Essex, Esther Stoddard

Born: Oct 13, 1920
Died: Jun 29, 2017


Essex, Esther Stoddard
Passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family at Innisfree House, Kitchener on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  Esther was born in Truro, Nova Scotia 96 years ago and was the daughter of the late Scott Burgess and former Grace Ellen Stoddard. 
Esther was predeceased by her loving husband James Essex who predeceased her October 4, 2012.  Remembered by her son David Essex of Petersburg.  Cherished grandmother to Russell MacKay & his wife Lisa of Burnaby, B.C., Kelly Wagner and Jennifer Wagner both of Waterloo and Scott Wagner of Kitchener. Great-grandmother of Adrianna & husband David Cripps, Erin & husband Jason Cripps, Austin & Tyler MacKay, Ryan Ottman, Caitlin & Emma Wagner-Scott as well as great-great-grandmother to Julianne Cripps.
Sister of Arthur Burgess & his wife Irene and Francis Marks. Predeceased by her daughters Lois Wagner and Rosalyn MacKay, brother Bryce Burgess, sisters-in-law Wanda Burgess, Violet Essex, Helen Lewis & her husband James, brother-in-law George Essex & his wife Vaike and Greer Marks.
Esther was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 530, Waterloo.  Esther was generous, selfless and always put others’ needs and care before herself.  She was a life long animal lover and always lovingly welcomed every stray animal that came to her back porch.
There will be no formal public visitation or funeral service. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or Innisfree House.
Mark Jutzi Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.  Online condolences and donation information available at





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Riverside Cemetery
Bleams Road
New Hamburg
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Although charitable funds are sent directly to the charity, please remember to contact us directly to give a card from you to the family in memory of their loved one.

Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society
250 Riverbend Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
N2B 2E9

Innisfree House
2375 Homer Watson Boulevard
Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 0E9
(519) 208-5055


Condolence from Stephen Burgess sent on July 2, 2017

Although we haven’t stayed in touch over the years, I do remember the wonderful times we had during our summer holidays at Old Barns, when the whole Burgess clan would get together. I remember Aunt Esther as quiet and caring, so much like her mother. On behalf of my Dad and mother, Ian and myself, I’d to express my condolences and to wish you comfort at this sad time.