NA­DINE HOPE SMALL­WOOD

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B. E. M.

Na­dine Hope Small­wood Gar­rett nee Har­ley (Hawryli) Age 93. No­vem­ber 1, 2018.

Late one night in 1942, Na­dine crept down­stairs to a room in the base­ment where her fa­ther kept his im­por­tant pa­pers, sorted through them, and found the needed doc­u­ments and ran away from home to join the air force. She was 18, and as the re­cruit­ing of­fice noted, a very de­ter­mined young woman. She was posted to RCAF Rock­cliffe.

Dur­ing the war, she re­ceived top se­cret clear­ance for the work she was do­ing, and was awarded the Bri­tish Empire Medal. This was also when she dis­cov­ered her love of fly­ing.

At the end of the war, wish­ing to con­tinue fly­ing, she joined the Ot­tawa Fly­ing Club where she met the pres­i­dent of the club, and her fu­ture hus­band, Col. L.A. (Chips) Small­wood. In ad­di­tion, she joined the Gatineau Glid­ing club where she be­came a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors, and set a woman’s alti­tude record for glider flight.

She also be­came an am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tor, VE3AKI, and took up paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and ski­ing.

Na­dine, or “Dean” as she was known to their friends, and Chips were keen pi­lots and sailors. They would fly down to Toronto Is­land, and then head over to the Royal Cana­dian Yacht Club and spend the week­end sail­ing their boat, the “Lau­ren.”

When Chips died in 1963, Na­dine, with two small chil­dren in tow, de­cided to find a sum­mer place close to home and headed up to the Gatineau’s where she found land at the beau­ti­ful, and at that time, un­de­vel­oped north end of Grand Lake. With no road, run­ning wa­ter, or elec­tric­ity, Na­dine had a sum­mer home built, and it be­came her cher­ished re­treat for the next 5 decades. It was here that she felt most com­fort­able, and at peace, close to na­ture. Over the years more land was ac­quired to pro­tect and pre­serve the area for the var­i­ous species of wildlife, and it has be­come a re­lax­ing get-away for the en­tire ex­tended fam­ily and their friends. Through­out her work­ing ca­reer, her at­ten­tion to de­tail, knowl­edge of three lan­guages, and list­mak­ing abil­ity were ap­pre­ci­ated at Spar­tan Air Ser­vices, Na­tional Re­search Coun­cil, and the Fed­eral Civil Ser­vice. Af­ter a brief re­tire­ment, she re­turned to work at An­drex Hold­ings un­til she was 84. She also at­tended Car­leton Univer­sity part-time, tak­ing cour­ses in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Is­lamic Ar­chi­tec­ture, and Eastern Reli­gions. When not study­ing or work­ing, she was busy with her or­ganic gar­den, and stained glass work.

A strong and de­ter­mined woman, Na­dine never let any ob­sta­cle stop her. She al­ways kept a stiff up­per lip and a sense of hu­mour, no mat­ter what the chal­lenge. She was pre­de­ceased by her first hus­band Col. L.A. (Chips) Small­wood (1963) and her sec­ond hus­band J. Len­nox Gar­rett (1986). She is re­mem­bered with love by her daugh­ter, Cathy Small­wood (John Bell) and her son, Sandy Small­wood (Mary Anne). Also her grand­chil­dren: An­drew Goss (Chris­tine White) of Kingston, ON, Nadya Bell (Dave Mundy) of St John’s, NL; and El­speth, Har­ley, and Mered­ith Small­wood, all of Ot­tawa, ON. Her three great grand­chil­dren, Chloe, and Lily (Kingston), and Sonny (St. John’s) all share her ad­ven­tur­ous spirit and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Love you mom,

Cathy and Sandy

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions to an en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion such as the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Canada, or Cana­dian Parks and Wilder­ness So­ci­ety would be ap­pre­ci­ated. A gath­er­ing to scat­ter her ashes will be held at Grand Lake at a fu­ture date.

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