Vivien Irene Reddick
June 19, 1915 – Jan. 16, 2013
Vivien Reddick, a resident of The Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg and a lifelong resident of the area, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wed., Jan. 16, 2013, in her 98th year.
Born in Williamsburg, Vivien attended public school in the village, carried on her studies at Morrisburg Collegiate, and furthered her education with a business course in Brockville. This led her to jobs at the Bank of Montreal in Williamsburg during the Dr. Locke era, and later at the branch in Iroquois. She also took vocal and piano lessons. These talents saw her performing at local weddings and funerals, and earned her invitations to join a number of choirs through the years. She thoroughly enjoyed the musical side of her life.
A member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, she was honoured by the congregation when she retired from playing the organ. The plaque presented to her read: “For outstanding and dedicated service to God and His Church for 17 years as organist and choir director (1972-1988).” A member of St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg, Vivien continued to play the organ for services at The Hartford while living there. Not only did she play for the Anglican services, but filled in for other denominational services when called upon.
Vivien married Arthur Johnston of Dixons Corners at St. Peter’s on June 13, 1942. They owned and operated the general store and post office in Dixons Corners for some 27 years. She would go to work at the post office in Morrisburg when she and Art retired to the village in 1969. Beloved wife of Arthur, who predeceased her in 1970, Vivien continued to drive her own car until 2003, when she moved out of her home to The Hartford.
She was a skilled quilter. Producing beautiful creations for the Red Cross (1970-2007), she worked her magic at The Hartford through the wonderful age of 91.
Her marriage to Bill Reddick at St. John’s Anglican Church in Iroquois in January 1974, saw them enjoy trips south during the winter months until Bill predeceased her in 1997.
She was predeceased by her parents, the late George Barclay and Bessie McIntosh, as well as two younger brothers, Douglas (Joyce) and Eric (Joy) Barclay. A daughter-in-law, Fay Johnston, and a son-in-law, George Watson, also predeceased her.
Family, church, and community brought Vivien happiness through the years.
Vivien was the loving mother of Roger (Sandra Lee) Johnston of Iroquois, Barbara Watson (Edwin Froats) of Morrisburg, and Sidney Johnston of Williamsburg. She will be missed by grandchildren, Ryan (Jillian) and Jeremy (Rebecca) Johnston of Iroquois; Stephanie (Robert Wells) Vyfvinkel of Brinston; Douglas (Michelle Wood) Watson of Iroquois; Melissa (Matt Sauro) Johnston-Sauro of Ottawa; Adele (Noel Isaacs) of Three Hills, Alta.; and Kaelic (Jackie McIntyre) Johnston of Williamsburg. She will be fondly remembered by great-grandchildren Ethan, Isabella, and Madison Johnston; Ashton Vyfvinkel; and Evelyn Sauro.
Vivien looked forward to the days when public school students visited The Hartford to work with seniors. She enjoyed walking, and took part in daily exercises until her hospitalization.
On Sun., Jan. 20, friends called at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg where the service was conducted on Mon., Jan. 21 with Rev. Sue McCullough officiating. Her eldest son, Roger, delivered the eulogy, while Eleanor Van Allen’s vocal tribute and Ann Langabeer’s music added something special to the service. Interment will be in the spring at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery in Iroquois. The grandchildren will be the pallbearers.