Nerrill Chase Mahabir

Passed away on May 28, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful, loving and caring mother, Nerrill Chase Mahabir (nee Grant) who passed away peacefully at home in Newmarket, Ontario on Friday, May 28th, 2021.

Devoted wife of the late Dr. Jersley Mahabir (2006); loving Mother to Joanne (Robert Railton), Sharon (Gregg Stewardson) and Lorraine (Stephen Bell). Cherished Nana to her five grandchildren: Olivia, Maximillian, Brooke, Grant and Chloe. Dear sister to Joy, Elaine (Ken Moulton), Betty, Dot, Tony, Gary Mark (Joan) and the late Daphne. Lovingly remembered by the entire Grant, Mahabir, Railton, Bell and Stewardson families, her many nieces and nephews and our dear family member Sham.

She was educated at Wolmer’s Private Girls School and The University of London (Kingston). She furthered her education at the University of Alberta, University of Waterloo and York University. An exemplary student, athlete and accomplished pianist, Nerrill always strived for excellence. This was the standard that she passed along to her children and grandchildren. Her love of gardening, cooking and care-giving was reflected in her everyday life and in her home where everyone was welcome.

“Mrs. Mahabir” was an extraordinary teacher and a favourite to many throughout her 35 years as an educator. She spent most of her teaching career at Stephen Leacock Collegiate in Scarborough, Ontario where she inspired so many students to follow their dreams. As a scientist, she was curious, diligent and analytical. As a human being, she touched numerous hearts and souls and made an indelible impact on those around her. Her gifts were her inner strength, her ability to listen and her desire to learn. Her kindness and compassion fostered a genuine interest in the well-being of others. She made everyone realize their self-worth and made us all feel as though we were the most important person to her.

The strength and resilience she showed over the past year was unparalleled. She fought until the very end. There will never be another Nerrill but her legacy will remain in our hearts forever.

Mom/Nana/Nen we love you. You will live on in all of us in ways that you will never truly know. You were the rock that provided us with unconditional love. We miss you. We would like to thank her caregivers Nathalie, Kristine, Lori Jane and Rose Ann; PSWs Marianne and Lily; Nurse Ellie; Dr. So, Dr. Kopylenko, Dr. Ng, Dr. Vicus and the supporting staff at the LHIN, Southlake Regional Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital. Your dedication and love for our mother will never be forgotten.

A Livestream Funeral Service for Nerrill will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 1:30 PM. Interment to follow at Aurora Cemetery.

Contributions in Nerrill's memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or Arthritis Society.

Fond memories, expressions of sympathy and Live Stream Link available at for the Mahabir family.


  • Livestream Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


  • Livestream Interment Ceremony (Burial)

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021



Nerrill Chase Mahabir

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Sarita Peltomaa

June 11, 2021

Dear Joanne, Sherri, Lorraine, and family,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I remember her from childhood. I remember her being a very warm, kind, and gentle soul, and this has remained etched in my memory of her throughout the years.

She was lucky to have her family live near her, and I know from my own mother, that she was very proud of you. I hope that many loving memories, provide you solace, strength, and inspiration, in the days ahead.

With love,


June 9, 2021

I feel deeply honored to have know Nerrill. A gentle giant, kind and
so compassionate. We sat together at the Probus meetings with my
husband Warren and they loved to chat it up. My feelings go out
to the family now, what a wonderful person.

Mrs Joan Atkinson

Carl & Ingrid Seheult

June 9, 2021

Dear Joanne, Sherri & Lorraine,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your families.
It was so heart-warming to reconnect with your mom and Joanne, some weeks ago and recall the memories of our families growing up. They were not often enough but very precious and memorable. Your mom was always such a model mother, warm, welcoming and generous , who prioritized her time to appreciate the value of family. She will be missed, but your mom and dad both left that legacy with you, which you have acquired and practise.
We are looking forward to meeting them on that Resurrection Day.
All our Love,
Uncle Carl , Aunt Ingrid & family

Jan Ford

June 9, 2021

Joanne, Shi, Lucy and the extended Mahabir family, We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Mahabir. She was an extraordinary educator, I was blessed to have her as my Science and Biology teacher at Leacock, but most of those lessons are long forgotten. The lessons remembered and cherished were those taught at 45 Eaglestone Rd. The door was always open, everyone was always welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Mahab, even when the girls were not there. Many minutes (sometimes hours) spent chatting with the rents while waiting for Lorraine or Sharon to get ready, all the while unknowingly learning through osmosis the skills of parenting teenagers. Lessons now practiced daily with my own boys and their friends. Joanne, Sharon, Lorraine, the hundreds of teenagers and young adults that have passed through the doors of 45 Eaglestone will NEVER forget you mother’s kindness, compassion and generosity, she was a second mother to us all, she will be truly missed but never forgotton.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences,
Jan, Karen, Camron and Ethan.

Annie Titheridge

June 9, 2021

Dear Joanne, Rob, Olivia and Max

Sending our heartfelt condolences at this very sad time.
Nerrill was obviously an amazing lady and will be greatly missed by all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Love Annie and David

Sandy and Brian Tuepah

June 9, 2021

We will cherish our time with Nerrill otherwise known to us as Nana. We are thankful of the times and laughter we shared. We hope that your memories will keep you comforted during your times of sorrow. Our deepest sympathies and biggest hugs to all.
Sandy and Brian, John and Candice, Sarah and Christina

BTW Brian still owes $20 to the table manners account.

Norma Jack

June 9, 2021

Such a lovely gentle lady. and a great neighbor. Rest in peace Nerrill. You will be truly missed.
Norma and David.


June 8, 2021

Dear Joanne, Sharon, Lorraine and extended family. Your mum was always so welcoming me into her home. A kind soft spoken good souled person. She was a big part of so many lives in so many ways. Gone but never forgotten. Forever in our hearts and in our thoughts. My thoughts are with you at this time. 💔

Donna Ness Voss

June 8, 2021

Dear Joanne, Sherri and Lorraine,
I was sadden to hear of your Moms passing. She will be remembered as a kind, caring and generous person. She was like my sister Andrea's 2nd Mother. It was nice to know Andrea was in good hands.
Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time in your lives.

Donna XO

Lu-Ann Clarke

June 8, 2021

Deepest Sympathies to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.