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Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

4115 Lawrence Ave East, West Hill, ON

OBITUARY

Irene Bayley

January 31, 1926January 12, 2020

Irene Bayley, passed away peacefully on Sunday January 12, 2020 at Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario. She was born on January 31, 1926 in Belfast Ireland. A unique soul, Irene loved being the centre of attention and always made a Grand entrance to any event. She loved dancing and was a proud member of the Scarborough Show Stoppers for many years. One of her many highlights was her performance on stage at Roy Thompson with the Show Stoppers and being the first female saxophonist in Belfast entertaining her adoring fans. An accomplished cook and traveler, she was always ready for the next adventure and would come home with amazing colourful stories. Irene loved to be social, even when she took up the sport of golf she focused on the comradery and fashion of the game rather than the skills. Always a spiritual person she was a founding member St. Dunstan of Canterbury. She is survived by her son’s Wayne Bayley (Linda), Sean Bayley (Jane) and daughter Sharon Bayley (Ciaran). She treasured her grandchildren and always made time for them, Samantha, Dean, Morgan, Alexa and Oliver Visitation will be held at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Ave. E on Thursday January 16, 2020 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Rd. Scarborough, Ontario on Friday January 17, 2020 at 11 am. Celebration of Life reception to follow at Scarboro Golf & Country Club, 321 Scarborough Golf Club Rd. If desired, donations may be made in Irene’s name to SickKids Foundation

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.giffenmackscarborough.com for the BAYLEY family.

Services

17 January

Funeral Service

11:00 am

St Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church

56 Lawson Road
Scarborough, ON M1C 2J2

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  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Nora Black

January 16, 2020

Wayne, Sharon and Sean,

Roy and I send our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your mother.
As you know we were friends with your mom and dad for more than 50 years. We were neighbours by chance but friends by choice.
Irene was a constant story teller, bringing us up to date on her family and their activities.

She will be sadly missed

As they say in Ireland. “ Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Valerie Kinloch

January 16, 2020

I was born in 1939 into a home full of women, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and 3 wonderful Aunts, Irene being the senior one. All the men of the family were helping with the was effort. My oldest memory is of Aunt Irene and her younger sister trying to teach me to Tap Dance, which was part of their act, sadly we never became a trio.
In my teens we lived in London in a building adjacent to Irene's. I spent a lot of time in her flat, watching her dressing to go out for the evening,telling myself I would be as pretty as her and dress like her when I "grew up" didn't happen.
In recent years I was lucky to stay with Irene in her apartment, we talked and talked, well mostly I listened. It was great fun and I shall keep these last memories close.
I shall never forget this wonderful women and how lucky I was to have her in my life.

Mylene Chung

January 16, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Irene from my holidays in Canada and her trips to the UK. Walking down a beach in St Martins, sharing a glass of wine and a gossip, reviewing wardrobe choices, lunches at the Golf club and family parties over the years. Irene was a wonderful, warm and generous person, strong in character and determined in everything she did. We will miss a true force of nature being in our lives and I am very grateful that she was a part of my life for so long.

We wish we could be there on Friday to celebrate her long life and share our stories in person but as that cannot be we will pause to remember her and raise a glass on the day to her memory instead.

With our deepest sympathy

Mylene & Ian

JACK FORTIN

January 14, 2020

Fond memories of Irene, her dancing shoes and rack of costumes. She was a sparkling personality with an easy smile and made everyone feel at ease. Her and husband Terry and my wife and I spent many happy times together and Irene and my wife had worked together at PSI (Physicians Services Inc.) where they met, having both just emigrated, Irene from Ireland, May from Scotland.
We had the pleasure of their company with us in Vancouver and also saw them in Florida. Good times and nice memories, one of our favourite people, she will be missed. Condolences to all her family members.

Lisa Ivaldi

January 14, 2020

I love what Todd said and wholeheartedly agree with everything. In addition to her boundless energy she also had a curiosity about life and was open to new ideas and experiences. She followed my blog even though she really had no idea what a blog was and only a vague idea of how her computer worked. She tried a mindfulness class when they offered them at her building because another cousin had mentioned how much he enjoyed mindfulness. She said it wasn't her thing. I think it may have had something to do with the being silent aspect of it.

She was fun. She spoke her mind. She was family . I loved her and I will miss her. She had a long and full life and I am glad that she was part of mine.

Todd Attridge

January 14, 2020

It’s hard to put a finger on only one favourite memory when it comes to a personality as big, vibrant and infectious as Irene. In the thirty-two years I knew her, I never saw her join the party because Irene always was the party. I’ll miss her shameless storytelling, her boundless energy and her profound warmth (that I’m sure was fueled by her fiery red hair). She was one of a kind and I feel fortunate to have had her in my life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY