Constance (Connie) Annette North (Nee Campbell)
Born May 3, 1931, Died Feb 28, 2021 of an acute MI.
Connie was born in Gross Pointe, Detroit, Mi and then raised in Rosedale, Toronto, ON as the second oldest of 5 with her parents; Edgar Royal Plantagenet Campbell and Hannah Kathryn (Berno).
Survived by her siblings – Patricia (Robertson), Carolyn (Perkins), Peter (Martine Campbell) and Frances (Bob Marrs) and Nieces and Nephews – Kathy, Scott, Peter, Michael, Sarah, Natasha and Pierre and her grand nieces and nephews -Nicholas, Emma, Emily, Elaine, Ashlynn, Isabell, Andrew.
Connie was the same girl who as a young teen would sneak out her window, across the roof and down the gutter pipe to see her friends after bedtime. Her poor regard for rules was tempered by her dedication to her ballet lessons which allowed her to join a ballet company at age 18 that later formed The National Ballet of Canada. Following that, Connie joined the Don Gilles Trio who were regular dancers on the Wayne and Shuster television show as well as many other venues. Connie also worked for the CBC as a make up artist making many people look good for television and meeting many well known celebrities and was famous for telling one Canadian Prime Minister that “he should have his mouth washed with a bar of soap” for uttering an ill timed oath, a job she enjoyed for many years after she finished dancing. (except for the odd dance on the coffee table at the annual New Year’s Eve open house party).
After a short marriage that was marred by her love for another man who was unavailable to her as he “played for the other team” she spent several years on her own. She was known for climbing the outside fire escape to get to her little apartment by the ravine rather than the “too conventional” elevator. She eventually settled down and married Peter North and moved to Vancouver and then Point Roberts Washington where she continued with the CBC until 1975 when she lost Peter to a house fire which she was lucky to “barely” escape. After losing her husband and her home she rebuilt her life with help from friends, taken in and living with Bev and Sonny O’Sullivan for several months. The same self determination and grit that showed so early in life (attaining the level of skill of enter a ballet company isn’t easy) served her well during these trying times.
Once Connie was more settled, she sold the property with the help of Ruby White, and found a lovely cottage facing the ocean where she enjoyed many years living on “the Point” with always a lovely big dog (or some would say “wolves”) to spoil and love – Radar, Sasha, Bismarck and finally Lacey - and enjoying the company of friends and neighbours and family whenever possible. She was the “cool” Aunt that all the cousins enjoyed visiting whenever they could.
Her mother learned to check her suitcase before she went back home after visits as she was known to pack the odd item that had caught her fancy. Something her siblings regarded as thievery. This resulted on one occasion that Connie arrived home and was telling Peter that she had acquired a fabulous set of champagne glasses from her parents home only to open her baggage and realize that her mother had found and replaced them with some old chipped ones.
She trained as an EMT and was very pleased to win an award as “top EMT of the year” in 1979. That award was special enough that when she downsized and moved back East, it was still proudly displayed in her apartment even to her death.
In later years she worked at the real estate office in Point Roberts, attaining great results including over a million dollars in sales one year, until she finally retired to indulge her love of cooking and experimenting with new recipes and gadgets while stepping over the dog, always with music playing.
Connie loved chocolate, vodka and wine and hated most vegetables. She had learned early to always put her best foot and face forward and was never seen without her makeup “just so” and stayed in good physical shape (those dancer legs served her well for many years). She was almost never seen without a smile on her face – even if she was just covering up the fact that she hadn’t put in her hearing aids and was only pretending to listen – a smile and a laugh was her constant demeanour.
She returned to Ontario to live with one of her sisters in her mid 80’s in Alliston in 2016. Her extended family in Ontario was very thankful to have extra time together for those past few years and that she was able to spend the extended “lock down” times of Covid together with family and not alone.
Connie was determined to stay strong and independent and did to the end. She was still able to drive (not too far), do her own shopping for groceries and believe me Amazon and The Shopping Channel will miss her but the delivery guys will enjoy the break from the constant stream of deliveries to the door. She maintained her own apartment full to bursting with every possible cooking gadget and a very eclectic pantry. Her generous nature extended to many donations to charity and she loved to give away her “impulse purchases” to anyone that would enjoy them.
As was her wish, Connie has been cremated and a celebration of life will be held later in the year when her ashes will be interred together with her last faithful dog Lacey when we can all gather together again safely.
Memorial Donations will be gladly accepted by Procyon Wildlife or a local animal rescue.
Someone so loved for many years
In memory lives beyond the tears