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Rita Snaith (nee Cournoyer)

February 25, 2013


Rita Snaith died on February 25th, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia. She was 104 years old.

Rita was born in 1908 on a farm in the French Settlement, just outside the Village of Tweed, Ontario. She was the first in her extended family to finish high school, graduating first in her class at Tweed High School and attended business college in Toronto where she earned a bookkeeping diploma. She worked as a bookkeeper for a small law firm for 16 years and then various Toronto businesses until she retired at 91. In 2001, Rita moved to Sidney, B.C. to live with her daughter, Mary. Rita is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Leo and her son, Bill. She is survived by daughters, Mary Ott (Richard), Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Margaret Boynton (Jim), Pickering, Ontario; daughter in-law, Virginia Whittal, Woodslee, Ontario; grandchildren, Kris Whittal and Jennifer Baker; great-grandchildren, Joey Whittal and Mason and Caydan Luciano.

A graveside service will be held in June at Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto. A celebration of Rita’s life will be held in Victoria and in Tweed with her large extended family. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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