SUZANNE REYNOLDS On April 23, 2013 my beloved wife Suzanne succumbed to an almost two year fight with Cancer. To the end she maintained her eternal optimism and love of life and to our great happiness was able to die at home accompanied by her family and those closest to her. Sue was the living heart of the wonderful Duncan clan, always at the centre of family events and in close touch with those dear to her. She will be much missed by brother Donald and his wife Rosemary and by his daughters from a prior marriage Leslie Galbraith (Mark) and Elizabeth Turvey (Stephen) and their gorgeous children, born and unborn. By her sister Alexandra, her confidante and best of friends at all times in life both of joy and tragedy, and her adoring handsome nephews Edward and Thomas, who will particularly miss their Auntie Sue. Sue will leave behind a wonderful family legacy in the form of her own children by her first marriage all now grown to successful adulthood. Daughter Christie and husband Gary White and their boys Ashley and Mitchell and now a great-grandchild Avery to adore. Son Timothy has created a thriving Information Technology business for himself in difficult economic times, and son William who with his wife Zhu Zhu and son Stanley live and work at the heart of Silicon Valley in California. She will be dearly missed by my own children Julie Pingree, husband Art and son Alex and my son James (Jim), wife Melinda and daughter Stella, all part of Sue's extended family. Sue began her life as an "army brat," living a happy year without school in Soest, West Germany, until fate caught up with her. Returning to Canada with her family she lived in London and then Hamilton and, after her first marriage, Toronto. After working for CIBC for a number of years she finally found a happy niche at the University of Toronto working as a field interviewer in epidemiological studies. Her ability to interact with people in stressful situations came to the fore in this role, and, at one point, she was invited to Harvard University to pass on her knowledge to aspiring candidates in a similar discipline. Sue was a warm and caring person, beloved by all who came in contact with her, most of all by me, her husband and lover for life. She leaves many friends in Muskoka where she latterly resided, and in the Toronto, Cambridge, Niagara Falls regions of Ontario, in British Columbia, and in New York City and Massachusetts, USA. At Sue's request there will be no funeral, but a gathering of friends to say a farewell at Grace and Speed Museum at the Muskoka Wharf on April 27th from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and a later get together at the Tamahaac Club in Ancaster on May 25th from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. All friends are welcome at either or both events. I would be remiss if I didn't pay heartfelt tribute to the splendid care provided by our oft criticized healthcare system, in particular the caring medical and nursing staff at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and the visiting nurses and support workers of Closing the Gap Healthcare Group. A special word for her wonderful family physician Dr. Vicky Dechert, who did so much to enable Sue to remain, and have final care, at home, as she always wished. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to any of the above named institutions or to the National Ballet of Canada or the Canadian Opera Company would be most gratefully appreciated. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cavill-Turner Funeral Home, Gravenhurst. Messages of condolence can be left at www.cavillfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Toronto Star from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013