Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

2570 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON


Martha Gough

June 30, 1927August 1, 2019

Suddenly at Chester Village on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the age of 92. Martha Gough (nee Ladyka) was born in June 1927 in the Ukrainian part of the USSR, and lost her parents in the Stalin famine.

She came to Canada in 1948 after surviving a Ukrainian orphanage. She then spent WWII with an SS Officer and his family, and three years in an American Army displaced persons' camp before Canada accepted her.

Predeceased by her husband Frank.

Survived by her loving children: Susan, Barbara and Jim (Walter Kyle).

Special thanks to her private caregivers Diane, Sandra, Ellen, Maria, Jas, Marissa, Lourdes and the staff, friends, family members and cats at Chester Village who did their best to help her find some pleasure and some Turtles in her last years.

Visitation will be held at Giffen-mack Funeral Home, 2570 Danforth Avenue at Main, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. Funeral Service on Thursday August 8, 2019 in the Peter Giffen Memorial Chapel at 10AM. Interment will follow that afternoon at Woodlands Cemetery, Hamilton.

Donations may be made to the World Food Programme, Heart and Stroke, or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, August 8, 2019


Martha Gough

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Aislinn Murray

August 7, 2019

Deepest condolences to you and your family , Barb. Hold on to the good memories you have of your mum.

In sympathy,


Sandy Cregan

August 6, 2019

Dear Jim,

My sincere condolences to you, Walter and your family on the passing of your Mom. May fond memories of her life stay with you forever.


Jean Russell

August 6, 2019

Dear Jim,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the sudden passing of your mom. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
May fond memories of your mom bring you comfort and peace during this most difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of grief.

Jean Russell

Sue Wray-Anstett

August 5, 2019

Hello Barb. Sorry to hear about your mom. I know from conversations that you and she were close. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Sue from the YMCA

Susan Greenfield

August 5, 2019

Sending love to all of Martha's family and particularly to Barbara who has become such a dear friend. Barbara, your Mom has been such a large part of your life. I wish you strength and support as you walk into this new part of your life.

Diane Lewis

August 4, 2019