Hermine Margaret Garrick

July 23, 1937July 28, 2021

GARRICK, Hermine Margaret, born July 23, 1937 in Kingston, Jamaica, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday July 28th, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Sylvia Marshall and Noel Garrick. Hermine is survived by her brother, Derrick Marshall of Oakville Ontario and sister Sandra Marshall-Haye of the Queens New York. Also surviving her are her nephews Stephan, Troy, Sharif, and Anthony, and nieces Tsahay, Tonia, Chantel, and Saidah. Grand-nieces Destiny, Sanaa and Zoey and Grand- nephews Justin, Tyler,Terry Michael, Amir, Koston and Ashton. Hermine retired from Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario in 2000 where she worked as a Technologist, Blood Transfusion Services. This was prompted by her love to travel and explore and develop the more creative facets of her Being. Hermine will be greatly missed by many. Hermine will be privately laid to rest on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation. There will be celebration of her life at a time to be announced. Those wishing to be in attendance, kindly submit your intention to the following email address. You will be contacted with the details.

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Fay Ferguson

September 13, 2021

I met Hermine through MACCA. She was lovely, kind, helpful, smiling and always nicely dressed. Her presence was known when she was around and she rarely missed an event at MACCA. I am very sad that she has passed from this place but happy that she is with our Saviour. My prayers and condolences to her entire family. May her memory be a Blessing and may her beautiful soul sleep in eternal peace. I am blessed to have known Hermine. 🙏❤️🙏 Amen.

Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association

August 10, 2021

Hermine was a treasure to the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association (MACCA) community. She was a brilliant light in every space she occupied. She had an incredibly big heart and selflessly sowed her time, best efforts, and resources brightening the lives of everyone she encountered. For nearly a decade, she empowered youth chasing after their dreams by giving away scholarships. On many occasions, she blessed members of the community with her artistic prowess. She was never one to miss an opportunity to socialize - with grace and style - and gifted those around her with her infectious smile. Hermine quickly became beloved by all who had the great pleasure to meet her. And, she always had a kind word to say. On February 16th, 2021, Hermine publicly gifted the Markham community with words that she lived by in celebration of black history month. For Hermine, it was all about "doing unto others, as she would wish they would do unto her". The MACCA community can attest that she did this and more, going absolutely out of her way to be a blessing to others. Hermine was the definition of a life well lived. She was a unique soul - irreplaceable. She leaves a living legacy and will be deeply missed.

Roxaine Smith

August 7, 2021

So long Auntie Cutie. May your soul RIP. You lived a full life spreading love and joy.
Condolences to the family!
From Roxaine and family - 17 Venus Avenue

Marcelle Edwards

August 7, 2021

Dearest Auntie Cutie,

It’s been a week since you passed away, but it still hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m so grateful for the last time I saw you. Even though you were suffering from immense pain, you cracked a smile and asked me how I was doing. It took so much energy for you to do that, but you made it look so easy, like you always do.

There’s so much I admire about you. Your intelligence, strength, independence, spirituality and fearlessness. You earned your doctorate in science, published poetry, and took on this world as a single woman to become very successful in every single way.

Your beauty made us call you Miss Jamaica, actually most people would. Of course your Jamaican alias name, Auntie Cutie, described that part of you to a T. I loved how you dressed to the nines, hair did, flossing with your six inch heels and leopard print dresses right into your eighties.

But most of all, I completely admired and cherished your ride or die loyalty and lifelong friendship. Your bond with mom began in a place called Vineyard Town in Kingston, Jamaica where you both grew up. When I found out that your mom (Mrs. Marshall) was best friends with my grandma or my mom’s mother, it made me realize how deep your connection is. All of that flourished into us becoming family.

I feel blessed to call you my Aunt. Thank you for always being there for us. I can honestly say, you got me through some really tough times in my life and I don’t know what I would have done without you. You were like another mom and for that I am so grateful.

I’ll miss you immensely, but I’ll remember all the great times we had. I’ll never forget all the fantastic advice you gave me about life, relationships, work, school, health, everything. I’ll also never, ever, forget that smile you gave me the last time we (Mom/Jean, Mayah and I) saw you.

How lucky am I to call you my aunt? R.I.P, Auntie Cutie. We love you, we admire you, we adore you and we miss you. Goodnight 💔❤️😘🙏🏾.

Kay D

August 4, 2021

Auntie Cutie was a lovely lady who carried herself with grace and poise. As a Swan–St Hugh's High School Old Girl–she embodied all the virtues that the prestigious institution has instilled in us, values of loyalty, discipline, love, decorum, family, and gratitude. I met her on one of her trips to her hometown in Jamaica; we were neighbours, and we bonded over many conversations about life, as well as living in Jamaica and Canada. She was always willing to share her story and give sound advice, encouragement, and support. I will always remember her kindness, youthfulness, and charm. May her soul rest in perpetual peace. To Sandra, Michael, Saidah, Sharif, Tsahay, Derrick and family, I pray that God will comfort you all during this sad time. Rest assured that Auntie Cutie is in a better place, as Isaiah 57 v 1-2 states:

"The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness."

Evelyn B

August 4, 2021

In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you, I go prepare a place for you. John 14.2
I've had the privilege of meeting Hermine on a few occasions, she was a beautiful soul who exuded poise and sophistication and a smile that never left her face. May she rest in Peace and rise up in Glory.

Dorothy Mazeau

August 3, 2021

I was so sorry to hear that dear Hermine had passed away. She was such a bright light, and a good neighbour when we both lived in Thornhill, as well as in our association over the years through the work of Dr. Kenneth Mills. And always so elegant!

Allison Kilgour

August 2, 2021

Met this wonderful lady while we were getting things together for a 75 birthday celebration of her wonderful friend Mary's husband. Her calm and cool character was very evident during the preparation of this important celebration. Thank you Mary for introducing me to a dynamic lady. On behalf of my family and I we extend deepest condolences and a peaceful rest to Lady Hermine