Long-time nurse in Kincardine and across the country, Luella Kincaid dies at the age of 83


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Luella Winifred Kincaid (née Stirling) died peacefully, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the age of 83, at Kincardine hospital, surrounded by her loving family. 

Predeceased by her parents, Laurence and Anna Stirling; beloved wife of Sam Kincaid for 59 years; cherished mother to Barbara, Laurence, Christine (Jim), Sandy (Priska) and Anna-Mae (Joe); grandmother to Michael (Jessica), David, John, Anna, Laura, Christopher, Maggie, Jay and Annie; and great-grandmother to Logan. 

Loving sister of Christine Sanderson and Barbara Kerr, and aunt of many nieces and nephews. 

Luella will be greatly missed by her large family and many friends in Kincardine and across the country. 

She grew up on a farm in Bervie, and then studied nursing at Victoria Hospital in London where she became a Registered Nurse in 1952. She practised nursing at Kincardine hospital and then she and two friends set off on an adventure across the country, moving to Vancouver where she worked at Shaughnessy Veterans Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. 

In Vancouver she met the love of her life, a handsome Air Force officer, Sam Kincaid. They married in the United Church in Bervie, in 1955. 

On their first wedding anniversary, their first child, Barbara, was born, followed in the next five years by four other children. This active family lived across the country from west to east with Air Force postings in Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Halifax and Greenwood, Nova Scotia; Summerside, Prince Edward Island; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Ottawa, Ontario. 

Their moves also included a few years in Rome, Italy – a very exciting time in Luella’s life. 

Luella was licensed to practise nursing in six provinces and was proud of her 25-year membership in the RNAO. 

She loved geriatric nursing in particular, working in veterans hospitals in Vancouver and Winnipeg, and in nursing homes in Summerside and Kincardine where she and Sam made their last move – while spending winters in Vancouver. 


As a nurse, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, Luella was known for her capacity for love, her compassion, her wit, her intelligence, her insight and her passionate approach to life. She loved politics and was a life-long member of the Liberal Party. 

She was well-read and well-informed - devouring the daily news - and had a perspective on all current affairs. She loved to laugh, she loved her crafts and hobbies, she was spirited, engaging and a force in the life of her family who adored her.

Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, Monday, Oct. 27, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Kincardine, Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kathy Fraser officiating.

Interment, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

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