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Diana Jane (Arrell) Nevins

19 July, 192813 June, 2021
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On June 13th, 2021, Diana peacefully left the constraints of Earth behind and returned Home.Diana was born in Hamilton to Samuel Cameron Arrell (Cam) and Margaret Arrell (Peggy), and grew up there with younger sister Athleigh. She attended McMaster University where she obtained her B.A. in 1949. She met her future husband Robert Nevins at McMaster. They set up in Quebec, lastly settling in Pointe-Claire on the West Island of Montreal, where they raised their three children Jim, Margot and Cindy. Diana returned to school and began her new career, first becoming a classroom teacher and then continuing her studies in special education. For many years, until retirement, she was the resource teacher at St. Edmund elementary school in Beaconsfield, where she met her long-time friend Eibhlin McHale.

Diana was involved in many community activities before and after retirement. She was a member of the Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club, volunteered at the EcoMuseum, and tutored elementary school children. Recreationally, playing bridge, book club, curling and lawn bowling were enjoyed for many years, the latter two along with her husband Bob. At home, she enjoyed planting her garden each year, relaxing in the pool, catching up on Coronation Street, and puzzling through the newspaper’s cryptic crossword.

Diana is predeceased by her husband Bob (2018). She is survived by her three children Jim (Jan), Margot and Cindy, her sister Athleigh (Maurice), her grandchildren Mark (Crystal), Rhonda (Mark), Carol, Dan (Minjin), Scott (Zhichao), Amy (James), her great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Anita (Bill), and her nieces Wendy (Jim), Anne Marie and Maureen (Randy), and nephew Tom (Cheryl).

The family sends their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Sunrise Senior Living in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, and to Andrew De Four and staff of Customized Homecare.

Donations in Diana’s name can be made to the Montreal Lakeshore University Women’s Club-Scholarship Fund at, or to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence at

Due to COVID precautions, a small, private service will be held.


  • Bob, Husband (deceased)
  • Jim (Jan), Son
  • Margot, Daughter
  • Cindy, Daughter
  • Athleigh (Maurice), Sister
  • Mark (Crystal), Grandchild
  • Rhonda (Mark), Grandchild
  • Carol, Grandchild
  • Dan (Minjin), Grandchild
  • Scott (Zhichao), Grandchild
  • Amy (James), Grandchild
  • many, Great Grandchildren
  • Anita (Bill), Sister-in-law
  • Wendy (Jim), Niece
  • Anne Marie, Niece
  • Maureen (Randy), Niece
  • Tom (Cheryl), Nephew


  • Celebration of Life/ Célébration de la vie

    Saturday, 26 June , 2021



Diana Jane (Arrell) Nevins

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Judy Harper

30 June 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Diana’s death. I only taught with her for one year in 1984 at St.Edmund but she left a lasting impression on me both personally and professionally. I remember her beautiful, welcoming smile and the sense of calm and kindness that emanated from her. She was so present both to her students (who adored her) and to all her colleagues, always caring, professional and positive.
Her legacy is to have gently touched the lives of so many special needs children and the teachers she inspired.
My sympathy to all of you for your loss but I know Diana remains firmly planted in your hearts - she wouldn’t have it any other way.

maureen rowe

27 June 2021

I remember being with Diana on our weekly winter ski bus outings and going to various locations with Rob Roy Skiing. Many winters of fun. I would see Diana at different times through our Montreal Lakeshore University Womens Club events. Happy memories of a smiling upbeat woman. May she rest peace.

Grace McHale

26 June 2021

Our deepest condolences Cindy and James and Margot on behalf of Eibhlin and the McHale clan. Ciara and I were with Eibhlin this morning and appreciated the opportunity to attend your mom’s service virtually (and Dave from Toronto). Eibhlin shared a few memories of their MLUWC days and acknowledged your mom’s love of art. We all remember your mom’s genuine interest in our news. we remember her best for her infectious laugh and overall positivity. Thinking of you at this difficult time. The McHale family

Tom O'Flynn

26 June 2021

My wife Cheryl and I are very appreciative of the opportunity to view the service celebrating Aunt Diana's wonderful life. We enjoyed hearing more about her passion for teaching, art and community service. Her great sense of humor and zest for life meant that there was never a dull moment at holiday time or on vacation in the Adirondacks. Cheryl admired her sense of style and interest in everything around her.

We are so sorry that the pandemic prevented us from being there with all of you for this celebration of Aunt Diana's remarkable life.

Sending strength and love,

Tom and Cheryl

Nafekh Sonia

26 June 2021

Dearest Cindy, Margot, and Jim and Family

Sending you my deepest condolences at this very difficult time in your lives. Your mother was a great inspiration to all who met her. She shared her kindness, her humanity, and her love of life in all its beautiful simplicity with everyone around her. Her smile, her knowledge, and most of all her strength will never be forgotten. She had a huge impact on my life, and I will miss all the happy moments we shared together. May she Rest In Peace , and May God give your family the strength to continue to keep her memories alive. I will never forget you Diana.
All my love,

Kellee Martin

22 June 2021

My deepest condolences to all of you. Your mom was my grade 5 and favourite teacher at St. Edmunds back in the 70’s. I haven’t nor will I ever forget her.

Lynn McIntee

22 June 2021

My dearest Cindy & Family;

My heart is heavy for you all at your loss.

Mrs. Nevins was the epitome of a lady of class and style. The work of her hands and heart will effect many people through the years, a wonderful legacy.

I am thankful to have met her. I am thankful that she gave us you.

Thank you, Mrs. Nevins

Louise Dallaire

21 June 2021

My deepest condolences Cindy. Your mom sounds like a wonderful person and I know you will miss her. Hugs my friend. Louise. XX

Jocelyne Wadden

21 June 2021

Dear Cindy and family
Our thoughts are with you and your family, with warm and heartfelt sympathy. From your neighbours Jocelyne and Ken Wadden

Denise Bogart

21 June 2021

My families thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Denise Bogart and Gary Matthews

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Jamie and Margot

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Jamie, Margot and Cindy

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Jamie, nephew Tommy, niece Wendy, Margot.

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A snowy winter day.

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Adirondacks cottage with sister Leigh and family.

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Yearly cottage stays in the Adirondacks.

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Always fashionable.

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Wedding day in Hamilton at the cathedral on the hill.

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A day out with her Mum Peggy and Dad Cam.

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Mum Peggy with her Toby.