Mary Annie Wakim died peacefully at Belmont House, Toronto, Ontario, on August 12, 2022, she was 102 years old.  

After graduating from St. Vincent’s Girls High School in Saint John, N.B. in 1938, Mary moved to Boston, MA, where she began a 55-year career in retail sales, her career culminating at the historic Filene’s Department Store.  

We remember Mary most fondly, though, for her selfless work with immigrants and refugees at the International Institute of New England. Mary participated in program development and taught English language classes at the Boston site on Commonwealth Avenue for over 20 years. Mary remained active with IINE for many years after leaving Boston, serving on advisory boards and committees for the Golden Door Award Gala. Her passion and dedication touched many lives. 

We join the many colleagues, friends, and family members mourning Mary’s passing. A mass of Christian Burial followed by interment will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through