Mary Stocks
STOCKS, Mary Patricia (nee Morris) —

Pat Stocks, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in bed July 1, 2015. It is believed it was caused from carrying her oxygen tank up the long flight of stairs to her bedroom that made her heart give out. She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and sons who have no idea what to do with it. So if you're looking for 2 extremely large TV's from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren't sure what they're used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine. This is not an ad for a pawn shop, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother born on May 12, 1921 in Toronto, the daughter of the late Pop (Alexander C.) and Granny (Annie Nigh) Morris. She leaves behind a very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of. Pat was world-renowned for her lack of patience, not holding back her opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. She always told you the truth even if it wasn't what you wanted to hear. It was the school of hard knocks and yes we were told many times how she had to walk for miles in a blizzard to get to school, so suck it up. With that said she was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart (or lion) and yet she sugar coated nothing. Her extensive vocabulary was more than highly proficient at knowing more curse words than most people learned in a lifetime. She liked four letter words as much as she loved her rock garden and trust us she LOVED to weed that garden with us as her helpers, when child labour was legal or so we were told. These words of encouragement, wisdom, and sometimes comfort, kept us in line, taught us the "school of hard knocks" and gave us something to pass down to our children. Everyone always knew where you stood with her. She liked you or she didn't, it was black or white. As her children we are still trying to figure out which one it was for us (we know she loved us). She was a master cook in the kitchen. She believed in overcooking everything until it chewed like rubber so you would never get sick because all germs would be nuked. Freezing germs also worked, so by Friday our school sandwiches were hard and chewy, but totally germ free. All four of us learned to use a napkin. You would pretend to cough, spit the food into it and thus was born the Stocks diet. If anyone would like a copy of her homemade gravy, we would suggest you don't. She will be sorely missed and survived by her brother George Morris, children: Shauna (Stocks) Perreault, Paul/Sandy (Debbie) Stocks and Kirk Stocks, son-in-law Ian Milnes and son from another mother, John McCleery, grandchildren: Lesley (Sean), Lindsay (Lucas), Ashley (James), David (Tia), Brett, Erin (Brian), Sean, Alex, Courtney and Taylor and great-grandchildren: Connor, Emily, Ainsley, Tyler and Jack. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Paul (Moo) Stocks and eldest daughter Shelley (Stocks) Milnes and beloved pets Tag, Tag, Tag and Tag. All whom loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace (when pertinent) and undying love and caring for them. Please give generously to "in memory". A private family 'Celebration of Life' will be held, in lieu of a service, due to her friends not being able to attend, because they decided to beat her to the Pearly Gates. Please note her change of address to her new place of residence, St John's York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, 12 doors away from Shelley's place.
Published by Toronto Star on Jul. 18, 2015.
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This is one of the most amazing obituaries I've ever read. I teach on funeral readiness, and I want to commend you on your humor and wit. I smiled the whole read through. I am so sorry you lost such a tremendous gift to the world.
Valerie Bourdain
December 10, 2018
Just saw this awesome Obit about your wonderful, fun loving Mom ❤ !! As you can see, she'll live on with humor and all the great memories she left behind for her family and anyone that she touched !! Sorry for your loss.
Sharon B
September 27, 2017
This is awesome.. I hope she's flying high in heven in her oldsmobile making every ones life colorful and shes never having to cook a damn thing again
Chad Miller
September 24, 2017
This is EXACTLY how I want mine to read!
Lea (Maryland)
Lea Davis
August 13, 2017
Your Mom Mary sounds like she was a sister to my mother (from another set of parents) except for the cuss words ad overcooked meals. I bet you are all exceptional individuals as you have her genes in you. I just read this and cannot wait to share this obituary with my 7 siblings. Sorry for your loos but I am sure Mary is amongst all of you in spirit. What a beautiful sense of humour.
Esther Rupnarain
June 26, 2017
I received email notice of new entries in Ms. Stocks guestbook recently. I first signed in July, 2015. I remain sad for your family for your loss, but what an enlightening joy it is to know, a year and a half later, that her obituary is still out there in cyberspace, floating around, bringing smiles to many, many faces. Best wishes to the Stocks family and CHEERS to your mom for spreading happiness here on earth. May she continue to use cyberspace, from Heaven, as a real human connection to those of us on earth!!!
January 24, 2017
Love that your loved one had such a sense of humor! What a light hearted person she must have been.
Judith Castor
January 16, 2017
I have just read your mom's obituary, after seeing it on Facebook. You guys are great. I have no doubt that she would have approved of this. I am so sorry for your loss. Remember her always, to the grand-kids and great grand-kids and on and on.
Joanne Rand
December 3, 2016
Just ran across your mom's obituary on Facebook and couldn't quit laughing at your total honesty. Wish obits would read like this more. What a send off to the pearly gates!! Sounds like she was a blast to know. I love honestly. Sorry for your loss but oh-hhh what a gift you must of had for so many years with this woman, Mary. I am sure the family won't be the same or possibly as honest. Well I take that back as the son sounds as brutally honest and forthright as her. Beautiful send off from this world to her future home. God bless you all.
Lynda Meng
October 13, 2016
Wonderful obit for an obviously wonderful lady! Sorry for your loss.
Margaret RIggs
October 6, 2016
I did not know your Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, but she sounds like one fantastic lady. I am very sorry for your loss. Did you every find a home for the Stork???
Wendy Godin
October 3, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. I absolutely loved reading this obituary it was definitely the best that I have ever seen. God Bless all of your family.
Crystal Hurst-Payton
October 2, 2016
Loved this. So personal and unique! A great tribute to your mother!
Carol Edwards
September 29, 2016
I am very sorry for your families loss. Every obit should read like your Mom's. My best to you.
Kathy Mainhood
August 3, 2016
I didn't know her- the obit came across on FB... Your Mom sounds like a wonderful woman! God Bless.
Kathy Fullerton
August 3, 2016
Well written and thought out. I imagine that Mary, herself, would have approved.
M K Neal
December 30, 2015
Wow! What a send off,Marry I would have enjoyed sitting with you listening to your stories,you are all so lucky to have such a colorful memory,obviously these apples did not fall far from their tree,my mother was also born on May 12 th and she sounds just like your mom except for the swearing,I am sorry for your loss but so happy for your experience and mine
Sherry Gallichan
December 27, 2015
emmet walling
September 29, 2015
I am very sorry for the families loss. Please overcome these difficult times with the hope God has given us through his word for the near future. John 5:25-29 gives us an overview of what he has planned for humanity. These verses can bring hope and peace to you and your family
August 29, 2015
Sincere condolences on your loss. Sounds like Mary and my MUM Dorothy are going to best friends in heaven. They have so much in commom..Kathleen
August 14, 2015
Wow - she sounds like quite a lady - determined right to the end ... what spirit and spunk ... I wish I had known her - how very blessed you were to have her in your lives. May her memory forever live in your hearts!
Gini Jonassen
August 13, 2015
This is the perfect obituary! It's wicked sweet and more real then the usual obituary. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady. She had a little bit of spunk and a whole lot of class. I'm sorry for your family's loss.
Connie Staley
August 13, 2015
Oh wow! What a wonderful tribute to your mom. I wish I had known her; she must have been something else and then some. I announced to everyone that I want an obituary just like this. Only the truth, even if it hurts, and humour. My condolences on your loss. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of this fantastic lady. Regards.
Urs D'Asti
August 5, 2015
Well done.
That's the best tribute I've read.
You sound like a wonderful family.
Lynn Lineham
August 5, 2015
It looks like Mary was a wonderful, real, commucative person. Congratulations to a wonderful family with such a sense of humour. You can really celebrate her life with the memories she left behind. Other Families could only dare to publish like this!
Teresa Moses
August 5, 2015
My mother died last week. Your obituary has inspired me to write a real one. No mindless platitudes. Mom, as she was. Thank you.
August 4, 2015
I loved reading what you wrote!!! I believe that you let us know the real person and I'm sure he is laughing !!!!!
Gloria Tooley
August 3, 2015
I can tell you all loved your Mom no matter what, how bad the cooking no matter if she embarrassed you in front of your friends, which I have a feeling she did but she sounds like an Awesome Lady and I think she is laughing at the obituary that you wrote for her, at least you were honest and that is the way she lived. The truth even if it hurt.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for your families and god bless.
Elizabeth Smith
August 3, 2015
She must have been one heck of a wonderful mom to pass on her sense of humor to you to enable you to write a true tribute to her. Wonderfully done sir .....
Theresa Sullivan
August 3, 2015
Thanks for letting me meet and know your mum. You were blessed.
Peg McCuaig
August 3, 2015
My condolences to all, did she by any chance write her own obituary?Good job if she did.
August 2, 2015
I loved it too. What a delightful woman. My sympathy to her family. I'm sure she will be greatly missed.
August 2, 2015
Ur mom sound a lot like my mom, what a blessing that we had for them to b our MOM
August 2, 2015
I remember your wonderful Mom from the old days when we were all kids. You have really done her justice. Thanks for bringing smiles to all who are lucky enough to have read this.
Martha Edmonds(MacIver)
August 2, 2015
God Bless your family.
Mary Everingham
August 2, 2015
Celebrating her life as you have done shows how much she was loved by all. Wonderful. . .
Colleen Hogan
August 2, 2015
I loved it. She sounds like a great mother
August 2, 2015
Loved this would hope when l go my kids could write something this good about me. She sounds like someone l would have really liked. A great tribute to what sounded like a great lady.
Diane Latimer
August 2, 2015
What an amazing testimony. I wished she'd have been my neighbor. Clever obit. Our prayers are with you.
Neni Sanchez
August 2, 2015
Evidently you decided to make the last tribute a labor of brutal honesty. Mom taught you well. I am absolutely sure that those who knew her could read this without seeing her name and would instantly know who it was.
I've been to funerals where the remarks are so foreign to the deceased's life that the crowd would look around each other and elbow ribs or have to cover their mouths (not sure if it was aghast behavior or laughter).

Rest in Peace, Mom! You'll be ready for them when they come.
Mike Stempo
August 2, 2015
Your family message of genuine warmth and joy made me fall in love with someone I never even knew...and now feel I did and miss her very much. Your grace and humor is her legacy. And how wonderful is that? Peace to you all in your time of loss.
Rose Samnee
August 2, 2015
That was the best obituary I have ever read. A true and honest testament, with humour. Thank you and wish I had known her.
August 1, 2015
This made my day..Thank God for people like your mom. My mom turned 90 last month and says she is going live until she 100. She has a great since of humor as well. And we hope that she will be here many more years. Im so glad that I came across this on Facebook. I hope that your mom rests in peace and that you all enjoys all the beautiful memories of her.
August 1, 2015
Great tribute to a salty well-loved broad. If all obits were this engaging newspapers would be worth reading again.
Len Shwartz
August 1, 2015
I lost my father this year, he was only 67. I have had a very hard time dealing with it. I want you to know how much this touched me. Your mother sounds like she was an amazing woman. You are all in my prayers.
Margrette Thygesen
August 1, 2015
Was that Oldsmobile a two door or a four, and what color please?
Mark Perrier
August 1, 2015
God Bless you & all the family. This will surely keep her forever alive in everyones' hearts & minds. What a great legacy she leaves behind!
Beth VanSchaick
August 1, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Very nice tribute! Don't give those 90's TV's to the first person that shows up.
Yadi Anglin
August 1, 2015
What a wonderful tribute to your mom! RIP Mary. Looks like heaven has a very interesting and wonderful addition!
Rose Weaver
August 1, 2015
Sorry for your loss and I think it is Heaven's gain. Your obvious love for Mary shines through as does her love for her family. I wish I knew her she sounds like she was a very special lady..the kind the world could do with a lot more of. Mary Latcham (UK)
August 1, 2015
This amazing tribute hit the U.k this morning together with the beautiful photo of your Mum. I wonder what she would have made of that? And how many people she made smile, on a wet Saturday morning. Thank you
August 1, 2015
The traditional Obit is a fill in the blank obit. It tells the reader about where they were born, how they earned a living, who they left behind and when the passed. Your obit has a handful of funny, a dash of serious. What you wrote about your Mom gives the reader a clear picture of who she really was. When we buried our Gran two years ago my family filled in the blanks. All the banter about who she really was as a human being, not just another old lady who died was left out! You've struck a cord with so many. I hope it inspires people to "tell the Real story" when their loved one dies. Thanks for making us all stop and have a good laugh!
Laurie Haney
August 1, 2015
What a wonderful obituary for what appears to be an incredible lady - I don't know any of you, but I just found your honesty and sense of humour a lovely way to pay tribute to your mom (who I am sure would have appreciated this homeage). My condolences to the family.
Complete Stranger
July 31, 2015
Wonderful tribute to an amazing woman.
July 31, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss, your mom must have been an awesome person. I am sure she just made Heaven a happier place. Hopefully my dad and sister can meet up with her... they liked to curse too. RIP Miss Pat
July 31, 2015
RIP Mrs Stock. What a great way to remember your mom. Truthfully and accepting. Kudos to the family.for following their moms footsteps LC Hayes
July 31, 2015
Please meet me at the Pearly Gate when I arrive...I want to be near you. R.I.P.
Yolande Leclerc
July 30, 2015
What a beautiful Obituary. Your mother is now your guardian angel. Her wings might be a little tattered and torn from the coarse language you talked about, but what a lady. She definitely was a gift to you and your family. May she Rest in Peace, and I know God will have accepted her with open arms. You speak of her with love and kindness, and I respect how you have written these beautiful words in sharing your mother with us.
July 30, 2015
I'm sure your Mother would love this, she must have shared your sense of humour. Saw this on the internet, and wanted to tell you how wonderful an obituary it its for your mother. Alison Australia, NSW
Alison Pigott
July 29, 2015
RIP Mrs. Stocks. Thank you for the beautiful truthful obituary. You were truly blessed to have seen all your memories as positive components in your upbringing and adult life. I came across this writing by accident and was deeply warmed. Your Mom will be beside you forever. Bless your family
L McLaren
July 28, 2015
We absolutely loved your tribute and most importantly the love and humour that you showed in this beautiful obituary. Your Mom sounded like one very awesome lady - you were all blessed to have had her. Our love and prayers are with you and we thank you for sharing this with all of us.
Anne Dahmer
July 28, 2015
I like the respect you give your Mum. Many don't respect parents. I think it's so nice. Respecting our seniors in the community...we need to get to know them more. God Bless your Mother. May she have peace. Hold her memories close. Talk about her often and keep her alive in your thoughts.
George Williamson
July 28, 2015
This was wonderful to read. Thank you for loving your mother so much that it has spread to so many others. My Grandma Bette Jayne is 99 years young, and this reminded me of her. She even has a 'protective layer' (freezer burn) on her frozen goods, and still boils her tap water. She taught me to shake the milk (wonderful habit that I've been unable to kick, even now), and to sing in the rain. No matter the hardships and trials she has faced, she has always been able to spot the good in people and in our world. I love her, and it makes me smile to see someone else with a similar love for a lady with such joyous tenacity. Best wishes to your family. May your Mother rest in peace, knowing she raised such loving children.
Brytni Donnelly
July 28, 2015
Dear Verna and Danny, we are sad to read this. We send you and your family all our warm condolence and sympathy for Germany. We lost my mother-in-law and my father-in-law last year during six month. The most wonderful thing in this time is that our parents are living in our heart and memory. Hubertus and I are remembering Pat.
Claus Michael Sattler
July 28, 2015
My daughter told me I should read your mother's obituary because it could have been written for my mother. She was right. Even the cats named Babe, Baby, Tiny Baby and Tiny Babe. We had good mother's and I hope my mom meets your mom in heaven. I am so sorry for your loss, and like my mom, they will be greatly missed.
July 27, 2015
I LOVE YOUR AND YOUR MOTHER!!! We should all be so blessed that you have shared her with us. I will cherish my parents and am blessed to have them both. The obituary was a wonderful description of your wonderful mother who instilled everything she had to her children. God Bless you and your family.
Peace & Blessings,
July 27, 2015
What a special mom you had. She raised a wonderful and fun family! I'm sure she left you with many more memories that will make you smile.
Mary O
July 27, 2015
So very sorry for your loss. Sounds like your Mary was feisty to the end. RIP. Treasure your memories.
D Lichter
July 27, 2015
I left a message of condolence here a few days ago and have returned daily to read how the words in your obit have touched a chord right around the world! Yes, I'm dysfunctional.. You have done me and countless others a great service by making us laugh, cry and remember our own Moms and other relatives who lived "interesting" lives! It is nice to see that Legacy is leaving this Guest Book up permanently! It will be interesting to see how your words and your Mother's legacy will continue to comfort and amuse the world. Oh, if you find an old tart tin, with rounded bottoms and scalloped sides, keep me in mind... May you be comforted in knowing what a wonderful thing you've done by bringing your Mother to us all. Thanks for the memories!
Regina Page
July 27, 2015
I see that you now have 81 pages of tributes to your beloved Mary, so I'll keep this short. Families put the "dys" in "functional" and aren't we all blessed that this is so <3
Dee Enrico-Janik
July 27, 2015
RIP. She did a nice job raising her kid.
Scott Joseph
July 27, 2015
Well, that was an amazing description of a mother , your Mother , Grandmother , and friend ,upon reading this I was compelled to share what I thought . She seemed to be like so many people of her time who grew up with work ,hard work and love for her family , kind of like my own family in many ways and a firm believer in saying the truth in no uncertain words ,and if more people of this age were like that our world be much safer and happy, thanks for sharing tis little excerpt from her life .
Patrick Graham
July 27, 2015
Thanks for the laugh... and so sorry for your loss! My 73 year old mom (who can hardly email scanned this and sent it to me) It made her almost wet her pants! LOTS OF LOVE FROM MILWAUKEE WI!
Kerry Molenda
July 27, 2015
Rip. Thank you for remembering your mom.
sarah harkin
July 27, 2015
Wonderful and inspirational hoping other people will address their loved one with thought and admiration or tell it like it is... I only wish I had done the same for my frequently cantankerous special mother. God Bless miss Mary and her family.
July 27, 2015
Mr. Stocks, What a gift you have given to the masses and many. What joy you have given us. As I read the many tributes to your wonderful mother and yours and your families love for her, I am awed at what you have given us all by sharing Mary Pat Stock's life with us. You have evoked memories for people of Mothers and Grandmothers and memories of simpler times. I am 61, I grew up in Dorchester MA where there were many women like your Mom,my own included. Women of iron and principle, who met adversity and "hard knocks" with fierce determination to "suck it up" move forward and do the next right thing. Women who loved and protected their kids, taught them right from wrong, about integrity, about the value of hard work, and to care about others. And yes to laugh and not take everything so seriously. As I write this, I am filled with pride because I am from people like your Mom and a heart full of love because you made me think of them all.
And I love that "Pat"drove right up until almost the end. My condolences to you and your family and thanks again for this amazing gift. And I too now love your Mom. Bill Barry
Bill Barry
July 27, 2015
My daughter's bunny had a funeral today. I was trying to decide how to make light of the situation. As soon as we came inside the house, I found this obit. It's fantastic. You've touched a many people. Prayers go out to you and your family in your time of loss.
A. K.
July 27, 2015
What an amazing !
Lolita Lewis
July 27, 2015
What a wonderful woman, this eulogy really gives perspective to just how unique and memorable she is. Thank you for sharing.
sabrina baginsky
July 26, 2015
Absolutely marvelous! Beautifully written, was enjoying the sharp wit, then got to the part about her change of address near Shelly...made me cry. What a wonderful tribute.
Annemarie Resweber
July 26, 2015
You certainly had a very special Mom. May she R.i.P.
Rose Straccialini
July 26, 2015
You certainly had a very special Mom.
Rose Straccialini
July 26, 2015
this made me laugh and cry at the same time............what a character your Mum was and what wonderful sense of humour she instilled in her family
Kim Ransom
July 26, 2015
She sounds like she was a great mother. May she R.I.P.
Rose Straccialini
July 26, 2015
Rest in peace, Mrs. Stocks. I was one of many who read this beautiful obituary and found so much to smile about from all the stories told about this wonderful lady. Our prayers go out to her family during this time. God bless Mrs. Stocks, God bless you all.
Victoria C
July 26, 2015
I didn't know your mother, but her orbit tells me that her children loved her very much and she has passed along a wit that will show them to live life to its fullest. I wish to give my condolences to you and your family, and I hope that many people read this and emotionally take something from your words. Bless you all
Laura Barry
July 26, 2015
I read the article one the news, then decided to pull up your mothers obituary. I think this should be the new way of describing a persons passing...everyone wants the real deal, and it sounds like this will ne a lot of how our families will read when the time comes.....I'm sure your mother is laughing right along with her husband her daughter and of course, all four Tags. If you like something why change it!! REST IN PEACE sweet lady with so much charm, wisdom, and humor in these times if raising children right!
cher blosser
July 26, 2015
Kerri McCuaig
July 26, 2015
What a wonderful Mom and great family who loved her dearly!
Flora Cantwell
July 26, 2015
Never knew your Mum, but truly wish I had! You may have set a new standard for obits, celebrating the good things in life with humour and love. I have sent it to my children saying "this is what I would like" and I hope they follow thru
Harry Gibbs
July 26, 2015
What an amazing woman! And she lived her life her way. I truly felt that I knew Mary. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. She will live forever.
Sherry Damman Huntington, Lincoln Park, Michigan
July 26, 2015
You Mom reminds me a lot of mine. I just don't think they come like this anymore. How lucky were we? God bless you all.
Carolyn House
July 26, 2015
Your obit of your Mother made me fall in love with her and her family. What a wonderful tribute. Sorry for your loss and the loss of a woman who could be funny and scary all at the same time!
Carla Hatch
July 26, 2015
Love the obituary! Sorry for your loss and I'm sure she is laughing from heaven!
Sue Defreyne (nee Stocks) Peter's daughter
July 26, 2015
Saw your interview (news) via a Facebook viral post .. HAD to find the obit and leave a message .. What a fantastic way to honor your mother , grand & great grand... Sounds like an amazing pistol of a lady ...RIP Mary P. Stocks
Lorine Dobbins
July 26, 2015
Your Mom will be truly missed by all who knew her or didn't know her. My prayers go out to you and your family . Your Mom is an angel watching over you.
July 26, 2015
What a wonderful tribute to a life lived and shared by your Mother. Prayers for all whom will miss her. Hoping when my time comes, my family can share a similar obit about the life I had lived and memories never forgotten! R.I.P. Mary Stocks
Christine Wierzbicki
July 26, 2015
Your mom must have been an extraordinary person! I would have LOVED knowing her! Whoever wrote this obituary did an brilliant job - and I have passed it on to my children for their ideas... Hugs to you all!
Nancy Keith
July 26, 2015
I read your obituary this morning on FB with my son. We immediately thought of another spunky little mother dear to us. Rest in peace Pat Stocks, even though we are strangers my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
July 26, 2015
Beautiful memories...cherish them all
July 26, 2015
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