Dias, Barbara Jean

Dias, Barbara Jean

December 7th, 2020

Suddenly at home on Monday, December 7, 2020, at the age of 77. She will be deeply missed by her husband Anthony ‘Tony’, of 40 years. Cherished mother of Tasha Hill, Danielle Urquhart (Brian), Gillian Dias, Nicole Haggerty (Scott), Reneé Riley (Kevin) and Giselle Dias. Proud Grandma of Tayo Beernink, Ashley Tyler-Smith (Jake), Kyla Urquhart, Taygen Fisher (Cody), Jessica Evans, Anthony Urquhart (Jacqueline), Devon Urquhart (Brennan), Jack Haggerty and Nathan Riley. Proud great-grandmother of Noah, Nevaeh, Mason, Adler, Emmett, Lilly and Lucas. Predeceased by her late daughter, Michelle Dias (2011). Barb’s life was defined by her compassion and her deep wellspring of love. She had a long and well-loved career as a nurse, and later as a palliative care nurse, where she used her many gifts as a kind, compassionate, and comforting presence. Seeing the Stedman Community Hospice launched and successful in Brantford was the pinnacle of her professional life. This accomplishment earned her the Mission Legacy Award from the Sisters of St. Joseph for her many contributions over the years, something for which she and we were immensely proud. Barb offered so much of herself to others, to her beloved husband and all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends. We will miss her passion for living, generosity, kindness and love. Barb wove herself into the very fabric of our lives and we are forever enriched. She taught us well and will live on in each of us until the end of time. Visitors will be received at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, Ontario on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. George Parish. Interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Registration is required to attend the visitation.

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Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Barbara are asked to consider Stedman Community Hospice (https://www.sjlc.ca/donations/donate).


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Book of Condolences

Jane JohnsonMy deepest condolences to you Tony and to your family. Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. I am grateful to have had Barb as a dear friend for over 30 years and to have shared so many wonderful memories. She made such a difference to many lives and gave comfort and peace to so many. May you take comfort in knowing how much she was loved. She leaves a legacy of fond memories to all who knew her
Mark and Cathy Tyler-SmithWe are so sorry for your loss. Barb will be miss by her family and by all the peoples hearts she has touched. Please accept out condolences. Mark and Cathy
Marlene GrahamThe beauty and love of Barb's life will never die, it will continue to embrace and inspire us. Tony, I am sending sincere condolences to you and each member of your family at this time of loss. I will miss her faithful friendship of more than 30 years. May we all find peace and comfort thru our loving memories of Barb..... Marlene
Susan Shorgan and Mary Beth CroninFrom the first time I met Barb in the 1990’s, she welcomed me with open arms. What a kind, generous, loving soul. I am truly heartbroken for all of the Dias family, The Urquhart family, and the family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Dias. Barb truly made a difference in people’s lives that will live on forever. Her generosity and kindness made the world a better place. Love to all and may she rest in beloved peace. All my love. I will be with you in spirit as you lay her to rest. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Tara TrosterMy deepest condolences go out to the entire family. It greatly saddens me to hear of this loss. I have known Barb since I was a child and remember how kind and loving she was. I will hold many fond memories of her. - Tara
Tara BarreraSo sorry to hear of your loss, I know from talking to Renee how special and loved Barb was. Holding you all close to my heart during this difficult time.
Cynthia HellstenSo sorry for your loss. I knew Barb to be a wonderful, gentle and faithful woman through my experience with her through the CWL and for a short time in our mosaic group at St George. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Molly BannermanI am so sorry for this loss. For years I have heard beautiful stories about Barb from Giselle, and I know she was such a caring, warm, loving cornerstone to the Dias family. I am thinking about you all so deeply right now, and sending much love to you all at this very difficult time.
Pieter and Jeanette SchinkelshoekDear Family, Jeanette and I grieve with you in the loss of Barbara. We wish you God's peace and comfort during this difficult time. We are praying for you.
Ted BeerninkTo the Dias and Fox Families I share your grief, and extend our deepest condolences,on the passing of Barb
Karn KathyI am so sorry to learn of Barb's death. I send my deepest condolences at this time of your loss. May the legacy of Barb's love and caring surround you all.
Catherine ClarksonBarb was such a wonderful and caring lady. All my dealings with her via Victorian Order Of Nurses were wonderful. Prayers of Condolences to her family.
Andrea Moores McLayNicole and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Barb. She was always so gentle and kind to all of us when we would come to your home as teenagers. Sending my deepest sympathies. Fondly, Andrea
Michael and zJean TrosterJean and I extend our sincere condolences to the Dias family on the passing of Barbara. We were their next door neighbours and our daughter Tara was close fiend of the Dias girls. Finer neighbours could not be found and Barb was always a kind very classy friend. May she Rest In Peace.
Dave CumminsTony , I am sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls
Cheryl ann cornerKeith and i send our love and condolences to Tony and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am blessed for having had Barb as a friend and mentor at hospice. Thankful for our chat a few weeks ago. Many blessings for all of us who knew her
Herb and JoanHerb and I send our sincere condolences to you Tony and your family on Barbs sudden passing. She was a kind, gentle and caring lady who will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all you in your time of sorrow and loss.
Julie ReaDear Mr. Dias, Nicole and the Dias Family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Barb was such an amazing woman! She was a woman of such quiet strength. I wish I could hug you all, so instead, I'm sending you love and my prayers for you and for Barb who is in Heaven with God and the Angels. Love, Jules
Jean BrownToni and family, we send our sincere condolences for your loss. Barb was a nursing classmate at the Chatham PGH, roommate and lifelong friend. We remember fondly the reunions of the class of 63 that she helped organize. Our prayers are with you Toni and your family. Jean and Ross
Stella MurrayOn behalf of my Father Peter Myers I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Barb's family. My Dad and I got to know Barb through the Mosaic group at ST .George Parish. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May Barb rest in Peace
Connie and Len KesikI extend our sincere condolences to Tony and the entire family. Barb was a blessing to everyone whose lives she touched. She will be deeply missed. Barb’s legacy of love will live on in her family and friends. I pray that God’s love will surround you all and bring you comfort in your loss.
Rochelle VolchoffSending love and condolences to Tony and family. Barb was my mother’s case manager when she was dying. I will never forget her kindness during that difficult time . That was who Barb was with her clients. She was also a special friend to so many. She will be missed Rochelle
Maria and Frank BrittoDear Tony and family, our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of a great, compassionate woman. May the wonderful memories over the past 40 years console you in the days ahead. Barbara was a great example to us all. May she rest in peace. With love, Maria and Frank
dirk and Patricia MeerstadtWe are deeply saddened by the loss of Barb who was so loving a person. She will live on in our memories for her generous and welcoming nature. Our condolences to Uncle Tony and all our cousins; forever in our thoughts.
Susan & FamilyMy Dearest Renee and Family, We are very sorry for your immeasurable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in God's love and in the love you have for each other. Always and forever here for you, Susan, Caleb, Emma, Samuel and JoAnn
Ogden familyRenee, We are sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Please know all of us are thinking of you and your family. You have provided insight and guidance to us and we know that you will have the strength and hope for the future. In deepest Sympathy, The Ogden family
Dan and Lisa HodgsonTony and Family: Our love and thoughts are with you during this sad time. Love Dan and Lisa
Verna and Alex FruchTony and Family Our prayer is that Peace surround you. Barb's journey on earth may be finished but her path to the Creator will be swift. She was an Angel on earth and helped so many people make this journey knowing they were loved as she was. Her reward will be great.
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