It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we mourn the loss of our Mom and Oma. Mary Obdam passed away peacefully on June 18th 2024, at the West Parry Sound Health Centre. Age 92 years.

Beloved Wife of the late Peter. Loving mother of Jennifer and Peter Jr. (Bianca). Dear Oma of Kyle (Jordan), Tori, and the late Zachary; Devan (Mily), Deanna (Evan), Peter John Jr “Johnny”, Nick (Chanelle), Emily, and Abigail. Loving Great Oma of Alyzabeth, Saydee, Skyler, Tyler, Ella and Matthew. Survived by her brothers and sisters, Helmy, Jan, Wim, Lenie, Nick, Joop, Peter, and Paul. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Christine, Bep, Leo, and Coby. Fondly remembered by her brother and sister in laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives/friends and her dearest friend Marg. Lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law Ria and family.

Mary was born in 1932 in The Hague, Holland. She immigrated to Canada in 1958 to be with her eldest sister, Christine during her first pregnancy. She met Peter soon after and was married in June of 1960. Mary and Peter wanted to start a family and bought a farm with greenhouses, then a flower shop and by 1975 they moved to Parry Sound for a quieter life, soon after, opening Obdam’s Flowers in 1976 that is still going strong. Mary had a true passion for the flower business and was always on site. She really never wanted to retire… but her legacy lives on through her daughter. If Mary wasn’t working, she was at her country home enjoying her many grandchildren, always willing to have them over for the night, the week, or even for the entire summer break. Mary was the second oldest and with 11 younger brothers and sisters, she spent her time helping her mother with the needs of them all. That’s where she must have developed her loving ways, kindness, patience, and generosity. She was so very proud of her entire family and always enjoyed any family gatherings, as there were many of them. She was a true hockey fan (Go Leafs Go!) and enjoyed playing cards, a good game of scrabble and all kinds of games with the kids. She was surrounded by so much love and support by her entire family. Her spirit will live on in our hearts forever. As our father passed on Remembrance Day last year, our mom joined him on what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary…together again. “Together Forever “ “Love You Forever”. She truly was a beautiful soul…. She was our family rock and we will miss her immensely.

Mary’s family would like to thank Dr. Ambraska and Nurse Ragen in Acute Care as well as Dr. Hamby and all the Palliative Care Nursing Staff at the West Part Sound Health Centre for their exceptional care and compassion. We will be forever grateful for your care of our mom and Oma.

A graveside service in celebration of Mary’s life will take place at Sylvan Acres Cemetery, on Tuesday June 25th at 2:00 P.M., followed by a gathering at Jennifer’s home.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, or charity of your choice would be appreciated.


I am so sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was a lovely woman, with a kind heart.

-Fawn Parks

Our sincere condolences Jennifer to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.
Donna & Peter

-Peter & Donna van der Valk

The Obdams were a well known family and had many friends and had the support of all in town with the Flower shop. Sorry to hear of your loss Jen, sending sincere condolences to you and the family….
Hector and Gurneth


I remember the great times spent cheering on Peter and Tim at the hockey games. That was a long time ago but beautiful memories last forever. God bless all of the family. Gail Shurr

-Gail Shurr

We send our sincere sympathies to all the family. She certainly deserves a special place in the memories of all she touched.

-W. Ed Ewing

To Jennifer and Family. So sorry for your loss.

-Jacqui Morrison

To Jennifer and family, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Your mom and dad were a great couple and will be missed by all who knew them.

-Joe Desmasdon

To Jennifer and family we are so very sorry for your loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady may she rest in peace.

-Terri Campbell

We are sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family Jenn. Your mother was so very kind. Your dad had such a good sense of humor. They were a great couple.
Vince and Anita Chechock

-Anita Chechock

Our condolences on your loss.
Velma & Rick Tilson

-Rick Tilson

Sending you my deepest sympathies Jennifer, Peter jr. and families, Your mother and father were always a pleasure to deal with and always made up the loveliest bouquets of flowers. They have been long time merchants in Parry Sound and have contributed to our town in so many ways. I just wanted to write to tell you how much I appreciated their business Obdam flowers and our lovely chats. Marianne Moloney

-Marianne Moloney

Hi Jen, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

-Leslie Norrie

Your Mom is gone to be with your Dad and they will both be missed Jen. Condolences to you and your family


So sorry to hear of Mary's passing, she was such a nice woman told me a few stories when I worked at the store. Condolences to the family. R.I.P.Mary you are now with your true love Peter

-Cathy Hanna Bormann

My deepest sympathy Jen and Peter. I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and Dad were both wonderful to me, while we were growing up. They truly will be missed. I still eat the toast with sugar on it, my favorite. Hugs
Love Charlene Bradley (Watkinson)

-Charlene Bradley

Jennifer, Peter & Family,
My Deepest Condolences to you all in the loss of your Mother. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Julie Thorogood

-Julie Thorogood

Jennifer and Tori,
We send our sincerest condolences to you and the entire Obdam family. May the memory of Mary be a blessing for so many.

-Greg Sheridan & Margaret Beatty Sheridan

We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mary and send our most sincere condolences to Jen and family. I loved seeing Mary and Peter, hearing their stories of life in Holland and their love for children and community. I am happy for Mary that she is reunited with her love, Peter. Life must have been duller for her without him.

-Richard and Sue Woodhouse