Gurr, Lina 'Lee' Delores

Gurr, Lina 'Lee' Delores

August 29th, 2020

Passed on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at her residence in Arbor Trace Memory Care Center, London, Ontario. Lee passed peacefully and quietly following a period of deteriorating mental and physical health. She had recently celebrated her 93rd birthday with family (August 16, 1927). Lee was predeceased by her husband Robert ‘Bob’ who was her lifelong partner, companion, teammate and very best friend (February 18, 2017). Daughter of the late Joseph & Maria Bortolotti, of Windsor. Beloved mother of Dr. Kevin Gurr & wife Carol, of London, and Paul & wife Mary, of Collingwood. Dearest sister and lifelong friend of Norma & the late Terry Masterson, of London, and brother Bruno & wife Margaret Bortolotti, of Windsor. Loving grandmother to Ryan (Brianna Wright), Robert (Jennifer), Carly (James Burley), Emily (Jesse Eccles) and Stephanie (Grant Beeler). Great-grandmother to Yarrow, Eliza, Oliver, Phoebe, Beau, Ayla, Justus and Luke. Born in Windsor, Ontario to Italian immigrant parents, Lee attended high school at W.D. Lowe, where she learned her secretarial skills and played varsity basketball. Soon after graduating and a stint in secretarial work, Lee took a case worker position at the local Children’s Aid Society, where her empathy and compassion for others first emerged. Not long after, she met Bob who had recently returned from service overseas. Following a rather short courtship, they were married by Father Davies at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, in Windsor, where they began their lifelong journey together. Being highly motivated, the recently married couple initiated their first of several automotive related entrepreneurial businesses, where Lee set up and managed the bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities. Consistent with taking on the unknown with enthusiasm and energy, Team Gurr set out to build their home on Gladstone Avenue under the tutelage and assistance of Lee’s father, Joe. Several years later, their family was started with the birth of Kevin and Paul. Their home soon became the meeting place where family, friends and neighbours swam and socialized regularly in the backyard. The next significant milestone in Lee’s life was taking the decision to move the “city girl” to the country, where Bob had found a rather run down century-old farmhouse located between Kingsville and Harrow. Following extensive renovation, the home quickly became known simply as “The Lake”, where Lee and Bob hosted close friends and family. Soon to become known as the “CD” (Camp Director), Lee organized countless activities including golfing, boating, tennis, and overtook the management of accounting for the local yacht club (CIYC). Lee and her new best friend Maxine (Mickey) Clark entered into a nearly lifelong (30+ year) commitment to passionate volunteer services at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital, where their love and engaging dispositions supported countless patients over many decades. During the off-season, Lee and Bob discovered their second favourite home in Sanibel Island, Florida. Lee’s competitive drive was ever-present during their daily bike journeys, intense tennis matches, and golf. These activities were complimented with wonderful social times which were enjoyed for over 30 years with many family and friends. What Lee cherished most in life was her family, and her love for people. Lee’s welcoming smile, caring and loving nature was felt by all. She will be missed, but never forgotten by those fortunate enough to have been touched by her. A private family memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. A celebration of Lee’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Lee’s name may be directed to the Erie Shores Health Foundation (formerly the Leamington District Memorial Hospital) at www.eshfoundation.ca (select “Give Now”). 

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PatKevin, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was an absolute joy to know. I remember when I started working with you and your mom would either call or come in. She was always smiling and so full of energy, you couldn't help but like her. She enriched so many lives just by knowing her. The world is a sadder place with her now gone, although I am sure that she is happy now that she is back with your dad. She truly was beautiful inside and out and I will remember her fondly
Henry and Cheech ChapeskieKevin and Carol Gurr And Family We were saddened to hear of Lee’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Bridget ScheuermanVery sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Her life was filled with many happy moments and accomplishments here in Windsor/Essex. My sincere sympathies to you and all of your family.
Dilys and Garney Bertrandwe were neighbours of Lee and Bob for 33 years when we lived 3 doors from them on Twin Gables Drive in Harrow (Colchester). They always had a bunch of us over at christmas time to enjoy a few 'pops' and to celebrate christmas with the neighbourhood gang.....lovely people, always ready with a smile and friendly wave - our friends, Linda and Janice Kramer were nieces of Bob and Lee - so sorry to read of Lee's passing but she is now once again with her beloved husband Bob and they are happy and free of pain........God bless you and your family, Sincerely and with love and affection for two wonderful neighbours Bob and Lee, Dilys and Garney
Stephen DaviesDear Kevin and Paul, I am saddened to learn of your Mom's passing but I know you will take great consolation in knowing that she had a full life, surrounded by those she loved and loved her in turn. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful Mom. Please know that though we haven't seen each other since our highschool years I think of both of you often. Love to you and your family. Stephen Davies
Don BlayDr. Gurr, Kevin, please accept my condolences for your family’s loss. What a life your mother lived. What a pattern for life she presented you. It was clear to me when I volunteered at Victoria Hospital, that you had an incredible joie de vivre, and clearly, you inherited that from your parents. It was truly inspiring reading about your mother and family. Don Blay
Ron & Norma McKnightRon and I send our sincerest, heartfelt condolences to you all. Lee was such a unique person who Ron, I and Bear dearly loved. I don't think we will ever stop missing your Mom and Dad and their wonderful Lake home, which they so, so loved. You have amassed a wealth of warm and loving memories and hope they will carry you through the coming years. Warm and loving wishes to you all. Ron and Norma McKnight
Scott DonaldsonDear Kevin and Paul ,sorry for your loss.She was very special and although it has been almost fifty years I remember how kind she was to everyone.
Ron TaillieuKevin and Paul So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a sweet lady. I have many fond memories of her and your father. She with be greatly missed. Take Care
Henk Kampers Dr Kevin and Paul , sorry to hear of your mom passing . May God Bless your families and give all you strength at this time with your loss . Henk and Marilyn
Inspector GR ( Bob) Harris Rtd.Remembering with fondness and respect the kindness and leadership shown by the Gurr family in starting up the CiYC back in 1972, always pulling above their weight in generosity and professionalism. Thanks for the memories. Bob Harris
Marjorie WoodbridgrDear Kevin and Paul, Mom told me that you had lost your dear mom. Sending love and best wishes to you. You had the most wonderful parents and they gave you both their best. Remembering with fondness all the times on the lakeshore. It was a wonderful time.
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