French, Linda Susan

French, Linda Susan

July 21st, 2017

After a brief but aggressive bout of lung cancer, Linda Susan French (1947-2017) passed away in her sleep with her husband at her side. The vivacious Newfoundlander was the quintessential life of the party, a colourful and feisty redhead most of her teen years, on her deathbed, she had a purple streak in her hair that matched her glittery toe nail polish. Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, but eventually migrating to Ontario, she’d always correct someone if they called her an Upper Canadian. “My duckie, I’m from The Rock.” Linda loved animals, especially Scottish Terriers. Knowing this, her friends often gave Linda Scottish Terrier gifts: Scottish terrier placemats, shower curtain, towels, handbags, earrings, pillows, soaps, glasses - Terriers were everywhere in her precious cottage-home full of mementos, family pictures and knick-knacks in a house she lovingly called ‘Loose Chippings’. Linda discovered this name while on a trip to Ireland with Jimmy, her friend from St. John’s whom she talked to every day. During their trip, the duo kept seeing the phrase ‘loose chippings.’ They were halfway across Ireland before they discovered that it referred to the little bits of pavement cracking off the road. The smallest things had meaning for Linda. Linda will live forever in every heart that she touched, in every smile, and laugh; in every bit of bling and shoes; family and friends. She is not here physically anymore, but we will see her in these reminders. She will also want to see us all. “I wouldn't miss the chance,” says sister Donna-Lee. Donna-Lee writes:

 

Of Linda we can say, no harp or a halo for me.

I'll take a trip to a place where the wine is all free near the fast rolling sea;

where French's Cove beckons and family dear will meet;

where shoe stores are on every corner and every designer sets up for free.

 

Linda leaves behind husband Robbie; sister Donna-Lee and brother-in-law David; brother Marc and sister-in-law Chris; daughter Melanie; and nephew and niece Sean and Tasha. In our hearts she will never grow old or be sick or see any more sorrow or pain. We love you. A giant thank you to the 5th floor Thoracic and 7th floor Oncology teams at Victoria Hospital in London. Linda knew every doctor and nurse by name. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Linda are asked to consider the Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre, which was a favourite of Linda’s.

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Sean Hedges / Sarah ListonWe loved you dearly Auntie Linda and you'll always be with us. Rowan and Abigail will forever have a place in there hearts for Aunt Linda and know you'll always be looking over there hockey games and dance recitals. We Loved You So Much Sean,Sarah,Rowan and Abigail
donna scottRob and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish your memories. God Bless RIP Linda, soar with the Angels. God Bless
Darlene LavalleeMay you rest well my dear friend Linda. You have touched many hearts and will truely be missed.
Suzanne FrenchCousin Linda you have left us way too soon. I will miss seeing you in N.H. having a few "bevies" together and discussing everything under the sun in response to you asking "what's crack'in off". Glad we got to go on a shopping trip together on our last meeting and having our own fashion show after.Can't believe you have left us but you are in good company for sure.....Till we meet again....Suzanne
Elsie FrenchLinda treated me as her second Mum.Her uncle Harold and I enjoyed the visits with you and Rob in the summers for many years. I have many good memories and lots of laughter to remember you by. You and Rob were my summer gardeners and caretakers.I will miss you. Rest in peace and give Harold my love.... Aunt Elsie .
Julie DeruytterDear Linda, I will never forget how you welcomed me into your home and into your life, your hugs and kisses, your laughter and friendship. You were the most honest person I ever met and I will miss you. Rest peacefully my friend.
NORMAN & HILDA BURRIDGERobbiie & family , we are so sorry to hear about Linda's passing , she was such a treat to see in her garden . She love to see my "newfie " flag flying in my backyard on Partridge st. she loved all aminals, flowers , and the beauty of nature. she gave laugher and friendship to all the people that was lucky enough to know her . she was a true ' NEWFIE '". R.I.P .DEAR FRIEND.
Rob MacDonaldHugs and kisses Linda! Rest well dear friend who's heart was as big as "The Rock" from where she came.
Kelly SchultzDear Linda I will never forget our wonderful visits together. Your laughter and friendship will never be forgotten. I will treasure you always in my heart. Robbie...My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Kelly Schultz
Tracy McCulloughMy beautiful friend, how I will miss our visits and laughs. I feel so lucky that I got to do your hair one last time, and have some time alone with you on that last wonderful day of your life. You were a blessing to all who knew you. Live it up on the other side, and save me a seat in the parlour. Love you. Peace be with you Robbie, and may your wonderful memories of Linda soothe your heart.
Terry and Diane DwyerWe were very fortunate to have met Linda. In the short time we knew her she made us feel like we were friends for a long long time. Lind, You will live in our hearts forever.
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