Remembering Our Nurses

Prior to the dissolution of the Alumnae Association in 2012 our newsletter acknowledged the deaths of our fellow graduates as we learned about them.  We will continue to remember our HSC graduates here.

We count on class representatives, family and friends to notify us by email at info@hscnursingalumnae.org. A picture or two and a personal story would be a wonderful addition.

Let’s remember the contributions of these fellow graduates, how they helped to shape HSC while they were there and how they carried their knowledge and skills forward into the rest of their lives.

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For the years 2017 –  2021 CLICK on each name for a link to the full obituary.
Prior to 2017 –  CLICK on the year to see other names and obituaries.
Deaths are listed by date within the year in descending order from December.

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2021 Susan Elizabeth (Purdy) Dew Cl‘60F

SUSAN ELIZABETH DEW (née Purdy), R.N. September 30, 1939 – September 30, 2021 I left this planet for uncharted territory today, with the hope of finding peace, to be pain-free without pills, and be able to breathe unattached to tubes, tanks and gadgets. In time, I hope to connect with my dear family members, parents, […]

2021 Maria Rospond Stein Cl‘59S

STEIN, MARIA ROSPOND Peacefully at Michael Garron Hospital on September 25, 2021 in her 97th year, after a remarkable life: the “Iron Lady”, born to Rospond and Szponder, near Krakow, Poland, child prodigy, gifts of voice and intellect, robbed of youth by 5 years of slave labour and Resistance, 19 year-old ward of 110 war […]

2021 Jean Gay (Glassco) Evans

2021 Jean Gay (Glassco) Evans

JEAN GAY EVANS Died peacefully at home on June 15, 2021. Born March 18, 1930, in Quebec City, the daughter of Willa Florence Blanche Price and John Grant Glassco. She was predeceased by her sister June Moore, and brothers Dick Glassco and Bill Glassco. Gay grew up in Toronto and after graduating from Forest Hill […]

2021 Diana Graeme (Nan)(Farncomb) Whyte Cl’52

DIANA GRAEME WHYTE (Nan) (nee Farncomb) February 13, 1929 – March 7, 2021 Peacefully at home at The Claremont, in Toronto, surrounded by love. Beloved wife to the late M. Peter Whyte, and much loved mother of Peter (Donna Lingeman) and Gillian (Samuel Hill). Cherished nana of Patrick, Nathalie, Joanne and Gordon, whom she in […]

2021 Lois Ellen (Greenwood) Davis Cl’53

2021 Lois Ellen (Greenwood) Davis Cl’53

Lois Ellen Davis, of Schomberg, Ontario, passed away peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre on January 27, 2021 in her 90th year. Lois was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Mary (Shaw) Greenwood and her husband Richard Wendell Davis. She is survived by her son Andrew W. Davis (Norma), daughter Bonnie E. Rapus (Mark) and […]

2020 Joan Morgan Farrow Cl’57

2020 Joan Morgan Farrow Cl’57

Joan died on December 24, 2020. “Her light has illuminated darkened paths, her gaze has lifted broken spirits and already her life has changed the course of many.” Born in Montreal, Joan took her nursing training at Toronto Sick Kids and a diploma from McGill University. Her acts of kindness and healing spread to countless […]

2020 Joy Oliver (nee Gilley) Cl’51

2020 Joy Oliver (nee Gilley) Cl’51

Joy Oliver, a graduate from the Cl’51, died on December 20, 2020. Peter Oliver, Joy’s son, wrote to the Alumnae recently and asked us to share the following….. Joy was a member of the HSC School of Nursing ’51 graduating class.  She was also a member of the HSC Nursing Alumnae and kept in touch […]

2020 Dora (Lucas) Basmajian Cl’45F

2020 Dora (Lucas) Basmajian Cl’45F

DORA (LUCAS) BASMAJIAN March 21, 1923 – December 19, 2020 At ninety-seven years of age, Dora Basmajian still read voraciously, baked nonstop for friends and family, attended exercise classes, and relished get-togethers with her children Haig (Lynn), Nancy (Mark Phillips), and Sally (Kevin Conway), grandchildren Matthew and Colin Basmajian and Jocelyn and Peter Conway, and […]

2020 Nancy Jane Shaw Cl’48

NANCY JANE SHAW, R.N.December 21, 1926 – December 30, 2020 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Nancy Jane Shaw on December 30, 2020, having recently celebrated her 94th birthday. Nancy was a graduate of the Hospital for Sick Children, Class of 1948 and was well known to many of us during […]

2020 Isobel McKinnon (nee Cation) Cl’37

2020 Isobel McKinnon (nee Cation) Cl’37

Barbara (McKinnon) Corneil, HSC Class of 1966, writes that her mother, Isobel (Cation) McKinnon of the Class of 1937 died on Nov 16, 2020 in her 106th year.  Isobel was a very proud SickKids nurse and at the time of her death was the longest surviving graduate. We received this news with both sadness and […]

2020 Shelagh Dawn (Adams) Grant Cl’60F

2020 Shelagh Dawn (Adams) Grant Cl’60F

“Shelagh Dawn Grant, R.N., M.A. (History) D.Litt., F.R.C.G.S. Shelagh Dawn Grant passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2020 in her 83rd year…” Please copy link for full obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/peterborough-on/shelagh-grant-9258816

2020 Mary Karen Brown (nee Wilson) Cl’68

It is with sadness that we learned that Karen passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Peterborough Regional Hospital in her 72nd year. Much loved and cherished wife of nearly 50 years to Richard, devoted mother “Mutti” of Heather and Jennifer (Darryl) and much adored Nana to Benjamin and Owen Papke. Karen dedicated […]

2020 Irma Aliise (Penson) Fischl Cl’58

“Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Perth District Hospital on Friday May 22, 2020. Irma Fischl (nee Penson) born August 10th, 1936. Predeceased by her beloved husband Alfred Fischl just 6 weeks earlier, Irma has gone to be with him and all of their pets. Cherished mother of Garry Fischl (Gay MacQuarrie) and Peter […]

2020 Irma Seelen, Cl’73

2020 Irma Seelen, Cl’73

Irma died on March 11, 2020. Her love of adventure and travel started when she immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1954 at the age of two, settling in Ontario. She continued to pursue an adventurous life by becoming a Registered Nurse; graduating from The Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing in Toronto, […]

2020 Jacqueline (Leslie) Beaubier Cl’51

2020 Jacqueline (Leslie) Beaubier Cl’51

“Jackie died January 7, 2020 in her sleep exactly where she wanted to be, in her treasured family home in West Vancouver, BC. Born August 21, 1929 to Andrew and Norma (Kemp) Leslie, Jackie’s father was Saskatoon City Commissioner and together with her mother expected her to be educated. Jackie attended University of Saskatchewan before […]

2019 Boni (McDowell) Townsend Cl’62

A memorial website was set up by Boni’s family after her death on June 12, 2019. Stories and memories were requested and fellow classmate, Pat Coulman responded as follows: “Sadly, the local nursing classmates of your mom from the Sick Kids class of ‘62 have met and gathered many warm thoughts for you and your […]

2019 Barbara (Rowsby) Oltsher, Cl’52

We received notification of Barbara’s death on May 24, 2019. Unfortunately we have no further details.

2019 Joanne (Kennedy) Brodie Cl’69

2019 Joanne (Kennedy) Brodie Cl’69

“Died peacefully at The Carpenter Hospice on May 16, 2019, two days before her birthday. Joanne was born May 18, 1946 in Toronto. She trained as a nurse at Sick Kids Hospital and worked with her husband Dennis at their family practice in Burlington for over 40 years, later expanding her career as a prenatal […]

2017 Carol Ann (Fearncombe) Benn Cl’57

2017 Carol Ann (Fearncombe) Benn Cl’57

“Peacefully, with family by her side, Carol passed at Joseph Brant Hospital on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the age of 81. Predeceased by her loving husband Allan (2015). Beloved mother to Denise (Les) Rewegan, and Michelle Benn (John Burns). Cherished grandmother to Alex Rewegan. Survived by brothers Bob (Doris), and Gord (Dorothy), predeceased by […]

2017 Madeleine Helen (Murray) Armstrong Cl’44F

“Died peacefully on February 25, 2017 at the age of 95. Madeleine was predeceased by her beloved husband George Christopher “Chris” of 63 years. Loving mother of Rosemary (Hal), Christina (Phil) and Janet (Ross – deceased). … Born in Toronto on January 27, 1922, Madeleine lived a rich and rewarding life. She graduated as an […]

2017 Margaret Jane (Warren) Banfield Cl’46S

“We are sad to announce the passing of our mother Margaret Jane Banfield at home peacefully on Monday, February 20th, 2017 with family by her side. Margaret was born in Toronto on December 7th, 1923 (the youngest of 4 children) to Mary Edna (Mabee) and Ernest Andrew Warren. She is predeceased by her husband of […]

2017

We were made aware of the deaths of these three HSC graduates in 2017. Unfortunately we have no further information at this time. Janet (Colley) Tomes Cl’48F died in April 2017 Lynne Beckett Cl’62 died in September 2017 Janet (Taylor) Craig Cl’73 died in December 2017

2016 Three HSC grads…

2016 Three HSC grads…

Linda Mary Ann (Galange) Paustai, Cl’73 “Passed away after a brief illness at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday January 24, 2016 at the age of 63 years. Beloved wife of Les for 42 years. Loving mother of Michael (Angie), Eric and Heather. Proud grandma of Emma and Aleathea. Dear daughter of Helen and the […]

2015 – Seven HSC grads…

2015 – Seven HSC grads…

Jacqueline (Scott) St. Gelais Cl’60 “As a result of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Jacqueline passed away on November 21, 2015. Beloved wife for 51 years of Jacques. Loving mother of Paul and late Julie. Grandmother of Alec and Francis. She will be missed by sister June (Jim Bloye). The family wishes to thank everyone involved […]

2014 Three HSC grads…

2014 Three HSC grads…

Ella (Barkwell) Hall Cl’45F Passed away peacefully in her 92nd year in Montreal on Monday, November 10, 2014. Predeceased by her beloved husband Rea Hall, her brothers and sisters Pauline, Antoinette, Lesley and Kirbel, and survived by her beloved sister Wilma. She will remain forever in the hearts of her dear children Joan, Helen, Kathryn, […]

2013 Six HSC grads…

2013 Six HSC grads…

Joyce Anne (Beals) Sutherland, Cl’56F Passed peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2013 of heart failure after a brief stay at Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. Beloved wife of Donald Scott Sutherland (residing at Lakeview Manor, Beaverton). Survived by her son Stephen Sutherland and his wife Kim and grandsons Daniel and Lachlan and by her daughter Marg Parsons and […]

2012 Six HSC grads…

2012 Six HSC grads…

Margaret (Nesbitt) Pozner, Cl’45F Margaret died on December 29, 2012.  She was the beloved wife of the late Albert and loving mother of Brian (Kendra) and Susan. Grandmother of Jesse and Daniel. She is survived by her sister Mary Ball (Lloyd). Funeral will be at Steeles Memorial on December 31st at 10 a.m. and interment […]

2010 – 2011

Prior to the devolution of the HSC Nursing Alumnae Association in the Fall of 2011 and the beginning of our website, the deaths of HSC graduates were published in the Alumnae News. Here are the last newsletters from the Spring of 2010 through 2011.. Spring 2011 Alumnae News notes the deaths of the following nurses: […]