LAFFERTY, Gladys Elizabeth
August 7, 1913 – August 16, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Gladys Elizabeth Lafferty at Mount Sinai in her 102nd year. Our sorrow is mitigated by our great relief that the suffering of this remarkable woman is over. Gladys was predeceased by her loving husband John, and great-grandchild Amanda Kiss. Beloved mother of three daughters, Joan (and the late Peter Zarry), Betty Cantell and her husband Gerry, and Carole (and the late George Surkos) and grandmother of Nicole, Monique and Colette Zarry, Jacqueline and Scott Kiss, Loren and Al Chisholm, Sarah and Ian Duncan and John-Emil Surkos and Dina Beygelman. Her beloved great-grandchildren who adored her are Jacob, Sasha, Micah and Esme Adelman, Madeline and Samantha Zarry, Justin and Kristyn Ward, Rebecca and Johnny Kiss, Alexandra Surkos, Evelyn Huess Surkos and Victor Duncan Surkos and step- great-grandson Evan Duncan. Born and raised on a farm outside of London, Ontario, Gladys was strong and resilient, petite and beautiful with an effervescent personality. She was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a loyal friend, award- winning gardener, involved in community service and a fixer of everything from tears to toasters, who always had time to play a game of 'aggravation' or 'liars dice' with her brood. She and John had a happy marriage of almost 50 years. They were avid golfers, curlers and enjoyed socializing with their many friends and family at their homes in Old Mill, Oakville, Mississauga and Florida. Gladys was hard wired to be happy (her nickname at grade school was Happy Bottom) and she was also hardwired to need only a few hours' sleep a night. Her endless energy was legendary, and her infectious laugh made everyone feel good just to be around her. Until her 99th year, she lived in her own home, cared for her magnificent garden and had many friends both young and old who visited often. Her house was never empty. Although her health failed in her last three years, she maintained her humour, generous nature and love for all. She will never be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to know her. The family wishes to thank the staff and management at St. Hilda's Towers for the kind and loving care she has received there during the last three years. Also special thanks to the exemplary palliative and medical teams at Mount Sinai for the sensitive care that was extended to her in the last week of her life. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., Toronto, at Windermere Ave., east of Jane subway, on Sunday, August 31 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating Gladys's life will be held on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, a donation to the Peter Zarry Scholarship Fund at York University or to a charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca.
Published in National Post on Aug. 23, 2014