In memory of
Diane Lee Lockhart
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Lee Lockhart (née Taylor) early Saturday morning October 8th, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Diane will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by her two daughters Leslie Prpic (Gene) and Allison Leschuk (Marc) and her grandchildren Emily, Andrew, and Quinn. She is survived by her brother Donald Taylor and sisters Patricia Shurie (Jim), Clara Addison (Bob) and Marion Rhyno (Gary). Diane is reunited with her husband Robert (Bob), her sister Alice, and her parents Walter and Alice. Diane was born in Niagara Falls in 1942. Her family later moved to the Muskoka area to make their cottage a permanent home and Diane's heart always remained there. After high school she pursued a career in nursing which led her to Kingston where she met the love of her life, Bob. Together Bob and Diane travelled for Bob's engineering career, first to Dartmouth N.S. then back to Southern Ontario and eventually to Thunder Bay in 1972. Diane was a devoted mother who put nursing on hold to raise her two daughters, be a full-time homemaker and a loving wife. In her spare time she volunteered for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their Shinerama fundraiser where she made life-long friends. She and Bob also supported their daughters and their love of music as avid Thunder Bay Youth Symphony's parent volunteers during the orchestra's early years. Diane returned to nursing once her daughters were older, working first at Dawson Court and later Pinewood Court until her retirement in the early 1990's. The most important thing in the world to Diane was family. She travelled and explored with her soul mate Bob on fishing expeditions and trips to the cottage in Muskoka, always with a cooler filled with food. Once grandchildren appeared on the scene Nana's kitchen was always open, baking gingersnaps and elaborately-decorated cakes. Her parents, brother and sisters, and other long-time childhood friends were only a phone call away and always there for support. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the many doctors and nursing staff who have cared for Diane during these seven months in hospital. First thank you to the doctors and nursing staff at Thunder Bay Regional ICU and finally to Dr. Laakso and the compassionate nursing and OT/PT staff at St. Joseph's Hospital who really became like family. Her daughters would also like to thank Dr. Davenport and the nursing staff in the ER who brought comfort to Diane during an incredibly difficult time. A celebration of Diane's life will take place on Monday October 17th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 Cumberland Street North. For those unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed at www.harbourviewfuneral.ca . Visitation for family and friends will be held a half hour earlier, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, donations made in Diane's memory to Crohn's and Colitis Canada or to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated as an expression of sympathy. Online condolences to the family may be made at: www.harbourviewfuneral.ca
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