After a long and difficult struggle with Alzheimer’s, our beloved Mum passed away in the evening of April 24th, 2020 at the age of 90 to complications from the COVID-19 virus.
Patricia was born on July 23rd, 1929 in Ashtead UK to Doreen Farrant and Robert William Fairleigh. She later met her future husband, Michael Adrian Harries (predeceased) and moved to Canada. She was the proud Mum of Philippa (Bruce Thomas), Joanna (Chaker Chatila) and David (Linda Lepore) and adored her grandsons Michael, Sebastian and Thomas.
After raising our family, Patricia earned her Bachelor of Education degree in 1986 and embarked on extensive travels teaching English all over the world where she made countless lasting friendships. Mum will be remembered for her love of life, sports, travel, nature, gardening, adventure, energy and above all, her overwhelming sense of humour. Truly a world traveller, she climbed many mountains and sailed the seven seas. She made friends wherever she went, from war torn countries to political uprisings. She always found beauty in people and places and had a profound sense of justice.
Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to Cathy Antalan, an angel, who made Mum’s last year’s more comfortable, treating her like her own family. Thank you Cathy.
Patricia’s passing has left us deeply saddened, but her humor and passion will never be forgotten. Her memories will live on through everyone that knew her. Mum, we love you and know you are now in a peaceful place.