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Margaret Fitzsimons


Fitzsimons (Armoy) – February 19th 2024, Margaret, 22 Drones Road, dearly loved wife of the late James, much loved mother of Mark, Kathy, Dermot and Helen, mother-in-law of Amanda, Craig and David, very dear Granny of Olivia, William, Edward and James and a dear sister of Pat, Seamus, Gerard, Marian, Eithne, Clare and the late Michael and Geraldine RIP.

Requiem Mass has taken place in St. Olcan’s Church, Armoy, followed by cremation in Antrim and Newtownabbey Crematorium.

Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to British Lung Foundation c/o DJM Robinson & Son, 121 Culcrum Road, Cloughmills. BT44 9DT.

Lovingly Remembered & sadly missed.

Messages of Condolence

Sister in Law, faithful and loving friend, who always made us welcome in her home. Dear Margaret, so many happy memories of family holidays spent together with you and Jimmy and our children as they grew up. Fondly remembered.

Michael and Angela Thomas

Maggie McDermott, one of nine children grew up in the Falls Road district of Belfast. In 1965, the first Combined course of General and Psychiatric Nursing At Royal Victoria Hospital and Purdysburn Mental Hospital accepted ten student nurses. ( a grey uniform, rather than the Blue, hence the grey girls, no male students) Maggie, a bright, courageous spark in the revolutionary 1960’s, the token Catholic student at RVH, opened up many discussions on social issues. We shared many childhood stories. We also shared a deep desire to learn a holistic form of nursing. Could we find mental healing in a segregated community through this Combined Course? The psychosis of deep seated mistrust, fixed (false) beliefs close mindlessness erupted in violence on the Falls, and throughout Belfast. We witnessed and took care of all who had been so hurt and traumatized. The Nursing principle of treating everyone with the same dignity and care , regardless of status, religion, guided our training and set us on a life long course of seeing beyond political loyalties and discriminatory allegiances. Margaret, might have been a token in RVH, but to me and so many other compatriots she was warm, kind, intellectually open, a steady friend. May Margaret’s sparkling spirit Rest In Peace. Deepest condolences to all her family and friends. May they be surrounded in the circle of compassion and care in their time of grief.

Yours Truly, Pamela and Thomas Smyth

It was great sadness I learnt of Margaret’s passing As you leave her to rest today May you know Gods love and comfort Margaret was a grey girl with me in 1965 She was always smiling and I know she loved her chosen career

Irene Hanna ( Beck)

So, so sorry. A real Lady.

Mary Thompson


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