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Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes

6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Vera Ailene Dadd

December 5, 1927September 26, 2019
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DADD, VERA - (Passionate and talented knitter)- Passed away on September 26, 2019, at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia, at the age of 91. Predeceased her Raymond in 2011. Loving mother of Ailene Ovbiagele. Much loved Grandmother of Mede, Aide, and Reme. Much loved great grandmother of Jayden and Christian and much-loved sister of Lois Hatter. Visitation will be held at the KANE-JERRETT FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 11 am - 1 pm. Funeral Service will follow at 1 pm Online condolences may be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/toronto-on/vera-dadd-8871421

I am Vera and This is My Story

I was born December 5, 1927 in Highgate, Jamaica. I was the 5th daughter of 7 girls. Most of my sisters have passed now and I only have one sister left living in Montreal. I did spend some time visiting Jamaica over the years when my family was still there. Now I just have one niece left there. I was married to Raymond when we were still in Jamaica. Together we chose to take on a big adventure and immigrate to Canada.

When my husband and I first moved to Canada in 1954, we lived in Montreal. I really liked living there, although the language barrier became the deciding factor in our move to Toronto. A decade after our arrival to Montreal, the FLQ (Quebec Liberation Front) became active and speaking English in the city felt as though it was becoming dangerous. The move to Toronto was a big decision but Toronto turned out to be a beautiful city.

I found work in Toronto, in a law office, and was eventually promoted to Law Clerk. I really felt I made a difference to the clients that I served there. They would sometimes let me know through gifts or at times through lasting friendships after all the hard work was done.

Raymond and I had two children, one daughter and one son. Tragically, we lost our son as a young adult. Our daughter lives in Pickering, and has a good job working in property management. She has three sons, and two grandchildren.

I have always loved crafting. I would keep busy doing and learning any new crafts. For a time, my favorite was fashion dolls. I would make these from scratch including all their clothes, stuffing and faces. My daughter still has one I made for her. Now I keep myself busy colouring and knitting.

I enjoy living at Lakeview Manor. I moved here from another home in south Durham and when they gave me the opportunity to move back I decided I would stay here. I recently became the president of the Resident Council and so far I enjoy it.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Vera Ailene Dadd

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Ruth Watt

October 2, 2019

I have wonderful memories of Aunt Vera - some in Canada, some in Jamaica - all very precious. Along with her six sisters, Aunt Vera holds a special place in my heart. I was totally in awe of the way she managed life and its complexities with determination, dignity, and always a smile. I am grateful for the times we spent together - memorable moments which include lots laughter, the warmest hugs, and an abundance of love. Uncle Johnny would want me to add his message of love for his "Moonbeast". He really wanted to be here, and will be spending time at St Andrew Parish Church in Jamaica while we celebrate Aunt Vera's life here in Canada. My brother George would have loved to be here too. Family is everything. Love always .. xox

Scherry George

October 2, 2019

To the family and especially Aileen, I offer my deepest condolences in the passing of your cherished Vera. May you find the comfort in your hearts that she now enjoys in the comfort and company of Christ Most High. Vera's legacy is her spirit that lives on in all of you. Your caring hearts and the beautiful way you all touch those in your lives. Surely this resonated with your beloved matriarch that through her she has passed on through her life example compassion, honesty, laughter and love. Love never dies, so watch for her, listen for her and you will sense or smell the sweet aroma of her presence, when you least expect it. May Vera rest in peace until Jesus brings us all together . With much love, Scherry

Mede Ovbiagele

October 1, 2019

Our Grandma,

You always kept cool, calm and collected. The true head of the family. The way you lived helped influence our mother to love unconditionally, and to be genuinely kind to others. As we too hope that these same qualities have also transferred onto us, we are truly grateful to have had you in our lives. Indeed, your heart was mighty and full of positive energy. This same energy shined bright for others to see and feel. I also want to take this opportunity to thank you, Grandma, for believing in me. I truly felt your love (and still do). We will surely miss seeing you dance, twirl around, and shine with a magical smile on your face. The only difference now is that you're smiling down on us. May your energy continue to be present, and may we ensure to project your energy of love and kindness onto others.

Thank you for the time that you shared with us. We love you, Grandma.

Your grandsons,
Reme, Aide and Mede


Janet Delvaille

September 29, 2019

Vera, a wonderful careing, down to earth and beautiful soul. Her's was always the first card received at Christmas and she kept in touch with all the inlaws, always calling to check on us.
I remember on one visit to Jamaica, she got down on the floor to play a game of jacks with my kids. They loved her and thought that she was their age.
Vera, may you Rest In Peace and light perpetually shine upon you. I know you are with your beloved Ray now.
God bless you. Till we meet again.

Marguerite O’Neal

September 29, 2019

I learnt a very important lesson in courage from Aunt Vera on the day that was probably the most difficult day of her life. Our family and her friends had gathered together for the funeral of her beloved son who had died tragically. I watched from behind as Aunt Vera stood tall and strong, grounded in love. She passed her strength to her family through her firm hold of their hands: steadying Uncle Ray on her left and Ailene on the right as their sorrow overflowed. In that moment I fully understood what it takes to have courage during times of adversity. RIP Aunt Vera. Thank you for the courage you exemplified in our family.

Wendy (Robinson) DUPIGNY

September 29, 2019

Many, many years ago, on a Summer vacation to Toronto when I was just a little girl, my parents and I went downtown to Commerce Court to meet Aunt Vera for lunch. I saw something that I was super excited about and wanted to bring to my parents' attention. I ran hurriedly to give my news chattering at a mile a minute. After giving the whole story as could only be told by a child, I looked carefully at the person to whom I spoke and ended the story with, ".... but you are not Mummy". At that time I guess my Mum (Edith - sister just before Vera) and Aunt Vera looked very much alike.
Rest peacefully my "Little Aunty".

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