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J. Edna BEANGE

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J. EDNA BEANGE (nee Longman) May 12, 1920 - January 7, 2019 After a rich and full life, Edna passed away on January 7, 2019, at the age of 98. Predeceased by her husband, George Beange (1973) and son-in-law, Marc Paradis (2004). Survived by her children, Donald Beange (Carolynn), Jean Paradis; and grandson, Graham Beange. She will be sadly missed. Edna Beange was a woman of distinction with a commitment to service and a history of leadership. For over 50 years, she served on over 20 agencies, committees and boards working tirelessly so that seniors could remain independent with first-rate community health care. Meals on Wheels, Sharing, East York Community Care, Call-A-Service, Hospital Special Needs and SAHIL are all organizations that Edna founded, chaired or supported as well as Leaside Garden Society. She served three terms as East York Alderman (1975-88) and was the first woman on the Toronto East General Hospital Board of Governors. In 1999, she was appointed Honorary Director for outstanding service to the Hospital Board of Directors. In 1994, she received the Agnes Macphail award in its inaugural year for furthering women's rights, senior's fairness, and access to housing, health care and education. And in 2001, Edna received the Governor Generals' Caring Canadian award from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Declining health in June 2018 required the support of a Palliative Care team, caring friends, neighbours and United Church parishioners. We are grateful for their support. A special thank you goes to the staff at Sunnybrook Palliative Care for their wonderful care and compassion. A service will be held on Friday, January 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Leaside United Church at 822 Millwood Road, followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation or Toronto East Health Network Foundation (aka, Michael Garron and Hospital Foundation). Condolences and photographs may be forwarded through www.heritagefuneralcentre.ca.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2019
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