VIOLET MAEVE (WALKER) DAVIS

(nee Clynch),

July 13, 1918 –

June 15, 2011

Born in Ballycastle, Ireland, Maeve was the eldest daughter of William and Anne Clynch and sister to Bernard, Benny, Ettna, Vincent and Madeline. The family emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1929, where she met and married Alexander Walker in 1937; the couple had two daughters, Barbara Ann and Judith Maeve. Maeve was widowed in 1958 on the eve of their 21st wedding anniversary. After 7 years of widowhood, Maeve met and married Stanley Ross Davis and moved to Toronto, where the couple lived and worked until retiring to their Century home in Elora, Ontario. Eager travelers, Maeve and Ross spent many vacations exploring other countries. Maeve was again widowed in 2001 after 35 years of marriage to Ross. A talented fashion buyer, Maeve worked for the Simpson’s organisation for 25 years as manager of Better Women’s Sportswear in the Montreal store, and later area manager for all Toronto stores in the junior division. Additionally she was co-coordinator of all the junior departments across Simpson’s Canada and oversaw all overseas buying – attending fashion shows across the fashion world from New York to Europe. Maeve received acclaim for her design talents when hotel Baron Conrad Hilton built the Chateau Champlain in Montreal and part of the grand opening was a fashion show for which Simpsons was responsible. Maeve designed 10 outfits for the show. Look Magazine gave Maeve accolades, writing, “Maeve Walker does not have to take a backward step to any of the American or European designers. Bravo!!” After Ross’ death, Maeve moved to Salt Spring Island to be closer to her family. She first lived at Meadowbrook then moved to Greenwoods where she spent the last six years. Family members wish to acknowledge the wonderful care she received while at Greenwoods. Gillian Hickford, a companion to Maeve from her move to Salt Spring, not only was a caregiver to Maeve, but also a friend to her family. We were so fortunate to have her. Maeve leaves behind and will be missed by her daughters Barbara McCaffrey (Mac) and Judith King, grandchildren John (Tanya), Andrew, Elizabeth, Kyle, and great-grandchildren Naomi, Davis, and Nathan, her only surviving sibling, Madeline O’Hara (John), and several nieces and nephews. Maeve will be remembered in a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations to Greenwoods Eldercare, Salt Spring Island, BC, or the BC Alzheimer’s Foundation. would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed at vmaevedavis@gmail.com.

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