GIGGS, Iris Evelina, A.R.A.D, - April 25, 1929 - October 16, 2017
Iris Giggs died peacefully and without pain after a short illness at Etobicoke General William Osler Health System, surrounded by her four children Julian, Jonathan, Simon and Hilary.
Predeceased by her husband Leslie Thomas (February 26, 1925 - July 29, 1994), she was born in Brixton, England and immigrated to Canada in 1957, settling in Humber Bay Etobicoke and eventually Lakeview/Port Credit, Mississauga.
A ballet teacher, mentor and friend to countless children, she taught for decades in Toronto at Mooredale House, Ursuline School, Havergal College, Branksome Hall and her own studios Academy of Ballet (Mount Pleasant/Eglinton) and at Rosedale Presbyterian Church.
Best known in Mississauga for her studio in Port Credit (1959 to 2010). A proud lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Dance.
First recipient of the Mississauga Arts Council Award for Dance in 1994. Thanks to the staff that cared for her in the last years of life at Woodbridge Vista. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
Visitation on Friday, November 3, 2017 between 4 and 7 p.m. at Skinner and Middlebrook Funeral Home, 128 Lakeshore Road East. A Celebration of Life to be held at later date, time and location to be confirmed.