February 5, 1941 – July 12, 2019
Cecile Harvey-Francis was born on February 5, 1941 and passed away on July 12, 2019 and is under the care of Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel.
Memorial Service will be held on September 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm at St. James Cathedral, 106 King Street East, Toronto, 08. Graveside Service will be held on February 14, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. James' Cemetery, 635 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON.
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July 13, 2020
I was looking through photos recently & came across 4 of Cecile. Two when she visited us after the birth of our first child in 1982. Two taken when she was at the February birthday parties hosted by my sister Penny. Memories of Cecile always brings a warm glow to my heart. What a beautiful person. She will be happy to know that the Black Lives Matter & Me Too is getting such attention in so many countries. And that positive action that has been taking place in so many countries is having real effect. We are all God's children! Thank you Cecile for your loving heart & spirited action on behalf of all who have been under-valued and God's beautiful creation.
December 28, 2019
As the year 2019 comes to a close, we wish to remember Cecile as a cheerful, generous and loving person, who has been part of our family's lives for many years.
We will miss her!
Keith and Carol Spiegelberg, Julia, Tanya and Joel.
Gillian Hanlon (nee Marrett)
August 24, 2019
Cecile was a very special person, who knew me before I was born. Big Cecile (her mother) attended my parents wedding (John & Eileen Marrett). Cecile first came to Canada to go to university in Montreal. She & her friend Shirley used to babysit the 4 of us sometimes so my parents could go away for a weekend or special event. I remember visiting Cecile, her mother & grandmother in Kingston, (Jamaica) in 1969. I was struck by the tenderness with which both Ceciles (Sr & Jr) helped their mother/grandmother to the bathroom. Later, Cecile emigrated to the Toronto area to work as a teacher. She sponsored her mother & lived with her mum until Big Cecile passed. After I graduated from university and moved to Victoria BC, Cecile came to visit my husband & I after our first child was born. She came again on 2 or 3 other visits. I would get together with her when I visited Toronto. Cecile cared deeply for other immigrants, for students, especially those who were falling by the wayside, for the mentally ill, for the homeless, the elderly, those who were isolated due to illness, age or life circumstances & did whatever she could to help. She would pray deeply with & for others. Was always wanting the church to reach out with concrete love, care & compassion and did this herself. My sister asked Cecile to be grandma to her daughter as our mother had passed. Cecile agreed & took this as a serious & fun responsibility. Larry & I were blessed to know Cecile. My condolences to all who loved her. May she rest in peace. For sure she is rejoicing in heaven with the angels !
August 23, 2019
Cecile-Grace, with her warm, intelligence and caring ways, was the family member who kept in touch with all of us all over the world (USA, Panama, we in Switzerland, ) and kept us all informed of family news and history. Her generosity was extended to her church, friends and to anyone in need. We miss her. May Cecile-Grace rest in blessed peace. Elena, Jonathan & Alexandra
August 21, 2019
Cecile was the most amazing person I have ever met. Thanks for everything🙏. You’ll always be remembered and missed. Cecile, RIP in the loving arms of your saviour🙏
August 20, 2019
We, were very stunned to learn about the death of Gracie. I still cannot believe that she died so unexpectedly. However, as they say, the one who is adored the most by the God, is the one who achieves eternal life. We will miss Gracie, and we will cherish all the happy memories we had with her. Gracie was a wonderful person, hugest joy was to make others happy. Please accept our sincere condolences .One thing I can only say is just enjoy the moments we had with Gracie and ascertain that we keep living without regrets.
May She rest in peace, our love and sympathies.
Ricardo, Olga, Itzel, Karina, Ricky and Christian.
JAVIER EDUARDO MANNING
August 19, 2019
Gracie every day you showed how much you could do for our family and this world until the end, and fought for a better place than you found. Your effort will always be remembered well and will continue to live in each of us. You were always aware for the health of all of us and kept the family connected, often calling in every health situation, birthday, bride, anniversary or giving advice just like your MOM always did.
August 17, 2019
Cecile at my graduation in June 2015. RIP Cecile ! You are sorely missed! Forever you are in our thoughts!
August 16, 2019
August 13, 2019
The last time I saw Cecil was almost a year ago, on Holy Cross Day at St. John, West Toronto, where we had come to join Father David Hoopes and other members of the Order for a lovely worship service and lunch. Afterwards we were invited over to the Priory and sat out on the front porch almost the whole afternoon talking. Cecil came regularly to St. James Cathedral, always decked out in a dress and hat and a big supporter of Dean Douglas Stoute. She even came back frequently after she had moved to another church. We were hoping to invite her to our 25th Anniversary Celebration for our Drop-In this coming September as she did volunteer there over the years. I had no idea she was 78, she looked so much younger. My condolences to all her family and her many friends.
August 10, 2019
Cecile was like a blood family to me and my children. She was a shoulder to lean on when you needed one. A counsellor, prayer partner, resource person, a trusted and dependable person. Me and my children will missed the birthday cards or calls; the holiday cards, the family get together. Our annual summer lunch or dinner with her will never be the same. We have plans for this year and she has promised to call me to confirm the date. The calls and long conversations will forever be missed. I missed hearing her voice; her wise and godly counsel. We are in utter disbelief, shock and without words. We wish we had heard it soon to say our final goodbye. We missed you so much! Rest in perpetual peace in the loving Arms of your Lord and saviour!
Love you always,
Julia Rhinelander and family
August 6, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family for the loss of a close, loving and generous family member. Cecile and her Mom have been my rock and guide ever since I was a teenager and through child raring. They have both remained close and dear to me throughout their lives and definitely embraced me into the family.
I am confident many of Cecile’s heavenly blessings will be from helping and guiding many youths who may have gone astray. She will be remembered by many for her generosity in many ways , her love and passion to assist the needy, caring for the elderly and for the selfless person she has been.
Ron and I miss you already, but I know you are in a better place than this horrible world. Rest In Peace and love. The Heavenly Father is smiling to receive.
July 30, 2019
The Manning Williams family feels a terrible loss from the unexpected departure of Cecile Gracie Harvey Francis Williams, being her family axis of the Williams and family guide. Gracie was always aware of the whole family and on every birthday she always called us from Canada to wish us congratulations. God have her in glory along with her mother, Aunt Ceci and her father, Don Francis. We will be praying that God welcomes her in her bosom and peace to her soul. Rogelio manning
July 27, 2019
It was with deep, deep sorrow that I learned of "Grandma" Cecile's passing a couple of weeks ago. I have known Cecile my whole life. Cecile was one of the most generous and kind individuals that I knew. She was always willing to help someone, no matter the time of day or night. When my daughter came along, Cecile was right there providing support in more ways than I can ever thank her for. She was a grandmother to my daughter and was always loving and giving. Cecile told us many stories from when my siblings and I were younger. These are memories we will cherish. Cecile will be sorely missed by so many - family and friends alike.
Deepest condolences to Cecile's family and friends. May the memories of the good times that you shared over the years give you strength during this sad time and in the future.