SADIE JOURARD BROWN Retired Social Worker and past member of the Etobicoke Quilters' Guild Sadie passed away peacefully on August 5, 2014 at the Humber River Hospital, Church Street Site, just blocks from where she was born on Weston Road in Mount Dennis, March 29, 1914. She was the second of Louis and Annie (Rubinoff) Jourard's six children, all remarkable people in their own right; Harry, Sam, Claire, Sidney, all predeceased and Leon, the baby of the family, of Belleville. She was the wife of William (Bill) James Brown, to whom she was devoted and who sadly passed away in 1986 at the young age of 69. Proud mother of Dan and Julie (Hale), much-respected mother-in-law of Frank and extremely proud grandmother of Wesley and Sylvie. As well, she was "Aunt Sade" to twelve nephews and two nieces. Sadie went to Dennis Avenue Public School, then was in the first graduating class of York Memorial Collegiate Institute and was its first valedictorian. From there, on to the University of Toronto, University College, graduating with a degree in sociology. After graduation from the U of T School of Social Work, she enjoyed an over forty year career in social work with the old York Township (later Borough, then City), now part of the City of Toronto, with what was called "The Family and Child Guidance Clinic". When she retired at age 65 in 1979 and following a three-month driving trip around North America with Bill, she signed up for a quilt class and joined the Etobicoke Quilters' Guild. Prior to that, she had barely threaded a needle. She loved it and spent many years with the guild and turned out many beautifully hand-quilted quilts, which are now in the possession of her family members, treasured items to be sure. We are positive that it was quilting that kept her going for so many years, as well as the fact that her character, like that of all the Jourards, was very strong. She had spent the last seventy or so summers in the small hamlet of Thomasburg, north of Belleville, the childhood home of Bill. The time spent there was extremely happy and restful, where many berries were picked, quilts made and antique shops visited. Many, many thanks to the wonderful nurses on the 3rd floor of the Humber River Hospital. They gave her outstanding care for the 5 weeks she was there. Cremation has taken place and those arrangements were entrusted to the Simple Alternative, 275 Lesmill Rd., Toronto and there was no funeral. At a date to be announced in the near future, family and friends will gather together to celebrate her life. If one wishes to honour her memory, given her commitment to social justice and human rights and love of animals, a donation to Amnesty International (www.amnesty.ca/donate), Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca) or any animal welfare organization of your choice would be appreciated.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2014