elevated AUzvh Sammon; Rita Margaret (O’Neill) 1924-2021
elevated AUzvh Peacefully, at the Briton House retirement residence from COVID-19 on January 23, 2021 aged 96 years. Born on April 28 1924, in Kemptville ON, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ann O’Neill (Burke). Rita is survived by her beloved sister Helen Millar (the late Paul) and sisters in law, Bernadette and Mary Sammon, both of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Predeceased by her husband, Joseph Gordon Sammon, her sister Mary and brother John O’Neill (Eleanor) and brother in law, Patrick Sammon. Rita will be sadly missed by her dear friend, Mary Haggart, and fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and care givers. Rita was a career-long civil servant of the federal government and a member of St. Margaret of Scotland parish in Toronto. She volunteered at the O &A hospital and was an avid bridge player during her retired years. She endured notable loneliness and isolation due to COVID-19 with determination resilience and remarkable grace in this past year.
elevated AUzvh The family wishes to share a special video tribute with friends and family who knew Rita by clicking HERE
elevated AUzvh A live streaming of Rita’s Funeral Service may be viewed on Saturday February 6th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. by clicking HERE. The final rite of Committal and Interment will take place directly after Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks for all the love and support during this difficult time.
Rita and I worked together in the gift shop at the Orth. and Arth. I enjoyed her company so much. We discussed bridge games, shared family stories ,compared recipes and laughed a lot. It was the beginning of a great friendship.
In Briton House, we continued to share stories. She was so alert , and interesting to be with. I will miss her so much.
My sincere condolences to Helen , and to all the family.
My condolences to family and friends. Aunt Rita along with Uncle Gordie were very good to us growing up and we will miss them both.
Pat Sammon and Family in Ottawa
Mirka, Kristyna, Andrea, & Natalie
Thanks for your posting, I sent some cards from her funeral celebration her home with Paul and he mentioned he would share them with the family.
Rita was a lifelong friend of my mother Dorothy Riviere (Lynch). I know my mother valued her friendship with Rita very deeply.
Rita was a wonderful lady.