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LILLIAN IRENE MONK (published on September 27, 2008)

LILLIAN IRENE MONK (nee WATERHOUSE) On September 22, 2008 shortly before sunrise on the first day of autumn, our family lost an incredible woman. Lillian passed away peacefully holding the hand of her husband Richard to whom she had been married for 43 years. She was embraced in the hearts of her daughter Nicole, son-in-law Kevin and the light of her life, her grandson Troy. She will also be greatly missed by her many friends and most recently the people who touched her life during her illness. Lillian was predeceased by her parents Harry and Irene. Lil was born March 14, 1941. She was an only child and had a special bond with her mother as her father was a soldier overseas. Lil grew up in Norwood and always loved to reminisce about those times. Dick and Lil married in April of 1965 and shortly after moved to Trinidad where they spent three years teaching and making memories that would last a lifetime and have the slides to prove it. Shortly after they returned from Trinidad, they welcomed their only child Nicole and moved to Westwood. Lil's greatest and fondest memories were of the times spent at Betula Lake. As a Mom and Nana, she had much pleasure watching Nicole, and later Troy, swim and play for hours. Some of her most precious and lasting friendships were made at the lake. Lil devoted her life to raising Nicole and taking care of family. Her sensitive manner touched so many lives and she cared deeply for her friends who after time became family. She had a warm and caring personality, an incredible sense of humour with a mischievous side. Her contagious laughter would often make others start laughing and before long everyone would be in tears. We are so glad that Troy was able to acquire this gift of the giggles from his Nana. We are not going to say goodbye to our wife, Mom, Nana and friend because she will live on in our hearts. We will always treasure our memories of her. Lil fought a private yet courageous battle with cancer and we would like to thank all of the people at Grace Hospital who helped her and our family through this journey. These are some of the finest people we have ever met. We would also like to thank our friends who helped us during this extremely difficult time. Your support, compassion and prayers were most appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Cancer Care Fund or to a charity of your choice. According to Lil's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Please celebrate her life in your own special way. To my Mom, my best friend...I will always keep my promise to you. I will treasure our unique bond forever. I love and miss you! To my Dad...Thanks for showing the true meaning of dedication, love and support. Mom was a lucky lady. We love you! To my Nana...I love you, a bushel and a peck, forever!

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