Georgette Kanawaty
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KANAWATY, Georgette (nee Bookalam) Born December 2nd, 1919 in Montreal, died August 13, 2008 in Toronto. Georgette passed away with her husband George and two sons Kevin and Shane O'Leary at her side at the Toronto General Hospital in the late afternoon on Wednesday, August 13th from complications of a heart attack. Georgette was a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest until the day she died. As the wife of an ILO official, she raised her family in Cambodia, Tunisia, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Canada and Switzerland. She never lost her wanderlust and after she and her husband retired in Duillier, Switzerland she continued to travel visiting friends and family. She touched the lives of many people with her pragmatic view of the world and she remained active supporting causes that aided children in developing countries. The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME - A.W. MILES CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, 1-800-616-3311, from 5 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 17. A funeral for Georgette will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 18 in ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 9116 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M9. Private interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to UNICEF Canada, 2200 Yonge Street, Suite 1100, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2C6 would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 15, 2008.
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April 9, 2009
Dear Kevin and Shane,
It seems like every time I think of someone, and try to look for them I find them through the death of a loved one.
I lived in Cyprus, and remember your Mother, and am very sorry she is gone. Kevin's clothes always had this wonderful smell to them, and it wasn't until I got back to the States that I found out it was Ivory Soap. When I got old enough to live on my own I washed with that detergent for that one reason.
So your Mother affected my life as well. Even if it was such a simple thing, as washing your clothes in Ivory Soap.

Anne Beckwith
Anne Roberts
August 15, 2008
Uncle George, Kevin, Shane and Family:

Our deepest sympathies.

Auntie Georgette has always been a postive and energetic supporter throughout my entire life. Her wonderful memories will always be clear in my mind and close to my heart.

Much love, Lynn (Tracy)
Lynn Bookalam
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