Beryl Mary Childs

October 16, 1927 ~ July 8, 2021 (age 93)


Beryl Mary Childs


In Deep River, on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Beryl Childs (nee: Gidney) in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Bernard George Childs. Loving mother of Hilary, Arabella, Alison (Ray Charlebois) and Martin (Antonia Dehnhardt), cherished grandmother of Jonathan (Samantha Ciniello) and Nicola, great-grandmother of Ada. Predeceased by her sister and 3 brothers. Respecting Beryl’s request, cremation has taken place at Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa.

Beryl was born at School House, Garsington (near Oxford) where her father was headmaster of the village school and her mother a teacher. Beryl was on the point of accepting a teaching position in the Falkland Islands when her family intervened and a job was found for her analyzing isotopes at the Harwell nuclear laboratories. She and Bernard met at the staff hotel there, like other couples who later emigrated to Deep River.

The family moved here in 1956 where they thrived and expanded. Beryl was a passionate bridge and tennis player and local real-estate agent for many years. Bernard's passions were physics, music and community engagement. When told it was mission impossible, he led the fundraising campaign for the new auditorium (matched by the Town of Deep River) that delivered a  performance venue used by the community and the school for the past 50 years.

Always an adventurous spirit, Beryl traveled the world, visiting her children as they moved around in Asia, Australia, Europe, the U.S. and Latin America.   To many people, Beryl was strong, kind, independent and loyal. She loved sitting on her deck, always grateful in the moment, always watching God's daily and hourly painting over Pine Point and the great Ottawa River.

She is free now, and shines everbright in the centre of our hearts.

The family would like to thank the staff of Deep River Hospital and of the North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre, especially the FlexCare team for their compassion, competence and love.

Condolences to PO Box 170, Deep River

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