Lorna May Grace Whittaker

May 16, 1926June 30, 2019

WHITTAKER, Lorna May Grace – Passed away on June 30, 2019 at Riverview Manor, Peterborough, in her 94th year. Lorna was born in Lindsay, Ontario to the late Emma and James Mitchell. Lorna was the devoted wife of the late R. Donald Whittaker (1996) for 45 years. Cherished sister-in-law of the late H. Eleanor Whittaker of Peterborough and sister to the late Greta Sitwell of Edmonton, Alberta. Lorna was the loving mother of James Robert (Melany) of Enderby, BC., Patricia Lynn (Jack) of Peterborough and John Kenneth (Sheree) of Dundas, Ontario. Grandmother of Michael (Jeanne), Jason (Melaine), John, Christy (Ken), and Leslie Whittaker; and of Jon (Ashley) and Alexander (Sarah) Gillan. Great-grandmother of Claudia, Rhys; Riley, Keira, Austin; Kitana, Katelyn, Raiden and David; and of Neil, Dorian, Aleena and Julianna. Great Great-grandmother of five. Lorna May Grace graduated in 1948 from the School of Nursing, Peterborough Civic Hospital on Argyle Street, the former Nicholls Hospital Peterborough, and completed a pediatric specialty at the University of Toronto. She was a passionate volunteer archivist with the Peterborough Civic Hospital for 25 years, and was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church since 1961. Lorna treasured lifelong friendships with her “Class of 48” sisterhood, the Trenton “Friday Nighters Club”, through the Quaker Oats of Canada; her church, and her much-loved “old Valleyview neighbours”. Visitation will take place at the Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre, 356 Rubidge Street on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 6-8 pm. Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:00 am. Reception immediately following service. If desired, please consider a remembrance of Lorna to the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough (PKLNH), or to the Nicholls/Civic Nurses Alumnae Prize c/o the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 5, 2019


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Iona McCraith

July 9, 2019

I knew Lorna well as a passionate archivist for the Peterborough hospital and an active member of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO). As volunteer archivist she wanted to do the very best she could and do it correctly and I think she took every professional development course we offered. Lorna was also an active member of the AAO Health Archivists Interest Group. In 1999 the AAO presented Lorna with the Alexander Fraser Award, given to individuals who contributed in a significant way to the advancement of the archival community in Ontario. I enjoyed many a good conversation with Lorna over the years she ran the archives and learned much about the history of the hospital and nursing. She was a very fine lady. My condolences to her family and friends.
Iona McCraith, AAO Archives Advisor

Maggie Odonnell

July 5, 2019

To the Whittaker kids Jim Pat and John
Here is the picture I have of your mom the day I gave her the wall hanging. I also wrote in my journal that it was given to her in 2004. I said it was “lovingly made for the Whittaker family for all the happy childhood memories they provided by having that wonderful outdoor rink.” I am so glad to hear that it provided some comfort for her as she provided for so many of us. Such happy memories we have of Whittaker’s rink.

Elane Kalavrias

July 5, 2019

Don and Lorna were grandparents to every neighbourhood kid, me included. I have SO many memories of them both, Mrs Whittaker and her delicious Christmas treats, snowball chocolate balls, and thumbprint cookies, 2 recipes I make to this day. Walking Kelly, the treasured cocker spaniel and learning how to care for a dog, cleaning her ears, taking her for walks, and lots of hours with Mrs Whittaker in the kitchen chatting. Mr Whittaker was my first exposure to gardening, I have vivid memories of his tremendous veggie garden, and the spectacular flowers! I'm so saddened to hear of her loss. Much love to the entire family, I hold dear the kindness shared to me from the Whittaker's especially Mrs Whittaker. Elane

Terry McKee

July 4, 2019

My condolences to the Whittaker family. Lorna, Don and the entire family were such a treasure to me many years ago. Their kindness, generosity and love for all is unmatched. They were wonderful to my family and my young children; they made us feel like we had a home, when we did not, cat & dogs included. Their generosity is not forgotten. I treasure the memories of Christmas and skating and feeling so welcome and loved. My thoughts are with the family.

Christine (Christy) Lorna May Whittaker

July 3, 2019

Coming to Peterborough was always a great time, time well cherished with my grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins. Spending time with gramma was always a treat. Between her breakfasts of everything you could think of, to getting those special pops from in the basement was always a cherished time. I will miss her tiny voice from the doorway reminding us "it is not Huh, it is pardon" so we would correct ourselves for a short period and right back to "huh". I will miss her little laugh so quiet you could barely hear it. I love you so very much gramma ❤ love always Christy / Kenny and your four great grandchildren xoxox

Sheila Piel

July 3, 2019

Sending my condolences to the family. My Aunt Kitty was a classmate of Lornas. They had such a unique relatioship. Thinking of the Whittaker family

Leslie Whittaker

July 2, 2019

With deepest sadness reading this online grandma imma miss your sweet kind hearted soul. Remember visiting you and grandpa in Peterborough when I was younger and the memories made will always be cherished dearly and stories passed onto your great grand kids will always remain. My condolences to the family and prayers n strength for everyone who needs it......till we meet again beautiful grampa much love Leslie and ur great grandkids 💖

Penny Micks

July 2, 2019

Growing up in Valleyview was such a foundation of who I am today. As children we were safe, loved, and welcomed.
The Whittaker’s were my next door neighbors. I remember when Mom was in hospital and Dad sent me over so Mrs Whittaker could do my hair.
I learned to skate and play goalie in their backyard.
We climbed the “mountains of Captain Crunch” in the summer.
To all of the Whittaker Family know that we appreciate and remember your parents with love and respect.

Laura Irving

July 2, 2019

My condolences for the passing of Lorna. She was a wonderful mom/neighbour that treated every valleyview kid with kindness. I have found memories of growing up because of the Whittaker's! Take care.