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Mary Ina GRAHAM
Père : GRAHAM
Décès le : 2004-12-13
Parution : 2004-12-14
Paru dans : North Bay Nugget, ON

GRAHAM, Mary Ina -ÊOn December 13, 2004, in Toronto Ontario, our hearts saddened as we accepted the loss of a wonderful woman and beautiful spirit. Mary will forever be in the hearts of many but none more than her devoted and loving partner, George Tsapoitis. She is survived and dearly loved by her parents Ed and June Graham of North Bay, Ontario, her brother Bob and sister-in-law Patti of Callander, Ontario. She was a very special "Auntie Mary" to Amy and delighted in being "Uncle Mary" to Tayler. Mary was born in 1953 in North Bay, where she lived most of her early years. She would often recall her immensely happy childhood spent growing up and enjoying summers on Trout Lake where her love of family and sense of adventure were nurtured to the fullest. Mary attended Chippewa Secondary School before furthering her education at Humber College in Toronto where she studied Family and Consumer Relations. She thrived in her academic life, went on to study at the University of Waterloo earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology which lead to a Masters Degree in Adult Education at OISE (University of Toronto). Early in her career, Mary accepted a position with TV Ontario where she worked in development and research linking television programs and other resources for adults learning at home. As a freelance consultant she worked with community and women's groups providing training and support for them to reach there goals. Mary has been a long-standing and highly valued employee of the City of Toronto. She served in a number of different divisions beginning in 1987 as a training and development consultant creating many innovative management and employee development programs. She moved on to become a Director of Parks and Recreation. At the time of Metro expansion she was appointed Director of Support Services in Toronto Public Health where she served until her passing. Mary's commitment and dedication to Public Health was endless even as her own health faltered. Co-workers recall that her work was always marked by "a commitment to equity and to social justice and a general shaking up of traditional thinking and ways of doing things. Her work was a special blend of imagination, compassion and action." Mary lived her life with amazing strength and courage touching the lives of many. She taught us that the world is a bigger place than just ourselves and to reach for the stars because we deserve them. She also had a great talent for stirring our thoughts and emotions encouraging us to go deeper all the while loving us for who we were. All who knew her will miss her extraordinary sense of humour, intelligent mind and generous heart. Mary was lovingly surrounded and buoyed in spirit by a multitude of friends. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank-you to her support group in Toronto (Tobin, Becky, Liz, Barb, Jill, Fiona, Pat, Jane and also Linda and Laurie.) Their endless support and dedication to Mary has been an incredible help during this difficult journey. As per family wishes, cremation has already taken place and interment will be in Union Cemetery, North Bay. There will be no formal service or visitation. In Mary's memory, donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital or the charity of your choice. "I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge Myth more potent than history Dreams more powerful than facts Hope always triumphs over experience Laughter is the cure for grief Love is stronger than death." ~ Robert Fulghum

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