On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Winifred Patricia Holliday, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away of heart complications at the age of 90.
Born in Oxford, England on December 9, 1929, she emigrated to Canada after marrying her loving and surviving husband of 65 years, Jim (Heber James) Holliday.
It was a grand adventure to emigrate to Canada, and one she tackled head on, and with enthusiasm, as she did most things.
Win was a treasured friend by many, and was a joy to spend time with, she loved laughter and fun, and was always up for a lively discussion.
Win loved sports – watching sports, especially tennis and English football (soccer in North America).
And she loved playing tennis, for many years in a league in Willowdale, and played field hockey games at a local level in England.
She was an avid scrabble player – in person and online, always looking for an able adversary, and chasing the best word count. She loved bird watching - especially herons and would search them out whenever she could.
Win loved the theatre, playing on stage with the Gladiators in Oxford England, and in Canada going to see plays at Stratford, Shaw, and supporting local theatre groups.
She volunteered her caring heart by helping others, mostly to those in hospital. She was a volunteer at St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital in North York for over 30 years, serving on many roles in the Auxiliary including president on more than one occasion.
She also served on the Board at the hospital for a couple of terms.
When she and Jim moved to Whitby in 2000, they volunteered their time at the dialysis unit at the Whitby and Oshawa hospitals for many years.
Win was always active in her church community over the years, getting involved in youth groups in England, volunteering at church bazaars and serving on the Altar Guild at her churches in Byron, Willowdale and Whitby.
Win was preceded in death by her brother Cyril and sister June.
She is survived by her beloved husband Jim, her brother Michael, her daughters Jill and Sheila (Michael Tomasek) and her two favourite (and only) grandchildren Cody Veal and Sara Veal.
A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.
Arrangements entrusted to BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME .
Donations can be made to St. John's Rehab Hospital or The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine.