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    - Lilian Field
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    - Lorraine Banks
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BARBARA SWITZER It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of Barbara Switzer on August 1, 2013. Quite suddenly, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's, Barbara Switzer died in the company of her family, at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Barbara Ann Switzer, née Ball, was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec on January 27, 1940. Survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Ronald Switzer, she was a proud mother of their sons Mark and David (married to Sheila). Adoring Nana to Beatrix, Georgia and Violet - they will miss her terribly. Survived also by her dear younger sister, Brenda Collins of Grimsby and brother Brian Ball of Cobourg. Barbara was raised in Coaticook, Quebec, Whitby and Hamilton, Ontario, skipped 2 grades in elementary school and attended Ontario Women's College. At various times in her life, she lived in Montreal, Toronto, Horseshoe Valley, Barbados, Malta, St. Petersburg (Florida, not Russia) and Ballantrae, Ontario. Together with Ron, she sailed Lake Ontario on the Nauyuk, and around Florida, over to Cuba and up to Toronto on the 42' Loonie Too. Her many travels include Whistler, Lake Louise, the Calgary Stampede, Disney World, London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Turkey, Tunisia, Mumbai, Fiji, Sydney, Christchurch, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Osaka, and up the Pacific Coast to Alaska. She played on the offensive line for IBM in executive capacities, and her success and contributions to IBM were one of her proudest achievements. As President of the Horseshoe Valley Homeowners Association and Golf Committee, she was recruited as a candidate for the Federal Conservative Party. Barbara excelled as wife, mother, seamstress, condo board executive, and highly organized, energetic factotum. She had a reputation as a chef of high distinction, and her dinners were highly sought occasions. She has many friends and a devoted family. She was dauntless in the face of adversity, and her last years were filled with laughter, singing, dancing and joy in the simplest pleasures. She had a life well lived, that touched many lives. Please check the website for announcements of a "Celebration of Barbara's Life", later this month. We appreciate your stories, notes and thoughts. Please don't send flowers, donations are optional and would be appreciated to the York Regional Alzheimer Society.

Published in the Toronto Star on Aug. 7, 2013
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