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Margaret Lane Foster, 88 years old. Died in the compassionate and professional care of the team at the Abbie J. Lane Hospital, on Monday, 24 March, 2014. Daughter of Abbie Jacques Lane and Frederick Arthur Lane of Halifax, NS. Wife of the late John Stanton Foster of Halifax and Toronto who predeceased her in 2001. Survived by daughter, Anne Foster Worlock of Buckinghamshire, England and Kingsburg, NS, brother, Frederick (Ted) Arthur Lane Jr. of Bridgewater, NS and sister, Jean Lane Duncan of Philadelphia, Pa, 15 nieces and nephews, and three step-grandchildren. It is uncommon now to end your days surrounded by landmarks of your growing...
Margaret Lane Foster, 88 years old. Died in the compassionate and professional care of the team at the Abbie J. Lane Hospital, on Monday, 24 March, 2014.
Daughter of Abbie Jacques Lane and Frederick Arthur Lane of Halifax, NS. Wife of the late John Stanton Foster of Halifax and Toronto who predeceased her in 2001. Survived by daughter, Anne Foster Worlock of Buckinghamshire, England and Kingsburg, NS, brother, Frederick (Ted) Arthur Lane Jr. of Bridgewater, NS and sister, Jean Lane Duncan of Philadelphia, Pa, 15 nieces and nephews, and three step-grandchildren.
It is uncommon now to end your days surrounded by landmarks of your growing up, but Margie could see or imagine from her window (in a room in the hospital named for her mother), the Halifax Figure Skating Club where she skated, won provincial championships and appeared in the Club exhibitions, being particularly famous for a pairs routine with partner Betty Wallace to "Cocktails for Two"; the CBC building at the corner of South Park Street and Sackville Street once the home of CJCH, where she joined her mother and others in wartime broadcasts and concert parties sponsored by H.O Mills; the Chronicle-Herald Building now gone, but Margie was on the crime beat as a cub reporter there in the late 1940's; Pier 21 where she volunteered in the wartime canteens, and from which she set out with European war brides and their babies taking them to meet their husbands in Montreal and Ottawa.
She graduated from Halifax Ladies College (now Armbrae Academy), and as a member of the Waegwoltic Club, she won provincial championships for swimming and diving. When she married and began a life of many moves following her husband's career, her sporting skills stood her in good stead. In Peterborough, Ontario, in the late 1950's until 1961, she was the assistant professional at the Peterborough Figure Skating Club. The senior professional was world figure skating medallist Ede Király, who in those years invited many stars including Donny Jackson to the Club's annual carnival, in which Margie, too, was highlighted. In Toronto in the 1960's and 70's she played tennis and badminton at the Boulevard Club, playing in international tournaments in the US and Bermuda.
She supported her husband in his many roles, culminating as President of the World Energy Council. This meant opportunities for travel to India, Korea, China, Argentina, and throughout Europe.
In Toronto, she volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Queensway General Hospital, work that called on her empathy for the vulnerable. In more recent years, after coming back to Halifax, she lived at Parkland, Clayton Park, where she knew and appreciated the empathy of others as she aged and, pretending otherwise all the way, needed their help.
A service will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 2 pm at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello St., Halifax. A reception will be held following the service. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to palliative care, C/O of the QEII Foundation.

"So very sorry Jean, to learn of your sister's death. She lived a full life with much service to others, following in your family's footsteps. Am thinking..."

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