How Do You Say Goodbye to Someone Who is Dying

Goodbyes are always difficult. Period. Saying goodbye to a person you love under normal circumstances is already rough. After all, no one wants to be separated from a person they hold dear. However, saying goodbye to someone who is dying from a terminal illness or a person who is suddenly in palliative care because of an accident or stroke makes goodbyes even more heartbreaking. How do you say goodbye when you know you will be planning a funeral soon? When you know that this goodbye will be final and forever, what words can you say? If you need help, consider the following suggestions to help you and your beloved find peace while there’s still time left. Read more

Sittaro, Maria

Maria Sittaro

September 05, 1937 to September 17, 2020

Mom ended her life journey on September 17, 2020 lovingly with Claudia (Rick
Mamros) at her side caring for her every need, adored from afar by Ivana (Jim
Wright) during these extraordinary global times.

Mom is finally reunited with her beloved husband (Guido), mother and father
(Antonia/Celso Franz), sisters Irma (Gildo Gosnagh) and Rina (Camillo Cavalieri).
She is survived by her brother Guiseppe (Graziella), cherished by niece Rina
LaClaire (Bill Bodner), great niece Lia (James Wright) and their children, nephew
Silvano Cavalieri (Melodye), niece Teresa Maria Sittaro, nephew Mario Sittaro
(Rosaria), and her best friend Suzanne Bijak (affectionately referred to as her

We will remember mom’s devotion to her late husband, love of family, enjoying
the company of friends, deep rooted faith, sense of humour, work ethic, love of
music, and terrific cooking. Her resolute fearless courage and desire to leave this
world literally dancing, despite her frailties, will continue to inspire those of us
that love her so deeply.

A special thanks to the care team of staff, doctors, nurses, personal support
workers, and management team led by Trillium Health Partners. Their
compassion, kindness, love and support made mom feel special. They brought
happiness and laughter to her final days. For that we are grateful.

Ci mancherai (You will be missed), mamma

D’Mello, Milton

Milton D’Mello

November 30, 1956 – June 12, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Milton D’Mello on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the age of 63 to cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Charmaine, two sons Marlon and Conrad.

Milton comes from a large family, he is predeceased by his parents the late John and Nellie D’Mello. Milton will be missed by his siblings- Lovina D’Mello (the late Ronald D’Mello), Maurice & Elizabeth D’Mello, Irene D’Mello (the late Robert D’Mello), Austin & Lidwin D’Mello, Stephen & Jyoti D’Mello, Eunice D’Souza (the late Richard D’Souza) and Edna & Francis Menezes. Predeceased the late Hilda and William Menezes.

Milton was a wonderful, joyous man with a humble heart and an easy laugh. He was admired and greatly loved by his family, friends and colleagues. Milton was born in Karachi on November 30th, 1956 but shortly after moved to India where he spent his early life. Milton would follow his adventurous nature to Bahrain where he would meet his wife Charmaine and start a family. In 1996, he moved to Canada looking for a better life for his family. Along the way, he made many cherished relationships and connections in India, Bahrain, U.A.E, Australia, UK and Canada. He excelled and took pride in his work within the Food service and Aviation industries.

Milton had many passions and interests; he enjoyed picnics with friends, creating music playlists, travelling, playing board or card games and watching movies, especially the Marvel series

Milton will be laid to rest at Assumption Catholic Cemetery. His “Celebration of Life” will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Milton’s name to the Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Center at

Gordon, Marilyn

In the company of some amazing health care workers, Marilyn passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Health Centre on May 11, 2020 in her 97th year. Marilyn was a devoted wife of 58 years to Murray Gordon who passed in 2005.  Cherished mother of Edward, William (Luciana, deceased), Joseph (Kathy), Russell and Lisa (Ken). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Rebecca, Anne-Marie, Lauren (Nick), Johnathan and her great grandchild Ciana.  Marilyn is survived by her sister Nancy Quinn and sister-in-law Lois Patterson. Pre-deceased by her parents Edward and Emily Patterson, brothers Jack Patterson and George Moverley (Alma), sister Betty Stacey (Bill), sister Rene Clement (Ernie), brother-in-law Thomas Quinn and grandson Anthony Gordon. Marilyn will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and her friends Bibi and Oscar.  Marilyn was known for her many interests and hobbies including tennis, badminton, golf, swimming, line dancing, speed-walking, quilting, reupholstery, needlepoint, knitting, reading and gardening. Her favourite times were spent with her sisters and their laughter was infectious. Marilyn was beautiful and elegant, gracious and charitable. She lived her life with dignity, never judging others. She never knew how truly impressive she was.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

Grubb, David

David Grubb passed away peacefully at the Humber Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at the age of 95 years.  Beloved husband of Rita Grubb for 67 years who he had missed desperately after her passing three years ago.  Loving father to daughters Vivian Crosby (Michael Crosby), Valerie Rutledge (Robert Rutledge) and cherished grandfather to David Kondis.  Born in Dysart Scotland, David immigrated to Canada with Rita in 1949. David was in the design construction business.  His passions were Georgian Bay cottage life, fishing and golf.  The family would like to thank the 8E doctors , nurses and staff at Humber River Regional Hospital for their care and compassion in these unprecedented times.  A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date for family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of David to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

St. Aubin, John Lee

June 12, 1952 – March 30, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Lee St. Aubin
at Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton. With his family by his side and listening to his favorite country tunes, Lee gained his entry into heaven.Lee will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children, Sarah and Adam, Trish and Jessi, his grandchildren, Bradley, Tyra, Lexi and Abby, his siblings, Pauline, Sue, Andre, Andy and Suzanne, his many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Our heaviness is eased knowing he will be met by loved ones in heaven including his wife, Barbara St. Aubin, his parents, Laurent and Josephine St. Aubin, his brother in law, Jerry and many other aunts/uncles and relatives who passed before him. We know he is at peace and is no longer suffering.

Despite enduring health issues for many years, Lee stayed connected with his loved ones. His strong faith and trust in God brought him comfort over the years. He will be remembered for his gentle nature, kindness, determination despite many struggles and his love of country music. He was happiest fishing at Port Maitland, camping, hunting, playing his guitar and spending time with his loved ones.

At Lee’s request, he will be cremated and a private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. A virtual gathering to honour his memory will take place with his closest friends and family on Friday, April 10th at 3pm. Details will follow.

Cheryl Marlene Gallant

“On the day I took my last breath I leaped into Heaven”

Peacefully, surrounded by her family at her home, Cheryl Gallant passed away at the age of 68 on February 29th, 2020. Loving mother of Jennifer Gallant (husband Richard Theriault) and Bronson Gallant. Cheryl was a proud grandmother to Austin Fitzgerald and Carson Theriault. She was a loving sister to brothers Reid (Loella) McNutt and Doug (Janet) McNutt and sister Kay (Dallas) DeLeavy. She will be missed by all of her nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her parents Clarence and Alice McNutt.

Waters, John Francis

WATERS, John (Jack), at the age of 88, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie after a brave battle with cancer. Predeceased by his wife of 50 years Barbara (née Lawrence). Loving father to Lynn Marie Graham (Thomas) and Mike (Jennifer). Proud and loving grandpa to Mark (Stephanie), Steven, Meaghan, Caleigh and Braedan. Loving brother to Shirley Deguara and Carl Waters. Best buddy to Vic Deguara and a special Uncle Jack to many nieces and nephews. Jack will be greatly missed by his companion for the past 15 years, June McCauley. 

Jack was known as a kind, loving and compassionate man, who loved his family and friends dearly. Jack cared so much for everyone around him and truly made this world a better place.

Jack was a proud and dedicated employee of ACCO Canada for 48 years and valued many friendships he created during his career. Jack was an avid hockey fan, always cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Team Canada. Jack had a passion for painting. His love of nature and water was evident in his artwork, which was often inspired by his long drives, travel and wonderful memories of cottage life and the good days at the Cabin on Lake Scugog.

Jack’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie and Raglan Retirement Home in Collingwood for providing him with such loving and compassionate care.

As Cremation has taken place, please join the family for A Celebration of Life on Sunday January 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm at St John’s Dixie Cemetery & Crematorium in Mississauga. Reception to follow ending at 4:00 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to Hospice Simcoe in Barrie.

Giuseppina MacKay

Pina Mackay passed away, in the comfort of her own home, the morning of December 17, 2019, -after a courageous 4 year battle with brain cancer.
Pina spent her last few days surrounded by loving family, friends, and her loyal pets. She is survived by her loving husband Rob of 40 years, her son Sean (Chantal), her daughters Ann-Marie (Cliff) Truman, Erin (Daniel) Burnell; and, her “precious granddaughters” Sophia Burrell and Cali-Pressly Trueman. Pina also leaves behind sisters Liz Fox (Mickey), Katie Sangiuliano (Tony), and Toni Sangiuliano (Dominic); along with numerous nieces and nephews, whom she adored. She was pre-deceased by her parents Anna Maria and Vincenzo Sgro.

A visitation will be held Sunday December 22nd 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Willow Room of St. John’s Dixie- 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, Ontario L4Y 2B5.      

A Memorial Service will be held in the Magnolia Room at St. John’s Dixie at 1:00pm on Monday, December 23rd 2019 with a reception to follow.

Wilson, Verna Marguerite

We celebrate the life of Verna Marguerite Wilson (Willows) who passed on to another realm on October
23, 2019 at the age of 95. After a short physical decline in Sunnybrook Hospital, she slipped away
peacefully while sleeping, gracefully succumbing to pneumonia. Every one who knew her feels
very fortunate to have had her with us so long.

She was beloved of her children Rick (Arlene), Jim (Dot), Lorraine and Joanne; very dear to her
grandchildren, Jay (Kerri), Brian (Megan), Jodie (Patrick), Ian (Maryanne), Hilary (Jonathan), Sue (Sean),
and Tommy; and the caring great grandmother of Lauren, Darren, Elizabeth, Luke, Katie and Fionn.

Verna was predeceased by her husband George, her brother Charles and his wife Elma; and is survived
by her sister-in-law Ann and her nephew Bob (Audrey).

A lover of reading, travel, word puzzles and celebrations, she will be remembered as a strong, flexible
and understanding mother, a supportive friend to all, a fountain of wisdom, an extraordinary listener,
and for her unwavering positivity and smile.

Verna was a co-founder of the Huntsville Weavers and Spinners Guild and for several years the editor of
the magazine Heddle.  A homemaker by choice, she also worked as an Executive Assistant at Air Canada
and the Canadian Civil Liberties Union.

She lived independently until after her 95th birthday, maintaining a sharp mind and her positive attitude
to life. An example for us all, she accepted an increasing number of physical challenges over the years,
remaining delighted to be alive. She showed interest in and respect to everyone who came near her,
putting a smile on everyone’s face.

A service will be held in celebration of Verna’s well-lived life on Saturday November 2nd at

St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium

737 Dundas St E., Mississauga L4Y 2B5.

Gathering after 10 am, Service at 11. Lite lunch until 2.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Verna’s name to
PACE Independent Living. Donate In Memory of Verna Wilson at

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Toronto Western Hospital. Donate recognizing Dr. Lozano of the Department of Neurosurgery,
identifying Verna Wilson at

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