Iris Eileen Forndran

October 2, 1926November 11, 2020

IRIS EILEEN FORNDRAN - Iris was always known for her ability to make an entrance, and, on November 11th, she made her exit peacefully in her sleep, but with just as much style as ever by choosing Remembrance Day (as if there was ever any question that she would be remembered forever). Recently celebrating her 94th birthday, it’s incredible to reflect on all that Iris experienced and accomplished in her life. Iris grew up in Surrey, England in a large family with two sisters and two brothers whom she loved dearly. She was a hero who bravely served as a “wren” in WWII. She moved to Canada in 1964 with her sons and worked as an Educational Assistant for kindergarteners with the Toronto District School Board until her retirement at the age of 65. Her love of music was contagious, and she never passed up an opportunity to break into dance, no matter where she was or who might be watching. She was a truly talented artist known for her beautiful watercolour paintings. Her artistic eye was unmatched, passionately telling her granddaughter as recently as a week ago that a painting she was considering purchasing was “horrible” (you could always count on her to provide an honest opinion!). She loved fashion, had an enviable jewellery collection, and always looked fabulous. She was fiery, quick-witted, and always the life of the party. She was a dedicated mother who would have done anything for her sons. Iris lit up the room wherever she went, and this world is a better place having had her in it. She is predeceased by her parents David and Violet, her brothers Leslie and Colin, and her sister Sylvia. She is survived by her sister Doreen, her sons Ian and John, her grandchildren Clare and Sean, and her many beautiful paintings. She will be in our hearts always.

Remember me in quiet days, while raindrops whisper on your pane. Remember in your memories have no grief, let the joy we knew remain. Remember me if once you wake, to catch a glimpse of red sunrise. Remember when your thoughts do turn to me, know that I would not have you cry, but live for me, and laugh for me. When you are happy so am I. Remember an old joke we shared. Remember me when spring walks by. Think once of me when you are glad And while you live, I shall not die!



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Keith Walters

November 14, 2020

Dear Ian and John

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mum. But I’m sure that having you both there during her final days would have brought her great peace and comfort.

It’s also sad that these times mean that we couldn’t all be there to say farewell to her with you, but she’s in my thoughts today, as are both of you.

“The painter has the universe in her mind and hands”

Lots of love

Keith xxx

Lynne Cole

November 14, 2020


Full of laughter and fun
Loving Mum
Caring and interested Aunt
Dancer extraordinaire
Talented artist
Kind and generous
A giggler!

I loved my Aunt.
Iris, you will be missed.

With love and hugs to you Ian and John. Your mum was a wonderful person .....

Lynne Xoxox

Elaine Thaddeus

November 14, 2020

I was so sad to hear about the passing of my aunt Iris, but have wonderful memories of her and have heard many interesting and hilarious stories from her childhood with her siblings in Surrey. My dad was so fond of his eldest sister, and many Air Mail letters passed across the Atlantic over the years.

On one of her trips to England Iris gave me my first cookery book and told me to stick strictly to the recipes, and I couldn't go wrong. I was soon able to make edible meals, and still have that cookery book, even though it has been well thumbed. A good choice.
She was always able to mix well with anyone - she could be feisty, strong minded and a lot of fun. I'll never forget the road trip we all did in the Cadillac to South Carolina in 1973 - the holiday of a lifetime.

I will miss you dear Iris.
With much love to Ian and John and family. We are all thinking of you here at this time.
Take care, Elaine, Jasmine, Coco, Ed. X

India Drescher

November 14, 2020

Ian, John, Don and the rest of the family,

Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I loved hearing all the wonderful stories of the great times you all shared. Treasure those memories and times spent together.

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Warm regards,

India Drescher

Nicholas Cole

November 14, 2020

Iris was my great aunt. I am pulled over here on the side of the road weeping as I am writing this. I guess it is my time, for the fact that I can't see her any more sink in. While sadly I was not able to make it to see Iris over the last few years I fondly remember her spirit. I remember the 99c breakies in LA on a Disney trip. I slept in the tub. I distinctly remembering Iris extolling the virtues of Diet Coke. I believe I disagreed as a 14 year old. Iris was definitely won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at our wedding in San Diego. My friend Patrick had a great time dancing in his boxers with her! Very fun memories. Iain, John, my grandma and all of my family there I am sending you my love and Frennie's, Xoana's and Zelene's love. Iris will be missed.
My very best
Your cousin

Rebecca Cole

November 14, 2020

What a wonderful woman Irís was: big- hearted, warm and joyful. I shall never forget her energy and spirit on the dance floor - the life and soul of the party! She was always full of smiles and stories and had a special ability to make those around her feel relaxed and at ease. I always admired Iris’s beautiful and sensitive watercolour paintings. I am sure they will continue to bring pleasure to those closest to her. Thank you, dear Iris, for all of the love and laughter you brought to the world, you were much loved and will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Laura Dart

November 14, 2020


Laura Dart

November 14, 2020


Laura DART

November 14, 2020


Laura Dart

November 14, 2020

There were four Irises that I knew:
GLAMOROUS IRIS - always well turned out in her youth, loved the snakeskin shoes, she looked straight off a film set!
ARTISTIC IRIS - always crafting & painting, rather good at watercolours
FUN IRIS - always up for a laugh with a wicked sense of humour, sometimes with somewhat colourful language!
SISTER IRIS - always part of a trio of sisters, so funny together - loved hearing them share their stories
Iris always made me feel so welcome during my flying visits to Toronto - best china out! But most of all I shall miss her giggle, once heard, never forgotten!
Thinking of you with much love
Laura xox


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