Ann Penelope Colman

May 31, 1934 – January 20, 2021
Ann quickly slipped away from us on January 20th, 2021, leaving family and friends heavy – hearted but comforted by the fact that she is in a better place. Now reunited with her loving husband Robert, who passed away in 2012, she is predeceased by her first husband Lloyd Halyk, mother Mary, stepfather Russell and father Jock Stone.
Ann will be greatly missed by her grown children Lisa (Steve), Mark (Jennifer) and Tim, her four grandchildren Mitchell, Andrew, Greyson and Ainsley, as well as her brothers in England, Stuart (Sally) and Edward (Jayne), along with her nieces Lucy, Kate and Tiffany, nephew Barnaby, and cousins Peter (Louise), Julie and Dawn.
Ann was an extremely active and dedicated member of the Ocean Park community; her giving spirit was appreciated by so many whose lives she touched. Always deeply involved at her church, St. Mark’s Ocean Park, she was a dedicated churchgoer and supporter. Her marmalade and jams were highly sought after at the annual HollyBerry Fair.
Dear friends and neighbours in her strata community sought out her gardening expertise, and she greatly enjoyed the new curbside social gatherings borne out of the current COVID pandemic restrictions.
Forever outgoing and sociable, Ann loved catching up on the latest news from everyone she knew. A prolific quilter, and a member of the Piece Arch Quilters, she made dozens of NICU quilts. Always busy and involved in many groups including her book club, the Bookies, PROBUS, Garden club, Seniors, Ladies Guild, TOPS, Walkie Talkies, Card Making group, she continued to help those less fortunate and housebound by visiting and reading aloud.
A Brit through and through, she maintained her lovely British accent throughout her decades in Canada.
Her adventurous spirit led her to start her nursing career in 1950s London before she became a flight attendant and explored the world, during which she built friendships she maintained for the rest of her life.
After emigrating to Canada in 1964, she went on to have a career in Toronto as the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Sunnybrook Health Science Center, a position so perfectly suited to her.
Her lifelong love of travel often took her to see family in England and exotic places like the Middle East, where her daughter Lisa worked, and on European river cruises with friends. Never a lover of technology or gadgets, her iPad frustrated her to no end. She much preferred sending cards and receiving letters using the traditional post, sitting down with friends, or more recently tackling 1000-piece puzzles and catching up with a friend on the phone.
The last number of months, Ann was just starting to slow down and enjoy sitting by the fire, knitting for various charities, and snuggling with her cat Sadie.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date in her honour, complete with a proper British Tea reception, once provincial health restrictions allow. Donations can be made in her name to St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Ocean Park, Surrey.
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