always strove to continually increase her knowledge in many areas, and was never lost for words when asked for an opinion. Mary was a tireless worker both at the pottery, in her garden, at her cottage, and especially, in the kitchen, where she was known for her cooking.

Mary became afflicted with dementia in her mid 80s. She remained in her own home until her late 90s, and then moved to Wentworth Lodge, where she received excellent care and comfort over the past 3 1/2 years.

A remembrance/interment service will be held at a later date.

5 Messages to McMaster, Mary Rose (nee Stechyshyn)

  • Ron and Katherine Kingsbury

    Mary was an exceptional lady whose gentle presence was felt in so many ways. So many fond memories will no doubt continue to be shared among friends and family.

  • Peter and Barbara (Harrison) Brewster

    Our condolences to the family at this time. Mary was a great friend to my parents Bert & Lillian Harrison and we enjoyed many dinners and excursions. She was a beautiful lady and will be remembered fondly by the Harrison family.

  • Jeff Palmer & Family


    Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.McMaster Pottery was my first job back in 1974.

  • Joann MacLachlan

    On behalf of the Dundas Travel Club I would like to extend our sympathy to Mary’s family and friends. From the time when Mary Joined the Travel Club in the 1960s to the time when she retired from active membership almost 40 years later she was a valued member of the group, entertaining in her home, providing research, and serving for many years as Treasurer.
    Hers was a life to celebrate.

    Joann MacLachlan
    President, Dundas Travel Club

  • Kate and Ann Laidlaw

    Mary was a great friend and neighbour to Jack, Ann, Kate and Meg Laidlaw for 10 years while we lived in Dundas. She was gentle, kind, generous and a lovely diver and swimmer…Please let us know when the Remembrance service will be.

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