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GWEN HICKEY 1928 - 2020 Gwen Hickey (née Cobham) died peacefully at home on October 14, 2020, at 92. Born September 20, 1928 in Toronto to Arthur and Camilla Cobham, and graduate of St. Mike's College at University of Toronto, her life was marked by resilience, humour and a no-nonsense spirit. Married to Frank Hickey, Gwen and Frank had 8 children with moves from Edmonton to Simcoe to Thornhill. Mom approached life with a grounded 'life's too short' attitude. She loved to travel with friends and winter in Florida. Mom volunteered for 20 years in Palliative Care at St Michael's Hospital and read the Globe and Mail cover to cover daily. She was an exceptional story teller of anecdotes from her life. Our friends loved to catch some of her spirited quick-witted stories. Central in Gwen's life were her children - Jennifer (Michael), Camilla (predeceased), Jan, Valerie, Francis (Sandrine), Teresa (Wayne), Laura, and John. Affectionately known as 'Nanny' to her grandkids, Meagan, Katie, Gillian, Stephanie, Amrita, Camila, Gregory, Marama, Claire, Tristan, and Jaden. Gwen will also be dearly missed by her siblings, Arthur, Alan, Camilla, Robert, and George. Her passing has left a large hole in our hearts. Online condolences and funeral service details are available at R.S Kane Funeral Home ( In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children Believe (

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Maria Cobham!!
Maria Cobham
October 19, 2020
Our condolences to the Cobham family. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Howard, Tracy and Pam Cobham.
Howard Cobham
October 18, 2020
Thinking of the Jen and her siblings. I remember Mrs. Hickey as being very welcoming to any member of Mike's family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Terry O'Hara-Smith
October 18, 2020
Gwen and I we’re friends and neighbors in Simcoe 1962 and have traveled together on many trips Europe NewZealand to visit Francis and also winters in Florida. I have always admired her and her beautiful family . Gwen was beautiful inside and out I will miss her very much
DOnna Thomas
October 17, 2020
My condolences to Teresa and family. I always enjoyed hearing stories of Teresa’s mom and family at work. May she Rest In Peace.
Jennifer McKinnon
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