Peacefully, at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, following complications during her enthusiastic and determined rehabilitation from a fall in early April.
Vivian was married for 61 years to Hugh, the love of her life, who passed away in 2007. Together they enjoyed a well-travelled life as he followed his Royal Canadian Air Force career, living for many years in Ottawa but also Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, UK, Winnipeg and North Bay, later retiring to their cottage on Lake Waseosa near Huntsville.
A much loved mom and Nana, she will be greatly missed by sons Douglas and Robert, grandchildren Daniela (Matt), Matthew (Yara), Andrea (Rob), and Adam (Kristen), great-grandchildren Ella, William, Adam, and Alice, sister Carol (Doug), numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
She was predeceased by sisters Mildred and Joan, daughters-in-law Ineke and Judith, and great-granddaughter Elyssa.
A kind, humorous, and capable woman, Viv was always brimming with style and grace. She was equally confident enjoying the moment whether hosting an event at the Officers' Mess or a dinner party, supervising staff at the Federal Taxation Centre, teaching grandchildren to cook, swim or drive, walking the beaches of Florida, Portugal or Cuba or the streets of Vienna (her favourite city in Europe), or finding the perfect gift. She approached all things in life with openness and joy.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Amica Balmoral retirement residence where she lived for the past four years and continued to share her zest for life. We wish to extend a special thank you to Vivian’s physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. William Sullivan and Dr. Beth Abramson, for their exceptional and compassionate care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES – NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Friday, June 15th, at 11:00 a.m. At Vivian’s request, bright colours are encouraged. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.