Hasna Way passed away peacefully in Kingston on Fri., Jan. 18, 2013. She was 79.
Hasna was the beloved wife and best friend of Charles “Chuck” Way for 53 years. A loving and caring mother, Hasna will be missed by her daughter, Charlotte, and by her son, Michael, and his wife, Alanna (nee Philbin). She was also the proud grandmother of Marc and Madeleine Pelletier, and Matthew and Nathan Way.
Hasna was born in Gharzouz, Lebanon. She attended Le College des Soeurs des Saints Coeurs, a private boarding school for girls in the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos. From there, she went to Beirut and became a teacher. At the same time, she commenced studying at the Faculty of Law at the Universite St. Joseph de Peres Jesuites. During this time, she met Charles Way, a native of Prince Edward County, Ont., when he was serving with the Canadian Armed Forces contingent of the UN in Beirut. They fell in love, and were married on Sept. 2, 1959. The couple later moved to Canada and, after her two children were born, Hasna returned to teaching and to her studies. From 1975 to 1985, she taught French immersion Kindergarten at Winchester Public School. Many of her former students still reside in Winchester and its environs. She also found the time to attend the University of Ottawa, graduating cum laude.
As per her wishes, there was no visitation. A private memorial ceremony, conducted by the family’s friend, the Reverend Lloyd Shorten, was held at the James Reid Funeral Home in Kingston. Her ashes were committed in Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston.