Eleanor Blanche Brzak
Eleanor B. Brzak, 85, of Fredericton, NB, passed away on November 5, 2018 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital (DECH) surrounded by her loving family. Born in Oromocto, NB on December 2, 1932, Eleanor was the daughter of the late Mary (Holleran) and Thomas McCaffrey. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Marcel Slavomir Brzak and brother, Gerald Lawrence McCaffrey.
She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter Michelle Brzak (Jenkins), son-in-law Chris Jenkins, both of Fredericton, NB; sister Beatrice (Betty) Gilbert, Burton, NB; brother Arthur McCaffrey (Betty), Oromocto, NB, special cousin Charles Holleran and many nieces and nephews.
Eleanor graduated with a diploma from the Victoria Public Hospital Nursing School (Fredericton, NB) and went on to enjoy a career as a nurse which led her on many adventures. She worked at a hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador followed by a hospital in New London, Connecticut, (USA). Eleanor returned home to be closer to family and became the first Director of Nursing of the Oromocto Hospital (1968) then retired from nursing to be with her much loved daughter Michelle.
Eleanor was also a member of St. Dunstan’s Parish, and the Catholic Women’s League.
She adored spending time with family and close friends as well as entertaining on regular occasions. She also loved spending time at the cottage in Douglas Harbour (Grand Lake) enjoying nature and the hummingbirds. Other passions included travel, tennis and bridge but most of all she loved being "Irish". March 17th was a time for friends to gather together in celebration of her Irish heritage.
For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made by donation to the McCaffrey Family Nursing Scholarship (University of New Brunswick) or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York Street, Fredericton on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral mass in celebration of Eleanor will be held at St. Dunstan’s Church on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Father Bill Brennan will officiate. A reception at the Monsignor Boyd Family Centre will follow. Interment at the Hermitage Cemetery will be held at a later date.
A special thank you to the staff at the DECH and the staff of Brunswick Hall Shannex as well as Karen Grotterod, PT for the care and support they provided to Eleanor.