In memory of
DIANE GIROUX
In memory of
DIANE GIROUX
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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In memory of
DIANE GIROUX
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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