Stapleton, Nina Mary

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of Nina Mary Violet Stapleton on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at the age of 69 with her sons by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Cherished daughter of Nina Kathryn (nee Terrell) and Philip Stapleton (both predeceased). Loving sister of David (Donna) and Joshua Stapleton. Beloved mother of Liam (wife Dana) and Colin McGill, whom she shared with Dave McGill. Nina will be sadly missed by her dear grandchildren Fiona and Niamh McGill whom she adored and always ensured were decked out in the most stylish of clothing. Nina began her career as a teacher at St. Joseph’s in North Bay before returning to Sudbury to teach at her alma mater Marymount College where she spent most of her career. It was only a matter of time before Nina discovered her true calling as she became involved in labour relations serving as union president of OECTA Secondary where she proudly represented the interests of her fellow teachers and fought to ensure them fair compensation and working conditions. For much of her life, Nina spent her summers at Lake Penage, both in childhood and adulthood with her own children. She loved spending the summers at camp where she enjoyed entertaining friends and family, swimming with her kids and driving the boat – FAST! Special thanks to Drs. Brûlé, Knight, and Noble and all the caring nursing staff on the Oncology and Surgical floors at Health Sciences North for their compassion during this difficult time. A Memorial Mass for Nina Mary will take place at Christ the King Church, 21 Ste. Anne Road, Sudbury, ON on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 10:00 am. (family and friends are welcome at the Church after 9:30 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Sick Kids Foundation “Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Program” ( or the Sam Bruno P.E.T. Scan Fund at the Northern Cancer Foundation (


9 Condolences

  1. Liam, Colin and family,
    I extend my sincerest condolences. It is very difficult to say “adieu” to someone so close. Without doubt your mother was a special and dear person. I did not know her personally although we did cross paths a few times during our teaching careers but she did have two sons whom I had the opportunity to know and teach and whom I remember always. You are in my thoughts. Unfortunately I could not be present to express my symathies at Christ the King.
    Adele Molino-Presello

    By: Adele Molino-Presello
    August 2, 2018
  2. Liam, Frank and I are so sorry to hear about your Mom. We send you our best wishes and deepest condolences.

    By: Lois Mahon
    August 2, 2018
  3. Nina and I grew up together on Larch St in the 1950s. We followed similar life paths into teaching and labour relations. Nina was strong minded and did not hesitate to express her ideas for bettering the working conditions of her colleagues.
    My condolences to her family.

    By: Vikki Mitchell
    August 2, 2018
  4. Our beautiful, kind, and loving friend, Nina, will always be in our hearts. Alex loved studying and completing assignments with Nina at Laurentian University and we loved visiting Nina at Laurentian Lodge or at home in Toronto. Nina was a dear sweet friend.
    All our love to Nina’s Liam (Dana) and Colin.

    By: Linda and Alex Coles
    August 1, 2018
  5. Liam, Colin, I’m so very sorry to hear about your mom. My sincerest sympathies go
    to you and your family.

    By: Rita Cauley-Clifford
    July 31, 2018
  6. Nina’s colleagues at RTO/ERO (Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l’Ontario) send their condolences. We know that your best comfort will come from the telling of her life’s stories by those who knew the joy of her presence in their lives, including her students and staff members. Nina’s name has been added to our In Memoriam. She will be remembered at our next meeting and a donation will be made to the RTO/ERO Foundation in memory of Nina Stapleton.
    Goodwill RTO/ERO Disrict 4 Sudbury Manitoulin

    By: RTO/ERO District 4 Sudbury Manitoulin
    July 30, 2018
  7. Sorry to hear the passing of your sister, Josh and family all our condolences.
    David & Jean Dawson

    By: David Dawson
    July 29, 2018
  8. Liam, Colin and Family, I only met your Mom a few times but when I was in her presence it was very evident that she loved her family greatly, and loved those Grandbabies of hers with all her heart. I’m so sorry, my sincere condolences, DJ Heaslip

    By: Dorothy Heaslip
    July 28, 2018
  9. To the family and friends of Nina who closely walked with her on life’s journey, thank you for the sacrifices you made regarding her time and energy, so that she could give of it to her education colleagues, and thereby make our life journeys better. I will always be grateful for Nita’s leadership in OECTA, for her collegiality, and for her collegiality to me. God bless all of you as you celebrate her life.

    By: Diane Ikonen
    July 28, 2018

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