OBITUARY

Sylvia Earlene Hardill

16 December, 193729 April, 2021
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HARDILL, Sylvia Earlene We are heartbroken to announce that Sylvia Earlene (Hayes) Hardill (December 16, 1937 – April 29, 2021) passed away at her home after a long illness. Predeceased by her parents Doug and Jeanne Hayes.

Sylvia will be profoundly missed by her beloved husband of 60 years, Robert (Bob) Hardill, and by her daughters Kathy (the late Robert Callaghan) and Susan (Deepinder), as well as her treasured grandchildren Jason, Arun, and Anisa; her cherished sister Suzanne McMillan (John), and her beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as her many dear friends from church, work and community.

Sylvia came into the world ahead of schedule, born many weeks prematurely – and family often joked that it was the only time in her life she was ever early for anything. She quickly mastered the art of speech and talked so much in public school that one of her teachers asked her if she’d been vaccinated using a gramophone needle.

At the tender age of seventeen, she enrolled in the Peterborough Civic Hospital School of Nursing. Nursing was her vocation and her dedication to it infused every pore of her being. She worked as a nurse for many years, and she happily nursed community members who needed care at home when she was not at work – sometimes bringing her daughters along for the visit. This as well as her tender care of her children growing up when they were ill taught them, although they didn’t know it at the time, that nursing is made up of acts infused with love and compassion and both daughters followed in her footsteps into the profession. It should be noted though that it was next to impossible to fake being sick to get out of anything as Mom never fell for any of it.

Her love story with Bob was one for the ages. Although he loved to tell the story of asking her out for their first date on a Tuesday, rather than a Saturday, thinking he would have a better chance of success, Sylvia knew right away that he was the one. She absolutely adored him and was in his corner every single moment of every day for more than sixty years. After Bob retired they were inseparable – a bond which only strengthened as the years have gone by.

Dedicated to her faith, she joined the Bridgenorth United Church family after she married Bob. She was intimately involved in church life – organizing church dinners and teas, teaching Sunday school, belonging to the United Church Women’s group, lending her beautiful alto voice to the choir, and performing lay visiting in homes and hospital. She never forgot her Anglican roots, attending Anglican Christmas Eve services for many years.

Sylvia was a talented artist and painter and she loved the natural world. Her name means “of the woods” and she always knew where to find pussy willows in the spring and bittersweet vine in the fall. She instilled in her offspring a deep love of birds and wildflowers and taught them to see the miraculous in ordinary things. She was the glue that held family together for decades, hosting countless gatherings for all the holidays and sometimes for no reason at all. Her Canada Day parties in particular became legendary.

If anyone wishes to make a memorial donation in Sylvia’s memory, she would have appreciated donations to Bridgenorth United Church http://www.bridgenorthuc.com/ or to Telecare Peterborough http://www.telecarepeterborough.org/

Sylvia, we shall profoundly miss your love, compassion and wisdom, and your seemingly endless optimism. Although our hearts are broken, we are immensely grateful for your bountiful gifts which helped shape us into the humans we have become.

Due to the pandemic, a private service will be held. Friends are invited join a live stream of the service on Wednesday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. through the Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre webpage (from Sylvia’s obituary, scroll sown to service and click join livestream). Live Stream and online condolences are available at www.comstockkaye.com

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John Deyell

5 May 2021

I do not know where to begin. My memories of Sylvia go back so many years to the close connection between the Hayes and Deyell families. Though I had not seen Sylvia for many years her smile and always considerate hellos and hugs have never left my mind. To all the family I am so sorry for the passing of Sylvia. The service was beyond a celebration it was heavenly! I know all whom knew Sylvia will miss her so much. Love John Deyell

David Magee

5 May 2021

Lynne and I send our sympathy and condolences on Sylvia's passing. I have fond memories of her being my "grown-up" cousin when we were kids. The service today echoed the memories of her that her family will carry forever. In particular, I will remember her smile and her laughter.
Sincerely,
David and Lynne Magee,
Wingham, Ontario.

Sonya Grewal

5 May 2021

Our sincerest condolences. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We feel so lucky to have had a chance to have known such an amazing, kind and generous woman. She has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

With lots of love and many hugs from the Grewal family

Karen Weir

5 May 2021

We all have wonderful memories of our Sylvia. Sylvia was the first person I met at BUC. It was the early 80’s….I had just recently moved from Weston, and saw an add for fitness classes in the “Christian Education Centre”.. Sylvia was organizing the classes; Jane Degreef was giving them. Sylvia was so warm and welcoming when I entered. Made me feel like I was one of them.. Thus, my late husband and I began attending Bridgenorth United Church. Sylvia always had a genuine smile for everyone. Sylvia was a wonderful woman.
My sympathy goes out to you Bob, Cathy and Susan and all family members.
Sylvia will never be forgotten.

Bill Sarginson

5 May 2021

Dear Bob and family, my heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Both Bob and Sylvia were a great couple together, and we're always open and friendly for conversation, and always had a genuine interest in how you were doing! Thank you for sharing the wonderful family photos. I'm sure Bob has many wonderful stories and memories that go along with them. She's was wonderful woman, and I'm sure she must have been a great nurse, comforting her patients. Keep the wonderful memories close at heart.
Sincerely Bill and Amy

Shirley Horner

4 May 2021

My sympathies to Bob and Suzanne and the rest of Sylvia's family. I remember her well from all her years of contributions to Telecare. She brightened the world around her with her caring concern.
Shirley Horner

Cheryl Wilkinson

4 May 2021

I’m sending my sincerest condolences to the wonderful Hardill family & so very sad to hear of the passing of beautiful Sylvia 🙏
I have so many amazing, happy memories of my time with Bob & Sylvia, one in particular when I would comment on Sylvia’s beautiful red hair she would say “ my Mother always said keep your hair coloured as it will make your Husband feel 10yrs younger”
We would laugh so much
It really was such an honour & pleasure for me to have met & known Sylvia. Sending much love to you all ❤️

Marie DeNure Forgrave

4 May 2021

Dear Bob, Kathy, Susan and families. We were saddened to hear of Sylvias passing. She was a great friend and compationate person. She was instrumental in asking me to join Beta Sigma Phi and Bridgenorth United Church UCW. my
deepest condolences to the Hardill family.

Helen Kroeker

4 May 2021

Dear Bob, Kathy, Sue and extended family:
My heart was saddened to learn of mom's passing. What a blessing she was, reading the story of her life!
My sincerest condolence! Caring for your mom and dad was a profound honor!!
Helen Kroeker

Lori Segriff

4 May 2021

Dearest Bob, Kathy, Susan and families,

We were all deeply saddened by Sylvia's passing. Her bright smile, cheerful nature and the best hugs ever will be truly missed. We hope that the many wonderful memories will help sustain you all during this painful time.

Love and "Hayes" hugs,

Diane McArthur, Mark McArthur (and family), Lori Segriff (and family)

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