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(STOLLERY) CRONIN, Hildy (nee VANDERMARK) Hildy, the beloved wife of Peter Cronin and dearly loved mother of son Luke Cronin, died peacefully with her husband and son at her side on July 6, 2017 at Dorothy Ley Hospice in Toronto after a 3 year cancer illness, at the age of 73. Also deeply cherished by her brother Randy Vandermark and his wife Sylvia; sister Beth and her husband Milan Springle; and sister-in-law Lesley Dowbenka. Hildy is also loved and missed by her many nephews and nieces, as well as by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents William and Helen Vandermark and by her older sister Mary Catherine Drake. Memorial donations made to Dorothy Ley Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged. A memorial service will be held at her church at a date to be announced later.

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Published in Toronto Star on Jul. 8, 2017.
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August 29, 2017
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Hildy. Hildy was a colleague at the Institute of Child Study/UoT where she delighted everyone with her storytelling, love of literature and her beautiful smile. Always upbeat and cheerful. We remember Peter from years ago at Runnymede Collegiate. Heartfelt sympathy to Peter, Luke and the family at this time. Debbie Lombard and family.
Debbie Lombard
August 22, 2017
I first met Hildy at a Presbytery meeting when I was an elder at another church. I was drawn to her. She made me feel welcome and then when our church closed she was there to support us and was very sympathetic. She invited me to come to her church. When I joined there with my husband she again was so welcoming and genuinely caring. She always took the time to talk to you. She invited me to join the Women's Assn. and I had many enjoyable experiences with the WA. She was a person who would give you her all and then more. She was very classy and would always be there when you needed her. I will miss you Hildy. You were such a loving, giving and considerate person. We all have loving memories of you and my sympathies go to Peter, Luke and your family. Hildy will always be in our hearts.
Elaine Durette
August 3, 2017
Rest in peace, wonderful Hildy. Warm condolences to the family. I remember Hildy with love and much respect from our days in the B.Ed program.
Kathy Bickmore
August 3, 2017
Dear Peter and Luke,
Sending you deep sympathy on the loss of your beloved Hildy. She was a very respected and well loved colleague at OISE/University of Toronto. We often chatted about our mutual friend Art Young and his brother Lance.
She will be missed by so many. Take comfort from knowing that she was here and touched all our lives.
Mary Beattie
OISE/University of Toronto
August 3, 2017
Sending condolences from the Lab School teachers and staff at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.
Richard Messina, Principal
August 2, 2017
It's so wonderful to see all the warm and appreciative entries about Hildy, who has always been a close, beloved sister to me and a bright light in our Vandermark family. Now Randy and I, along with our dear brother-in-law Peter and his and Hildy's son Luke are left to mourn her absence, along with our children and grandchildren and (predeceased) sister Cathy's children and grandchildren too. While she had a beautiful professional presence, she also holds a special place in the family circle that she graced and inspired.
Beth Springle
August 2, 2017
Dear family of Hildy,
My condolences from here in the Netherlands. I wish you strength in this sad times. I am so glad to have met you last year when we have had some amazing evenings with the family far away. It felt just like home.
I hope to see you all soon again.
Horst Scharbatke
July 31, 2017
Dear Peter and Luke! I am deeply saddened to hear about your loss, and my condolences to you and the family. Although I had lost touch with Hildy in recent years, I will never forget the friendship that we enjoyed quite spontaneously when I was a recently graduated student out of University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies. She introduced me, with warmth and generosity, to the storytelling community and storytelling school of Toronto (and, briefly, your home in Bloor West Village). We connected over stories and history and a passion for learning. If you want to get in touch, I can be reached at Archivist1915@gmail.com. Hildy will not be forgotten. A truly special person.
Andrew Elliott
July 30, 2017
Hildy will always have a special place in my memory for introducing me to Storytellers for Children and working on their executive committee. She was a good friend to me and the Toronto storytelling community. She will be greatly missed for her dedication and energy.
Joan Bailey
July 25, 2017
My sincere condolences to Peter and Luke.
Hildy was a fine educator and a passionate storyteller.
Her "fire" will be missed.
Bob Barton
July 25, 2017
Oh Hildy, the world is a lesser place without you. My deep condolences to your family and friends. We will all miss your warmth, your smile, and your voice but your spirit and your stories will live on in our hearts.
Mary-Eileen McClear
July 25, 2017
Dear Peter and Luke,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Hildy was one of the first people I met when I became a storyteller and remained one of my favorite people. She was a wonderful role model and very supportive of new tellers. I served on the Toronto Storytelling Board with her and was impressed with her knowledge of the organization, her hard work and wise council. I also enjoyed her love of fashion. She was very classy lady.
She won't be forgotten.
June Brown
July 25, 2017
I was very sad to hear of Hildy's passing. Such a lovely person, kind, warm-hearted with a great love of storytelling. I was a pleasure to have known her. My deep condolences to Peter, Luke, the rest of her family and community
Leslie Robbins-Conway
July 25, 2017
You know those people who you hardly ever see, but when you do you just pick up where you left off? Hildy and I were like that with our "business" lunches. When we parted, I always felt energized and I suspect she gave that gift to others too. To her family, please accept my sincere condolences.
Brenda Byers
July 25, 2017
The things I remember about Hildy are her smile, her energy and her enthusiasm. I know she worked hard with her students to bring storytelling into the classroom and she gave many hours of her time to The Storytelling School of Toronto. Her passing leaves a huge hole in our community and she will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family.
Anna Kerz
July 24, 2017
Hildy, you were a great comrade on the storytelling camino, and will continue to whisper your wisdom along the way. I will picture you, Joan Bodger, Alice Kane, and maybe Scheherazade herself sharing an infinity of tales. Remembering you with much love. So glad I could see you and Peter at the hospice and reminisce about 1001 Friday Nights. Dan
Dan Yashinsky
July 24, 2017
I'm so sad to hear of Hildy's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her through Storytelling Toronto. Her generosity was inexhaustible. My love and sympathies to her family.
Jody James
July 24, 2017
I remember Hildy's warm, bright spirit - she was a wonderful storyteller and contributor! I can't believe you're no longer here with us Hildy. Ruth Danziger
July 24, 2017
Hildy was a warrior. She fought with courage and honesty for those who had trouble finding a voice.She did not fight in vain. Many of us have a better life thanks to Hildy.

Perhaps, it was that Hildy loved a good story. Whatever the reason, I was blessed to know her and share stories with her. I will remember her as a good friend.
Jim Adams
July 24, 2017
Hildy was a loved and valued member of our
Toronto storytelling community. I will always remember her passion for stories and her continued support of Storytelling
Toronto's activities.
Marylyn Peringer
July 24, 2017
Sorry to hear of her passing after a long and difficult journey. I have had amazing mentors since I began my storytelling journey. Hildy will be remembered
July 24, 2017
I miss you, Hildy. Knowing you was a special life's moment for me.
Jack Howard
July 24, 2017
Hildy was a shining light in my life. Whenever I saw her I felt her genuine love for life and the enormous generosity of her kindness.
Deborah Dunleavy
July 24, 2017
Oh, to have known beautiful Hildy! She was a storyteller and woman I looked up to with such admiration. Her respect and regard for professionalism on stage and in casual settings was so impressive. I will always remember her proud accounts of family stories. My heartfelt sympathy to family and those who knew her.
Heather Whaley
July 24, 2017
Hildy has indeed been a solid contributor to the Storytelling community and its activities. It has been a joy to have worked with her in these things and I look forward to a celebration event. Meanwhile, best wishes to Peter, Luke and all the family.
Paul Robert
July 24, 2017
One of the many people who will miss Hildy's stories and her presence within the storytelling community. Certainly, she left many stories that will live on.
Mark Jenkins
July 24, 2017
My sincere condolences to Hildy's family. She was one of the solid rocks in the Storytelling community, and an inspiration in early childhood education. It was a pleasure to know her. Rita Cox
July 19, 2017
She taught my daughter Martha at the Institute years ago. It was Martha's first year there and a crucial year for awakening in Martha her creative spirit. Thank you Hilda Stollery for being there for Martha, and her Mom.
Sandra Demson
July 13, 2017
I think a great number of people will miss Hildy for a great number of reasons. To me she was a great Aunt, with a great love of books and stories. She enriched our childhoods in a special way, joining family trips, hosting us for solo visits. And later on in my adolescence she was the catalyst for some amazing conversations with my Mom, deepening that relationship as well. Finally, she was a pillar of strength, compassion and caring during my Mother's long illness.
Rest in peace. I love you. Peter Shawn
Peter Drake
July 11, 2017
Hildy's compassion and tireless support for family and friends in times of need will live on in our memory for ever.
Randy Vandermark
July 10, 2017
I think of all the children Hildy taught and all the teachers she inspired and what a significant contribution she made to the storytelling community. I enjoyed planning storytelling events with her and I always looked forward to hearing her deep felt responses to the stories she loved.
Celia Lottridge
July 10, 2017
We will dearly miss Hildy at Morningside High Park Church. Love from Peter, Audrey, Elaine and Scott Birkbeck.
July 9, 2017
Hildy and I were colleagues for many years at the Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto, as classroom teachers and teacher educators. She was a very lovely person and dedicated teacher with a special passion for story telling as a means of exploring ideas and feelings with children. Hildy's story has ended much too soon, but she leaves us a rich volume of memories.
Jennifer Hardacre
July 9, 2017
I am deeply saddened to learn of Hildy's passing. Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Hildy was a bright light - its a little bit darker today.
Marianne Klamer
July 8, 2017
I feel very sad for the loss of a vibrant member of Toronto's storytelling community.
Lynda Howes
July 8, 2017
My sincere sympathy to all the family. Sorry to hear of Hildy's passing. May her soul rest in peace. Anne/Student Services/Faculty of Education
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