Elma Mary Elizabeth (Finnegan) McLeod

29 September, 193915 October, 2020

It is with aching hearts that we announce the sudden death of our extraordinary mother and grandmother, "Elma" Mary Elizabeth (Finnegan) McLeod - a woman of fierce independence, who lived the many and varied chapters of her 81 years with love, humour and grace.

Her keen strong mind, her love of animals especially her many dogs, her love of family, her love of people, her love of lively current discussion and her abundant sense of service to others during her 30 years of nursing at North York General Hospital Emergency Department, were the hallmarks that drew so many near.

Predeceased by her cherished husband Kenneth of 23 years, her sorrowed but grateful daughter, Susan (David Reynolds); her adored and adoring grandchildren, Meghan, Sarah and Ian, and her brother Sean Finnegan, many nieces and nephews and friends.

As Covid makes gathering impossible at this time, a private family service will be held sometime in the future.

Contributions in "Elma's" memory may be made to Toronto Humane Society,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the family.

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Wendy Strohm

22 November 2020

Elma was my first manager as a new grad. In the interview she asked me 4 nursing questions that I got wrong and then she proceeded to ask about my family. She must have like my family because I was hired on the spot.
She was a fair and straight forward manager. She loved to have fun and she always knew what was going on in the department.
When I worked nights we would always listen for the clicking of her shoes and when we heard them we would spread the word that "The Eagle has Landed".
You will be missed Elma

frances roy kefford

3 November 2020

Susan and family our sincere sympathy .on the death of your dear mother Elma
I met Elma in 1965 her sister Olivia and I came to London from Dublin .We stayed with Elma and Ken for a week.

ROY and I will always remember Elma when we had a glass of wine with dinner she would say "I feel really squify" .Her infectious laugh is something that will stay with me forever.
We feel very upset we were unable to make that trip to Toronto in May due to the coronavirus.
Rest in Peace Elma I hope we will meet one day in heaven .
Frances and Roy

Nigel Aplin

30 October 2020

I remember many details from my wedding day – August 9, 2008. It was a wonderful occasion to share with family and friends. Siobhan and I were married in a small rustic chapel in Prince Edward County. Well before any guests arrived, I set up my video camera at the very front of the chapel, set to a wide shot which captured all of the interior space. It recorded the entire ceremony from the beginning to well past the time when the last person left.
That last person to leave was Elma MacLeod, my mother-in-law Maisie’s dearest friend. On our wedding day, Elma played the role of assistant-at-large - marshalling guests, adjusting the flower arrangements and taking a few seconds to reassure me as I sat alone at the front of the chapel waiting for guests and eventually, the bride to arrive. Her presence at that moment provided me with a quiet comfort on a much-anticipated and somewhat stressful day.
The ceremony went off without a hitch, although it seems like a blur now. The Pastor was relaxed and encouraged us to enjoy the moment. Our nieces read beautifully, the musicians played well and our guests enjoyed sharing our special day with us.
Having a video recording has fully preserved those blurry details for us. It also captured an endearing moment after the ceremony while I, my new-wife Siobhan, and our guests were outside preparing to make our way to the reception. With the chapel now empty but the doors ajar, Elma, oblivious to the rolling camera and wearing her trademark and always fashionable dark sunglasses, re-entered and made her way to the front of the chapel, glancing along the length of each pew – perhaps to ensure that no one had forgotten anything. Satisfied, she made her way back to the open doors. Once there, she turned again to face the front, and paused, as if to take in the scene one last time before making her final exit, gently closing both doors behind her. Had this been a Hollywood film, this last scene would surely have been hers.

Susan Woollard

29 October 2020

Susan and family, sending you sincerest sympathy and will keep you all close in our hearts. Like so many others have written, we all have such wonderful memories working together in the ED. Your mom hired both Mark and I and was so excited when we were married. She was our matchmaker! Elma truly cared about all of us and our families; we all knew about you and yours - her pride and joy!
Her memories will live on through our nursing careers with all she taught us and the many stories we have to share about our days in Emerg. Mark and Susan

Fergus Courtney

22 October 2020

Dear Susan and Family,

Please accept the condolences of the Courtney Family in Dublin, Ireland on your sad loss.

My late Mother, Ita Courtney (nee Farrell), 1923 -2020, was a first cousin of Elma and knew her very well before she left Ireland.

I meet your late Mother and you Susan at a wedding in Ireland (Olan's I think).

We often heard of the great success Elma had made of her life in Canada.

May she rest in peace.

Fergus Courtney

Patricia Hodgins

22 October 2020

Dear family, Remember the happy times spent together.
May the God of all comfort be your portion in the days ahead.

Patty Rowe

22 October 2020

Dear Elma:
Thank you for the many years of mentoring you provided for so many of us under your leadership. We all became better nurses because of your example.
Thank you for the attention you gave to each of our personal lives. You made us want to work harder, which of course benefited our patients.
Thank you for being the Matriarch of our Emerg Family. As you know, we continue to gather every few years, and will "raise a glass" to you forever.
Thank you for allowing me to essentially set my own schedule through single parenthood. Your patience and understanding were direct contributors to my success professionally and personally. Your memory lives on in me forever.
Rest in peace my friend, and I'll see you in Heaven.
Dear Susan:
My heart aches for you and your family. I hope you find comfort in knowing that your Mom left a positive footprint on this earth, recognizable by countless people from all aspects of her life. She left a lifetime of amazing (and often hilarious) memories for sooooo many people. There's only one Elma.
I offer prayers for your strength.

Marlene Dixon

20 October 2020

Dear Susan and family I am one of the multitude of emergency nurses to have been blessed to have been hired by and had the extraordinary pleasure of working for Elma for many years.

Elma expected her staff to work as a team and to always provide excellent and compassionate care for every person who walked through the door. Our team was small back then, a family actually. Elma cared about each of us as she did her own family.

Years after leaving emergency my path crossed with Elma during my visiting nursing days. I was the nurse for her ailing sister. Elma cared for her sister with the compassion and strength that always shone through in our emergency days.

In our lives we meet many people. Elma is one of those people that no one forgets. There is no one who knew Elma who does not have an endearing story to share.

My condolences to all of the family.

Berna Alayunt

20 October 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There’s nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. My deepest condolences.
Elma I will never forget you and all you did for me and my family.
May god bless her beautiful soul 🙏🏼

Isser Dubinsky

20 October 2020

Susan: I spent 10 wonderful years working/advocating with/teaching and learning with your mother. She was a model of what every great nurse and care provider should aspire to be - passionate, caring, feisty and so patient focused. I will always remember her daily greeting to me- "same *%$@# but a different pile".

To this day I continue to use her as a model of a patient centred compassionate care provider in my teaching of the next generation of care providers. The world of health care is a poorer place with her absence.



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