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NORA FARRELL It is said that we die much as we lived. This was certainly the case for Nora Farrell who passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Nora was surrounded by her loving family and was brave and considerate to the end, giving us one of her famous smiles whenever she could. Having immigrated to the big city of Toronto from the small town of Ballinamore, Ireland, she and her soon to be husband Peter, with the bravery and determination of many immigrants, set out to build a life for themselves in Canada. And build they did. From two rooms in a humble rooming house on MCCaul Street, they married and began what they both considered their greatest achievement a family of six children, thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mom was the centre of our home, the heart of our family. She kept in close contact with each of us. She rejoiced in our successes uggs on sale and consoled us when we needed that. She never missed an occasion with a card, a phone call or a carefully chosen gift. Nana’s Christmas gifts were legendary gift bags packed full of little treats that she had picked up throughout the year for just that special grandchild. Mom loved travel and she managed to pack quite a bit of that into her 89 years. She travelled to Africa, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Australia and throughout Canada and the United States. She loved her annual trips to Chicago for American Thanksgiving and to Stratford for a musical and some shopping! Did we mention that Mom loved shopping? No trip was complete without a little shopping. Mom loved spending all the special holidays with her family in Ottawa and her annual trips to Thunder Bay to put in the garden and plant the p uggs on sale lanters. One year she painted the decks and the garden furniture! Mom was never afraid of hard work she and Dad spent many hours fixing and making improvements to the family home on Balfour. She was always the first to volunteer to help with school projects when we were small and as an adult with the Emerald Isle Society. Mom cherished her friendships with people at the Emerald Isle Society, in particular her best friend Doreen, with whom she shared a very strong bond. Mom’s love of learning kept her young as she was always eager to learn new things. whether it be figure skating, swimming, oil painting, rug hooking, knitting, sewing, card games, stained glass, tai chi, even going so far as using her laptop computer. Mom has been strong throughout adversity losing her youngest daughter Eileen at the age of 29 was a tragic blow and caused incredible pain for everyone, but Mom in particular. Waiting uggs on sale to welcome her to the next life are husband Peter, daughter Eileen, parents John and Teresa, brothers, Brendan and Kevin, and sister Eileen. Left to miss her warm presence, her regular phone calls, and her loving touch are children, Cathy (Keith), Jim (Janet), Mike (Dee), Nora (Pat), Mary (Mark); grandchildren, Lindsay, Michael, Brook (Colleen), Forest (Erin), Monica (Andreas), Catherine (Jim), Peter; Wesley, Emily; Meaghan (Peter), Stephanie, Dan; Kiera; and great grandchildren, Anja, Tomas and Erik. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. DUNSTAN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3150 Danforth Ave. with reception to follow. Interment uggs on sale Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.