Elma Mary Elizabeth (Finnegan) McLeod

September 29, 1939October 15, 2020

It is with aching hearts that we announce the sudden death of our extraordinary mother and grandmother, "Elma" Mary Elizabeth (Finnegan) McLeod - a woman of fierce independence, who lived the many and varied chapters of her 81 years with love, humour and grace.

Her keen strong mind, her love of animals especially her many dogs, her love of family, her love of people, her love of lively current discussion and her abundant sense of service to others during her 30 years of nursing at North York General Hospital Emergency Department, were the hallmarks that drew so many near.

Predeceased by her cherished husband Kenneth of 23 years, her sorrowed but grateful daughter, Susan (David Reynolds); her adored and adoring grandchildren, Meghan, Sarah and Ian, and her brother Sean Finnegan, many nieces and nephews and friends.

As Covid makes gathering impossible at this time, a private family service will be held sometime in the future.

Contributions in "Elma's" memory may be made to Toronto Humane Society,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the family.

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  • A Private Family Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date


Elma Mary Elizabeth (Finnegan) McLeod

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Fergus Courtney

October 22, 2020

Dear Susan and Family,

Please accept the condolences of the Courtney Family in Dublin, Ireland on your sad loss.

My late Mother, Ita Courtney (nee Farrell), 1923 -2020, was a first cousin of Elma and knew her very well before she left Ireland.

I meet your late Mother and you Susan at a wedding in Ireland (Olan's I think).

We often heard of the great success Elma had made of her life in Canada.

May she rest in peace.

Fergus Courtney

Patricia Hodgins

October 22, 2020

Dear family, Remember the happy times spent together.
May the God of all comfort be your portion in the days ahead.

Patty Rowe

October 22, 2020

Dear Elma:
Thank you for the many years of mentoring you provided for so many of us under your leadership. We all became better nurses because of your example.
Thank you for the attention you gave to each of our personal lives. You made us want to work harder, which of course benefited our patients.
Thank you for being the Matriarch of our Emerg Family. As you know, we continue to gather every few years, and will "raise a glass" to you forever.
Thank you for allowing me to essentially set my own schedule through single parenthood. Your patience and understanding were direct contributors to my success professionally and personally. Your memory lives on in me forever.
Rest in peace my friend, and I'll see you in Heaven.
Dear Susan:
My heart aches for you and your family. I hope you find comfort in knowing that your Mom left a positive footprint on this earth, recognizable by countless people from all aspects of her life. She left a lifetime of amazing (and often hilarious) memories for sooooo many people. There's only one Elma.
I offer prayers for your strength.

Marlene Dixon

October 20, 2020

Dear Susan and family I am one of the multitude of emergency nurses to have been blessed to have been hired by and had the extraordinary pleasure of working for Elma for many years.

Elma expected her staff to work as a team and to always provide excellent and compassionate care for every person who walked through the door. Our team was small back then, a family actually. Elma cared about each of us as she did her own family.

Years after leaving emergency my path crossed with Elma during my visiting nursing days. I was the nurse for her ailing sister. Elma cared for her sister with the compassion and strength that always shone through in our emergency days.

In our lives we meet many people. Elma is one of those people that no one forgets. There is no one who knew Elma who does not have an endearing story to share.

My condolences to all of the family.

Berna Alayunt

October 20, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There’s nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. My deepest condolences.
Elma I will never forget you and all you did for me and my family.
May god bless her beautiful soul 🙏🏼

Isser Dubinsky

October 20, 2020

Susan: I spent 10 wonderful years working/advocating with/teaching and learning with your mother. She was a model of what every great nurse and care provider should aspire to be - passionate, caring, feisty and so patient focused. I will always remember her daily greeting to me- "same *%$@# but a different pile".

To this day I continue to use her as a model of a patient centred compassionate care provider in my teaching of the next generation of care providers. The world of health care is a poorer place with her absence.


Olan Finegan

October 19, 2020

With a very heavy broken heart 💔 I’m devastated I will never see my beautiful, wonderful, inspiring aunt Elma ever again 💔 we, her family, here in Kentstown, Ireland, her birth place, her nationality that she was always so proud of 🇮🇪🇮🇪 The place she always came back to see us religiously every two years, that has given Myself her niece, my daughters, her grand nieces, Megan, Lucy and Ciara, my beloved Mam, who was her best pal and of course, her brother, my dad Sean, memories that will last a lifetime ❤️ I’m so privileged to know how proud she was of me, when I finished my training and became a Registered Nurse, like Elma and her mother Margaret, my grandmother, in a career that Elma adored and I do too, Nurse Finegan lives on here in Ireland 🇮🇪 ❤️ I love you so much Elma and there’s a little piece of my heart gone with you 💔

Susan, David, Meghan, Sarah & Ian, there are no words to describe the pain in your heart, as I too have that pain when Elma lost one of her dearest friends, mammy ❤️ We love you all here and every day, you are in our thoughts and I hope, wherever it may be, that she’s there, with your dad, aunt Olive and Mam ❤️ With all the love I can send to you all from the other side of the Atlantic, Elma’s home ❤️ May she rest in peace and my heart is breaking saying these words 💔
Though we’re 1000’s of miles apart, always remember Susan, not only are you half Irish 🇮🇪 But I’m your first cousin too and Elma was the glue that made that bond and we must never let go of that ❤️
I can’t express the loss I feel but I hope you know ❤️
Forever and always,
Elma, my dear aunt and you, my dear cousin Susan ❤️
Kentstown, Ireland 🇮🇪
Picture is 27/07/2017
Elma’s last visit back home in Ireland, with daddy and the dogs In Kentstown ❤️

Sue Olsen

October 18, 2020

Dear Susan and family: your Mom was one of a kind. Totally devoted to her patients, staff and NYGH. She was a real individualist, wore her nursing cap long after it was considered “fashionable”, saying, “ I worked hard to earn this, I will give it up when I’m ready”. She loved her work but she loved all of you more. I remember her proudly saying that one of her grandchildren, probably your first, called her Elmo. She loved that! One of my last memories was of her retirement bash, hosted by her colleagues. A stretch limo, not usually seen in the Ambulance Bay! Elma/Elmo was reclining inside with a champagne flute and a devilish smile. Your sorrow is unimaginable, especially under the circumstances. Hopefully the fond memories you are receiving will help to ease your pain. So sorry for your loss. Sue Olsen

Val Wilson

October 18, 2020

I did not think our good bye would be like this! We have been friends for nearly 50 yrs. We have shared good times and sad times. We worked together and travelled in our younger years. I will miss you forever. I will remember your passion for your family, your dogs and your gardens. Your compassion and sense of humour at work. You always had a story to share.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Love Val

Robert Almeida

October 18, 2020

Susan, Dave, Meghan, Sarah and Ian,
We are so sad for your loss and offer our deepest sympathies to all of you in this difficult time. In her family and all the people she touched, Elma had a great impact on this world and has left behind a great legacy. May God bless her soul and bring comfort to you.

Love and prayers,

Robert, Audrey, Kaitlynn and Alexandra


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