I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Onie's family. I first met Onie many years ago at Dr. S.J.Phillips Public School, where she volunteered, and where I still teach. She was an inspirational, dedicated volunteer, who worked with and nurtured many children during her time there. She became a dear friend to many staff members. She was a wonderful, caring, funny, elegant lady.
She will be missed.
I had the privilege of working with Onie when I was Principal at Dr. S. J. Phillips P.S. in Oshawa. Onie was a star volunteer in the school. Her students loved her and so did the staff and parents. She contributed in a very positive way to the lives of everyone who knew her. I remember the great chats we would have in my office on a variety of topics and how much she cared for the little ones that she took under her wing. I know that Onie will leave a legacy of caring, compassion, understanding and love to her family and others whose lives were enriched by knowing her.
With sympathy, Katie Brown (Victoria, B.C.)
My deepest sympathy to your family. I did not know Onie but know how much she meant to Barbara, my dear friend, who spoke of her often. She will be sadly missed.
Peter and family: We are thinking of you and send you our heartfelt sympathies. Losing a parent is always difficult, and although we had not met your mother, her son and his family are evidence of wonderful mother. Gail and Dick
I did not know Iona personally. I do however know Phil her son. He is someone I have great respect for and admire. Those qualities in a son tell me a lot about what type of women and mother Iona was.
Our Deepest Sympathies,
The Bazylak Family
Chris, Phil, Em, Laura ... and the entire Anderson family ... you are in our thoughts during this sad time. Onie was one of a kind. She will be missed by all she touched. ~ Jennifer Lavoie & Pete Stroeder
Dean and I were so sad to hear about Onie's sudden passing! We met Onie last summer at the cottage and became friends immediately. She had the type of personality that you were drawn to and we enjoyed our time spent with her -- even if it was way too short. We will miss her dearly and it won't be the same at the cottage without her. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all her family and friends.
Our thoughts and love to you all.....she will be dearly missed. We have wonderful memories of her with all our family... Lisa Cousins, Dean and Jesse
So very sad to hear of Onie's passing. My heartfelt condolences to all of her family and extended family. I knew Onie when I was the school secretary at Dr. S.J. Phillips P.S. She was such an inspiration to students and staff and a special friend to me. She will be deeply missed but her memory will always be cherished. I feel honoured to have known her.
Sandra Alexander (Courtice, ON)
With sympathy from the Banfield family.
Dear Phil, Chris, Emily & Laura,
Denis and I want to extend our deepest sympathies on her sudden passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Onie on several occasions and so recently at Em and Sam's wedding. She was a formidably personality full of warmth and grace.
I have no doubt the wonderful memories you have will bring some comfort during this difficult time.
Our thoughts, love and prayers to all of you,
Erika and Thomas
Anderson Family....I am so sad to hear of Mrs. Anderson's passing. I first met her when I was in the second grade at Dr. S.J. Phillips School, where she came in once a week to help me with my reading. She worked very hard helping me understand my books. I moved away to Fenelon Falls seven years ago and she still came to visit me every summer when she came to her cottage. She and Gerry always brought gifts from their travels for me and my brothers and sisters. She always remembered me when she went to New Zealand and her visits to the USA. We always exchanged cards at Christmas and Valentines day. After Gerry's passing, she still came to visit me at my home. I loved her so much and we will all miss her.
Clayton Chatterton and family.