Linda Sommerville

Obituary of Linda Sommerville



January 5, 1948 – May 8, 2023


Linda died peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home in Toronto, after five years of compassionate care from staff at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


Born in Toronto to Muriel and Nelson ‘Mac’ Seccombe, with three siblings, John, Pat and David, whose fun-loving support she cherished through life. Linda instilled a sense of fun in her three children, Andrew, Jordan and Linsey. It’s a quality shared by her loving, devoted husband, Bob Sommerville, and her children by marriage, Colleen and Patrick, as well as her five adored grandchildren, Adele, Isla, Calvin, Charlie and Mackendry.


Linda attended Branksome Hall, maintaining strong friendships throughout her life with friends from school, as well as from the Granite Club and Mad River Golf Club in Creemore. Linda spent many summers in Muskoka growing up, and had many friends from those years. Linda and Bob loved spending time at, and were active within, the community at their Florida home in Boca Grande. Linda was a devoted member of the Junior League, a former Board President of New Directions, a charity supporting divorced and widowed women, and a volunteer and former staff member at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Linda and Bob married in 1993, and created a warm, thriving home for five teenagers. Their childrens’ friends became like bonus kids: anyone was welcome at the house anytime. She was a gifted athlete and adored sports, especially golf, tennis and squash. Linda and Bob also loved travel: the bigger the adventure the better. Linda liked to laugh and make others laugh, and she also cherished heartfelt conversation – listening to others in a way that made them feel valued and uplifted. Linda had a saying that just a few friends was enough to sustain anyone, that it was possible to feel luck and gratitude for having had that. And yet she had dozens of close friends – a testament to her kind, fun-loving, and always hopeful nature.


All are warmly invited to celebrate her life at a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto. A reception will follow in the Flora McCrea Auditorium.


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