Ms Pauline Ellis

January 6, 1943January 25, 2013

Pauline Ellis 1943-2013

Peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital on Friday, January 25, 2013 with her children Neil (Beth Ellis), Bruce (Adrienne Chan), Clare and Ian by her side. Devoted grandmother of Sterling. Dearly misser by her brother Martin (Helen), cousins Linda and Denise and her many nieces and nephews. Born January 6, 1943 in Hayes End, UK. Moved to Canada in 1968 with husband Rodney Ellis (Married 1968-2001). Warm and cheerful regular with her dog Emma at Riverdale Park, active community volunteer (Casey House and literacy mentor), valued member of her meditation group and mystery book club. Pauline lived always with love, kindness, compassion and grace. Friends may visit at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (at Wellesley), on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 5-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Coach House Chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, January 30 at 10 a.m. followed by a private family interment.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Hong Wei Wang

February 2, 2013

It is still hard to accept for me. Pauline and I started our relationship about 16 yrs ago as Chinese language student and teacher and ended a two close friends. Her laughter and warm hug will always be a supportive memory to me. I miss you.

February 1, 2013

over 40 years ago, we met Pauline in the halls of the Toronto Montessori School as we brought our children to their first classes. She was a model of joy, and dedication and in the years following we made our way together through the perils and delights of parenting. She was an incredibly devoted friend, teller of truths, open to all life could bring her.
We cannot imagine this world without her, and we miss her terribly. To her children--you have been blessed with a mother of incredible depth, filled with joy for life, and her family.

Erica Benson

January 30, 2013

I first met Pauline several years ago when my new puppy, Tallulah, gravitated to her without fail, planting dirty paw prints on her coat, ecstatically drawn to Pauline's gentle nature and patient acquiescence. Pauline's absence is sorely missed in the dog park. Her sunny warmth and good humour made every morning, however inclement the weather, a delightful way to start the day. I have no doubt that we will keep her spirit very much alive -- and, of course, little Emma in treats.

Erica Benson

Roger Rolfe

January 29, 2013

I'll always remember Pauline's kindness and gentleness, her love of children and animals, her delicious enjoyment of mysteries (of all kinds, not just books) and Raptors' basketball!

Anne Pastuszak & Lynn Dionne

January 29, 2013

Anne, Lynn and Logan will miss our regular encounters with Pauline and Emma in Riverdale Park or on some random Cabbagetown sidewalk. Never was there a meeting up when we didn't share a good story or have a hearty laugh together. Pauline, we'll miss your dancing eyes and smile and the warmth you always left with us. Rest in peace, sweet soul.

Anne Banani

January 29, 2013

To the Family of Pauline Ellis

Dear Neil, Bruce, Clare, Ian and families;

I was terribly saddened to read of the passing of your mother. I remember her with such fondness from the days of Toronto Montessori School, when you Neil, and then Bruce were students there. Clare was a baby, and Ian not yet on the horizon. Your beautiful mother always had a radiant smile and a cheerful demeanor. It was always a joy to be with her. She contributed much to the school through the parents' association, and through her friendships with other parents. Eventually, we lost touch with each other as all our children graduated and moved on to other schools.

In recent years I was so pleased to meet her again - and Bruce as well – at the opera at the Four Seasons theatre, and at a nearby restaurant before hand. We had hoped to see each other on other occasions, but as we had moved to eastern Ontario, the opportunities to come to Toronto were infrequent, and so we weren't able to see each other and to “catch up” on our earlier days together. It grieves me to have missed seeing her again.

I will always think of your mom with such pleasure, with joy and with my good fortune of having known her in those Montessori days.

You have most sincere and heartfelt condolences from all of us – Anne, Husayn, Sarah and Michael Banani.

Sandra Pate

January 29, 2013

Pauline was a spectacular friend -thoughtful, generous, supportive - always there in good times and bad. I will miss her dearly. My deepest sympathy to Ian, Clare, Bruce, Adrienne, Beth and Neil. I'm sorry that Sterling didn't get more time with her, she would have loved being a grandmother a little bit longer. Love, Sandra

James Wood

January 29, 2013

I was fortunate to meet Pauline in the Cabbagetown dog park and for the last two years she was a light that illuminated my life. Her positivity and wicked sense of humour were the highlight of my day. She will be greatly missed.

Barbara Rosen

January 28, 2013

Pauline made the world a brighter more honest place. I have been blessed to have had such a 'big person' as she in my life and will miss her very much.