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Mary Rosamond FORREST
1921 - 2021
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MARY ROSAMOND FORREST (née Burns) Mom passed peacefully in her sleep July 19, 2021, at the Meighan Retirement Residence in her 101st year. Predeceased in 2003 by her beloved Husband John Lappen Forrest; Mother to Charles Forrest (Shackera), Susan Maddock (Robert). Cherished Grandmother to Jennifer Maddock and Stephanie Rohmer (Andrew). She adored her family and was excited to be a Great- Grandmother to Wyatt and Charles Rohmer. She was so important to all of us and will be missed terribly. Born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1921 to Walter Burns and Anna Rosamond Westlake, the youngest sibling to Helen Hind, Grace Lockington, Myrtle Anderson and Ronald Burns. She described the Burns home as full of laughter, music and above all faith. The way homes were in those days. Mom continued along a spiritual path; her Faith was deep. Along the way she made many close friendships, she was a good listener and a caring friend. Some late-night phone calls, frequently sleep disturbing. She was also a letter-writer, a lost art, and we all received notes of praise, encouragement, occasionally criticism (you know who you are). During her life she was an active member of the congregation at Emmanuel Anglican Church and the Bible Study group at St. Clements. This and her family sustained her for the 18 years after Dad passed. She lived in her own home until she was 98 then moved to the Meighan and we are very grateful to Gail and her team there who cared for her so well especially during Covid-19. A private service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 23rd at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 21 to Jul. 25, 2021.
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July 26, 2021
''Ros ..was and is ... a most remarkable woman . She loved a quote i read to her last year,'' The greatest challenge of our life is to be ....ordinary'' ;and wanted it written out for her to have at hand .
She was so not 'ordinary' . Yet in a beautiful , fresh , unselfconscious way , she had the love and the true ''spiritual'' humility to see herself as'' ordinary'' and to want to be ordinary . As a profound believer in our Lord Jesus Christ and His Hope , she was always' real'. .No superspiritual stuff for Ros . She was always the real thing .. utterly true of heart and just herself ...and her laughter would ring out with such unforgettable beauty and pure fun .
Her letters , her constant encouragement , her always believing in you no matter what , and knowing that her prayers were cheering you on and blessing you always ... these are pure gold .
Now she will be thrilled beyond thrilled His Seen Presence forever .
with love , catherine hawley
catherine hawley
July 23, 2021
July 23, 2021
Roz a gift to us at Emmanuel. Thanks for the laughs and encouragement
Bruce Corbett
July 23, 2021
Roz Forrest has been a wonderful friend to me and my husband David Brown for many years through our connection at Emmanuel Anglican Church. She welcomed us early on into the church. After a few months, David became curious and asked her if she by chance was related to his old friend Charles Forrest. She replied with delight "that's my Charlie". That surprising link helped David feel so at home in our church. Over many years she seemed to know just when we needed encouragement and wrote us many notes of support and friendship.
Roz was a long-time friend of Sue Merry and they opened their circle to include David and me in many events: celebrating birthdays, Christmas, church events, a Robin Mark concert, and love of baseball. One significant Christmas celebration at Sue's home, we nearly burned the house down lighting the fireplace and scorching a hot plate on the stove and mince pies in the oven! Sue and I were panicked while Roz and David calmly chuckled at our shenanigans. Sue and Roz shared many memories, concerns and prayers and were key participants in our Emmanuel prayer chain for many years. I can still see them standing during the Sunday morning service, with hands raised to sing their favorite worship songs while the rest of us staid Anglicans sat in our seats!
Roz, you are now united with your beloved Jack and with David in heaven and can truly worship your beloved Heavenly Father with all your being. Thanks for your love, humour, encouragement and friendship. We will miss you.
Love from Ruth (& David) Brown and Sue Merry

Ruth Brown
July 23, 2021
Hello Sue, Rob, Steph and Jen
We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts are with you all.
Sharon and Jeff Flanagan
Sharon Flanagan
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