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1942 - 2013
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, surrounded by her family, after a 3 year battle with cancer which she fought with the same strength, courage, resiliency, grace, style and humour with which she lived her life. Suzanne was the companion, confidante and soulmate to Peter, an extraordinary, loving, "hands on" mother to Nicole (Shaun) and Bill (Candace), an engaged and guiding Grandmaman to Michelle, Kendall, Peter and Camryn. Her full and fruitful personal life was paralleled by her exceptional life as a teacher and educator. She started her teaching career in Toronto, where she became the youngest High School Head of Department in Ontario's history. She interrupted her career to be a full-time mother and then resumed it at Elmwood School in Ottawa where she spent many happy years as a teacher, golf and ski coach (going to OFSSA), IB coordinator, and Vice Principal. After her "retirement" from Elmwood she spent 12 full years until shortly before her death as a consultant throughout North America, Asia and the Middle East. She was instrumental in setting up the IB Program at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong and rewriting the curriculum and obtaining international certification for Sheik Zayed Acadamy in Abu Dhabi. Suzanne was quick to smile and laugh. She was a unique, extraordinary, brilliant, wise, fun loving and generous human being who lived life to the fullest. She will live on in the indelible imprint which she has left on her family, her friends and countless teachers and students throughout the world. We will not see her like again. Rest in peace Suzanne after a lifetime of achievement.The family thanks the nurses and doctors of the General (8W) and Bruyere (5B). Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) on Tuesday, March 19th from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, March 20th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Meagan's Walk,, a charitable foundation for pediatric brain tumour research.


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Hulse, Playfair, & McGarry Central Chapel
315 McLeod Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1A2
(613) 233-1143
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 18, 2013
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