Margaret "Peggy" Hutchinson

Obituary of Margaret "Peggy" Elizabeth Hutchinson

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Peggy, (Margaret Elizabeth) Hutchinson (O’Neil) passed away suddenly at her home at Tideways in Wolfville on March 21, 2024. Peggy will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, love of family, outgoing personality and willingness to help family, friends and even strangers whenever the need arose. Peggy grew up in Halifax where she and husband Burnie began raising their young family. While the children were still school age the family moved to Bridgetown. It was there where Peggy discovered her entrepreneurial talents and creative side, mastering crafts from silver to pewter to weaving to quilting and even pottery, befriending fellow crafters along the way. Her passion for crafts led to the opening of the Calico Cat, a highly regarded gift shop known for the quality of its Atlantic Canadian handcrafts. Peggy ran it successfully for many years. Peggy dabbled in several other ventures during that same time, including the Tolmie Gallery, a travel agency business and a Tea Room and Craft Shop located near the Habitation in Port Royal. When she finally closed her businesses, she embraced rug hooking, and spent many Wednesday afternoons honing her skills with good friends who too were members of the Bridgetown Hookers. One of Peggy’s most whimsical rugs hangs at Fisher Lake cottage near Milford. She loved visits to Fisher Lake cottage and to nearby Milford House which she managed for a few summers.

Peggy relocated to Wolfville after the death of her husband Burnie. There through the Tideways community she gained a new and devoted group of friends including her special friend and close companion Wiley Atwell. During her time in Wolfville, Peggy honed her bridge skills and enjoyed regular bridge dates with friends, dates that were known to include a bit of wine. Peggy was happiest though spending time with her children and grandchildren. There was always laughter and good food during times with family, visits which Peggy thrived on and cherished.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents William O’Neil and Dora Schoenals, husband Burnie Hutchinson, grandchildren Leah and Alex. Survived and sadly missed by children Ian (Sonya), Alan (Linda), Susan (Paul), and Bruce. Grandchildren, Jessica, Geoffrey, David, Hannah, Jennifer, Laura, Panos, Nitsa, Luc, Gillian, Nicole and Jacob, and 10 great grandchildren.  A Service of Remembrance will be held 1pm, April 6, 2024, in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Bridgetown.  The service will be Webcast from the funeral homes website for those unable to attend the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Bridgetown Volunteer Fire Dept. or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. On line condolences may be made by visiting


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