Vandusen (née Connors), Linda Ann

July 16th, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Linda Vandusen announces her passing on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at LHSC – Victoria Hospital, at the age of 68. Predeceased by her son Jeffrey; mother Bernice Connors; sister Carol Connors; and mother and father-in-law Bea and Bill Vandusen. Survived by her loving spouse Peter Vandusen; father Roy Connors; sisters Joan Thompson (Ben Lasko) and Laura Connors; and brother Ted Connors (Lisa Morrison). Linda was a graduate of Oakridge High School and completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1973 at the University of Western Ontario. She was a founding member of MADD Canada and a founding member, as well as a Director, of MADD London. Linda was an avid reader and a strong supporter of our public libraries, so much so that she became a Board Member of the Oakville Public Library. She was an active long-term participant in the Society for Learning in Retirement, taking the helm of various roles, such as Co-Moderator and Marketing Director. She also enjoyed volunteering at McCormick Dementia Services – Day Program. In keeping with Linda’s compassionate and generous spirit, it was her decision to donate her organs. Linda’s family will be forever grateful for the compassion and care shown by the staff at LHSC – Victoria Hospital Critical Care Trauma Centre. Private inurnment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life will be held at GREENHILLS GOLF CLUB, 4838 Colonel Talbot Road, London, on Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Linda are asked to consider London Health Sciences Foundation – Women’s Care Program fund. 

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Adelina BozekDear Peter, I am so very sorry for your loss of Linda and Jeffrey. I have been one of Lindas hairdressers for the last 6 or 7 years. We had both fun and deep conversations over the last few years. She was so smart and interesting. She helped me through a tragic loss that my family endured 5 years ago. Even though I never met Jeffrey, I feel like I knew him because of Lindas stories. My heart goes out to you and I pray that you find strength and peace as you go on. With love and care, Adelina Bozek
John HusbandDear Peter, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Linda and Jeffery. I was privileged to be in several classes with Linda. Her contributions were always well thought out and enthusiastic. More important her smile and warm welcome was one of the things I looked forward to at S.L.R.
CHERYL CLARKDear Peter - please accept my deep felt condolences for your loss of Linda and Jeffrey. Linda and I met at SLR and had just started sharing our ideas re: various advertising and marketing initiatives.. We met unofficially several times and I loved my time with her - we always talked for several hours and our conversations covered many topics beyond the common business issue that had brought us together. Linda always generously shared her knowledge and her intuitions were amazing. Although I will always be grateful for having had the opportuity to know her , I am saddened by the brevity of our friendship and will miss her immensely - Cheryl Clark
Helen bullasDear Peter Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of Linda and Jeffery. I knew Linda through SLR and we shared many conversations together and she talked about Jeffery. She was always a happy and welcoming outgoing person and I will miss her. I hope your many memories of Linda and Jeffery will bring comfort to you at this time of sorrow. Helen Bullas
Linda Ann VurmaDear Peter I will treasure Linda's smile, her sense of humour and her vast knowledge that she shared so effortlessly. Linda represents the best of SLR- a love of learning something new everyday and being able to discuss your ideas with like-minded peers.. Linda's natural leadership as co-moderator of the Canada at War Study Group with her father's legacy and presence was particularly memorable.. Linda's loss along with your beloved son Jeffrey is truly unimaginable for your family. She truly made a difference in our lives.
Heather (nee Posset) CarterDear Peter: I cannot imagine how very devastated you and Mr. Connors are with the loss of Linda and Jeffrey. Of course, I grew up with you at Knollwood Park Public School, but in the 1980s, Linda came to work with us briefly at University Hospital. I trust you are finding comfort, support and strength from your family and friends. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.
Beverley StirlingDear Peter, Please accept my sincere condolences in this tragic loss. I met Linda through SLR in the Canada at War Study Group in which she acted as co-moderator. She was very friendly, very knowledgeable and very encouraging. I found it particularly memorable when she brought her father to the group.
Jean SurryDear Peter, I want to express my condolences to the you and your families at the loss of your wife and son, Jeffrey. I have only known Linda relatively recently, since she joined SLR, but came to enjoy sharing a class or conversation with her. She had a wonderful smile and, with a friendly and positive attitude, she undertook everything with great interest and enthusiasm. Carpe diem: Linda certainly "seized every day". We at SLR will miss her.
Shari McNeillDear Peter, I am so very sad to hear of Linda’s sudden passing and of your son, Jeffery. I got to know Linda at SLR London. She was always quick with a smile and a welcome. We had numerous chats at the coffee cart. She was a great ambassador for SLR and loved to share her enthusiasm with new members. I will deeply miss her. May you keep your memories close of Jeff and Linda and may they comfort you.
PEGGY MATSERI met Linda through SLR London, as many others have mentioned. She and I have worked together on the Marketing and Communications Committee for several years and I was very happy when she agreed to be Co-administrator of our two Facebook pages. I could always rely on Linda to post interesting items to the pages and to monitor the content, as a second pair of 'eyes' is often needed. In addition, she was a veritable fount of great ideas and insights about promoting SLR, which she loved. I will miss her emails and telephone calls, as well as the chats when we were at events together. It will be difficult not to look for her this September when we all return, as her ready smile, her quick wit, and her way of making people laugh easily were qualities that immediately drew people towards her. It was a gift for me to have known her in my life. My sympathy to Peter, and to her father and to all other friends and family who loved her.
Irma & Ted ChristieWe are very sorry to read about Linda and Jeffrey's passing. We pray that Peter and all of their family and friends find strength and courage in all the memories they have created together. You were our backyard neighbours at Ravine Ridge/Doon Drive when we moved to London. One vivid memory of Linda's kind heart, she came over with homemade sandwiches the day we were moving in, and on many occasions, young Jeffrey and our two children played together. Our sincere condolences.
Terry CrawfordMy sincere condolences to Peter and Roy for the loss of Linda and Jeffery.
Anne LeonardSo very sorry and shocked to hear this news. Linda was a calming breeze, a good friend, and a stalwart influencer. She led by example, never judged. I enjoyed our days partnering as volunteers in the impaired driving issue and I learned a lot from her. I am grateful that we got to catch up and visit at an event in London in late 2017. Deepest condolences to all family on her and Jeffrey's passing.
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