Viola Mary HARASYM
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HARASYM, Viola Mary
(nee Metcalfe)
November 11, 1918 - May 23, 2017
Vi Harasym passed away peacefully in Ottawa at the remarkable age of 98 years. Vi was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918–the day the First World War ended. It was suggested she be named "Peace", but the choice "Viola" prevailed. Predeceased by Bill, her husband of 65 years, and her grandson David, she leaves an enormous void in the lives of her children Gary (Cathy), Peter (Linda), Lotta (Bruce) and Willa (Paul); and her grandson Chris (Sydney). Vi grew up on a farm eight miles from the small town of Carman, Manitoba during the Depression years. This meant a youth with few extras, if any. It meant horse and buggy transport and a one-room country school three miles from the farm. The highlight of Vi's young life was the regular Saturday night dances at that one-room school. She prevailed over her difficult beginnings and studied to become a registered nurse. She studied again in mid- life at the University of Ottawa to specialize as a public health nurse. Nursing was her career for over 40 years. Her grandson has continued in the medical profession, having recently become a doctor. In 1946 she married Bill, and together they raised and successfully launched we four children, offering us all the opportunities that she thought she had missed. Her love of life was reflected in her love of dancing; dancing kept her fit and happy. She country danced, square danced, belly danced, step danced and most of all, over several decades, ballroom danced with her husband. She has passed on this love of dancing to all her children and her grandson. Until her passing, when the music was right, she still managed a step or two with her walker, or in the arms of one of her kids. No doubt by the time you read this, she will be dancing again with her beloved Bill in Heaven. Ours was a wise Mom, filled with determination, love for her family and down-to-earth common sense. Her stories of her early life were fascinating and inspiring, and were retold many times over many years. The family wishes to recognize the loving care provided in her final years by the staff of Oak Park Retirement Community, as well as her private care givers headed by Mila Camarsi. The Funeral Service for Viola will be held at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11 a.m., with Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Society British Columbia.
Hulse, Playfair & McGarry

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 27 to May 29, 2017.
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July 14, 2017
We were very sad to hear of your Mother's passing. Our parents were longtime friends from Drake Ave days and my older siblings Ed, Bill and Maureen remember taking dance lessons at your home. I had the pleasure of getting to know your Mother during her time at Oak Park. She and my Mother Theresa lived next to one another in the third floor and often had afternoon coffee together, where they would share stories of the lifelong friendship. Your Mother was a joy to be around and always had a great story to tell. She was especially proud of all her children and grandchildren and often spoke what wonderful care you provide her. We will always remember her as a kind, lovely lady who loved to dance.
Theresa Fitzgerald and Family
Carol Fitzgerald McDermott
June 6, 2017
Dear Lotta, Bruce and Family,
Sending our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother and wishing you the comfort of wonderful memories.
With love,
(Aunt) Annie May and Family
June 6, 2017
Dear Lota, Willa, Gary and Peter, our thoughts are with you. Life is different after your parents are gone. There will be some comfort with the memories of good times and all the love. Wishing you all the best, your cousin, Norman Guimond.
June 4, 2017
To the entire Harasym family including spouses, Shirley, Linda and I were very pleased to be able to attend Vi's service on Friday and especially because we had the chance to meet you all again after so many years. We just wished there was more time to share with you all. Don and Nan Ramsay were still relatively new immigrants to Canada and were often in need of guidance when new challenges came along. Both your folks were always so calm and willing to help out in any possible way and were so highly valued as neighbours that in their first Cdn wills, they named Bill Harasym as executor. I'm sure they consulted him and he was willing to serve which alleviated their anxiety not having family close by. Vi's recipes and nursing help were always so appreciated when Mum had queries. Nothing was ever refused, even rides to or from the airport or to appointments when we weren't old enough to drive Mum. And indeed Vi and Roberta were the first neighbours to visit after learning of Mum's passing. Both ladies were such a comfort at that difficult time. And it was most likely because of Vi that Shirley and Wendy both did tap dancing, while Linda and I did ballet with Willa. I was particularly pleased when Vi and Bill attended the Harvest Ball at our church which I organized for several years. They were such an item on the dance floor, gliding effortlessly and I shall never forget watching how perfectly they moved together doing many different types of dance. How wonderful that you all cruised and vacationed together after all of you were married. Golden memories for sure and a very pleasant way of everyone being able to relax and enjoy being served. The Ramsay family were so fortunate to have made friends with your family and we now share in your loss. God bless both Vi and Bill. They were such genuine, caring, and hard working folks who gave back so much to everybody they knew. We enjoyed seeing your slide show and the various albums of pictures. And like another respondent, I've no doubt Vi will continue to be a guardian angel watching over us all. We thank God for the special gift of your parents and will always remember them with a smile and glad heart. Sincerely, Cathy Ramsay
June 1, 2017
Dear Lota, Willa,Gary and Peter,
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful mother. Vi was such an inspiration to all of us. She lived life to the fullest and continued to amaze us with her golf, dancing, her trips, her love of life and family. May you cherish a life time of lovely memories you share and all the years of special vacations and time spent together. I have lots of fond memories of her and Bill visiting at your home over the years, over lunch or tea in the kitchen.
Vi was a very kind lady and I will miss her dearly. I believe your mom will be your guardian angel looking over all of you.
Love Pam, Ryan/Claudia and Scott/Jenny.
June 1, 2017
To Gary,Peter,Lotta and Willa

Always fond memories of your Mom.
From next door neighbours to lifelong friends.

Brian and Sandra Abrams
June 1, 2017
To very dear friends Willa and Paul.. and to Gary and Cathy, Lotta and Bruce and Pete and Linda....
Greg and I send our sincere condolences and love as you deal with the loss of you Mother and Mother-In-Law.
Over the many years we have known you have always enjoyed the stories that you shared of Vi.
She was without doubt a wonderful, strong and spirited woman.
We are thinking of you all during this time of grief.
Gail and Greg
Gail and Greg Murphy
May 30, 2017
To our dearest cousins,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. We hold fond memories of Aunt Vi and wish her peace in Heaven along with your Dad, our Mom and Dad and all of our loving relatives whom have left this earth. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all in this time of sorrow!
Your Guimond cousins in Montreal...
Lisa Guimond
May 30, 2017
Sincerest sympathy to Vi's loving family. She touched so many lives with her delightful personality. I learned so much from her about life in rural Canada in the early 1920's and later. She exuded happiness which was infectious. I will miss her. May she and Bill dance joyfully together once again. Norma O'Connor
Norma O'Connor
May 29, 2017
may you rest in peace now in heaven Glen
May 29, 2017
So very sorry for the loss of your mum, Lotta, Bruce and family. Our thoughts are with you all.
Sandy and Carmine Mazzotta
May 28, 2017
A life well lived & lived to the fullest. Rejoice in the many years you have had with her. Time to celebrate her life & the many memories you all have in your hearts that are so special.Condolences & God be with you all. With love Sylvia.
Sylvia Humphreys
May 28, 2017
A life well lived & lived to the fullest. Rejoice in the many years you have had with her. Time to celebrate her life & the many memories you all have in your hearts that are so special.Condolences & God be with you all. With love Sylvia.
Sylvia Humphreys
May 28, 2017
A life lived to the fullest. Condolences to all family & friends. Celebrate her life now & talk over all the great memories each & every one of you have so close to the heart. With love, Sylvia
May 28, 2017
We are deeply saddened on losing Vi, a truly amazing lady. In the late 1970's we started growing our treasury of fond memories of Vi & Bill on the dance floor and at dance parties. They were a loving couple, and each had a unique talent for building quick and lasting friendships. At this time we celebrate Vi's model life, and bless them both as they now start their togetherness waltz through eternity. It was our honour and pleasure to have known them.

Most sincerely...
Moe & Shirley Wright
May 28, 2017
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Garry Humphreys & Family
May 27, 2017
Vi Harasym was above all a special lady, always with a happy face and, regardless of the occasion , generated a sincere welcome. Every visitor was an immediate best friend. She will be with all of us as long as we are still around.
Blessed with an equally special family their grief will be lessened a little knowing that she is with her dance partner who has been tugging at Saint Peter's sleeve for some time now asking "what are you waiting for?
Our sincere sympathy to the family, she was rightly so proud of all of you.
Anne, Chris & Dale Tiller
May 27, 2017
Lotta, Peter, Gary and Wilma:

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal.
Elta Ungar
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