We, the family of Mary Mac Cormick Fuhrer, are saddened to announce her death on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mary, of West Palm Beach/Margaretville, was born in French Road Cape Breton, Sept. 5, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Flora (Mac Donald) Mac Cormick. Mary was married to Howard Fuhrer, who predeceased her in 2006.
Mary is survived by her brother, Vincent (Martha) Mac Cormick, New Waterford and her sister, Helen (John) Mac Donald, Little Bras D’Or, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Olive Mac Cormick and brother-in-law, John Camp-bell, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by sisters, Kay Haddad and Ann Campbell and a brother, John Mac Cormick. She also was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Simon Haddad.
Mary and her family moved to New Waterford when she was very young. She attended Mount Carmel School, graduating in 1947. She then attended Hamilton Memorial School of Nursing and received her RN degree in 1951. Mary nursed at St. Rita’s Hospital, Sidney before moving to New York City. Mary attended St. Joseph’s University in Maine where she received her bachelor of science in Health Care Administration.
In New York, Mary worked at New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center, where she held the position of Senior Supervisor, Assistant Director and Administrator of Quality Assurance in Harkness Pavilion.
In 1989 May and Howard retired and enjoyed many happy years in Shandaken in upstate New York and in West Palm Beach, Florida. She and Howard loved to ski and golf. Their time in upstate New York was something they cherished. With their many friends, they enjoyed skiing at the many wonderful mountains surrounding their home and golfing at Kass Inn, later to become Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club.
Each summer for over 50 years they traveled to Cape Breton to be with family and friends.
Mary was loved and admired by all who knew her and was always willing to help when the opportunity was presented. She spent many hours volunteering. Her special project was fund raising for the Margaretville Hospital Found-ation.
Mary’s Celebration of Life Mass was held at St. Leonard’s Church, New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The family wishes to thank all her friends in Margaretville and surrounding communities who were so kind and caring especially since Howard’s death.
A special thank-you to Russell Cariot and Betty Martin for the years of friendship and for arranging for her memorial service; to Father Bob for celebrating her Memorial Mass; to Hide and Tomika Kiyono and her Saturday evening dinner friends and to Delia Bacquiran. Mary cherished your friendships.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by her dear and longtime friend, Father Robert Purcell at Sacred Heart Church, Main Street, Margaretville at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 25.