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Holly DYMENT
HOLLY DYMENT On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Holly Andrena Dyment died at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto. A non-smoker she faced a devastating diagnosis of lung cancer with her characteristic grace, bravery, elegance, and loving consideration toward everyone around her. She is survived by her aunt Robin Vaile Robinson, her beloved sons Andrew Lauder (and his wife Carly Deziel) and Cooper Dyment (Emily Spencer), all of Toronto, her brother Cam Dyment (Barbara) of Collingwood, ON, and their children Kirstie, Brandon, and Kylie, her double first cousin Philip Dyment (Petra Mattes) and his children Gabrielle and Jack, and her lifelong friend Janet Heisey. Her parents Donald Dyment and Lexie Miller, both of Toronto, predeceased her. Everyone adored Holly. Artistically gifted, for many years she was a successful Toronto interior designer who decorated her own houses and those of her clients with customary verve, every room including that usually antiseptic space containing a fridge and stove reflecting her bohemian love of those hectic, incense-infused non-Occidental countries where joyful colours jostle for attention with pattern and texture. Beige was not an option in Holly's personality or vocabulary - her favourite colour was vermillion. One of her previous happy places was an airy colonial-era vacation house in Mérida, Yucatán, which she imbued with the daringly explosive colours of Mexico. After first travelling to India in 2002, and then, for artistic inspiration, continuing to visit Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hampi, and other storied and ancient cities at least once a year, she decided to launch what was an immediately successful and lauded jewellery business - Holly Dyment Fine Jewelry, her collections using precious stones in delightfully witty, unique (and often gothic) settings - rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets wrought in her favourite black-and-white striped enamel, or gold, and hand-made in Jaipur, the centre of India's jewellery manufacture. Her jewels have been featured in Town & Country, Elle Canada, and a number of European fashion magazines and worn by such fashion-forward celebrities as Madonna and Rihanna. Another admirer of her work is Lynn Yaeger, a longtime New York fashion personality who writes for American Vogue. In 2017 Holly's work was included in Juliet Weir-de la Rochefoucauld's book 'Women Jewellery Designers,' a deluxe volume featuring such legendary names as Elsa Peretti of Tiffany & Co., Suzanne Belperron, and Cartier's once resident genius Jeanne Toussaint. Born in Toronto on August 18, 1959, Holly was educated at the Toronto French School, the Bishop Strachan School, and Bennington, a Vermont liberal arts college whose curriculum emphasizes the fine and performing arts. Some of her happiest years were spent at her farm near Creemore, Ontario, where, until recently, she delighted in entertaining family and friends in a very Holly house with a beautiful back forty. Holly loved many people, pets, amusements, and things including her family, the memory of her maternal grandparents, her mighty though miniature schnauzers, Twyla and Ham, solitude, her childhood summers on Lake Joseph, red lipstick, world music, the art of Frida Kahlo and Helen Frankenthaler, big bowls of whipped cream, both as main course and dessert, South Asian clothes, silent movies, Ab Fab, the satisfying look of great rooms and finally, the love of going deep or, as she laughingly called it, the 'ooey-booey' - that is, the spiritual world where she hoped she'd see her people again. Due to Covid-19, a celebration of Holly's life will take place at a future date. Arrangements have been made through The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre - in lieu of flowers the family suggests making donations to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation: https://thepmcf.ca/Home
Published by The Globe and Mail from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2020.
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My partner Andy Kilpatrick and I, Wayne McCarthy, were lucky enough to buy Holly and her husbands’ historic renovation at 14 Dingwall in Riverdale in 1990. We still live here.

Although the mechanical portion of the renovation was not fully complete she had transformed the interior into something magical; an incredible deep red dining room, an Asian inspired master bedroom, colours in the rest of the house that I had never seen before.

I actually purchased the house before my partner had even looked at it knowing he would be amazed.

Saddened at the news.
Wayne McCarthy
Friend
January 5, 2021
I had not heard from Holly for a while, so I googled her name and saw this obituary today. Holly was exceptionally talented. Her father was my first cousin. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. It was a pleasure to know Holly.
Linda Harry Moncrieff
Family
December 14, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
December 11, 2020
Holly had a love of colour, creativity, and adventure!
During our days together at BSS we shared many laughs in the art studio and schemed together about what our next adventure was to be. The main one I recall was escaping the BSS grounds during lunch with another pal (Sarah P) and taking the subway down to Dundas st where we proceeded to get shared tattoos, Holly was so proud of the RED heart on her ear.
We lost touch for many years but rediscovered our friendship this year. Dear Holly you were so brave and spirited. You w
ill be missed by many.

Anne McDonough
Friend
December 7, 2020
I'm deeply shocked didn't knew this was arriving so soon, it's been a journey with her , designing with her has always been fun and learning. I loved her so much and will miss her so much. Her smile, witty comments her favourite red lipstick there was so much more to her. May God bless her soul and give strength to her family. You will be always in my prayers. I miss you so so much
Kanupriya
Friend
December 4, 2020
My condolences to Holly's boys, to Cam, Aunt Robin and the remainder of her family, please.
I will remember all the fun and silly adventures we had as children and the few years to catch up as adults near the end of her life. I will miss the giggles, talks and shared moments both at BSS and in Muskoka. God Bless you, Hol Doll, just like your Dad would say, and may you rest in peace where there is no pain and only unconditional love.
Nicole Pepper
Friend
December 4, 2020
I just got the news as the e-mail did not reach me due to technical problems....This is the saddest saddest news. Year 20202 has taken away my most precious friend. I am speechless. Holly was the one who helped me and encouraged me in my business. It's because of her that there are so many people all over the world who know me and wish to work with me. Holly was so talented and good with colours that all of us would get amazed....such a beautiful smile, sweet voice...Holly there will be no one in my life who can replace you. You have a special place in my heart. I will really miss you Holly.....but we will meet again and then you can add colour to my life once again!!!!
Deepali Tholia Jain
Friend
December 2, 2020
I am so sad to hear this heartbreaking news! Holly was one of a kind... thoughtful, creative and funny. Beautiful inside and out! I will always have wonderful memories of her during our time together at BSS. My condolences to her sons and to all who loved her. Holly will truly be missed!
Alison Ashton-Gold
Classmate
December 1, 2020
Brenda Chornous
November 30, 2020
Holly Holly Holly — you are the most wonderful person that I have ever met. You are missed so much, in every way. Condolences to Robin, Andrew, Cooper, Carly, Emily and Janet — Jane
Jane Hess
Friend
November 30, 2020
We will miss you Holly. May you Rest In Peace. Our prayers for the entire family.
Shalini and Hemen
Friend
November 29, 2020
I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Andrew and Cooper and their partners. What an exceptionally difficult time for you . Please know that you are being thought of with a heavy heart. Holly was one of a kind . Her passion and zest for life will live on in all our memories.
Memory eternal. Valerie Stavro
Valerie Stavro
Acquaintance
November 29, 2020
My heart goes out to all of Holly's family and friends on the loss of this beautiful woman. My memories of Holly are that she was such a positive, warm and gracious person. Attributes I know that she passed on to her wonderful son Andrew. I recall hearing in a recent interview that when we remember our loved ones who pass away, they live on - I know that Holly will live on in the hearts of all those that she touched.
Barbara Dawson
November 29, 2020
"Il cuore del mio Amore non batterà mai più". This words are from an Italian song that Holly and me listen to many times. I try to translate, but she didn't mind about this kind of things, for what? She liked the sound, as the bright colours, the breeze from the ocean, a cheesy pasta, a good glass of red vine, her dogs and my arm around her shoulder, as I like her head on mine, but over everything, when she talked about Andrew and Cooper, her eyes were shining of Love.
This morning I wake up with the Italian song in my mind and, maybe for the first time, I understand that " The heart of my Love will not beat anymore"
Holly, thanks to be in my life as in the one of Eleonora, Sofia, Daniela, Ben, Marco, Verena, Olmo, Lucio, Manuel, Rossella, Vanni, Lisa, Fabio, Marta, Eva, Emma, Paco and everyone knew and Loved You in Italy and Spain.
As we told each other one day: We are lucky people, 'cause our lives made us understand that death don't exist. So long my Love.
Massimo
Friend
November 29, 2020
Massimo
Friend
November 29, 2020
Rest In Peace Holly.
For you Robin, Andrew, Carly, Gabriel and Jack, you are great family and supporters
My heart always with you
Ayham Asmar
Friend
November 29, 2020
November 28, 2020 Port Rexton NL

To all of Holly's family who loved her I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was Holly's art teacher at BSS for five years and she was a remarkable talent and fine student producing thoughtfully executed original works in many media. As a teacher, like a parent, you don't expect your former students to die before you and when they do it is always a shock. I would see Holly from time to time in the neighbourhood and it was always a treat to hear what she was up to. And seeing her kept her in the present and allowed me to see her great accomplishments with design and jewellery. Such a terrible loss. My heart goes out to you all.
Stephen Zeifman
Stephen Zeifman
Teacher
November 28, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear this. I knew Holly a long time ago at the TFS, and she always struck me as a warm, joyful person. My deepest sympathies to her family, and to Janet.
Kathy Giles
Classmate
November 28, 2020
Thank you Holly for your friendship and caring. Thank you for the trip to India and the visit to your home in Merida, Mexico. You were an extraordinary person with extraordinary talent. You were loved by all who knew you - a beautiful person inside and out. I will miss our lunches at Banjara and both our lighthearted and thought-provoking conversations. I'll think of you every day.
My heart goes out to Holly's family and friends.
Shelley Lambe
Friend
November 28, 2020
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