2015-05-29 / Obituaries

Lida Merle Hannaford

Our mother passed peacefully on May 16, 2015 in her 85th year, in Toronto, Canada Beloved wife of Derek Hannaford (1930-2004) and loving mother to Hal Hannaford (Susan Doherty), Craig Hannaford (Susan Clarke) and Karen Hannaford. She will be dearly missed by her seven grandchildren: Lauren, Alana, Alisse, Kelsey, Reid, Meaghan and Grant. Merle is predeceased by her sister, Helen Napier-Andrews, her brother Charles Shields and her identical twin sister Marilyn Shields.

Merle met our father, Derek, while studying nursing at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. They were married for almost 50 years and lived for most of that time in Montreal, Canada. Family always came first and she and Derek raised us in a loving and warm home. She was an amazing cook, revered for her ability to host large dinners on short notice and loved gatherings with her many girlfriends.

Mom was a true lover of the outdoors. Some of her happiest days were spent in Kennebunk Beach at her much cherished summer home and in Lech, Austria, skiing with family and friends. She was a longtime member of Montreal’s Twin Ski Club, and loved playing tennis, golf and bridge.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring staff of the Amica/Balmoral Club. Their kindness and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated.

A memorial service will take place at the Chapel of the Mt. Pleasant Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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