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Obituary for Gwendoline Joan Kent (Castle)

Kent, Gwendoline Joan (Castle)
March 16, 1928 Windhoek, South West Africa (Namibia)

Passed away peacefully at Ottawa on February 1, 2021. Gwen was in her 93rd year, beloved wife of and best friend of the late Patrick for 22 years and the late Gerard (Zaat) for 9 years. Loving mother of James of Ottawa, Patrick (Sandra) of Ottawa, David (Bernie) of Gatineau and the late Laura of Ottawa. Special Grandmother to Nicholas (Sharon), Rebecca (Jay), Megan, Lindsay (James) and great grandmother to Adrian, Nathan and Oakley. Dear daughter of The late Philip and Lydia Castle. Dear sister of Lydia (Deon) of Namibia, the late Alfred (Hazel) of The Republic of South Africa, the late Philip (Catharina) of the Republic of South Africa and Sister-in-law to the late Micheal (Brenda) of England. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Born in Windhoek, Namibia, Gwen was the daughter of Philip and Lydia Castle. Gwen had many interests and she was a talented artist; painting and drawing. She also loved sewing and knitting clothes, sweaters and hats for her children. Very athletic, she swam in the cold South Atlantic and was equally comfortable in Cape Town or driving a jeep in the desert. Graduating from the University of South Africa in 1944, she worked for The Consolidated Diamond Mines of South West Africa from 1945 and The South West Finance Corporation Limited until 1956 when she left to get married and eventually raise four children. In 1961 the family emigrated to Canada and spent four years in Petawawa, next moving to Soest, West Germany in 1965 before returning to and settling in Ottawa in 1968. Gwen was the office administrator for both the Protestant and Catholic Churches at C.F.B. Rockcliffe. Gwen was the most charming, open, friendly and attractive woman, who was well liked and respected by all who knew her. She was kind, caring, constantly and unselfishly giving her family and friends much love and support and never letting anyone down. Ever the loving and devoted wife and mother she will always be fondly remembered as a wonderful warm, kind, caring and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, sister and aunt.