Jilyan died peacefully with her husband of 65 years, David, by her side, and surrounded by her loving family, at home in Brighton, on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the age of 85. Jilyan will be dearly missed and remembered by her husband, children Jonathan (Carol Lavoie), Antonia von Hirschberg (Michael), Andrew (Siobhan McArdle), Deborah (Richard McNeill) and Sean (Iana), and her grandchildren, Niles, Aidan, Kierin, Michelle, Kyla, Sinead, Kaelyn, Jayne and Rachel. Her loving grandson, Calum, predeceased her on February 3, 2008. She will also be greatly missed by her family in England, brother Jeremy Jo and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Jilyan was a loving mother to her five children and adored grandmother to her ten grandchildren. Spending time with them was one of her greatest joys in life. She was an avid quilter, seamstress, photographer and knitter, and in her later years took up pottery, which she became passionate about. She loved the outdoors, working in the garden, the ocean, warm summer days, and beautiful flowers. In their retirement years, she and her husband enjoyed travelling to spend time with friends and family around the world.
A private family burial was held in the Green Meadow of the Cobourg Union Cemetery, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
A garden memorial will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm in Brighton. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions, or if you are unable to attend we would appreciate any reminiscences and photos to be sent to David’s email and we will include them in the celebration. Please bring your own lawn chairs.
Donations may be made to the following:
David Suzuki Foundation, http://www.davidsuzuki.org/donate/donate-in-memory/