MACMILLAN, Aija This notice announces the passing of my wife, Aija MacMillan (née Peics, born in Riga, Latvia). Aija was an active and healthy 73-year- old lady. Without any warning signs, Aija suffered a massive brain hemorrhage when a blood vessel ruptured inside her head. The staff at the Montfort Hospital were unable to save her. Their loving care is to be commended. Aija was a devoted mother and leaves behind a loving family. We had 2 sons: Chuck and his wife Alicia (née Kalozdi) and James and his wife Chantal (née Weatherall). Her four grandchildren were the loves of her life. Chuck and Alicia's children are Lila (age 9) and Parker (age 7). James and Chantal's are Sophie (age 6) and Anna (age 4). They refer to themselves as the Super-Cousins. She took great pleasure in watching her children and then her grand-children play sports and do well in school and life. She could always be found at the rink, at the court or at the field. She also leaves behind her sister Vija, married to Dr. Marc Jacqmin. The above photograph of Aija was taken at the Central Experimental Farm, a place that we often visited. We were married in Montreal in 1968. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Ottawa and Gloucester, where we raised our family. Initially, Aija joined the RCMP as a senior software designer with the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC), until she chose to be a stay-at-home mother and raise our family. Aija was a Christian believer. She was blessed with a strong gift of discernment, strength of character and personal integrity. When she was in your corner, you knew she had your back. We know exactly where she is right now, safely with Jesus for eternity. On Tuesday February 21, there will be a service at 1 p.m. followed by a reception from 2-4 p.m. at Parkwood Presbyterian Church (10 Chesterton Drive, Ottawa) in celebration of her life. In memory of Aija, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HeartandStroke.ca . Don MacMillan, Aija's loving husband for 48.5 wonderful years. Rest in peace, my dearest Aija.
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