Ellen Byrnes
1957 - 2021
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Byrnes, Ellen 11/12/1957 - 4/10/2021 St. Catharines Ontario Canada Ellen Byrnes, age 63, died at home in Saint Catharines, Ontario on April 10, 2021. She was born on November 12, 1957 in Oakville, Ontario, the youngest of the seven children of Patrick Gregory Byrnes and Margaret Mattice Byrnes. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Michael and Andrew Byrnes and sister Susan Byrnes and is survived by her sisters Anne Byrnes of Setauket, NY, Patricia Griswold of Grand Rapids, MI, and Margaret Byrnes of Kensington, MD. Ellen grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan. As a young woman she worked with the First Nations of British Columbia in Vancouver. After an injury required her to use a wheelchair she became a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. Her first Service Dog, Echo, came to her from the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides of Oakville. Ellen was extremely grateful to Dog Guides. Every year that she was able to, she "walked" to raise funds with Echo and later, with her beloved Dori. She served thoughtfully as Co-Chair of the Client Advisory Council for Niagara Region Mental Health and cared deeply about the need for good public transportation to allow people to remain independent. Ellen was appointed to the board of directors of her condo building in March. Ellen faced her disabilities with great courage and optimism. Everyone who knew her loved her wry sense of humor and described her as extremely bright, articulate, and well informed. She loved reading Canadian fiction with the Central Library Book Club, made superb butter tarts, and could talk about politics non-stop. She followed the news in the United States closely and enjoyed being an expert commentator in her building. Equally, she was always ready to interpret Canadian affairs for her U.S. sisters. She missed her family every day and kept them close. We would like to thank her friends, especially Margaret, Gunta, Brenda, Juanita, and Diane. The family is profoundly grateful to Dr. David Wan, Ellen's Family Care physician, Dr. June Lee, her rheumatologist, Marie Mete of Motion, her loyal, expert wheelchair person, and Doug and Evonne who supported her unconditionally. The memorial service and burial will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan when gatherings can take place safely. Contributions in Ellen's memory may be made to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (www.dogguides.com)

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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April 18, 2021
Peter and I enjoyed many spirited discussions with Ellen about US politics. We always looked forward to her well informed insights. She carried that intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm into all aspects of her life. I was fortunate to be in her St Catharines book group and valued her articulate interpretations based on her personal experiences. We expected to have more time with her to share meals and little trips and lively stories. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace.
Rita Dadzis
Friend
April 17, 2021
To Ellen's Sisters,

We are deeply sad for you. She was a wonderful person!

Ellen lived next door to us. She was a great neighbour. She was kind, smart, and always had a smile for us. We will miss her. She leaves a gap in our condo community. She was a great addition to our Condo Board of Directors. We will miss her.

Sincerely, Frank & Linda Matheson
Frank & Linda Matheson
Neighbor
April 17, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family. Ellen was a well known member of our Condo Community and she will be missed by so many. Ellen was an inspiration to all of us, she never let her disability stand in her way. We enjoyed many interesting conversations and were lucky enough to be the recipients of her legendary butter tarts.
Suzie Neff and Eric Allan
Suzie Neff
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