Mary Aletha Drummie
Mary Aletha (nee Erck) Drummie, passed away calmly in hospice in Fredericton, NB at the age of 78, on January 25th, 2018 from complications with cancer. She was mother of Eric Drummie of Fredericton, NB and Ann Drummie of Oakland, CA, mother-in-law of Sarah (nee Powney) Drummie, grandmother of Christopher Drummie, ex-wife of Frederic Drummie, sister-in-law of Betty Drummie, aunt to Gretchen Drummie and Blair Drummie, and great friend to many.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Ramsey, NJ, attending Ramsey High School. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and went on to complete a Master of Science (Industrial Psychology) from McGill University, Montreal, QC. She had met Fred Drummie of Saint John, NB, when she spent summers in Calais, ME and he was working at the Ganong Bros. chocolate factory across the border in St. Stephen, NB. After graduate school, she started married life in Fredericton, NB teaching at the University of New Brunswick. She later led a study and published reports on high school drop-outs for the New Brunswick Department of Youth and Welfare over two academic years;1962-63 & 1963-64. The statistical approach helped to identify future students at risk so they could receive earlier support to stay on track to graduation.
In 1972, the entire family moved to the Ottawa, ON area. She provided some memorable set designs for the local figure skating club shows, and hosted many neighborhood parties. She also mentored the junior golf programs at her local golf club, which instilled and shared the values of the sport with many young people, including her two children who have enjoyed the sport themselves ever since.
Her life-long love of golf started as a junior at the St. Croix Golf Club in Calais, ME. Through her relocations she was a member of the Fredericton Golf & Country Club, Ashburn Golf Club, Kanata Golf Club, Irish Hills Golf Club, and Canadian Golf Club. Beyond holding her B-flight handicap, she also served in golf administration progressing opportunities for women in the sport, playing a positive instrumental role in promoting growth and development while maintaining the integrity and traditions of the game. She volunteered frequently as the Ladies’/Club Captain at each of her various clubs. At the Ottawa District level, from 1974-1987, she served consistently in many capacities including Tournament Chair and President. At the provincial level, from 1988-1991, she served as the Vice President and then President of the CLGA Quebec Branch. This culminated with serving at the national level from 1993-1997 as Vice President and then President of the CLGA. During this time, the national office relocated from Ottawa to Oakville, ON. With a large turnover of staff, Mary fulfilled many functions through this time, and the move was successful including the search for and training of a new Executive Director. She also worked tirelessly with lawyers to update the CLGA constitution. Her due diligence, strong sense of commitment, sincere dedication, and superior organizational skills along with her efficient pro-active approach propelled the national governing body to a policy based board. Further, she implemented the idea of the "Elite Golf Program" which was the new concept that the national governing body would be responsible for elite training. This was followed by the hiring of national coaches. This concept was later emulated by the RCGA. At the international level she was honoured to serve as the non-playing captain of the World Team to the Philippines in 1996, and to serve on the Women’s Committee of the World Amateur Golf Council in 1996. Attending the International Golf Administrator’s Meeting in 1997 in Scotland was an amazing experience, which included an unforgettable round at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Mary also really enjoyed the camaraderie and spirit of curling. She was committed to helping curlers improve, most recently at the Richmond Curling Club (Ottawa), and she looked forward to SLICCS every year.
She started playing bridge in college and achieved Life Master in 1976. For many more decades she enjoyed high-level international competition, playing recreationally, and tutoring. In 2011 she reached Gold, and through 2017 she was still actively collecting points toward Sapphire Life Master level.
As a "smart lady" her insatiable thirst for knowledge led to many world travels and adventures with her daughter and friends. These included strolling on the Great Wall, riding a camel at the pyramids of Giza, hiking to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, staring down a Komodo dragon in the Galapagos, viewing Hawaiian lava from a helicopter, riding a hot air balloon in the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, floating through the Blue Grotto on the coast of Capri, cheering at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and hearing icebergs fall off glaciers in Iceland.
She was a friend who would offer a lift, organize a going-away party, pick the ideal paint colour, make everyone feel welcome, send just the right card, and come up with the one special detail to pull an event together. She was gracious and determined, and always on the move. She will be deeply missed.
Friends and family are invited to gather at the Wu Conference Center at the University of New Brunswick on Saturday, February 3rd at 1pm to celebrate her impact on our lives. Any flower orders for the celebration should be arranged through Trites Flower Shop (506) 458-1992 or (800) 906-0099. A second celebration will be planned at a later date for Ottawa, ON.
Donations to Fredericton Hospice House (hospicefredericton.ca) would be an appreciated extension of the family’s gratitude for the organization and the staff’s care and dedication.