Barbara Reinholdt

Obituary of Barbara Reinholdt



(née Young)


In her 86th year, Barbara passed away peacefully on December 14, 2021, after a short battle with acute leukemia.  By her side were her beloved daughters, Karen Cooper (Bob) and Bobbi (Guy Pollen).   She was a loving grandmother to Kevin (Jaana), Kate (Will), Laura and Sean, and she was especially proud of her great-grandchildren, Liam, Owen and newborn Audrey.  Predeceased by her sisters, Roberta Hunt and Margaret Coles. 


 Barbara grew up in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto.  She was the oldest daughter of Hester and Robert Young and big sister to Roberta and Margaret.  In high school and as a joke, she was entered into the school’s beauty pageant – where no joke, she won Miss Riverdale Collegiate. 


Barbara devoted her working life to the teaching profession and especially enjoyed her time as an elementary school teacher with the TDSB.  She particularly enjoyed teaching Grades 4 to 6 and then working as a librarian.  Bowmore Road, Roden, Greenwood and Wilkinson to name a few of the public schools.  The family was especially proud of her continuing her education and in 1985 graduating from York University as a mature student with her Bachelor of Arts degree.


Best described by her family and many long-time friends as generous, cultured, and witty – she always enjoyed going to the theater, movies and symphony.  Barbara established many life long friendships and enjoyed her retirement years travelling with “the girlfriends” whether it was to Stratford, Niagara on the Lake or more exotic adventures such as Australia and Thailand.  Time spent each summer at Bangor Lodge will be fondly remembered by the family.  Always courteous and charming, she had a tremendous memory for detail, and could usually answer most (if not all) of the trivia questions posed to her.


She also valued the many special relationships she established within her community at 1425 Bayview Avenue, where she could be found engaged in weekly Euchre games or socializing with the neighbours.  


Visitation for Barbara will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto on Sunday, December 19th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Please note: masks are mandatory and proof of vaccine with valid identification must be presented before entering the funeral home). The family recognizes the many pandemic challenges so a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation – Cancer,  Condolences may be forwarded through


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