OBITUARY

Anne Griffin

6 December, 19337 January, 2021

After a brief illness and with family by her side, Anne Griffin (nee Heitzner) passed into God’s hands on January 7, 2021. Cherished and adored wife of William (Bill) and treasured mother to her six children: Michele (Frank), John (Nancy), Joe (Karleen), Jacquie, Cathy (Doug) and Colleen (Cam). Anne was “Granny” to her eleven grandchildren (Michael, Ryan, Matthew, Shawna, Connor, Katlyn, Kathleen, Quinn, Keighan, Rebecca and Maeve) and a special “Great Granny” to Zayah. She was also a loving aunt to her eighteen nieces and nephews. Anne was born to parents Frank and Anne in the living room of their home on December 6, 1933, in the small village of Brechin, Ontario. There, she lived and worked happily with her five, predeceased, older siblings (Theresa, Mary, Frank, Joe and Cyril) on the family farm. When she graduated high school, she followed in her mother and sisters’ footsteps, enrolling in Teachers College. She began her teaching career at St. John’s Catholic School in Toronto at the young age of twenty. It was while she was in Toronto that she met the true love of her life, Bill, a young Chartered Accountant, whom she married in 1958. They began raising a family and eventually settled in Scarborough where they lived (in the same house!) for 60 years. After two decades as a stay-at-home-mom, Anne returned to teaching, this time at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School. Here, she lovingly influenced the lives of countless students with her gentle nature and profound faith. A natural teacher, she was loved by students and staff alike. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Providence Healthcare for the kindness and compassion they have shown especially through such a challenging year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson’s Canada www.parkinson.ca A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Brechin, Ontario (the church where Anne was baptized and married) immediately followed by an internment. Due to Covid-19 restrictions both ceremonies will be for the immediate family only. The family will hold a Celebration of Anne’s Life at a future date.

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    Tuesday, 12 January , 2021

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Maureen Barry

January 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy to your whole family during this difficult time. I was saddened to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

I remember my mom (Helen Barry) talking after Masses many times with your parents especially the days gone by of Big Bucks.

I remember the last time I saw your mom was the Saturday night Mass before she went to Bendall Acres. Your mom had a very kind and gentle soul. A wonderful lady. She will be truly missed.

My mom past away October 5, 2020 so it would be nice to know they are both in the loving arms of God in Heaven.

Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Maureen Barry
St Rose of Lima 🌹

Michele Bradley

January 9, 2021

Mom, you were so many things to so many people...a devoted daughter, a loving wife, a wonderful mom, a fun-loving Granny, a dedicated teacher, a generous friend, a dependable sister, a favourite aunt....I don’t know how you did it, but you made everyone feel welcome and accepted.

Michele Bradley

January 9, 2021

My favourite photo of Mom and Dad. What a love story!

Joe Griffin

January 9, 2021

What a wonderful Mom! She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, common sense and compassion. She will be greatly missed and lives on in our hearts forever. Enjoy a cup of tea in Heaven Mom!✌❤🙏😇

Joanne Brennan

January 9, 2021

My condolences to Bill and family. Find comfort in your treasured memories.
Anne was a beautiful woman, inside and out. I had the pleasure of working with her at the end of her teaching career and her caring manner with the children and staff shone through.

Cathy Griffin

January 9, 2021

To My Beautiful Mother...
Thank you for your nurturing love and generous spirit. Go in peace and watch over us! ❤️❤️

Michele Bradley

January 9, 2021

Married to her true love for more than 62 years! God bless you, Mom.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY