Aileen Watson Rennie (nee Symington), died peacefully on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Stratford, Ontario at the age of 80.

Born on January 12, 1939 to James Symington and Christina Tait Symington, Aileen was educated at Hillhead Primary School, Hillhead High School and Jordanhill Teacher Training College, all in Glasgow.

In 1960, Aileen emigrated to Canada to marry the love of her life, Alexander Rennie. She taught at many public schools, both in Stratford and Perth County, including SS#8 Logan, SS#7 Downie, Shakespeare Public School and Hamlet Public School. She was also a gifted English as a Second Language Teacher and it was this work that she loved most, teaching many night school courses and special ESL programs. Later, Aileen worked for Saftronics in Stratford from 1982 until she retired in 1990.

In 1994, Aileen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Shortly thereafter she became a member of the Stratford chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women and served in several executive roles for the club over the years. She made many friends through CFUW and enjoyed playing bridge and attending the theatre with them.

She was an avid reader and golfer who loved the adventure of travel – especially anything involving a ship and the sea. She was a lover of music, art, theatre and opera, particularly anything sung by Luciano Pavarotti often noting she would have listened to him sing the phone book! She was also a close follower of politics and world affairs, faithfully watching the BBC World News and tuning into Meet the Press every week, or as she called them, “The Sunday Morning Gas Bags.”

Above all she was a devoted and amazing wife, mother and grandmother. As Alex often said, she was the “wind beneath his wings” quietly but steadfastly supporting him while he pursued his career.  They were the absolute loves of each others lives and together gave the best example of what a marriage should be to their children. Aileen is predeceased by her beloved Alex and is survived by her children, Alistair and wife Diane of Boston, MA and Valerie and husband David of Windsor, ON along with her four adoring grandchildren Emilie and Olivia Rennie and Michael and Katherine Critchley, all of whom she loved fiercely and was immensely proud. She is also survived by her sisters-in law Sadie Reilly of Glasgow, Scotland, Annette Wallace of Queens, NY, Marion White (Balfour) of Glasgow, Scotland and brother-in-law Ian Rennie (Marion) of Glasgow, Scotland, as well as several nieces and nephews and her honorary daughter, Shannon McCann of Stratford whose style and grace she greatly admired. Special thanks to Shannon for her love and support, particularly over the past few days.

 All are welcome to attend a Celebration of Aileen’s Life on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at The Bruce Hotel, 80 Parkview Drive, Stratford, Ontario, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be made through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, Stratford, ON, to the Salvation Army, Stratford General Hospital Foundation, or charity of one’s choice.  519.271.7411


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