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March 6, 1941 – January 18, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Giroux, (nee O'Brien) on Monday, January 18th, peacefully at home in Etobicoke with her husband and best friend of 59 years, Bob, at her side. They were devoted to each other to the very end, as they promised in their wedding vows so many years ago. Their love an inspiration to us all. She is the beloved mother of three children, Paul (Meg Davis), Martha (Ian Gillespie), and Gerry (Merrin Penney) and an awesome grandma to Kyle (Tania Hurtado), Cameron, Kate and Darcy Gillespie, Molly and Jack Giroux. Her grandchildren are better for having her in their lives and she will be that quiet voice in their ear when life requires them to make meaningful choices. Born on March 6, 1941 in Windsor, Ontario, Diane was the eldest child and only daughter of Paul and Eileen O'Brien. "Di", big sister to Bill, Gerry, Steve and Terry O'Brien, had a unique friendship with each of her brothers who describe her as "mighty" and their "tour guide" to growing up properly in the 50's. Diane was her own woman, even from her early years. She loved Elvis and had already purchased her ticket for his concert in Toronto before it was decreed by Sister Mary Arthur that the students at St. Joe's, Islington, were not to attend the show. She wasn't easily daunted and risked tarnishing her soul for the sake of his music. She attended grade school at St. John's in Weston, high school at St. Joe's Islington, and later studied Arts at St. Michael's College at The University of Toronto, where she encountered a young and handsome Engineering student who was also the goalie for the Varsity Blues hockey team. Bob was smitten at first glance. Diane's love of life, exuberant personality and easy laugh swept him off his skates. They were married at Our Lady of Sorrows in September, 1961. Bob and Di built a life, businesses and a family as a team; and as a couple of enduring faith and commitment to Catholic life, supported many charities and causes. Learning to play golf in "self defense" in the 90's deepened her relationship with Bob and opened up enormous friendships with the Valley Ladies at Lambton Golf Club in Toronto and among the "Nine Hole Ladies" of Copperleaf in Bonita Springs, FL…where the lunch afterwards mattered more than the score. We know that if she can, she'll be watching the intrigue of "Downton Abbey" and endless reruns of Law & Order in Heaven. Due to the current restrictions, the family will hold a small service on Saturday, January 23, 2021. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A special thank you to Dr. Stephanie L'Heureux and her Oncology team at Princess Margaret Hospital and to the wonderful team at the Dorothy Ley Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice, www.dlhospice.org or Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, www.thePMCF.ca

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Published in Toronto Star on Jan. 23, 2021.
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January 30, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to your family in the passing of Diane. As a member of Lambton Valley Ladies for decades, her warm and fun presence will be greatly missed on the Valley course.
Cindy Ray - Lambton Valley Ladies, Captain
January 28, 2021
So very sorry to hear about the passing of this great lady. Her and Mrs. Travers always inspired me as a kid right into my 20s for their vivacity, sharpness, humour and cool approach. Courage and strength to you all.
Paul Jacobelli
January 27, 2021
My sincere condolences to you, Bob and your family. I have such fond memories of Diane and her laughter and warmth that she shared so freely With everyone. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Evelyn Zubek
January 27, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
I will make sure that all your friends from the Mississauga West Rotary Club learn of your loss. Your friends, Bern and Diana
Bernard Varcoe
January 26, 2021
Dear Bob:
I’m so very sorry to learn today of the passing of Diane. I sensed you had the wonderful marriage and friendship that i just read about. You were blessed to have one another, clearly. I did not know that Diane went to St. Mikes at U of T, my alma mater. Wishing you some peace and offering prayers for you and Diane. My sincere condolences, Bob. Sean
Sean Foran
January 24, 2021
Wonderful tribute to a special woman that I really only knew of through her brother Steve and friends who were contemporaries of her’s and Bob's. Sincere condolences from her birth city of Windsor, from the extended Carey family.
Tom Carey
Tom Carey
January 24, 2021
My and Neil's condolences to you all for the loss of one who had been a good neighbour and family friend. God console you; and rest her soul.
Andrew & Neil Paolini
January 23, 2021
I have such fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Giroux, Diane & Bob as a close friend’s of my parents. Be it BBQ’s , weddings, holidays... I remember Mrs. Giroux’s smile, laughter and caring nature. Sending loving hugs and prayers to the Giroux family.
Kathie Barone
January 23, 2021
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January 23, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Bob, Martha, Paul, Gerry and Diane's entire family. My wife Joanne (deceased) met Diane and remarked to me what an engaging person she was. Always kind to me, and so glad that she trusted me to baby-sit on occasion, so I could earn a little money. She will be missed.--Dave Paolini
David Paolini
January 23, 2021
So sorry for your loss of Diane. She was a great lady as I got to know her well sitting with her through jury duty many years ago. Sending hugs to all. Our thoughts are with all of you, Cindy & Mark Kitcher
Cindy Kitcher
January 23, 2021
I had the pleasure of serving with Mary Diane Giroux on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council under his Grace Philip Pocock. As chair I learned that Diane's first name was Mary, so everytime she indictated she wanted to pose a question,I would call"Mary D". It cracked her up !
She was a truly wonderful faith filled person with a great sense of humour. Condolences and prayers to Bobby and family.
Ginny & Jim Hughes
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