1 February , 1951 – 27 June , 2019
On Thursday June 27th, 2019 our beloved Maria Falconer (nee Kane); wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband Ted and her children Mark (Amanda), Kyla (Parth), and Michelle (Jacob). The legacy Maria has left on this world will be forever felt by those close to her, evidenced by the light that shines on through her grandchildren Keiran, Larson, Tahlia, Catalina, Penelope, Morgan, Emma and Joshua. Maria is survived by her mother Mary and her sisters, Winifred (Brian) and Patricia. Maria will also be remembered by her step children Stephen (Susan) and Jennifer (Chris) as well as her numerous nieces, nephews, extended families and her dear friends. Maria joins her father, the late, Peter Kane in Heaven. Maria Falconer was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1963. As a teen she attended York Memorial Collegiate where she first found her love of rock n’ roll and The Rolling Stones. She was a studious teen but also found time to attend concerts even if she needed to hitchhike to get there. Maria received her Bachelor of Arts from York University, her Specialist in Special Education from Humber College and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.
She was a dedicated educator, beginning her career helping children with developmental needs in 1973. After several years dedicated to working with kids with special needs, Maria followed her calling to be a teacher and went back to school. She had a 30 year career teaching in elementary schools all across Dufferin-Peel, until her retirement in 2011; Lester B. Pearson Catholic School (2001 – 2011) Cardinal Newman Catholic School (1995 – 2001) St. John Fisher Catholic School (1989 – 1995) St. Jerome Catholic School (1987- 1989)
Maria first married at the age of 25 and had three wonderful children in 1978 (Mark), 1981 (Kyla) and 1986 (Michelle). A testament to Maria's "get things done" attitude rings eternally true as we pay homage to her fighting spirit. We are reminded of a time when Maria carried and delivered Michelle while simultaneously attending (and graduating) from teachers college all the while managing an already busy household and career. Maria reconnected with Ted Hadfield in 2006, a longtime acquaintance they quickly became lifelong partners and began their journey together into the golden age of retirement. The journey was filled with happiness that included; a shared birthday, weddings and grandchildren as the years went on. Maria and Ted split their retirement years between the city, where Maria painted and Ted doted and cottage country, where mum read and Ted puttered.
Maria never turned away when faced with adversity, she battled and never complained. She constantly reminded us through her actions what a strong and vibrant woman she was never bowing to the challenges in her life, even at the end, no matter how unfair those around her said the circumstance was. If the world could gain an ounce of Maria's compassion, understanding and patience it would be a better place. Her glowing heart, infectious laugh, strength and positive outlook on life will never be forgotten and will live on as her legacy for eternity.
Woo Whoo Maria Woo Whoo
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Maria Falconer may be made to the Credit Valley Hospital-Pediatric Oncology Unit. Donations may be made by accessing the donation tab below.
- Celebration of Life & Gathering Sunday, 14 July , 2019
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Cathy & Cormac Cashell
9 August 2019
Dear Ted, Mark, Kyla, Michelle and families,
We were saddened to hear of Maria's passing too late to celebrate her life with you.
She would have loved a good knees up in her honour.
She will be always in our hearts and will be remembered with a smile.
Much love, Cathy, Cormac, Fiona and Niamh xx
Brian and Janet Adie
27 July 2019
Maria was the most kindest, loving person. She loved her family with all her heart. We will miss you Maria . We were very privileged to have you in our lives. Fly with the angels. Xx
15 July 2019
Very sorry to hear of Maria's passing. I have many memories of her as we taught together at St. John Fisher School. She will be sorely missed. My sympathy goes out to all her family and other friends. She will always have a special place in my memories and heart.
14 July 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Maria's passing and send my condolences to all of Maria's family. She was such a beautiful person and it was a joy to know her and to work with her.
8 July 2019
My dear Aunty Maria was a wonderful lady who I am so blessed to have known my whole life.
I shall miss her terribly.
She had incredible strength and was so generously loving as she was lovable.
1 will remember her her sweet laugh which I can still hear perfectly in my mind and will always cherish.
My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and may Aunty Maria Rest In Peace
5 July 2019
Maria was my forever friend and as close as a sister to me
We have known and loved each other for 2/3 of our lives
We always had fun
She was Aunty Maria to my children, Paul and Angie,
Angie’s godmother and sponsor for Paul’s confirmation
We attended some classes at York together, lots of Stones and
Rod Stewart concerts and lots of cottage visits when the kids were younger
My husband Joe has considered Maria a dear friend for the last 25 years
My heart goes out to all her family
I had hoped we’d grow old together
God speed till we meet again
5 July 2019
Maria, I will forever think of you when I hear the Rolling Stones- love to your grieving family
4 July 2019
Ted, Mark, Kyla , Michelle and family
Your mother and I met the first day at St. John Fisher in 1989 and we had an immediate connection and we had very little in common. We loved to laugh , especially at each other. We decided to go to night school and take painting and belly dancing classes. We would tell each other how artistic , graceful and gifted we were and they we would laugh even harder. Maria was a loving and generous life long friend and she would come every year to Florida to visit.
I maybe heart broken that she has passed, but I am blessed to have had 29 years of friendship and happy memories.
Jill Carpenter, Cape Coral, Fl.
2 July 2019
Maria and I spent our early years together in Scotland as close cousins until she left for Canada in1963. Although separated by many miles our love for each other never faded. My wife Christine and I are heart broken at her loss. Our son Christopher, his wife Barbara and their children Carmen and Raphael also send their love and prayers May she rest in peace with all the angels and saints.
1 July 2019
I worked with Maria at St John Fisher Catholic School in Bramalea (Brampton) during all her years there.
We enjoyed many great and fun times socializing as a staff.
Condolences to all the family.
29 June 2019
I have many memories of Maria as a colleague at St John Fisher and Cardinal Newman and as a friend. We shared many laughs and adventures mostly out of school! Always warm and generous, quick to laugh and a glint in her eye and a hint of Scottish accent, Maria will be fondly remembered. May she find peace in Heaven . My deepest condolences to Ted , and her family.