RUNCIMAN, Denise Frances -
February 3, 1952 - April 8, 2023
After a long battle with a degenerative neurological condition (PSP), Denise passed away peacefully in hospital, surrounded by her loving friends and family.
She is survived by her mother, Ann; four children, Daniel (Vicki), Brian, Graham (Zoë) and Stephanie (Neil); and three grandchildren, Bradley, Christopher and Luca.
Born and raised in Toronto, Denise excelled in school at an early age.
She earned her Bachelors of Education at Queen's University and went on to teach English, instilling a deep love for literature in her students. With the arrival of her children, Denise devoted herself to her family.
She cherished those early years, enthusiastically helping with school projects, sewing intricate Halloween costumes, and decking the halls with Christmas magic.
We fondly remember her Sunday roasts (with her famous Yorkshire puddings), weekends spent joyfully paddleboating on the river, hearing her cheer at little league games and her uncanny knack for Clue.
Denise was an avid gardener whose flourishing greenery turned her property into a natural retreat for all to enjoy.
She had an unconditional love for animals, never turning away a creature in need and dedicating her later years to their care. Her empathy and true compassion inspired her daughter, Stephanie, to become a veterinarian and carry on her legacy.
A Celebration of Life is planned, but a date has not yet been set.
Please consider a donation to the PSP Society of Canada at: pspsociety canada.ca/home-ngo/donate/.