OBITUARY

Grace Cecilia Bly

September 1, 1922June 1, 2021
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Grace Cecilia Bly was born in Toronto, Ontario on September 1, 1922 to Bessie Grey (Jacobs) and Albert Grey. Loving mother of John (Joan) and cherished grandmother to: John Jr (deceased), Beverly, and Elizabeth (deceased). She was predeceased by her husband (Bill); siblings: Mona Ruston, Constance Snarr, Douglas Grey and Bessie Kereluk. She leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews in Ontario, British Columbia, and the US.

Grace or “Gracie” as she was affectionately known, grew up in Toronto with her mother and four siblings, moving over twenty times in her childhood and teenage years. Grace learned responsibility and hard work at a young age, after the death of her father when she was three and a half years old. Grace worked at many different jobs as she was growing up until she found her home with the Hydroelectric Power Commission of Ontario in 1951. She started in the typing pool and would go on to enjoy a thirty-plus year career. Grace enjoyed her work and loved to learn. She worked closely with Engineers and worked on early mainframe computers. She had extensive knowledge of the power grid, creating a colour-coded chart to explain the grid to new Engineers and others. Grace’s retirement in 1983 did not stop her from learning and “working”. She enjoyed a second career as a Certified Handwriting Analyst, graduating as a Master Graphoanalyst in 1985, at age 63. She also participated in Toastmasters, to get over her fear of public speaking; volunteered with the local literacy organization, church and extensively in Richmond Hill. Grace held leadership positions with the McConaghy Seniors Club, IGAS Ontario Chapter, taught line dancing to seniors into her 90s and was involved in Club 35 Seniors. Grace was always actively involved in her community, from campaigning to get a road fixed in the 1950s, to visiting friends and seniors in long term care and retirement homes.

Grace travelled extensively in her retirement, visiting Alaska, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, to name a few. She loved road trips, to visit family in Eastern Ontario, and taking trips to BC, to visit her younger sister and her family. Grace loved to try new adventures, including roller skating, hot air ballooning in her 80s and going on a speed boat tour in Vancouver at age 94. Grace remained independent and lived on her own. She was an avid reader and ensured that she knew everyone by their first name. The family is very thankful to her PSWs, Cindy and Borgia, who helped Grace get ready for the day every morning.

Grace will be very missed by her family and friends, and the lives she touched throughout her 98 years. Grace, Grandma, you are an inspiration. We love you and miss you.

A Livestream Funeral Service will take place on Thursday June 10, 2021 at 1 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Grace's memory may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation; Scott Mission; or Yonge Street Mission.

Livestream link and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the BLY family.

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    Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Gord Gregerson

June 10, 2021

I met Grace back in the seventy's and we have been chums and kindred spirits ever since. Whenever i would call her, her HELLO... was always the same... upbeat and moving forward.. My response was either Hey Good Lookin, or Hey Trouble and we were off discussing life and how things were going... in more recent years as i was travelling we would talk for 30 or 45 minutes and pass the time enjoying each others friendship. With phone technology in vehicles it was like she was along for the ride. Gracie was truly loved as she was so loving... i will really miss our talks and time together. So sorry for the families loss's these past few months. I'm certain Gracie and Liz are together in a better place where earthly pains and constraints are behind them. Love you Gracie!! till we meet again.. Love to the Family. G

Antonia reed

June 9, 2021

I send my condolences to the family on their losses in such a short time. Grace will be missed by all her friends of Club 35. I will miss her knowledge of all things important to everyone. I appreciated how she took me under her wing and coached me on how to be confident and sure of myself and that I was good enough to fill the Position of President of Club 35. I did do the term of President and had compliments of how well I did the job. Every time I received a compliment I thanked Grace for the courage she instilled in me.
Thank you Grace. I will miss your smile, Toni.

Ruth Glidden

June 7, 2021

I met Grace as a student when she taught Handwriting Analysis. We became great friends and spent a lot of time together going to meetings, phone conversations and who could forget our trip to Chicago for an IGAS (International Graphoanalysis Association) convention. We stayed at the Drake Hotel and had so many laughs as the week flew by. When we were going through Customs and asked why we were in the U.S., Grace said we were at a Conference learning to analyze handwriting. Want your handwriting analyzed? He laughed and said "no, thank you, go on right through".
Rest in peace, Grace. Your wisdom, generosity, kindness, sense of humour and most of all your smile will never be forgotten.

Ron Walmsley

June 7, 2021

Grace was such an amazing lady. She won many awards from the Town of Richmond Hill for the countless hours of volunteer work in the community.
At age 62, she joined the Richmond Hill Senior Citizens’Club (Club 35) in 1984. She was President of Club 35 in 1996 and 1997. She was President of the McConaghy Council.
Grace taught me how to be a Membership Convenor in Club 35. We will miss you Grace!

Lorraine Ochsner

June 7, 2021

Sincerest condolences to family and friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our visits with Aunt Grace. She was a treasure trove of family history. Rest in peace, Aunt Grace.

julie ruston

June 7, 2021

Aunt Grace, you were such a bright light in all of our lives and had a life well lived....your love of life and life long learning always made any conversations when we met up so interesting and fun. You were so loved by family and friends and will be so missed....our condolences, love and thoughts to John (Jack), Joan and Beverly.... Tom, Julie & Jennifer Ruston

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Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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McConaghy Models, 2014

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Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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McConaghy Models, 2014

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Happy 96th, Grace!

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Grandma in BC, 2016

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Grace, Jack (John) and Joan

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