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NEGRITA MARIA JAYDE (TRUSZYK) After a courageous battle with Cancer we are saddened to announce Negrita Maria's passing on August 28th, 2009. Beloved daughter of Michael and Carmela Truszyk. Loving sister of Ola (Gus) and Tina (Bob). Adoring aunt of Alanna and Michael. She will also be missed by her lifelong friend, Gunnar Sikk. We take great comfort in knowing that Negrita has now gone on to join her love Gregory Hines. Resting at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street (East of Keele) on Monday from 5-9 p.m. with Panachyda at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Protection (30 Leeds Street). Interment to follow at St. Volodymyr Cemetery in Oakville. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Ruth, Anna and Gil for their unwavering loyalty and support.

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Published in Toronto Star on Aug. 31, 2009.
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August 13, 2015
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Karen Webb
September 29, 2010
I got to know Negrita when I gave
her private guitar lessons for about
3 months when she was in Toronto a few
years ago. So many things we talked about and I got to know Negrita really well and we became great friends. We kept in touch and used to talk on the phone occassionally after she finished the lessons. I went to a Italian
party Negrita had at her house the summer before she passed away - she told me at the end of the party when everyone had gone home that she was ill - she had only told Gunnar before me. I felt so bad for her - it was one of the last times I got to see her before she passed away. I got to know her really well in such a short amount of time
- I still remember funny things like when she told me that she won a body building competition to become Miss Compton or how she had purposely bought a
purse from a Dollar store to carry down the red carpet with Gregory during a award show to make a statement that she was not materialistic. She was not at all materialistic and I loved that about her. There was one day that I came to
Negrita's for her guitar lesson
and she says here I bought something for you. It was a custom leopard print guitar pick. I will always cherish that gift. Although it was something small it came from her heart.
If you knew Negrita you would also know how much she loved leopard/cat prints.
I will miss those times when we used to have a Corona after her guitar lesson and talk...
Because I was not close to any of Negrita's friends or family I never found out she had passed away until after her funeral.
I will always remember Negrita's beautiful Doe eyes and that sexy voice
of hers - I always felt so safe and warm around her - she just gave off the best vibe...
If I could talk to her one last time I
would say I am going to miss you so much - I love your personality - you are great friend and I wish I had more time to get to know you and until we meet again be safe with Greg and watch out for me from heaven.
God bless you Negrita - you are gone but most definately not forgotten...
Love Always,
Johnny Mills
September 29, 2010
I think often of Negrita. I still can't believe she has passed away. I always remember the last time I saw her and spoke to her (April/08). She was in great spirit, smiling and hugging. I really missed her.
August 24, 2010
Negrita and Gregory are together again! God bless you both! You are so lucky to be in a better place. Debbie James (Las Vegas, NV)
Debbie James
August 21, 2010
This amazing woman's book helped me to lose 82 lbs. I have kept it off for ten years now, thanks to her wonderful advice. I just learned of her passing upon discovering this and I am holding back tears as I write this. I had dreams of one day meeting her in person to thank her personally. However, she is now with God. Thank you Negrita and you are sorely missed. Jennifer Y. Cook Columbia, SC
Jennifer Cook
August 18, 2010
I just found out today...I grew up with Marusha, we were neighbors right behind my home on Lincoln ave, lost touch, then a few years back I ran into what was a scony little girl now a muscle bond beautfull woman.

RockinRod Weymark
August 11, 2010
One moment in time - I met her and had the blessed chance to be greeted by a beautiful smile and warm heart. She will be greatly missed by many.
Although I did not know her well, I had the opportunity to speak to her a few times and she was able to assist me with the help of my own dying mother to cancer.
God Bless You, sweet one and rest in peace in the love of Christ.
August 10, 2010
Deepest sympathy to the family. Maria was a high school friend with whom I lost contact upon graduation. Having read some of the obituaries nothing about the young woman I had the pleasure of knowing changed over her life time. She was kind, motivated and consistently a genuine, happy spirit. We were on the track team together and I was always drawn by that warm and charming smile that made Maria so unique. It is not surprising that throughout her life she became so accomplished and so loved by many.
Negrita Maria - thank you for touching so many lives.
Zita Serecin-VanOosten
August 7, 2010
Even if i have never meet you ..
Know i hold you dear to my heart ..
You have always been a role model to me .. and more then ever i bring your name and all you are ,,to the every day people who take life for granted . ~~ Keep shining Negrita with the "Love of your Life" , as you both made shine all who have had the blessing of knowing you and being in your life ~~
Rosetta Mortati NPC Fitness Comp.Model.
August 6, 2010
Rest IN peace we love you
John Jones
August 2, 2010
Negrita and Gunnar were a very big part of my life back in 1983. I was very fortunate to have both of them as my house guests/roommates and they helped me very much with bodybuilding and living a healthy lifestyle. Negrita gave me the nickname of Tofu... meaning im very bland but good for you... she was always smiling and full of joy... i loved her like my sister and i always have remembered her and long ago friend Gunnar all these 26 years!!!
May God Bless you dearly Negrita...
Christopher aka:Tofu Iden
July 10, 2010
Negrita, my shining star! How I miss you. On the anniversary month of your birth... eternal love & blessings.
July 7, 2010
I miss you, Negrita, especially in the summertime. I love you so very much, with all of my heart and soul. You are missed and thought of daily.
July 5, 2010
Happy Birthday Negrita

You are truly missed! You were so thoughtful of others on their birthday -- always leaving a message -- letting others know that you cared.
Dianna Blahey
April 5, 2010
Negrita....oh my, I spent 1992 to 1996 with you almost every day. You are so missed. I just found out. Last time I talked to you, I told you about my precious daughter who died at only 17. You must be with her now as she loved Jesus like you did. I wish someone had've told me, I would have loved to pay my respects. Rest so so in peace my love. Love Barb Kelly
February 20, 2010
It saddens me to know about the death of beautiful Negrita ,,
I was browsing Gregory's tap dance videos to post on my fb since i have been a fan of his for many years .. when i was thinking of Negrita .. she as well was a big fan of mine . being i am a pro fitness comp/trainer in the bodybuilding industry .. knowing they were a couple made me so happy ..(2 people i was a fan of and looked up to) 2 great people with 2 good hearts , y dose god take always the good people ? I am very sad to know she had passed away .. But at ease cause she is now able to unite her heart with Gregorys and be together ..
I know i am a stranger to them and to there loved ones
But i am a person who looked up to them as 2 great talented people ,who have both found each ... soul mates .. and as soul mates they remin forever .united ...xoxo
Pro Finress Comp/Trainer /Model
February 10, 2010
I only have learned of Negrita's passing away today (Feb. 10/2010)and I am just stunned and in shock, I had spoken with Negrita around May of last year, we were to do lunch. My deepest sympathy to her Family. We met on a flight to Orlando and she was going to visit her family in Indian Rocks. She had no ride but assured me she would get there, not to worry. I gave her a ride to her door. We became good friends for life. Negrita, We love and miss you and we will see each other again.
Wally Pyren
Wally Pyren
February 1, 2010
Our deepest sympathies to the family and Gunn.
We met Negrita and Gunn back in 1990 as wide eyed kids where their influence for bodybuilding and a healthy lifestyle was huge. Our lives were touched and we have been on a 20 year mission to have the same influence on others.
Thanks Negrita, you changed our lives and have given us the gift to change others as well.......
Tim and Jocelynne Whyte
January 16, 2010
Negrita is a one and only. She became fast friends with my wife and me and my wife's parents, Herb and Anita. She always had a camera in hand, had the most thoughtful words for everyone, and when we shared breakfast or lunch or dinner, that petite little gal could eat more food than one could imagine. She and my wife share the same birthdate, July 4th - what a firecracker she, make that a Roman Candle, for she lights up the sky. Not a day goes by that I expect the telephone to ring and hear her voice, but her memory will always be in my heart.
Mark Osborne
January 14, 2010
Jan. 15,2010
I only learned of Negrita's passing about a hour ago. I am truly in shock. We have been friends for awhile. She told me she was sick but I really believed she could beat this terrible enemy. I am lost for words. I am heartbroken. My deepest sympathy to her wonderful family who I know she loved with all her heart.
Barbara Newman
December 25, 2009
I only learned of Negrita's death on December 24, 2009. I knew her since 1973 where I went to school with her. I had not heard from her since November 2006 and was not able to contact her in Toronto, LA or the internet. I thought something was very wrong as I had always heard from her at Christmas and Birthdays since 1977. She was exactly three weeks older than me and her Social Insurance Number was only two digits different than mine. Total schock as I was not aware she was even ill. Deepest sympathy to all her family and friends
Chris H.
November 18, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
November 5, 2009
Dear Family, friends, and Gunn:

I met Negrita in the summer that I was turning twenty one years old. Every year since, Negrita has always phoned me on my birthday, and we have caught up on each other's lives.
This year, I didn't hear from her, nor in August 2003 when Gregory passed. I thought something might be wrong, but continued on my path as I usually do. I was given the news today by my brother, Joseph Jr.

No one, but no one, will ever come again, and touch my life, let alone my soul, the way that she has. She personified "love" and "spirituality" to me. Words are not enough here..I am so lucky that she touched my life. Now, it is forever changed, knowing she is not here to share it.

Negrita, I love you, I am happy you are with God, and not suffering. I have your pictures close to me. I'll take within me, what you gave to others, and be good to them.

I am so sorry for your loss. I know you had her every single day, and what is must be like to not hear her precious voice, or too look into her beautiful eyes. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Ruthie Biafora
November 2, 2009
Negita, you are always in our thoughts and prayers. For the short time we knew each other, you did indeed change our lives. It was with your smile, your laugh, your loving tenderness, that makes all of us miss you so much.
Herb Anita Barbara Mark
October 17, 2009
Negrita... You were an angel on this earth, wonderful friend, kindred spirit and true blessing. You will be in my heart always. You are now with your beloved Gregory. Rest in Peace dear friend. With much love always.
October 7, 2009
Negrita was a beautiful spirit. She was so in love with her soulmate, Gregory, that she never got over his passing no matter how much she said she had to let go. She never let go, she never gave upon their love. Negrita, you are missed and loved very much. I know you and Greg are sharing many beautiful moments. KML
September 30, 2009
My heart is broken. My sister is gone........ but we know, don't we Negrita that "you have only slipped away into the next room." So I shall "play, smile, think of you, and pray for you."

And as you always said, "What a beautiful day it will be when I will be with my Baby."

I love you, my sister. I know that the two of you are smiling.
Debra McWaters
September 16, 2009
Negrita came into my stepfather's life at the perfect time. I cannot have imagined a more loving and caring companion for him. It was amazing to see her dedication. For his kids, it was especially comforting to know she was there for him -- every minute of the day and night. I am so thankful for Negrita. Rest in peace!
Jessica Koslow
September 14, 2009
Negrita was so considerate of others, we did not know she was ill. We will always remember her generous nature and kind heart.
Shar & Edith LeTang
September 11, 2009
Waking Pete and I at 6:30 a.m. every morning with loud music next door as you started your daily workout...still makes me laugh.
I am glad you got to meet my family at a chance bumping, it was the last time I saw you...and you have not changed, still your beaming, smiling self.
Canada and the world lost a gem, and irreplaceable soul.
Orly Dinar
September 8, 2009
negrita i always thought you would of made a great mom you were just super with james i aimost wished you could have been his step mom you used to iove to take pictures I have a whole slew of them thanks to you. i would like so say it was a pleasure to know you. you`ll never be forgotten.
angela mclean
September 6, 2009
My Dearest Negrita,

My heart breaks when I think of the world without you!!! We lost touch and I didn't know that you were sick - I wish that I had so that I could have been there for you, just as you were there for me - and for everyone whose life you touched! You were a remarkable person! I love you my friend! I will keep your family, including Gunnar in my prayers.
September 6, 2009
As a lifelong bodybuilding fan, I just happened to finished reading that fantastic book SLICED, which was so far ahead of its time. The best chapter was Negrita Jayde's diary on her contest preparation as well as the first chapter on motivation (written by Negrita and the late Bill Reynolds). I've always felt that Negrita was one of the first women bodybuilders who was both muscular AND very attractive! And I am convinced that, after reading all of the tributes and condolences, she was just as beautiful of a person!!
Kevin Chouinard
September 5, 2009
Dear Negrita, you will be missed. I still remember the time we met when Negrita offered me a helping hand in the gym 25 years ago, just as she always had for many others throughout her life. I learned alot from Negrita. She will always be an inspiration to me. My condolences to the family and Gunnar Sikk. " Bryan Pim "
Bryan Pim
September 4, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
George Harris
September 4, 2009
Dear Negrita,
I will miss you terribly. From the moment that we met I felt a special bond that I'll never forget. It was as though we had known each other all our lives. You felt like the sister that I never had and would love to have had. I will cherish your memories and the wonderful sparkling smile that you always carried. You brightened up so many lives and your light will continue to shine in our hearts. You left us wonderful memories with your spirit as well as the great photos that we shared at our St. Monica parish. Thank you for being my friend and a very special person in my life.

Barbara Harrison
Barbara Harrison
September 4, 2009
rest in peace negrita
tim maloney
September 4, 2009
Unfortunately, I had lost touch with Negrita and was trying to reconnect until as recently as a few weeks ago. I didn't even know she was ill. I was one of the last clients she took on (Gregory took a turn for the worse shortly after I started working with her, and died six months after, so I only had two training sessions), and a regular at her annual memorials for Gregory until the other year.

I'm in shock. Negrita was a good person who was passionately driven to do good for others. I don't think there ever was another person who so genuinely wanted to help people and did just that.

Lord knows, she helped me. I lost over fifty pounds with her help, and have kept it off for over five years. I have never been stronger or healthier in my life, and I owe it all to her for showing me the way.

I know I'm only one of many people she helped through her training, and that is but a very small sample of the people she helped in her life.

She was an example to all, who will be sorely missed.

With sympathy,

Elena Zovatto
September 4, 2009
My warmest wishes and kind condolences to Negrita's family and to Gunnar Sikk at this time of great loss. I met Negrita at the very beginning of her career and watched her soar to greater and greater heights. Bodybuilders are first and foremost an example and inspiration to the rest of us and Negrita filled that role impeccably. May we learn from her early passing that life must be lived without the certainty of tomorrows and with the knowledge that our lives are fleeting opportunities for leaving the world better than we found it. Good-bye Negrita from an old friend and a life-long fan.
Mark Baker
September 3, 2009
Negrita was a such a positive, dynamic force! May her family find comfort in all of the wonderful memories of this beautiful lady.
Jennifer Moser-Aronoff
September 3, 2009
She was my neighbor here in Santa Monica beach. I'm so saddened by her passing. -Eddie Bales
September 3, 2009
Dear Negrita,

Thank you for your love, your friendship, and for introducing me to so many wonderful people! May you continue to bring love and happiness to all beings.

Alan Madras
September 3, 2009
So sorry to hear of her passing. May her memory be a blessing.
September 3, 2009
May you and Gregory dance forever. Just please cast a smile down on us mere mortals once in a while :)
Shawn Perine
September 3, 2009
A light has been lost on this earth - only reappear in the heavens above, and shine for all the world to see. I will miss my friend, but I know in my heart that she is happier where she is.

Love always,
Andrew Nemr
September 2, 2009
The members of CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates) from Los Angeles, share the sorrow and joy of all Negrita's family. She was so important and energetic a member of ours, so full of faith and enthusiasm, that she left a hole in our hearts. We will have our memorial service for her here too. With love to all her family and friends, Fr. Anthony Scannell, Chaplain, CIMA, Los Angeles.
Fr. Anthony Scannell
September 2, 2009
My deepest condolences to you Negrita's family and extended family. When I heard of Negrita's passing, I smiled knowing that she and Gregory are together, dancing in heaven and watching over their loved ones... never to suffer again.
Shelly Melanson
September 2, 2009

We are going to miss you. Although we didn't get to see each other over the past few years I cherish the phone calls and E-mails. I especially think of the times we had together with you and your then one sister in the UK. A vivid memory was trying to outflex each others biceps even at 8 yrs old and you telling me that your arms were going to be bigger than mine.

Farewell cousin
Mario Ferragamo
September 2, 2009
Negrita ;you are pain free and catching up with Gregory! We will miss you and that great energy. You can join Gregory in that tap dance of love. Thank you for the sunshine and love Love Always Gil and Gwen
Gilbert Carty
September 2, 2009
negrita and gregory forever.....
brian moss
September 2, 2009
Negrita Maria,
I loved you then; I love you now; I will love you always, my Forever Friend.

Ruth Howard
September 2, 2009
Dearest Negrita, I shall miss the love that you bestowed onto me and anyone who was fortunate to cross your path. You made me feel special, and I shall never forget you. I know you had to leave us now because our dear LORD needed you.

To your loving parents, siblings, and dearest friends, I send you all my deepest condolences. Negrita indeed was special; I loved her very much. When you feel sad, remember that
“The Good Die Young”.

With Love,
Elaine Wilson
Elaine Wilson
September 2, 2009
Nagrita was such a wonderful, loving person. We all loved her very much here in Santa Monica. She is probably dancing with Gregory now. My love and prayers go to her and her family.
Pat Robles
September 2, 2009
I met Nagrita at a BB show in Columbus Ohio. She could not have been a nicer person to her fans and fans of the sport. I am very sorry for your loss
Eric Ball
September 2, 2009
Negrita always brought joy and sunshine into my life and I will never forget her.
Mary Quade
September 2, 2009
Negrita is always in my heart.
Evelyn Tummolo
September 1, 2009
May she rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Negrita's family, friends and loved one's.
I will always cherish our friendship. Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land was amazing. And now she has been called to the true Holy Land, the New Jerusalem.

Until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

We love you Negrita and will always remember you!
Cesar Marquez
September 1, 2009
Negrita, you gave us a lifetime of happy memories. The wealth of the world can't compare to the riches of your friendship.

Susan Barrett
Susan Barrett
September 1, 2009
Negrita, your lovely smile and beautiful and loving personality is greatly missed. Rest in peace.
Eileen McDermott
September 1, 2009
September 1, 2009
I will miss her smile, honesty and affirmation of life around her. She was always suppportive of me and so many others. St. Monica Parish Community will miss her genuine and authentic self. There will never be anyone like her. I pray for all of us who mourn her and know that I will see her again one day.
Delis Alejandro
September 1, 2009
Negrita was so genuine and thoughtful to me 2 years ago when my wife died suddenly.She and Gregory Hines were so top of the world people,they will always be in all our hearts.
Steve Crear
September 1, 2009
God Bless you Negrita-RIP. We are all praying for you and celebrating your wonderful life at St Monica's Church-your special home in CA.
Patty Pritcher
Patty Pritcher
September 1, 2009
Negrita Maria will be always in my heart, mind and soul with wonderful memories of joy, love, great zest for life and unstoppable faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. None of us who knew and loved her could ever forget her. May you be filled with God's Healing Peace. Love, Nancy Dewey
Nancy Dewey
September 1, 2009
Deepest condolences to Negrita's family, friends and loved ones. May she rest in peace. God bless. x
Natalie H
September 1, 2009
Our sincere condolences to all of the family. At the same time we do know and have faith that Negrita is standing with the Blessed Mother Mary praying for all of us as she did every morning when she was at St. Monica's in Santa Monica. Your space in the pew will always be full with love, devotion and tenderness. Haskell Vaughn and Sarita Marie Anderson
September 1, 2009
Negrita was a beautiful light on this earth. She will be missed.
Linda Hollander
September 1, 2009
Negrita was one of the purest, sweetest human beings I've ever had the joy of knowing. If you were blessed to be one of her friends, she loved you unconditionally. I will truly miss her beautiful smile. Rest in peace dear angel.
Barbara Gangi
Barbara Gangi
September 1, 2009
Our most sincerest condolences to the family. We will greatly missed Negrita; We will cherish the happy times shared with her and remember her beautiful smile.
Paul and Gloria
Lara Jeffrey
September 1, 2009
God Bless Negrita.

Rest In Peace.
Michael Payne
September 1, 2009
An inspiration now in heaven!!! Rest in peace Negrita
Kasie C.
September 1, 2009
Dear Tina and family,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Negrita. My thoughts are with you.
Leanne Dafoe
Leanne Dafoe
September 1, 2009
The world is a sadder place today without you here. Please aqccept my deepest sympathies.
Jim Weaver
September 1, 2009
The members of CIMA will greatly miss Negrita's smiling face and kind words. Her boundless faith and enthusiasm were an inspiration to everyone whose life she touched. May she and Gregory now share eternal joy in heaven.
Jane Abbott
August 31, 2009
Negrita, I can still hear your voice when we talked just a few months ago. You were the angel that came into my families life and now your an angel up above. I will think of you every time I look at the stars.Love Irene
Irene Pyle
August 31, 2009
May I extend my sincerest condolences to Negrita's family and many friends. She was unique in our world.
Steve Wennerstrom
August 31, 2009
May I offer sincerest condolences to Negrita's family and many friends. I will remember her warmly.
Steve Wennerstrom
August 31, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Curt James
August 31, 2009
Negrita, Your smile and special acts of kindness and caring (to Art Zeller and many others) will always be remembered.
John Balik
August 31, 2009
We lost an angel. I hope she and Gregory are dancing together in heaven.
Antonia Zerbisias
August 31, 2009
May God's perpetual light shine upon you, Negrita.
Paul Erlandson
August 31, 2009
Maria, I think of you and a smile comes to my face. I remember the laughs and fun we had as kids with you your sisters. I will forever cherish those days. May you be at peace and know how much you are loved and will saddly be missed.

Love Lisa
Lisa Kulyk-Bourque
August 31, 2009
Good bye Negrita, I will always remember you.
August 31, 2009
I didnt know you and i regret that, but i have followed you, you truly where and still will be an inspiration to all women, Thank you for being one of those special ladies and helping womens bodybuilding xxxxx lyn sinclair manchester england
lynda sinclair
August 31, 2009
for a short time you were in our lives,happily standing in as our maid of honour way back in were just beginning your wonderful career.we only saw glimpses of you over the years but you were always the same bubbly happy loving person each time.too young too early but it was so nice to know you! greg macdonald,mississauga ont.
greg macdonald
August 31, 2009
Negrita Love...from the very start we shared the rarest kind of closeness I'm certain not to know again. I thank Gregory for you and thank you for so many, many heartfelt moments ~ all linked to a great respect I'll hold for you forever. It will be my quest to "keep the light on." Love you, Laurane
Laurane Sheehan
August 31, 2009
Negrita, you were such a beautiful and God loving spirit. The best photographer St. Monica's will ever have. I have such wonderful pictures of all of us in Israel. Our days there were so special. We shared a special bond at that time of our soul mates leaving us to be with God just 8 months of each other. Now you will be able to join the love of your life forever. You will by missed by so many people. Love, Maureen and Amber Gault
Maureen Gault
August 31, 2009

Thank you for your kindness, your loving spirit and your friendship. Southern California will never again be quite as bright without your visits here.

Maria and Aldis
Aldis Browne
August 31, 2009
Negrita - you were our walking angel
You will be so missed by me and the kids
Love always
Frances, Jacob and Sophia
Frances Lazzaro
August 31, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
chrys motriuk
August 31, 2009
Negrita you were a loving beautiful soul, a shining light to everyone that knew you. I will always love you.

Flaviana Molinaro
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