Hazel J Munn

Hazel J. Munn


With a saddened yet peace-filled heart I share that my mom, Hazel Munn, completed her earthly journey on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Mom was born in Devon, NB on January 11, 1930. She was the seventh child of James (Jim) and Grace (McManus) McSorley. She is survived by me (her daughter, Jenella); her sister, Theresa Dunlap; sister-in-law, Jean MacKinnon; brother-in-law, Cedric (Shirley) Munn; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Cameron; brothers, Joe, Arthur, Tommy and Clair and by sisters, Margaret and Alice.

After learning she was expecting me, their first and only child, she left the workforce to be a devoted stay-at-home mom. Our home was where her heart existed. Having travelled much, her favourite city without exception was Fredericton and the people therein. To borrow that famous line, for mom there was no place like home. During her marriage to my father Cameron, who was a member of the Fredericton City Police, they were indeed a force together always making friends whenever they went. After his passing, Hazel forged ahead and found comfort from her love of family and socializing with large groups of people or small. Participating in her faith community where she was involved in various ministries, committees and organizations was her passion but she also volunteered with charities and participated in events within her neighbourhood, city and province. You name it, she loved being with others and therein found immeasurable joy.

Mom always told me and I quote, “Don’t start thanking people individually because you’ll always forget someone.” However, at risk of doing just that, on behalf of my mother and myself, I find it an honour and a privilege to acknowledge the following individuals: Doctors: Karrie VanMiddlesworth, Karen Broad, Patricia Bryden, Patrick Feltmate, Peter Fraser, Tim Snell, Calvin Smith, Bronwyn Mulheron and Deborah Stymiest. Your expertize, compassion and grace shown to my mother over the last several years of her journey in your various fields will always be appreciated and never forgotten. You provided healing to both her and to me. To the staff of Orchardview Long Term Care Home: how could they fit so many angels in one building?! She received excellent and compassionate care and I was welcomed warmly upon each visit because I was among friends. To Fr. Monte Peters: our priest, our anchor, our friend. You walked beside us from the beginning, inspired us when downtrodden and uplifted us when weak in spirit. For this and so much more, thank you. You are our miracle! To my mother’s care team while at home: Alice, Mary, Betty, Jean, Ellen, Judith, Brenda, Marie, Corinne, all her other “girls” and our 2 guardian angels Marilyn and Brenda Lee. Each of you provided mom with expert and loving assistance. In turn, you provided me with emotional care to a depth you will never realize. To our dear friend Shelly Parent who brought her scissors, cape, water bottle and love to our home to give mom her ‘diva doos’: shalom aleikhem. To the nurses of Extra-Mural: you are an excellent group of professionals. Thank you for coming to our home. To Jonathan Buchanan (SD): you made the difficult process of transitioning from home to long-term care easier by your professionalism, pleasant demeanor and your gift of laughter. To my co-workers: our daily interactions gave me a much-needed emotional break and energy boost. You’re all my “unsuspecting angels”. To those who came to visit mom, who reached out to me and offered their support and to those who kept us in their prayers I am abundantly grateful. Finally, yet most importantly, I thank God for the gift of my parents, my best friends. Their love is eternal and their light will never be extinguished. I am because they were.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation and the funeral will be private with Rev. Monte Peters as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations in mom’s memory to Orchardview Long Term Care Home would be very much appreciated as well as a request to open your heart to those in need and perform an act of kindness as caring for others was of paramount importance to mom. Arrangements are under the care of York Funeral Home. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com.

In closing, I leave with you my mother’s self-description: “Small but mighty, tiny but terrific.” Thanks Haze. I love you. Let heaven rejoice!


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Holy Family Parish
1500 Hanwell Road
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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