Rest in Peace Maggie

Malgorzata (Margaret) Wojtarowicz, known to friends as “Maggie”, passed away on 15 September 2017, at the age of 44 years, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Vancouver General Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family and friends near and far.

Self described as a Poetess, Writer, Traveler, Food Lover and [Civil/Environmental] Engineer; Maggie fully lived all her days!  Despite the physical challenges of living with dystonia, she loved to dance, ride bikes, ski and converse for hours on topics curiously plain and deep alike.  She defied cancer not once, but twice before her body succumbed to it the third time.  She was a beautiful soul that inspired so many to live every moment with purpose and joy.  She will be deeply missed but forever remembered.

In true Maggie’s Way fashion, her funeral arrangements may be a bit unusual but just the way she wanted them!  A personally planned Celebration of Life / Transition Party already took place on 5 September at the Vancouver General Hospital with Maggie in attendance surrounded by so much love, joy and of course tears, but bravely none of them her own.  In her final days, she was flooded with emails, texts, posts, calls and visits from friends, loved ones, acquaintances, co-workers, fans and family from far and wide letting her know just how much she and her life have meant to everyone.  What a wonderful send off!  Maggie has asked to be cremated, and for her ashes to be privately spread in Vancouver, the city she loved, and Toronto, where the majority of her family resides.

At Maggie’s request, the family would like to honour her with a memorial bench in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) where Maggie often visited and always felt a spiritual connection.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for her dedication bench at the following website:  https://donate.vancouver.ca/maggie

Maggie’s Resting Place, Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park 2017

 

Condolences may be left on Maggie’s website: http://maggiesway.ca/category/writing/thorny-roses

Below is one of Maggie’s last poems, never before published, in which you may find comfort and for all to enjoy.

 

Celebration of Life – The Final Bow

June 2017

 

Maggie enjoying life in Stanley Park, May 2017

Some cry, some weep,

Yet others sob,

Lamenting loss of life

 

And others jest,

Thus making light,

Knowing it all a joke

 

Our lives are but

A stage performance,

From which we all must part

 

‘Tis that we live

Not what we do

That drives us to live more

13 thoughts on “Rest in Peace Maggie

  1. I only knew Maggie to see her out dancing but I wish that I had known her better. Her story has affected me greatly and remembering her positive and friendly manner inspires me in daily life. There are no words for her dear family and friends but I hope that you find moments of peace and love. I will remember her for a long time to come.

  2. We are listening to Depeche Mode tonight, in memory of Maggie. She has been a unique and special friend, always with a different perspective to consider, a philosophical and curious mind, honest reflection, deep digging–never dull to spend time with! In the few years we have known Maggie, we’ve been fortunate to share some very memorable times, and will always be glad for the experience of our friendship and conversation. Her energy is indelible, all around us. Much love and sincere condolences to Maggie’s family
    From Melanie & James in Vancouver xo

    @)>—‘(—‘(——

  3. Miss Maggie, we miss your smile, your propensity to gravitate to the dance floor, your lust for life. it will not be the same without you. <3 I'm very thankful we had the chance to visit before you decided it was time to clock out, But you were in credibly strong to take life and death on your own terms
    Words aren't enough

    -Sandi & Nicholas

  4. ?We will miss you Maggie. You truly have been an inspiration to me and how we should live each moment. My sincere condolences to Maggie’s family.?

  5. Maggie taught me to appreciate life in spite of its challenges. Such a strong spirit; she was with some of us briefly but profoundly. My condolences and prayers to Maggie’s family.

    • The first time I met Maggie was at a birthday party, where she explained to me, with authority, what would likely happen to Vancouver following an earthquake. A couple of times, we had differing perspectives on things and it was so refreshing to know exactly what she thought. What I will miss though is her intense appreciation for the little things that make life worth living — food, travel, a cozy bed — and her insatiable curiosity. Rest in peace, Maggie. You will be missed!

  6. Rest in peace Maggie. A beautiful, thoughtful, caring soul. You will be missed. My sincere condolences to your family and friends.

  7. Maggie, you knew the time and day when it was the right moment to leave your body so your spirit can move beyond the earthly world. Remembering your wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May you rest in peace.

  8. Maggie, I am so honoured to have known you. You enriched my life in so many ways and challenged me to think more critically about the world around me. You are gone far too soon. My friend I will miss you always.

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