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September 4, 2023

In loving memory ~

Valerie Burns passed away peacefully on the 4th of September, 2023.

Our mother was a lioness - a true force who never did anything by half measures. She raised her four children (Bryce, Derek, Brenda and Pamela) with a vigour and a drive that was balanced by compassion and a love that was unmatched. Ours was a mother who, through sheer force of will and drive, endured the loss of our sister to brain cancer but then took up, with great success, the sad task of helping guide and inspire Pamela's children in Pam's stead. A talented and competitive athlete, Mum played tennis at the top level in Markham, then in Whiterock, until Covid came to reduce her world.

Our sadness is only offset by the hope that she's now with the love of her life, our Dad, dancing to "Jonny B Goode"...and man, could they dance.

For those who knew Mum, you will understand that her charity of choice was The Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. (braintumour.ca)