Ethne McEachern

March 2, 2019 5 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers


Ethne passed away peacefully in her own bed in her own home after 28 years of living with Parkinson’s.  She is mourned by her other sister Moira, and several next generation English relatives, her devoted husband Alex McEachern, his large family and of her many friends. Home care worker Annie Johnson and long-time family friend Dahlia (Dee) Matthews are saddened but know they helped Alex (or Alex helped them) provide excellent and loving care to Ethne.

Ethne was predeceased by her parents Iris Bartley (née Hezlett) and Gwyther Bartley and two sisters, Shena and Deirdre.   Ethne was an occupational therapist, played tennis and badminton and was supportive of Alex’ politics.

There will be a celebration of Ethne’s life gathering at the Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Road, on Monday, March 18 at 1 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the Edmonton SPCA or The Alberta Parkinson’s Association.

  1. Dear Alex, We are saddened to learn of Ethen’s passing. It was wonderful that you were able to keep her at home as we realise that it must have been painful to watch her slipping away from you. Our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Merilyn and Ron Nychka

  2. I worked at the (old) WCB building as a physiotherapist from 1977 to 1985. Sometimes Ethne was on the same team as me, but almost always we’d have lunch at the same time in the staff room. Conversations were always interesting. We shared similar political views. We would talk about pets. I especially remember her shock when I told her I was participating in the Sourdough Raft Race (held in July on the North Saskatchewan River) and I did NOT have assorted vaccinations that she thought I should have. (I had a good time and I’m still here!) She will be missed. My deepest condolences.

  3. Hi Alex,
    I learned of Ethne’s passing with great sadness and Candace and I would like to offer our most sincere condolences. Through you and your wonderful stories we were able to know the Ethne of those days when you two were the scourge of the mixed doubles tennis court. And through the Frothblower’s wonderful social functions that Ethne faithfully attended, I got to know her as the proud, strong willed survivor that she was!!
    The life long devotion you showed each other is and inspiration to all married couples and words cannot begin to express the respect and admiration we have for your wonderful late wife, you and quite frankly all the McEacherns!!
    We look forward to attending her Life Gathering on Monday, March 18th, I am sure it will be standing room only!!
    Fraser and Candace

  4. Dear Alex, All my sympathy in your loss of Ethne. She was a wonderful person and so supportive of you in every way. She will be much missed. Sincerely, Pam Forsyth

  5. Alex very sorry to hear of Ethne’s passing.
    Please accept my condolences.

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