Gertrude “Gertie” Patricia McCartan nee McClorey

July 17, 1945 - January 5, 2022
January 8, 2022 29 Condolences Print Obituary

 Gertrude “Gertie” Patricia McCartan (McClorey) passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, with her son Sean and daughter Trudy by her side.

Gertie was born on July 17, 1945 to Mark and Gertrude McClorey in Mayobridge, Northern Ireland.  She grew up on the family farm with her siblings, John, Mark, Owen, Mary, Eileen, Stephen, Peggy, Francie, Kevin, Winnie, Liam, Josie and Barbra.

In 1969, Gertie met Patrick (Pat) McCartan while he was on a short trip home from Canada. Soon after that visit he returned to Northern Ireland for her, they were married on January 24th, 1970, later that year Gertie & Pat immigrated to Canada. Gertie and Pat went on to have four children and raise them in Edmonton, Alberta.

Gertie dedicated most of her adult life to raising her own children, along with a few others that were very dear to her. Later on, when the children were mostly grown, she served as a cook at Venta Nursing home...although many who knew her well know that she did much more than cook.

Gertie was the most social person you could ever meet! When she wasn't busy looking after things around the house, she would often be found catching up with friends and family, but especially her best friend of many years Lila Maginn. Later years she took many trips to Northern Ireland to visit friends and family.

She had more than her share of health struggles over the years and most recently with her memory. The last 2 years has been very special to her at the St. Albert Retirement Residence where she made many friends and enjoyed an active life. Gertie's death was preceded by a short illness that resulted in a brief hospitalization.

A private family prayer vigil will be held on Monday Jan. 10, officiated by Father Curtis Berube at Trinity Funeral Home

Opportunity to pay your respects to Gertie will be as follows:

Public viewing will be Tuesday Jan.11th 9:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m, Visitation in private viewing room for anyone in attendance at North Pointe Community Church, please use South Entrance of Church (14025-167 ave, Edmonton)

Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Jan.11th -  at North Pointe Community church officiated by Father Curtis Berube

**note** capacity restrictions may require some in attendance to view on the large screen across the hall from the main auditorium.***

service will be live streamed and can be viewed live, or a later date, on the Facebook page of Gertrude McCartan.

Reception to follow the Memorial service (1pm) will be held at the Irish Sports & Social Society (12546 126 St NW, Edmonton, AB).

***covid exemption program in place at the Irish Club***

The family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to Trinity Funeral home (10530-116st, Edmonton) no later than 3pm On Monday January 10th.

  1. My deepest sympathy from a County Down immigrant! to Sean and all your family! Gertie was a lovely lady! I enjoyed her company many times for lunch, Down matches at the Irish club and her Irish bread! R.I.P Gertie! I met her over 40 years ago when I first came to Canada! I regret that I didn’t keep more in touch! My sister Margaret who passed recently was married to Phil McCartan a cousin of Pats May they all rest in peace

  2. Condolences to you Sean, Trudy and your families. Auntie Gertie was quite a character and she will be missed by all who knew her. She lit up a room like no other.
    All our Love, Colleen Roy Mary and Mateus

  3. Gertie you will be missed so much, I will miss your visits home to Ireland , we have so many fantastic memories. This past few days we have been remembering all the laughs and fun we had. We all loved you so much Gertie ,u never hung up your phone when you rang without say I love you as we did you. Until we meet again Gertie. I love you. Your sister Josie.xxx

  4. Sean and Heidi,
    We are sorry for your loss. We remember your Mom as a loving, caring woman with a special dry sense of humour. May God wrap his arms of comfort around you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Rest In Peace Gertie, from the Fegan Family Hilltown.

  6. Rest In Peace along side your loved ones you lost too soon. Sincerest sympathies and condolences for you Trudy, Darren, Brooklyn and Tyson.

  7. My Deepest sympathy to the family may she rest in peace

  8. Condolences Sean and Trudy. Gertie will be missed a lot. Colin and I spent many years with Gertie when we first came to Canada 46 years ago. Gertie and I had many special times together. We will truly miss her smile her laughter and her sense of humour. RIP Gertie love you always

  9. May you rest in peace Gertie we had the pleasure of meeting you when Hugh and I were staying with Carmel my sister and her husband Colin we were entertained by you and your hubby pat so condolences from castlewellan co down 🙏🍀🍀

  10. Sincere sympathy to the McCartan family on the recent loss of your dear mum, from Julianne O’Loughlin & Dave Campbell

  11. Gertie, you were truly one of a kind! Our conversations were great, and usually ended in a laugh or a giggle. I will miss you!
    Denise Howie

  12. Rest in Peace Gertie from Michael & Andrea McConville, Clontafleece County Down x

  13. Our hearts go out to you Sean, Heidi, Trudy and family. We were all very fortunate to have laughs with Gertie, when I first met her, I was often trying to figure out if she was serious. Over many years she proved to love her family deeply and she was so kind when she cared for my grama. We were very fortunate to spend many holidays with you all and Gertie always making us laugh. May you find comfort in all the great memories, we love you.

  14. My condolences to Sean and Trudy and the families. Rest is peace Aunty Gertie (godmother) you will be dearly missed. Love Paul and family

  15. My condolences to Sean and Trudy. So sorry for your loss

  16. Sean,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I loved talking to her and she was a very kind person.
    My sincere Condolences go out to you and your Families at this time of loss.
    May God Bless each and every one of you at this time.

  17. So sorry to hear about your mummy’s death Sean and Trudy,Gertie was our neighbour on Coyles hill,may her soul rest in peace

  18. Rest in Peace, Gertie, we always had a few laughs together and will never forget our shared trip to Ireland.
    Cindy and Ray Hamilton

  19. Dearest auntie Gertie, the world will not be the same without you. Your singing, jokes, kindness, generosity and amazing Irish bread are only a few things that will missed. Sending love and lite to Sean, Trudy and their families.
    God bless from Katrina, Seamus and Ella

  20. Rest In Peace Gertie Donal & I will sure miss our phone calls and Chat . RIP

  21. Sean, Trudy and families and the McClorey Family, sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom, grandma and beloved sister. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. RIP Gertie you are united with many family members.❤️

  22. Rest In Peace Gertie

  23. Trudy and Sean So Sorry To Hear Of Your Mother’s Passing She Was A Great Person She Will Sadly Missed May She Rest In Peace Martin and Mary Doyle

  24. rest in peace gertie god bless to sean trudy and families

  25. Sincere sympathy to Sean, Trudy and their families.
    We always met Gertie when we visited the Maginn family in Canada and also when she came over to Ireland. She always made us laugh.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
    Viola and Coleen x

  26. Our sincere condolences, and prayers on the passing of Gertie. She was a friend to many @ St.Albert Retirement Residence and always dressed to the 9’s! She was funny & friendly and she will be missed. RIP

  27. Dear Trudy and family;
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom and may she rest in peace. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a loved one, but just knowing that she was in your life and the memories you have created together will bring you peace also.

  28. We will miss your cheerful greetings, your great sense of humour and helpfulness.

  29. Our Sincere condolences and prayers to all of the family, Gertie will be dearly missed.

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