Peacefully at Caressant Care, Woodstock on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, M. Eileen Whitehead of Woodstock. Born November 18, 1924 in Monkton, Ontario, Eileen was the eldest child of the late Rev. Canon John H. and Margery (nee Hamilton) Geogehegan. She is survived by her sister Georgina Simpson (the late Wallace Simpson) of Stratford, and brothers Robert Geoghegan (the late Diane Thomson) of Brantford, and John Geoghegan (Mary Ann Simon) of Woodstock.  Eileen was predeceased in 2008 by her husband of over 60 years, W.B.R. “Bev” Whitehead, and in 2006 by their youngest son Timothy.  Eileen is also survived by sons Patrick (Eve Jasinski) of Woodstock and Michael (Mary Munro) of Simcoe and daughter-in-law Shauna DeSouza-Whitehead of Paris, as well as sister-in-law Doreen Markham (the late W.D. “Der” Markham) of Woodstock.  Eileen was a devoted grandmother to Bridget, Georgia, Caitlin, Meaghan, Jessica and Trevvor.  As the children of a clergyman,  Eileen and her family moved from Millbank to Owen Sound and then Lucknow, Ridgetown and Strathroy, before arriving in Woodstock in 1943, when “Pop” Geoghegan became Rector of New St. Paul’s Church.  By the end of the war, Eileen was a teller at the Imperial Bank, and it was there she first encountered Bev depositing his demobilization pay. Smitten, she apparently got his passbook entry wrong.  Eileen was a loyal wife to Bev and a devoted mother for her three boys – albeit a strong-minded one. They always left the house fashionably dressed, whether they liked it or not!  Eileen herself clothed a romantic heart with gracious bearing.  Eileen was a Charter Member and Past Regent of the Wingate’s Raiders Chapter of the IODE. Interested in all things historical and a tireless genealogist, Eileen was a Charter Member and  a Chairperson of the Oxford County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. She was also an enthusiastic member of the Oxford Historical Society. She is survived by ten thousand books and countless documents.  Friends will be received at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock on Friday, 25 May, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held at The Church of the Epiphany, Anglican, 560 Dundas Street (at Wellington Street), Woodstock on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Stephen Hendry officiating. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment at The Anglican Cemetery will follow the Service. If desired, memorial donations to The Church of the Epiphany or the MS Society of Canada would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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