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FARHA, Darya Eugenie
March 24, 1965 - November 16, 2011
We are heartbroken to announce the death of our beloved Darya on November 16th , from metastatic breast cancer. Darya's spirit will be carried forward by so many: partner Maarten Van Wyk; parents Fred Lafi Farha and Marina Kun (Stefan Pisosky); sisters Soraya Farha (Frank McLaughlin), Juliana Farha (Kit Malthouse), and Leilani Farha (David Wiseman); nephews and nieces Ben, Jamie and Gemma McLaughlin, Ruby and Hayden Malthouse, and Cleo and Luke Farha; stepmother Fee Hughes and half-siblings LT and Aleka Farha; dear friends Janieta Eyre (daughter Sadie, and Kunga Sherab), Julia Gotz, and Gabrielle Pop-Lazic (Markita Fleming); her many other friends, and her cat Squeak. Darya was a poet, artist, teacher, youth worker, clothes designer, film maker, and Gestalt therapist. She was profoundly sensitive and empathetic and had a brilliant mind. Perhaps Darya's greatest gifts were her capacity to form deep connections and to accept people as they are. Darya felt she received excellent medical care. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Dinniwell of PMH, Dr. Maureen Trudeau of Sunnybrook-Odette, Dr. Lorraine Wood of Mt. Sinai, and Dr. Mark Clemons. Our family is grateful for Cristina Marra's friendship and loving care of Darya.
Visitation will take place at Mt. Pleasant Visitation Centre, 375 Mt. Pleasant Road (East Gate entrance) Toronto, (416) 485-5572 on Saturday, November 19th from 4:00-7:00 pm. The funeral will be held in the Visitation Centre Chapel on Sunday November 20 at 11:00 am. Please visit www.etouch.ca for details and condolences. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2011.
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November 17, 2013
Hello my Darya,
Lest I forget !!! The hour, 6.22 am, November 16, 2011 the moments your beautiful sole left my world. Now at the same morning hour November 16, 2013 with tears in my eyes and pain in my heart, I am visiting with you. The memories are vivid, your words echoing and your smiling face is bright and majestic as the northern lights, my sole hunger to see you, I miss you so very much,
Your Loving Dad
Fred Farha
November 16, 2012
Good Morning My Darling Dar,

Lest I forget…. The hour, 6.22 am, November 16, 2011, I am with you every hour of every day from the moment your beautiful sole left my world.

If it is the heavens my darling, I have built a highway of yellow roses to reach you, my tears are its dew at this early hour of your departure, that now I am joined.

Your journey, was a short journey amongst us, unfairly short my Dar, it was full of love smiles, laughter tenderness, love for life, giving of the special generous you, to have made and left for us, a make belief world of beauty, even during your darkest hour of unbelievable pains, you did not allow pain to conquer.

Your will to live, just a little longer you said to me…. “I love spring dad”, you told me…. “I love Christmas dad”… a shorter time it was…. and then again it was curly denied… oh Dar, you left us many memorable sweet springs to remember with you, I will celebrate with you, in my heart… every Charismas, I will light a candle and bring it closer to my face for you to see my pain … I miss you so very much my darling,

You are with me, I am talking to you, I am holding your hand, I see your sweet face, so long my dearest one, until our roads crossed again.

I love you and miss you, always

Ottawa, The hour now is 6.22 am, November 16, 2012
Fred Farha
June 4, 2012
I'll miss you lot's
camille gratton
March 24, 2012
Thinking of you today, and always. Jul xoxo
Juliana Farha
March 10, 2012
I am really sorry to hear of Darya's death. I have not seen Darya since our graduation in 1987 but I remember her clearly. I very much enjoyed our classes together, our chats to and from class, and getting to know Darya. She was a wonderful source of support and a unique person.
Laura Peters
December 5, 2011
I never had the pleasure of meeting Darya but being roommates with her sister, Aleka, for years made me feel like I already knew her. My thoughts are with the Farha family, it's never easy to lose a loved one at such a young age. She no longer has to suffer and she will definitely not be forgotten.
Team D<3 Always
Nissa Edman
December 4, 2011
Dear Lafi, Marina and family

Embedded in our hearts are the valued memories of our visits together whether in Ottawa or Montreal when our girls were young. The laughter, love and joy of those visits is cherished and memories of young Darya will remain etched in our hearts. I miss those days.

Please know that we share your pain and saddened by the loss. May God give you strength during these difficult days. With deepest sympathies and love

Romeo and Wadia and family
December 3, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Vittorio Clemente
December 1, 2011
Oh... You
The dwellers of my Kingdom
Let's all celebrate...
Darya is here
I ask you to kneel down
And wish the new angel
All the best
That we can give
To make her stay with us
As comfortable
As it could be...
Let's all welcome Darya
Who has picked our world
Knowing for sure
It's the world
Of true love'
And truth,
And left behind
A world
That wasn't made for her
And for all those
Like her...

We welcome you
In our Kingdom
We want to assure
All those you left behind
That you are now
And well preserved
By our Great Lord.

Darya my dear,
In our Kingdom
There is no room
For pain,
Feel free
To say what you want to say
Without fear
And do whatever you want to do
In our kingdom
Freedom has no limits
Because it doesn't infringe upon
The freedom of others...

In our world
Love has no limits
Cause it is true and pure
So is honor
So is sincerity
So is truth
So is sacrifice
So is friendship
So is faith
So is joy.

We know
How much all those
You left behind
Are going to miss you

We know
How much you loved
Each and everyone
And how much
Each and everyone
Loved you
They will never
Stop loving you
Cause you were always
So special
To each
And everyone of them..
In the name of those
Who are left behind
We want you to
Feel assured
That nothing but love
Will remain
The source
Of their COMFORT.

Ain Aar- Lebanon
Hanna Farha
November 28, 2011
Dear Fred:

My deepest, condolences on the death of your daughter Darya. Unfortunately, I never learned to know her personally.

During our joint trips in remote locations, we often missed our families. From the discussions I well remember your sincere, deep love and commitment to your daughter and family.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Sincerely, Seppo Pulliainen (Helsinki, Finland)
November 28, 2011
Dear Fred.I am truly saddened by Darya death. Darya passing will leave a void in your live. Be strong. May God Rest her soul in peace. Sirak(London)
Sirak Asefaw
November 27, 2011
Oh, my God, I am sorry for her passing, Fred and pray she rests in the vicinity of her creator. I pray you withstand her loss.
Abdelhameed Babiker from Sudan
Abdelhameed Babiker
November 26, 2011
Dear Lafi, Marina, Soraya, Juliana, Lailani, LT & Eleka

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. May god give you the strength to carry on despite the great loss.

With deepest sympathy and Love,

Farida & family
Farida Farha
November 24, 2011
Dear Fred:

My deepest condolences on the death of your daughter. Although I never knew her personally, knowing you I am sure that she was deeply loved by all the members of her family and by her friends.

Sincerely, Lou Naumovski, Moscow
November 24, 2011
Dear Fred (and family),
In our meeting in London your love of your family and your dedication to the care of Darya me smile, at the realisation of how caring and considerate a man you are. Reading the eulogy and guest-book messages about Darya shows she inherited that something special which made her a well loved person.
I am saddened to receive the news and wish you and all of your family the blessing of strong memories of the best of times with Darya.
Simon Gall
November 23, 2011
Dearest Fred.
I feel saddest to know such a lovely lady-Darya has passed, you heart shall be broken as you love her so much. I pray to God, may her peace and has a new life! Please be strong and take good care of youdrlf and your family, we all love you, with all our heart!!
Sylvia Wen.China
Sylvia Wen
November 23, 2011
Dear Fred

sorry to hear your sad news, my thoughts are with you and your family. GOD Bless Her.

Neftalem A London
November 23, 2011
Dear Fred,

You have our sincere condolences on the passing of Darya. With all of the discusions we have had over the past few years, I feel like I know Darya personally. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bryan and Julie
Bryan Sehl
November 23, 2011
Fred, please accept my sincerest condolences on passing of your beloved daughter. May G-d keep her under H-s wing forever. I will pray for you, please be strong for the sake of your entire family. Leonard Barenboim
Leonard Barenboim
November 23, 2011
Dear Fred,

My sincere condolences in loss of daughter Darya. You had mentioned lovingly several times during our conversation of her struggle with her illness. All our prayers are with you and her family.

Ghanashyam Ranjitkar
Ghanashyam Ranjitkar
November 22, 2011
Dear Lafi and Family,

Shocked by the news of the passing away of your beloved daughter Darya. May God Bless her soul and rest her in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort and the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Please accept our sincere condolences and love,

Akram Shadid and Shadid Family
Amman - Jordan
Akram Shadid
November 21, 2011
My husband Dr. Brian Bustard and I are very sad to learn of Darya's passing. We knew her at the Gestalt Institute. Darya taught me a joyful delight in movement and dance. She had a full-on enthusiasm and innocence and danced with such infectious joy. I found that she was able to connect with me on a deep level through movement and I thank her for it.
Please accept our deep sympathy on this devastating loss.
Sincerely, Susan Craig and Brian Bustard
Susan Craig
November 21, 2011
I was very sorry to hear of Darya's passing. We haven't been in touch since high school but back then she was incredibly smart, funny and kind. My condolences to her family and friends.
Martha Gall
November 21, 2011
Dear Lafi,

We learned with great sadness about the passing away of your beloved daughter Darya and offer you and all of your family our deepest sympathy.

It has been many years since Darya and her sisters together with you and Marina visited us in Switzerland. Yet we remember the lovely little girl she was then and afterwards you watched her grow into a bright and loving lady.

May God have mercy on her soul and May her Memories be Eternal.

Allah Yirhamah!

Alfred and Klara Farha and family
November 21, 2011
I am very sorry to hear of Darya's passing. I knew Darya in high school where she was a smart, funny girl. My condolences to family and friends.
Martha Gall
November 20, 2011
Dear Lafi, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this difficult time. May God bless Darya's soul with mercy and give you the strength. May you find comfort in the memories she left behind at such a young age.
Shahnaz &Said Farha.
November 20, 2011
How utterly tragic to have to endure the passing of a child and sibling. May you find comfort in your memories of Darya.
Carolyn Beauchamp
November 20, 2011
Dearest Uncle Lafi, Marina and family: We are deeply saddened by Darya"s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Love Darlene, George and family (Montreal, Qc)
November 20, 2011
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that Darya died, but that she lived. And that her life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

Our hearts go out to you ( Marina, Fred, Souraya, Juliana, Lailani, Aleka and LT) in your time of sorrow.
Victoria Farha, Sarkis, Marwan & Reine
Reine Boufarah
November 20, 2011
Marina, my dearest friend: It is with profound sadness that I convey to you my deep and sincere condolences for the loss of your treasured Darya. My condolences to Mr. Farha and particularly to Soraya, Juliana and Leilani.
Liliana Sarda, Ottawa
Liliana Sarda
November 20, 2011
I met Darya in 2002 when I spent six months in Toronto. I came back home with a feeling that I had a friend there in Canada and I felt very sorry when I knew that she was ill. I am glad that I could meet her again on June 2011 when she was as nice as ever despite the fact that she felt badly. I still feel I have a friend in Toronto.
Francesco Carella, Milan, Italy.
November 20, 2011
Dear Uncle Lafi, Marina and family

Words can not express how we feel on the loss of your beloved Darya. May her spirit and your loving memories shine forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Betty Shoiry and Paul Hajaly and family
November 20, 2011
Dear Lafi
Our thoughts are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of Darya. We read Darya's life story and we were simply fascinated by her contribution to and engagement in so many artistic and cultural activities in her short life. This she did with empathy and passion. Lafi, you know that we have been there, and we do share your great pain and sadness. We are sure that you will keep Darya's memory alive by supporting what she did and what she stood for.
With our love
Murad and Muna Jurdak
November 19, 2011
The times in my life when I was in Darya's presence were enriching, due to her character, intelligence, compassionate views and sincerity. I am deeply saddened by what is a loss to humanity. There are few who can offer us what Darya could.

Marina, Soraya, Juliana and Leilani my heart is with you in this most difficult of times. Drake
Drake Beauchamp
November 19, 2011
I am extremely saddened by the news and pass along sympathy and condolences to Darya's family and friends. Darya and I have shared a fashion studio for the past year and I feel greatly blessed to have gotten to know her. A wonderfully talented designer and brave individual. A true inspiration!

Michelle Bylow
Michelle Bylow
November 19, 2011
I am extremely saddened by the news and pass along sympathy and condolences to Darya's family and friends. Darya and I have shared a fashion studio for the past year and I feel greatly blessed to have gotten to know her. A wonderfully talented designer and brave individual. A true inspiration!
Michelle Bylow
November 19, 2011
Marina, our thoughts are with you and your family in this moment of sorrow
Carlos and Agueda Bazan
November 19, 2011
angry . i miss you already. not fair. i hate cancer.............i hate that you're gone. it's so senseless. i miss our chats, our giggles, our dress designing and creative sharing. .you were my friend but i know that spirit is taking care of you now, and i am grateful for that. may you at last feel physical peace. my heart is broken............love alyssa.xoxo
November 19, 2011
I am shocked and saddened today to hear of Darya's passing. She was a good friend in school. I remember her quiet spoken words and sense of peacefulness. She had a self-assuredness that only comes with incredible self confidence and was always beside me when my own confidence failed. A funny memory: we both had to wear those horrible ugly black "hockey-puck" retainers at the same time. It was only due to the fact that Darya couldn't care less what anyone thought that I found the courage to grin with my "rubber grill" right along side of her. And thus, to this day, I have Darya to thank for my perfect smile! Darya had a beautiful smile too - from the inside. She will be missed. My sincerest condolences.
Marina Folk-Parish
Marina Rosta
November 19, 2011
Darya was working with us at Fresh Collective while launching her clothing line. I was touched by her specialness- her passion to express her creativity, her gentleness and her ability to connect with people. I was terribly saddened to hear this news.
Laura-Jean Bernhardson
November 19, 2011
Dear Fred,

I was heartbroken to receive the news of Darya. May God bless her soul and my deep condolences to you and the family.

Your cousin,

Ghassan and Family
November 19, 2011
Dear Lafi & Marina and family,
I was saddened to hear of your great loss. Nothing more painful than losing a child, a part of you departed forever.
I pray to God to bless her soul and grant peace and comfort to your hearts.
Hashem Hashem
November 18, 2011
Dear Lafi & Marina,
Please accept our sincere condolences on your big loss.
May God bless her soul
Emile Barakat
November 18, 2011
Dear Lafi ,my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this heartbreaking and hard time. May God give you the strength you need to endure the pain of your loss.
Taghrid Farha
November 18, 2011
My deepest condolences to the family. I was saddened to hear of Darya's passing. I remember her fondly from the neighbourhood. She was a very kind and gentle person and I was very fortunate to have known her. Karen Morrice (nee LaDelpha)
November 18, 2011
Our deepest and sincerest condolence to all of our family on Darya's passing. Darya will be deeply missed. Her peaceful and gentle nature will remain in our hearts and memories.
Tiana Sproul
November 18, 2011
Marina, Fred, Soraya, Juliana, Leilani, Maarten and families - I was deeply saddened yesterday by the news of Darya's passing. Just thinking of her brought back such fond memories of our lives as little girls growing up on Rosewood. Being the only girl in my family, I still remember how thrilled I was when I heard that 4 girls were moving in right across the street! If I close my eyes, I can still see us in our green Elmwood uniforms, Darya with her lovely long brown hair, with Arrow running laps around us. Although my memories of Darya are limited to childhood, I vividly remember an incredible sense of elegance and maturity about her even when she was just a little girl. My heart goes out to all of you at this incredibly painful time. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Misty, Luc, Ben and Alex Giroux
Misty Giroux (nee Britton)
November 18, 2011
Uncle Lafi, words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
Barbara and Allan Battah
November 18, 2011
I met Darya while she was a member of the Fresh Collective in Toronto. I was fortunate to spend a few days in the shop with her and even though we didn't know each other well, it was very easy to talk to and connect with her. Darya was incredibly kind and creative. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mandy Armstrong
November 18, 2011
Hi Marina

I am sorry to hear about Darya. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Regina Kouri
Regina Kouri
November 18, 2011
Darya, my dear friend...I will always miss you
Earle Peach
November 17, 2011
My sincere & heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved Darya. Lafi, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers during this tragic sad time. May you find comfort & strength through the support & love of family & friends. May her memory be Eternal.
Lina Kamal Farha Elkouri
November 17, 2011
I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. I am overcome with memories of Darya growing up on Rosewood Ave., being one of the younger kids but always mature for her age. It is too difficult to comprehend the passing of friends from our youth. My deepest condolences to Marina and family.
Ann Garzouzi
November 17, 2011
So deeply very sorry for your loss. Quite simply not fair that Darya should be taken away at such an early age with so much more life to live. My thoughts are with my friend Lei and her family during these difficult days. I wish you peace and strength. xo
Ellen Durrant
November 17, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about Darya. My thoughts are with all of you.
Teresa Basinski Eckford
November 17, 2011
I am in tears,because we lost with Darya a friend and neighbor.
We will miss Darya and keep her always in our minds.
Our thoughts are going to Maarten and the family.
Nuri+Daniel (with Ayla+Deniz)
Nuri Mueller
November 17, 2011
At those brief times when I saw Darya, I was always struck by her radiance and peacefulness. She really seemed to enjoy her life and her relationships. I know how important she was (and will forever be) to her family. I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful person. May her family and friends take comfort in knowing that her life, while short, was well lived.

--Our sincere and heartfelt condolences
Sean, Katy and Pearson Norton
November 17, 2011
Dear Family: I was shocked and saddened to read of Darya's passing. We were good friends at school and growing up in Whitehaven. I will be forever grateful to Darya for helping me pass physics class. She was so smart ! I remember her taking me to a dance at Elmwood and introducing me to all those Ashbury boys. Although we have not been in touch for many years, I will always remember Darya as a beautiful, intelligent and kind friend. My heart aches for all of you. Please know I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this tragic and sad time. Love, Marjorie McCorriston (Green)
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