McPHAIL, Susan Marie

Age 63 of Leduc, Alberta.  Passed away peacefully at Leduc Community Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Sue was born in Halifax and raised in Oldham, Nova Scotia and was very proud of her Oldham roots and often referred to herself as being “an Oldhammer!”

Sue has always been a trailblazer and when she set her mind to something, nothing was going to stop her.  She excelled at a variety of sports such as basketball and was often voted MVP.  She also competed in Nationals for both badminton and women’s softball.

She worked at a variety of jobs, from serving gumbo at a restaurant in Mobile, Alabama, to working on a woodpile, loading luggage at the airport, owning her own food catering truck and taking care of adults with special needs.  She was also one of the first female Zamboni drivers in Nova Scotia.

She decided at the age of 40 to go back to school.  She attained her red seal as a pipefitter and was eventually hired by Suncrude Canada in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Sue was extremely proud to have gotten her dream job and gained a group of co-workers that she considered family.

She enjoyed travelling and exploring new places.  San Francisco was her favorite trip, touring Alcatraz, and attending a 49er’s game and tailgate party.

She will be deeply missed by her wife Angella Babineau; sons Josh (Rebecca) Dowding, Chayne (Sinead) Dowding; grandchildren Sephora and Caleb; sister Sandy (Valerie); brother Smitty; and her nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, Ken and Shirley, and sister Kathy.  She will also be missed by her two cats which she fondly referred to as “her puppies”.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Steed and her colleagues at the Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton; and the many doctors and nurses at the Northern Lights Health Centre, Fort McMurray.

Memorial will take place at a later date.

Donations can be made in memory of Sue McPhail to Women Building Futures

Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688


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Randy Wilkes

I have known Sue in our days together at Syncrude. I have the highest regard for her professional attitude and work ethic on the job. I will cherish the time spent at break times doing the crossword pages with her. Sue most certainly made me feel apart of her family and it’s tough to say good bye to her so early in her life. My heart felt condolences go out to Angella and the rest of the family during this time. She has gone onto Rest In Peace and awaits the time when we can all meet her again! All the best in love and joy for Sue!!

Vida Woodworth

Sending prayers of comfort to Sue’s family. I played ball with Sue for years. Oh the stories… she was a great athlete and a good friend. Sue was definitely one of a kind and lived life on her own terms.

Claudy Levy

I played ball with Sue she was a gift athlete and a loving and generous person.
She will always be a trailblazer i remember when she decided to go back to school to get her red seal plumbing ticket.
Surrounding her family in love and light
Sue was such a gift to everyone she touched throughout her life

Georgie Fleck

Sue had a generous spirit. I’m sure she brought to her marriage, children and family the same deep love she always wore on her shirt sleeve for her sisters and brother. We were so sorry to hear of her passing, far to young.
Georgie & Janice

Ann Marie (Archibald) Siteman

I knew Sue from Sackville High School. A fantastic athlete. I always admired her athletic ability. I used to play badminton against her and Sandy. My condolences to you and your family. I hope that the many good times and all your happy memories will help you through the rough days.

M Gillis

I am truly sorry. I loved working and “hanging-out “ with “Newie” so much . Sue always shared the load and was so much fun. I trusted her completely. Finest kind…both of you.

Dougie and Carol

Sorry for your loss she definitely was a oldhammer and won’t be forgotten . rest in peace Sue

Joann Dowell

Sending our Deepest Condolences to the family . Glad I got time to see you both when you came to Oldham on vacation. ❤️..Joann and Dexter

Michael Cormier

A authentically wonderful and fun loving person that will be missed missed by all that knew her. Our deepest condolences to the family.
Emma, Bill, Patti & Mike

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