Needham Funeral Service

520 Dundas Street, London, ON


Viola Julia Byron

8 mayo , 193514 mayo , 2020

Byron (Falagario), Viola Julia - London, a beloved mother and grandmother passed away on Thursday May 14, 2020 at the London Health Sciences Center just a week after celebrating her 85th birthday.

She was born and raised in London Ontario; the only daughter in a family of three brothers. She made many lifelong friendships in London, and kept in close contact with these friends (affectionately known as “the gang”). Viola was a spiritual, kind and generous lady, always putting the needs of her family at the forefront. Her three sons and four grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was widely known for her love of baking, strong work ethic, determination, and always being the first to volunteer to help out. No matter the occasion, Viola would be there, often with a pan of fresh brownies or other home-made treats. Viola began her career as a part time sales associate with Reitmans when she was a young mother, and proceeded to work her way through the ranks, eventually becoming the Regional Manager for Atlantic Canada. Her career took her and her boys throughout Ontario, and Atlantic Canada, and after 27 years of service she retired to London in 2000. Many of her across-Canada colleagues from Reitmans remain among her closest friends.

Family was everything to Viola and she was happiest when spending time with her family, hosting and attending get togethers. She enjoyed a close relationship with her mother until her mother’s death. She was predeceased by her mother Florence (Reid) and father Nicolas, and her brothers, Michael Falagario (Sharron) from London, Albert “Sonny” Falagario (Susan) of Woodstock and Harold Bartlett (Eleanor) of London. She loved her brothers dearly, even though they teased her relentlessly!

Viola is survived by “her boys”, Paul (Lise) from Guelph ON, Peter from Sudbury ON, and Kenneth (Tara-Lynn) from Dartmouth NS, and her grandchildren, Cory (Meghan) Newmarket ON, Sean (Tegan) Ottawa ON, Matthew (Dartmouth NS) and Julia (Dartmouth NS). She is also survived by sisters-in-law Sharron, Susan, and Eleanor and Anne Rokeby-Thomas (David) from Nelson BC as well as many nieces and nephews.

For the last nine years, Viola enjoyed spending time with her dear friend John MacLeod. They attended plays, and shared a love of travel which took them near and far.

Viola was an avid and enthusiastic volunteer, dedicating much time to the VON, Meals on Wheels, and a local children’s school breakfast program. She was also a faithful member of St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church and held leadership positions at the church for which she was very proud.

The family would especially like to thank John MacLeod for his kindness to Viola and for the companionship they shared; Viola’s caring neighbours who watched out for her and helped her live an independent life; Rev. Sam Thomas (St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, London ON) for his friendship and spiritual guidance; and Dr. Liam and nurse Brendan from LHSC who were at our mothers bedside comforting her when we couldn’t.

A service to celebrate the life of Viola will be later in 2020 when gathering restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, donations directed to Meals-on-Wheels London ON or to St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church London ON would be appreciated. Tributes may be made at www.needhamfuneralhome.com


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Viola Julia Byron


Cheryle Deveaux (Stubbert)

27 mayo , 2020

I was incredibly sad to hear of your Mothers passing. Mrs Byron was a strong, independent woman who was ahead of her time. I am forever grateful to her for giving me a leg up and launching my career .

There were two things that Mrs Byron loved and that was her Family, which she was so proud , and her career. Both of which were a direct reflection of hard work, determination, and her “can do attitude”. She spoke often of being on her own with 3 boys , which I never fully comprehended until many years later. She was so happy to see how the fruits of her labour paid off. In later years , during our lunch dates, she beamed with pride when speaking of her grandchildren. She loved you all deeply and independent of each other .

She leaves an incredible legacy behind of which you should be so proud

Cheryle Deveaux

Beverley Misner

24 mayo , 2020

To Paul, Peter, Ken & Families,
Viola & I were first cousins, & although our families were stretched out across Canada, we still kept in-touch. Vi & I were like sisters, & she became my first pen-pal at age '8' ~ of which I looked up to with such admiration, throughout our lives. She was a 'tough-act' to follow! I had the honor of being her 'junior-bridesmaid' at her wedding. This amazing human being will forever be missed! I know she is at peace reunited with her family in Heaven ~ & they are the lucky ones ! Always, speak of her & keep a place at the dinner table for her, to 'FOREVER' hold her in your Heart! Missing you Vi, til we meet again, <3 love, 'Your Bevy' XO

Emily McLean

23 mayo , 2020

Remembering Vi with fond thoughts, of a dear lady who forged many good memories in her lifetime and cherished her family
A life well lived
Emily McLean

Derwyn & Nora Rokeby-Thomas

23 mayo , 2020

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Vi.
We have not seen Vi in many years but our memory of her as the most kind, caring person and loving Mother will remain with us.

She was one of those unsung heroes, always trying to make the world a little better every day. Her love of family and community will long be remembered

To her three boys, we extend our condolences to you and know you will be comforted in the days ahead by her memory.
Derwyn and Nora Rokeby-Thomas

Karen Balcom

22 mayo , 2020

Vi was my boss at Reitmans for many years. She was tough but a fair boss.
After retiring we became friends and we all looked forward to her fall BBQ's and luncheons at Swiss Chalet.
Paul you were my stock boy on Dundas St. Reitmans.
So sorry for your loss , condolences to all. I know how much she loved her family.
Rest in peace dear friend you have earned it.
God speed!

Candys Ballanger-Michaud

22 mayo , 2020

Paul, my deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss. Your Mom sounded like an amazing person, generous of heart and time.

I know you will miss your Mom, keep the many wonderful memories with her close to you as they will bring you both comfort and a smile to your face.

My thoughts are with you all.


Dave Pecharich

21 mayo , 2020

Paul, Lise, Cory and Sean,

Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother and grandmother. After reading about her numerous accomplishments, it is easy to see why the Byron's are such a solid family. They were raised and mentored by a fantastic lady! Take care and know that you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Best Regards,
Dave, Faye and Jake.

Mary Lynn Laberge

20 mayo , 2020


I didn't know your Mom but she raise a wonderful man and she sounds like a special woman...I am sending you my biggest HUG!

My condolences,

Mary Lynn

Judy Edwardson

20 mayo , 2020

Tough as hell, a mouth like a trucker but one of the best bosses I've ever had. Once you had her respect you had it for life. Outside that tough exterior was the sweetest kindest most dedicated woman I've ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with. You will never be forgotten Mrs B. Sending Love to your family.

Larry Goetz

19 mayo , 2020

Our deepest sympathies to you, Lise and your family at the loss of your mother. My hope that your memories will console you through this difficult time.