Harris, Patricia Daphne

Harris, Patricia Daphne

August 23rd, 2019

 

Mum who was loved and adored as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, “gramma”, and friend, has taken her indelible spirit and zest for life to a better place. The nearly three-year battle against multiple pneumonias and a stroke came to a peaceful end on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at the age of 93. Affectionately given the nickname “Giggles” by Ryan on the UH Stroke Unit, it represents how she lived life and fought to the end. Left to mourn and cherish their memories are kids Judy and Phil, sisters “Bubbles” and Alice, niece Linda, Kathy and Dave, Jenn, Catherine and Bella, “Twinkletoes” (Dipika), the Ferris and Bowman families, Daisy, and many nieces and nephews. Mum was predeceased by husband Roy, son Patrick (“Harry”), and six siblings.

Her most significant loves were family, friends she considered and treated like family, and nursing. She was many people’s best friend and it was the importance of these relationships that made her want to live another 90 years. Her life was enriched by many interests including; gardening, shopping (for mum an Olympic event) for that perfect gift and card or clothes with matching jewellery, travelling, Christmas, volunteering, reading, baking, music, watching sports and Project Runway, planning, attending or hosting parties, writing letters and yapping on the phone. The last three years were brightened by dear friends Maggie, Karla, Jennifer and loving friend Patty.

We would like to acknowledge the exceptional care provided by the ACE Unit at Victoria Hospital, Stroke and ICU Units at University Hospital, 4th floor Rehab Unit at Parkwood Hospital, Dr. David Munro, and Dr. Andrew Whynot. We will be forever grateful for the compassionate and loving care provided by the incredible staff in the Westminster neighbourhood at The Village of Glendale Crossing.

Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London at 9 am on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 followed by a funeral service at 10 am, and a Celebration of Life at the Mount Pleasant Chapel, 303 Riverside Drive, London until 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Boys' and Girls' Club of London, 184 Horton Street East, London, ON N6B 1K8 and would be gratefully appreciated. She was an avid supporter of kids and always took pride in the efforts of her swim team.

 

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Grant & Debbie WrenPhil and Judy. Sorry about your mum’s passing but she gave it a fantastic fight with all the pneumonias and her stroke over the past few years. Now she’s free and reunited with your dad and Patrick. May all your good memories of family times especially from Christmas be a comfort to you and give you a smile or chuckle. Your lives will be forever changed but your memories will remain. Hugs to you both.
Wendy McCannPatricia and I bonded over nursing and having her wonderful daughter Judy in our lives. The passing of Roy brought them both back into my life. It has been a great time. Thankyou for the time we shared. My deepest condolences to both Judy and Phil at this difficult time. You are my sunshine will always make me think of her. Love Wendy
Linda McDonaldI met Auntie Pat through my marriage to one of her nephews. She was always very welcoming, warm and kind through all the years I knew her. I enjoyed many letters and cards from Auntie Pat. She was interested in everything, no matter how unusual or different. She made one feel as though you were the only person in her vast circle. She truly was one of the last great letter writers. Right up to the end of her life, she cared about all of her big and extended family and friends. A loving nature, ready smile and laugh and a big heart made Auntie Pat, one of a kind. May all of us who were related to her or knew her, remember her special qualities and try to live in a small way, emulating her spirit.
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