Obituary of Maria Angela Addison
In respect of Maria’s wishes we are hosting a Memorial Reception to honour her life at St. Andrew's Parish Hall, downstairs. We will not hold a Mass service so please come to honour her memory and see the family. You are all welcome to say something if you like.
Maria Angela Addison, Sheung Wan, will be forever remembered by her warm smile, her generous spirit and the care she gave to others.
Born in Changsha, Hunan on November 17th 1937, Maria Angela was the first daughter of Ruby Cheung, Sheung-wan was her Chinese name, which I have been told means cloud over Hunan.
Maria was the beloved big sister to Ernie, Jody (Anna), Christine (Raymond), Elena (Graham), Terry (Tim) and Josie (Tracey). Devoted wife of Richard Addison and loving mother of Kim, Dionne, Gaile, and step-daughter Wendy. She leaves behind a precious grandson Liam, her Aunties Violet and Shirley (Frank) and Uncles Joe (Lorraine) and David (Teresa), as well as many cousins, second cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Her formative years were spent in China, India, and attending Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon, Hong Kong before relocating to Melbourne, Australia in 1957 to study nursing. While living in Australia, in order for her to retain her working Visa, she had to continue studying nursing courses. Therefore, she took the opportunity to learn as many disciplines in her field as she could: midwifery, pediatrics, emergency care, and surgical assistance. During her time at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Melbourne her caring, generosity and expertise as a young nurse was recognized by a patient who threw her a lavish 21st birthday party. The event was even published in the local newspaper.
A worldly fashionista who developed a passion for travel and adventure, Maria relocated again in 1964 to join her family in Vancouver shortly after their immigration from Hong Kong. She found employment at Pearson Hospital where she met Richard (Dick) Addison whom she would marry in 1967.
From 1964, minus the years she spent at home caring for her daughters, the majority of her 45-year nursing career was spent at St. Vincent’s Hospital until just before it closed in 2002. Conveniently, from St. Vincent's Hospital she lived only four city blocks down the street where she her husband started their family in 1968.
Often opting for the graveyard shift, our Dad would drive her to the Hospital for her 11pm start. The next morning he would wake us up and pile us into the car to pick-up Mum before heading to Chinatown for a dim sum feast; Mum of course still wearing her nurse’s whites.
Following her retirement from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Maria attended seminars on diabetes, heart health, stroke prevention, and wound care continuing to be a life long learner of her craft and the go-to person for all our family aches and ailments.
Mum was the most unpretentious person I have ever met. Never wanting too much attention and fuss made over her, unlike her youngest daughter whom she liked to call her “fancy baby”. I have often heard people say of Mum that she was a strong person and it’s true -- she still was the strongest person we knew.
Mum will forever be remembered for her devotion to her family, her hearty laugh and insatiable appetite for all things exotic, mostly travel and food and her collection of mementos.
Rest in peace Mum, we love you.
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