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Patricia Fleming
June 15, 1923 - April 19, 2015
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<div itemprop="description">PATRICIA CARRUTHERS BEEMAN FLEMING<br />June 15, 1923 &ndash; April 19, 2015<br /><br />Patsy sailed away home on a fresh Spring morning in Kingston, Ontario. She was much loved by her husband, Bob, of 65 years, and their son John, his wife Claudine, and grandchildren Nicolas, Philippe, and Am&eacute;lie. Patsy is survived by her brother Michael C. Beeman, nephews Sandy and Chris Beeman, and niece Kathleen Beeman, all of Kingston . Patsy was born in Camberley, Surrey, England, to Brigadier and Mrs. William G. Beeman of Kingston after they were posted to England at the end of World War 1. Her brothers WilliamJ. M. Beeman and Peter C. H. Beeman, also of Kingston, predeceased her. She is also survived by her Kingston family, including, among others, Carruthers, Constantines, Fairbairns, Formans, Ginns, Hansons, and Panets. <br /><br />For many years, Patsy Fleming was known in Kingston for her regular column in The Kingston Whig-Standard &ldquo;My Kingston&rdquo;. She was a proud Member of the Kingston Historical Society which honoured her for &ldquo;outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation of local history&rdquo;. She was also a Board member of the Marine Museum of The Great Lakes and served a term as President of The Thousand Islands Area Residents Association (TIARA).<br /><br />Patsy was widely known in the Kingston area and across Canada as a dedicated collector and preserver of antique wooden hunting decoys. She developed a collection of these art forms for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ottawa.<br /><br />Patsy&rsquo;s illustrated picture book about decoys &ldquo;Traditions in Wood&rdquo; was the culmination of her cross-country fact-finding tour with a research/photography team. She co-authored &ldquo;1,000 Islands&rdquo; with photographer John De Visser.<br /><br />As Patsy transitioned through Alzheimers, the Fleming family were supported by many dedicated, caring professionals at home, and then at Rideaucrest Home. Thank you so much to all.<br /><br />The family will receive friends at the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street) on Sunday, April 26, from 4 p.m. &ndash; 6 p.m. <br /><br />A funeral service in celebration of Patsy&rsquo;s life will be held at the Newburgh United Church, 58 Main Street, Newburgh, on Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at the Newburgh Cemetery. <br /><br />In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to either the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, or to the Fleming Challenge at Rideaucrest Home in support of new furnishing for the Garden Walk Terrace Lounge. (Cheques are payable to &ldquo;The City of Kingston&rdquo; and labelled &ldquo;Garden Walk Donation&rdquo;, and may be left at the funeral home.)<br /></div>