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Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Home - West Branch

20 Seventh Street West, Cornwall, ON

OBITUARY

Leila V. (Latour) Hollingsworth

16 May, 193021 March, 2020
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HOLLINGSWORTH, Leila V. – peacefully, with family by her side at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Center on Saturday March 21, 2020. Leila (neé Latour) Hollingsworth of Cornwall; age 89. Beloved wife of the late William Hollingsworth. Cherished mother of Brian, Carol and Dean Hollingsworth (Lori) all of Cornwall. Proud grandmother of Ryan, Christie (Kirby), Kimberley (Brent), Dylan, Stefani (Joel), Kale, Megan and William and great grandmother of Reid, Carter and Bryce. Loving sister of Norman Latour (Reine) and Rose Murphy (the late Dale). Survived by sisters-in-law Cecile Latour and Eileen Latour. Dear daughter of the late Arthur Latour and the late Jean (neé McQuaig) Latour. Predeceased by her siblings Leo, Roy, Rena, Donald, and Ralph. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to LAHAIE & SULLIVAN CORNWALL HOMES WEST BRANCH 20 Seventh Street West (613-932-8482). Funeral Services will be held by private family attendance and by on-line webcast due to Covid-19. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetic Association would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be left at www.lahaiesullivan.ca.

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Daniel La Tour

27 March 2020

Dear Brian, Carol & Dean;

I want you to know that my Aunt Leila was there for me when I had to go home before sunset after a day on the backyard skating rink.

My Aunt Leila was there for me in getting my first job.

My Aunt Leila was there with us at Wasaga Beach, Hay Bay and at many house parties at my Parents house on Louisa Street.

My Aunt Leila was there for you and me each time I entered your house and on many road trips.

My Aunt Leila is now with my Uncle Bill, my Grandparents, my Father and her Brothers in heaven to sing and dance until dawn with all who laughed, sang and danced with your Mother.

Keep the faith that your Mother had a joyful reunion with Family & Friends as she did enter the pearly gates of Heaven and is now resting by the side of your loving Father.

I will miss her.

love,

Your First Cousin,

danny

Paul MacRae

26 March 2020

Dear Dean, Brian, Carol and Families,

My sincere sympathies on the passing of your mother. I can recall her and William sitting on their front porch during the summers when we’d drop by Dean’s place on Sixth.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to family and friends during this difficult time.

Paul

Lee and Debbie Hollister

25 March 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Leila's passing. Leila had a zest for life and a always a smile on her face. She loved her family very much and was so very proud of them. We will always have fond memories of her. Our sincerest condolences.

Lee and Debbie

Ann Marie Campeau

24 March 2020

Carol, Stephani & Families ...Your Mom and Grandma was such a vibrant woman...at the best of times she would light up a room with her smile...or just sharing in a conversation...always proud of her children and grandchildren ...always nice comments to share...
“I hope that the love and support from your family and friends, including me, get you through this time. Cherish the memories of a life well-lived and all the special times you shared together...Losing a parent is never easy...but the way they taught us to live our lives will shine inside you forever...God Bless you one and all.
Ann Marie Campeau & Family

Denise Pilon

24 March 2020

Dear Dean and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
God Bless.

JEANNE, LOUIS, PIERRE LEFEBVRE

24 March 2020

Brian, Carol, Dean and families,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the recent passing of your mom Leila.

Jeff Hollingsworth

24 March 2020

Brian, Carol and Dean. I was very sorry to hear about your Mom. Aunt Leila was always full of life and made everyone smile. She will be greatly missed.

Christine Thompson

23 March 2020

I am so sorry for your loss Brian, Carol, Dean and families.
Your Mom , Aunt Leila , was very special to my family and I. I have so many fond memories of her , from her bringing me fresh fruit when she heard that that was what I wanted when I was in the hospital to her phone calls to me after my husband died.
Aunt Leila also had such a great sense of humour and she could whistle and play the harmonica. Now how great is that!
She kept right on til the end of the road. Aunt Leila will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Carrie and Tom Moore

23 March 2020

Brian,Carol,Dean and families
Deepest sympathy
Carrie and Tom

Jeffrey and Terry. Bates

23 March 2020

Dean and family

Please accept or condolences on you loss. We have experienced these times and understand what it means for the loss of a family member as near as a mother. She is so special in our lives.

God Bless

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Spring 1953

FROM THE FAMILY

Ralph, Eileen Leila and Bill in Grandmas hats

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

trip to Florida

FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas 1981

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

January 1978

Biography

When anyone talks about my Mom the first thing they mention is driving by the house on Sixth Street and seeing my Mom sitting on the front veranda and knowing they were always welcome to stop and join her. It was this easy going disposition that made my Mom so likeable.

When my Mom walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Leila was and how she impacted those around her. Leila was a clever and gregarious person who always looked on the bright side of life. If the leafs were down 5-1 last in the 3rd period my father would have thrown in the towel long ago my mother would insist that the Leafs still had a chance. Mom was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

Mom was born on May 16, 1930 at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Cornwall, Ontario. She was the daughter of Arthur Latour and Jean McQuaig. Leila was raised in Cornwall, Ontario. Always at the ready with a good story, (who hasn’t her about her catching her arm in the ringer washer as a kid? She grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Mom might describe her as a pragmatist, her friends and family understood well that Leila was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her. She encouraged us to pursue our dreams.

Mom was raised with five brothers and two sisters. She had one older sister Rena three older brothers Leo, Donald and Ralph and two younger brothers Roy and Norman and a baby sister Rose. Mom was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Leila was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. She was often the first person her siblings would turn to during times of duress.

She was a super sales person. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Leila took part in softball, shiny, was a tomboy. Leila's memorable achievements included going to work at 15 years old to help the household. Leila had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

As a young girl, our Mom was able to connect with a vast array of people and personality types. If you told my mom something about your family she would remember and ask you about your family member the next time she saw you. She remembered. Assertive and outgoing, Leila was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for her family and friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Jackie Mainville, Patricia Bergeron. Later in life, she became friends with Urbain and Carmel Bourgon, as well as Jim and Sheila McMartin.

On April 30, 1955 mom married William Hollingsworth at St. John's Presbyterian Church of Cornwall. Leila's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Bill's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. She was the heart a sole of our family and
whatever we embraced she was behind us 100 percent. Whether it was shoveling coal out of my brother’s attic, helping my sister with her young family or passing pamphlets for me on the campaign trail she was always all in. Mom was tough on the outside and tenderhearted and sensitive on the inside.

Mom was a natural and creative parent who was willing to do whatever it took to help her children experience life to the fullest. Whether it was picking berries, making homemade wine or repairing a bicycle chain my mom was always willing to give it a try. Mom was skilled at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Leila was blessed with three: Brian, Carol and Dean. They were also blessed with eight, Ryan, Christie, Kimmy, Dylan, Stefani, Kale, Megan and William.

Because Mom loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were scrabble, any type of card game or doing puzzles. Probably her favorite pastime was spending time with my Dad and her family. Leila had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Leila's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

Mom derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Leila was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Maple Leaf Hockey or The Bluejays.

Mom was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. The house was decorated with religious symbols and slogans relate to her religious beliefs. She was a member of St. John's Presbyterian Church for 64 years. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

Moms love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer. Some of her favorite vacations included trip to Portugual and Grand Caymen Islands.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Our Mom. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Leila Hollingsworth for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Mom was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

Our Mom was heartfelt, genuine and sincere. I will miss her and I know all who knew her will miss Her.