Fiorenza Ann (nee Gleasure) Hawryluk

February 8, 1959February 12, 2021
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Taken from us far too soon, Fiorenza Gleasure Hawryluk died on February 12, 2021 at Princess Margaret Hospital with her husband and soulmate Stephen Hawryluk and daughter Stephanie Hawryluk Brown at her side. Fiorenza was born on February 8, 1959 in Vicenza, Italy to Richard Gleasure and Nicolina Lembo. Like her mother, she comfortably bridged two worlds, Canadian and Italian (“mescola col wooden spoon”). She was educated in Italy and Canada and attended Loretto Abbey. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she was a peerless organizer and researcher, who brought order and method to the workplace. Fiorenza was a renowned cook and baker and was generous in sharing the bounty from her kitchen. Her lemon cookies were a Christmas tradition. She was also the family genealogist. Her innate curiosity and zest for learning were constants in her life. She will be remembered as a woman of indomitable strength, courage, grace and compassion. Fiorenza is survived by her adored and adoring husband Stephen, her brothers Richard (Donna) and Anthony (Lillian) and their families and by her daughter Stephanie (Kyle) and grandchildren William, Sloane and Sebastian. A wide circle of friends and relatives from all around the globe also mourn her passing. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will occur at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Fiorenza’s memory to either Women’s College Hospital or Princess Margaret Hospital.


2 March

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home

6191 Yonge Street
North York, Ontario


  • Private Family Cremation


Fiorenza Ann (nee Gleasure) Hawryluk

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Jessica G

March 1, 2021

Fiore was a cheerleader.

I’ve often said that people come into your life for a reason, or for a season. How does Fiore fit into this? Our friendship evolved through circumstances relating to change (personal and professional).

I wonder now if Fiore had a way of knowing when someone needed to hear from her. Just when you were caught up in despair or self-doubt, she’d call out of the blue, provide a different perspective, soon switching you to a positive outlook. Looking back now, I realize she was always rooting in my corner, I’m sure in yours too. More importantly, Miss Fiore, my steadfast cheerleader, always seemed to believe in you when you needed it most. I don’t remember all of our specific conversations – we’ve had a lot happen over the years, but I do remember us throwing our heads back with laughter throughout it all. I’ll definitely miss your joyful, infectious laugh, Miss Fiore. I thank you for the seasons we shared. Rest in Power.

Donna Gleasure

February 27, 2021

My dear Stephen and Stephanie,

As I write this I'm not sure how life will ever be the same without our darling Fiorenza. I have so many memories from over the years as not just her sister-in-law but as her sister. We had so much fun together.

Richard and I were so looking forward to finally travelling to Italy with you, both. When the day finally comes that we can travel again, Italy will be the first place we will visit and I have no doubt she will be with us.

I will never forget Fiorenza coming to help me after my surgery in 2018. She dropped everything and came because she knew I would need help. True to her nature, she cooked and cleaned and took such good care of me. She even drove my truck and took Zaine for his walks. There was nothing she wouldn't try and was simply amazing.

I will miss her terribly. May God Bless and Keep her and both of you.

Your loving Donna

Leonard Nimoy said "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had but not preserved, except in memory." My memories will be filled with Fiorenza.

Vivianne Farley

February 27, 2021

It is very sad news to know that Fiore has passed on. I’m sending my sincerest condolences to all who loved her.
My fond memories of Fiore go way back to our childhood when our parents shared a great friendship. My brother is named after her Dad Richard as an honour of that friendship.
Fiore was often at our house for play dates or I at hers. We were so young that I couldn’t pronounce her named & so I always called her ‘Fury’.
I remember going for rides in her Dad’s Volkswagen Beetle with her... .and that was so cool at the time!
Fiore will always be a big part of my many happy childhood memories.
I am so sorry for your loss & I pray that you take comfort in all your great memories. Rest peaceful Dear Fiore.
Sincerely, Vivianne Farley

Rachael Andrews

February 26, 2021

Fiorenza was a kind, generous and compassionate person. She will be in my heart forever. May Fiorenza rest in peace.

Jackie and Thomas Gleasure

February 25, 2021

Can't believe that Fiorenza has left this earth and gone to a better place.
We have lovely memories of your short visit to Knockleigh Ireland with Stephen and friends. Sitting around the kitchen table with tea and cake full of chat and laugher.
God bless you.

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss Stephen, Stephanie, Richard and Anthony and all your families.

Thomas. Jackie and family (Gleasure

Jill Williams

February 25, 2021

The universe lost a most amazing soul. One of my most dear friends is gone.
Fiorenza was literally the smartest person I knew. She read endlessly. She took the annual “most books withdrawn from the Toronto Library” title at least once but was always in the running (you’re welcome for those who didn’t even know that was a thing). She spoke at least 3 languages - Italian, English and French. Knowing her, she had a couple tucked away that I didn’t even know about.
Her cooking! There are no words to describe the endless evenings around perfect tables with perfect hosts and amazing company. So many of my most perfect memories took place around Fiore and Stephen’s table. Everybody needs that person who they can ask anything to - literally anything - the deepest of conversations to the mundane - “can I reuse parchment paper”? Her phone was littered with my (almost) daily and (mostly) mundane texts. I can’t believe she is gone. Fiore, you were loved dearly. You will be missed fiercely.

Kate Novykova

February 24, 2021

Stephen, I am so sorry to hear about Fiorenza's passing. I will always remember her as a cheerful, inspiring and happy person. My deepest condolences. She will always be in my heart.

Adriana Sacchi

February 22, 2021

Dear Stephen, I only now learn the sad news. I am truly heartbroken and speechless. Fiorenza will always remain in my heart. I send you a big hug.

Adriana, from Rome

James and Eira Gleasure

February 22, 2021

Dear Stephen and Stephanie,
We are with you in your grief for such a wonderful life partner and mother. Our memories will always be with us, both in Toronto and here in Scotland and Wales. Fiorenza was a wonderful cousin and friend whom we shall cherish forever. May she rest in peace with her beloved parents.
With all our love.

Julian Chapman

February 22, 2021

Dear Stephen and Stephanie,
Words cannot describe the loss you must be feeling. Please remember that we are with you. As you know, I have known Fiore for a very long time. She was always like a big sister for me, and certainly, in her Forrest days, she helped me out so much. As a testament to her legacy, the Forrest team is in shock and has expressed their admiration for Fiore not just as a co-worker but also as a wonderful human being.
I hope these words help give you solace. We will all miss her, and the one thing that we have is our memories.