I'm grateful for my memories of Ann and send love to her family.
Throughout her time in hospital family members and friends from near and far visited regularly. Adult grandchildren Caitlin and Elijah visited regularly. In addition to all the care and love Gord Fisch contributed over the past few years he blessedly took care took care of many practical matters. Ron and Beverley, dear friends of Ann and Dick's for almost 40 years visited daily. Ingrid and David, among Ann's closest Montreal friends visited every day they were in town. Beloved niece Beth spent four days in Montreal, including two overnights sleeping on a rollout chair in the hospital room. Ann always knew who we were and when awake was able to communicate with us right to the end. My brother David and I accompanied her at bedside through the final breaths, along with Ginny, a close family friend who had flown in from Iowa that very day. Ann had a good death. She had no pain. She knew we were with her.
Huge appreciation to nurses, orderlies, housekeeping staff, social workers and others in the temporary communities at 8West, 8Northwest, and finally on 4Main, the palliative care unit at the Jewish General Hospital. Thanks for letting her dog come visit. Thanks for your excellent care and your sensitivity. Thanks also to Dr. Chang, Dr. Olga, Dr. Selehi, and to Samantha, the music therapist with the beautiful soprano voice. Thanks for years of assistance and friendship from staff and residents at the Vista, a home for seniors.
We met in 1970, when Dick and Ann came to Toronto and quickly installed me as a family friend. We remained close through the years, through letters after 1976, and in person after Dick and Ann came to Montreal, certainly a major friendship of my life. Ann was engaging, great to talk to on a myriad of subjects, and always loving.
I just read the beautiful memorial. What an amazing woman! My heart goes out to the whole family. A special hug for you Rachael! Amy ox
Warm condolences to the family. Ann was a loving presence in my life and I miss her already.