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Fiorenza Ann (nee Gleasure) Hawryluk

8 February, 195912 February, 2021
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Taken from us far too soon, Fiorenza Gleasure Hawryluk died on February 12, 2021 at Princess Margaret Hospital with her husband and soulmate Stephen Hawryluk and daughter Stephanie Hawryluk Brown at her side. Fiorenza was born on February 8, 1959 in Vicenza, Italy to Richard Gleasure and Nicolina Lembo. Like her mother, she comfortably bridged two worlds, Canadian and Italian (“mescola col wooden spoon”). She was educated in Italy and Canada and attended Loretto Abbey. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she was a peerless organizer and researcher, who brought order and method to the workplace. Fiorenza was a renowned cook and baker and was generous in sharing the bounty from her kitchen. Her lemon cookies were a Christmas tradition. She was also the family genealogist. Her innate curiosity and zest for learning were constants in her life. She will be remembered as a woman of indomitable strength, courage, grace and compassion. Fiorenza is survived by her adored and adoring husband Stephen, her brothers Richard (Donna) and Anthony (Lillian) and their families and by her daughter Stephanie (Kyle) and grandchildren William, Sloane and Sebastian. A wide circle of friends and relatives from all around the globe also mourn her passing. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will occur at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Fiorenza’s memory to either Women’s College Hospital or Princess Margaret Hospital.

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Yvonne Dhanoa

2 March 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Fiore at Forrest & Company, she was kind and taught me so much. She helped me build my resume and took me to her local grocer to buy ribs for Father’s Day. She bought me my first cannoli and I remember the look of pure pleasure on her face as we enjoyed them with our espresso. She invited me into her home, cooked a delicious dinner while her husband Stephen helped me file my taxes. She was smart, generous and kind. I have so many fond memories of her and will miss her terribly. My sincere condolences to her family and all those touched by her loss.

Corey Green

2 March 2021

Many wonderful memories from the past with Fiore and Steven. Dinners with Fiore and the Kandalore crew were always memorable and fun, and always such good food. I remember Fiore as being forever inquisitive, curious, and insightful, offering a different and thoughtful perspective on the issues you might be facing. And a smile that could fill a room. Although we lost touch over the years, the memories will last forever. Thanks Fiore for being a part of the memories and experiences that have shaped my life.

Condolences to you Steven, Stephanie and families. Xoxo

Joanna Dermont ( nee Gleasure)

2 March 2021

Joanna Dermont ( nee Gleasure)

2 March 2021

Dear Stephen , Stephanie and family

Fiorenza was such a lovely , warm and vibrant lady who I was proud to call my cousin . I remember fondly my holiday in Toronto and Fiore's visit to Glasgow , and will never forget her kindness and zest for life . Am so happy we kept in touch in the years since , and felt her love and friendship close despite the distance .

Sending love to you all in this very sad and difficult time
Joanna ( Gleasure) x

Jessica G

2 March 2021

Fiore was a cheerleader.

I’ve often said that people come into your life for a reason, or for a season. How does Fiore fit into this? Our friendship evolved through circumstances relating to change (personal and professional).

I wonder now if Fiore had a way of knowing when someone needed to hear from her. Just when you were caught up in despair or self-doubt, she’d call out of the blue, provide a different perspective, soon switching you to a positive outlook. Looking back now, I realize she was always rooting in my corner, I’m sure in yours too. More importantly, Miss Fiore, my steadfast cheerleader, always seemed to believe in you when you needed it most. I don’t remember all of our specific conversations – we’ve had a lot happen over the years, but I do remember us throwing our heads back with laughter throughout it all. I’ll definitely miss your joyful, infectious laugh, Miss Fiore. I thank you for the seasons we shared. Rest in Power.

Donna Gleasure

27 February 2021

My dear Stephen and Stephanie,

As I write this I'm not sure how life will ever be the same without our darling Fiorenza. I have so many memories from over the years as not just her sister-in-law but as her sister. We had so much fun together.

Richard and I were so looking forward to finally travelling to Italy with you, both. When the day finally comes that we can travel again, Italy will be the first place we will visit and I have no doubt she will be with us.

I will never forget Fiorenza coming to help me after my surgery in 2018. She dropped everything and came because she knew I would need help. True to her nature, she cooked and cleaned and took such good care of me. She even drove my truck and took Zaine for his walks. There was nothing she wouldn't try and was simply amazing.

I will miss her terribly. May God Bless and Keep her and both of you.

Your loving Donna

Leonard Nimoy said "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had but not preserved, except in memory." My memories will be filled with Fiorenza.

Vivianne Farley

27 February 2021

It is very sad news to know that Fiore has passed on. I’m sending my sincerest condolences to all who loved her.
My fond memories of Fiore go way back to our childhood when our parents shared a great friendship. My brother is named after her Dad Richard as an honour of that friendship.
Fiore was often at our house for play dates or I at hers. We were so young that I couldn’t pronounce her named & so I always called her ‘Fury’.
I remember going for rides in her Dad’s Volkswagen Beetle with her... .and that was so cool at the time!
Fiore will always be a big part of my many happy childhood memories.
I am so sorry for your loss & I pray that you take comfort in all your great memories. Rest peaceful Dear Fiore.
Sincerely, Vivianne Farley

Rachael Andrews

26 February 2021

Fiorenza was a kind, generous and compassionate person. She will be in my heart forever. May Fiorenza rest in peace.

Jackie and Thomas Gleasure

25 February 2021

Can't believe that Fiorenza has left this earth and gone to a better place.
We have lovely memories of your short visit to Knockleigh Ireland with Stephen and friends. Sitting around the kitchen table with tea and cake full of chat and laugher.
God bless you.

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss Stephen, Stephanie, Richard and Anthony and all your families.

Thomas. Jackie and family (Gleasure

Jill Williams

25 February 2021

The universe lost a most amazing soul. One of my most dear friends is gone.
Fiorenza was literally the smartest person I knew. She read endlessly. She took the annual “most books withdrawn from the Toronto Library” title at least once but was always in the running (you’re welcome for those who didn’t even know that was a thing). She spoke at least 3 languages - Italian, English and French. Knowing her, she had a couple tucked away that I didn’t even know about.
Her cooking! There are no words to describe the endless evenings around perfect tables with perfect hosts and amazing company. So many of my most perfect memories took place around Fiore and Stephen’s table. Everybody needs that person who they can ask anything to - literally anything - the deepest of conversations to the mundane - “can I reuse parchment paper”? Her phone was littered with my (almost) daily and (mostly) mundane texts. I can’t believe she is gone. Fiore, you were loved dearly. You will be missed fiercely.

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