Cleala McAlister

Cleala McAlister

Friday, November 19th, 1926 - Thursday, January 24th, 2019
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Cleala was born in Montreal on November 19th, 1926 to Leva Charlotte Baker and Edwin John Carter. Her family, including her younger brother Reginald Carter, moved to the “beaches” in Toronto in 1930, where Cleala attended what is now Balmy Beach Community School and Malvern Collegiate.

Cleala pursued a career in high fashion dress designing, working in the fashion district on Spadina Avenue until marrying James Arnold McAlister in 1958.

Cleala and Arnold built their own house in the Markham and Shepherd area of Agincourt. Soon born were Anita Elaine and Ronald Edwin.

Cleala was always a dog lover and had a cocker spaniel named Tuppy, 2 german shepherds named Colonel 1 and Colonel 2, a standard poodle named Blackie and a miniature poodle named King. She also always had a big garden and grew most of the family’s vegetables. An avid speed skater herself, Cleala particularly enjoyed watching any skating event on television.

In 1978, the big move was made to the “country” outside of Milton. On 10 acres of land just outside of Brookville, Cleala and Arnold had a house built that Cleala designed. Cleala again had a big vegetable garden and became very involved in the community through the Women’s Institute and the Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church. Cleala discovered a passion for quilting and made many wonderful friends. She continued to live there by herself after Arnold passed away in 1987.

In 2007, Cleala moved to Oakville, living for a time in Woodside Mews and Vistamere Retirement Residence, and then in West Oak Village where she passed away peacefully on January 24th , 2019. Many thanks to Dr. Wong and all of the kind PSWs and Nurses, who cared for her and made her life as pleasant as possible.

Cleala leaves behind 4 grandchildren - Daniel, Bradley, Katherine and Jessie – of whom she was very proud and loved very much.

Cleala has always been an energetic, generous and positive person. She will be greatly missed by her family who will be forever grateful for her unending love and support.

Donations can be made in her honour to the Women’s Committee of the Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church through the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on Monday January 28, 2019 at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main Street East, Milton (905) 878-4452 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Monday, January 28th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, January 28th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church
    3097 15 sideroad
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Virgene Mau

Posted at 09:28am
To the family of Cleala McAlister: As have so many expressed in their comments she sounded like a very beautiful person inside and out. May your memories of your precious time together along with “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) “who comforts us in all our trials” help you at this difficult time.

Posted at 03:42pm
Dear Connie, Ron and all of your family-I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Mother. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts are with you and the family at this time.
Pat and Howard Milthorpe

Ellen Elsley

Posted at 06:13pm
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Posted at 01:07pm
Dear Anita, Ron and families. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I will always remember her big smile and flair for dressing. Her laugh is etched in my memory from our high school years. Treasure your memories of her. Warmest regards, Caroline Brodie

Judy and Ivan Hunter

Posted at 12:26pm
Dear Anita, Ron and Connie and families,
Please know that our thoughts are with you in your time of great loss.
When I think of Cleala, I am reminded of her infectious laugh, her talent and creative work with the needle and her love and support of her family . She was so supportive and proud of the musical talents of Ron and Anita and spent many hours in the car driving them to lessons , concerts etc . I will always treasure the memory of whirling around the arena on Wednesday afternoons guided by Cleala in her speed skates as the music lifted us into another world..
May the happy memories shared with your mother and the love of family and friends be a comfort to you.
God bless,
Ivan and Judy Hunter

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