In Memory of




Obituary for Tracy Margaret Finnigan

Tracy Margaret Finnigan
September 11, 1954 - January 23, 2022

Passed away in her sleep at La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie on January 23, 2022. Tracy Margaret Finnigan, in her 68th year, beloved wife and best friend of Colin Geitzler for 25 years. Loving mother of their dog Lacey. Loving mother of Michael Symonds (Véronique Cadieux), Robert Symonds (Katie Trinque), and Marc Symonds (Corinne Barrette) all of Aylmer, Quebec. Loving stepmother to Rachel Weatherbee and Colin Richard Geitzler both of Ottawa. Special Grandma to Emma, Thomas, Alexa, and Holden - Nana to Rowan and Currie. Dear daughter of the late Albert Finnigan and the late Hildegard Meincke. Dear sister of the late Patrick Finnigan (Cathy) of Texas, and the late Jon Finnigan (Jennifer) of Toronto. Sister-in-law to Hazel Palmer (Arthur) of New Glasgow, NS, and Don Symonds of Ottawa, Doug Symonds (Ann), Alex Symonds, David Symonds and Barbara Symonds of Newfoundland. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Tracy was born in Fort Erie, Ontario and her family moved to Ottawa at the age of 10. She attended Lisgar High School, the University of Ottawa, and Memorial University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in French and a Bachelor of Education. She taught in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for many years, finishing her career as principal of General Vanier Elementary School. Tracy met her husband Colin in 1992 and they married in 1996. Tracy was an accomplished musician and vocalist, singing in a number of different choirs. She loved to sew and made dresses for her grand daughters, as well as many quilts. She loved exercise and yoga and practiced yoga daily. Following her husband’s hobby of gem cutting, Tracy became an excellent wire wrapper of settings for his stones. Tracy and her husband loved to travel, cruising more than ten times and taking their motorhome across the country many times. For ten years they had a place in Quartzsite, Arizona where they spent their winters. A celebration of her life will be held this summer. A special thanks to the staff at the Hull and Gatineau hospitals, with special mention of the Gatineau Hospital Oncology Department, as well as to the staffs at the CLSC in Aylmer and at La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie in Hull.