Gwen Hickey

20 septembre 192814 octobre 2020

Gwen Hickey (nee Cobham) died peacefully in her Thornhill home on October 14, 2020 at the age of 92. Her long life was marked by resilience, a no-nonsense spirit and a great sense of humour, which will be keenly missed. The eldest of six children, Gwen was born on Sept 20 1928 in Toronto to Arthur and Camilla Cobham. She attended Loretto College High School and St Mike’s College at The University of Toronto. Married to Frank Robert Hickey in 1949, Gwen and Frank had 8 children - 5 in Edmonton in the 50s; and three in Simcoe in the 60s, where Gwen oversaw the construction of a wonderful large family home where we lived until 1972 when the family moved to Thornhill.

Gwen approached life with a grounded ‘life’s too short’ attitude. She had a large network of lasting friends, some of whom accompanied Gwen on her many travels as far away as Vanuatu (to visit her son, Francis), New Zealand, the Amazon, the UK, and much of Europe. Ever thoughtful and energetic, Gwen volunteered for over 20 years in the Palliative Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. Gwen had a bright mind and avid interest in current events, nurtured by her daily cover-to-cover reading of the Globe and Mail. She had an elegant and engaging voice and was an exceptional story teller of anecdotes from her life and the world she grew up in. Her kids’ friends would go out of their way to say hello to Gwen and catch some of her spirited stories and quick-witted fun.

Most important in Gwen’s life have been her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by them: Jennifer (Michael), Camilla (predeceased), Jan, Valerie, Francis (Sandrine), Teresa (Wayne), Laura, and John. Affectionately known as ‘Nanny’ to Meagan, Katie, Gillian, Stephanie, Amrita, Camila, Gregory, Marama, Claire, Tristan, and Jaden, Gwen brought much joy to her 12 grandkids. Gwen will also be dearly missed by her siblings Arthur, Alan, Camilla, Robert, and George. Her passing has left a large hole in our hearts.

Online condolences and funeral service details are available at R.S Kane Funeral Home (www.rskane.ca). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children Believe (childrenbelieve.ca)

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Gwen Hickey


Gina Thurston

25 octobre , 2020

I remember your mom as a woman of style, elegance and wit. One of the first times I met her was at the Palais Royale during an evening of swing music and dancing. She was so lively and animated, tapping to the music and telling me stories of her youth. I saw that youthful spirit in her again at Laura's retirement party, as she showed a rare enthusiasm and appreciation for the punk band that played that night.

What a wonderful lady.
My thoughts and sympathies are with you all.
Gina Thurston and Bill Chappell

Stephen and Shirley O’Neill

20 octobre , 2020

Mrs. Hickey was a very distinguished, articulate and wonderful person. We appreciated all of our interactions with her over the span of approximately forty five years.

Our condolences to her large extended family, and in particular, to Jennifer and her five children.

With respect- Stephen and Shirley O’Neill

Marion Ellis

19 octobre , 2020

Gwen, was as I considered my best friend, We lived in the same neighborhood in Simcoe. She with her 8 children and me with my 5. The families spent many happy hours together.
I missed her very much when she moved to Thornhill.We didn't see much of each other after that but had many long telephone conversations mostly, about our children and their activities.
To her children - So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.you will miss her,but be consoled in the fact that she must feel she lived a long and memorable life. She loved you all very much.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all.
Marion Ellis


19 octobre , 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your mom, such a smart and beautiful woman with a great sense of humour. Some wonderful memories. Thinking about all of you.

Cheryl ODonnell

19 octobre , 2020

I have a lot of good childhood memories with your mom and family ❣️A special one for me was our trip to the Bahamas in Grade 13! I was so excited that I was invited !!! It was nice to see your Mom a little more relaxed 🏝
I always felt that your mom was so sophisticated, classy and beautiful. It was hard to believe that she had eight children , which I had the pleasure to get to know and continue to care about all of you .❣️😘loss is never easy but you know your mom doesn’t have to suffer any more 😘

Julie Costigan

18 octobre , 2020

My deepest condolences to the family at this time.l have memories of Gwen as she was my friend Val's mom.l think back to those days when the Hickey family lived in Simcoe and my time in the Hickey's household and my life long friendship with her daughter Val. Thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time.
Julie and husband Mike and family.

Andrea Stevens

18 octobre , 2020

We wish to send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all of the family. May all of the happy memories you shared over the years help comfort you during this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Andrea (Cobham) Stevens & Family

Emmet and Mary Weatherhead

17 octobre , 2020

We have very fond memories of times shared with Gwen and her family. She was a very kind, generous and loving person, full of fun and enjoyable to be with.

We extend our condolences to all her children, grandchildren and all her extended family

We will be with you in spirit on Monday and will stream the Mass on line


Emmet and Mary Weatherhead

Sylvie (Kirwin) Glossop

17 octobre , 2020

Memories of growing up on Babcombe came flooding back when I saw the name Gwen Hickey. I will always remember Mrs. Hickey as a beautiful woman.
My deepest sympathy to the Hickey family.

Sylvie (Kirwin) Glossop

Mary O'Brien

16 octobre , 2020

Mrs. Hickey (as I knew her) generously offered a welcoming invitation for me to call her or visit when Jan was in Toronto, or if I otherwise happened to be in the city. This gave me the opportunity to admire her intelligent and quick wit, have some lively dialogue and witness her total dedication to her children's and grandchildren's lives. She clearly passed on to them her desire to engage the world and to nurture an adventurous, caring spirit. She was a beauty - both inside and out - and will be missed. My condolences go to the entire family.