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"CUS" 2007 Obituary


CUSIMANO  CUSSEN 

CUSIMANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-04 published
PRICE, Olinda Ribau
(Member Of Saint Dominic Catholic Church, Oakville)
After a valiant battle with cancer Olinda Ribau PRICE passed away peacefully at Ian Anderson House on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Paul PRICE. Cherished mother of Vivelinda RIBAU. Dear stepmother of Judy (Hugo) VIGNALI, Jackie PRICE and Paul (Sandra) PRICE. Loving grandmother of John Paul, Andrew, David, Jonathan, David and Victoria. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (one block east of Kerr, 905 844-2600) from 7-9 p.m. Friday October 5, 2007. Funeral Mass 10: 30 a.m. Saturday at Saint Dominic Catholic Church, 2415 Rebecca Street, Oakville. Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Ian Anderson House would be appreciated by the family. Many thanks to the Friends who helped out. Special thanks to Doctor CUSIMANO for his compassion and humanity. Most deep sincere gratitude to Doctor McCANN for the outstanding care he provided to Olinda. This remarkable man is an honour to his profession. May God reward him. Condolences and tributes at www.koprivataylor.com

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CUSSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-07 published
COSTELLO- BATKE, Sheila
Runner, conversationalist, financial compliance analyst, wife, mother, sister, friend. Born September 17, 1946, in Dublin. Died July 1 in Toronto of cancer, aged 60.
By Michael CUSSEN, Page L6
'I'm just a girl who can't say no," was usually the way Sheila liked to announce herself. That could explain why when she was diagnosed with cancer she left for Siena, Italy, the next day to take a six-week course in art history.
Sheila was born into a small, cold house in Dublin that held a big, warm family: five girls head-to-toe in one bedroom and four boys in the other. She left school at 15 and later fled to Paris where she worked as an au pair and learned to cook an omelette - but not much else.
She went back to Ireland for a while but then took off again to Toronto's Bloor West Village. In the early seventies, Bloor West Village was a place of brown clothes, corduroy couches and bad hair. But Sheila loved it and immersed herself in the community. Whenever she could, she found herself a stage and sang Gilbert and Sullivan.
For many years, she put her head down and worked hard in the financial sector. With her husband, Dwight, she created a warm, welcoming and loving home. She was incredibly proud of her two children, Emmett and Adrienne, but at times they drove her mad - and she them. As Emmett put it at her funeral: "For some reason, it was always my mom who got the undercooked meals at restaurants, who would flash her chest at the end of a race, who chose to dress up in absurd costumes, or who was the only white woman dancing in the Caribana parade."
Sheila held musical soirees and kitsch auctions to raise money for charity. She also took part in more than 10 marathons. Three years in a row, she persuaded her running Friends to take part in the Cabot Trail 24-hour relay. None of them will ever forget her running up Cape Smokey with a broad smile the week before she was diagnosed with cancer.
Sheila had few vices beyond the odd martini, a tendency to fuss and a need to break into song at inappropriate times. She had a pathological hatred of cats and little time for dogs.
A month before she died, Sheila phoned to ask me to her funeral. For me, it was an awkward conversation, but Sheila never minded awkward situations; she thrived on them. She organized her funeral herself, convinced of the power and importance of the ritual in allowing people to grieve. At one stage in the ceremony, she had arranged for gifts to be brought to the altar. One was a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses. She loved the fact that the last word in the book was the most positive in the English language. It could also have been a summation of Sheila's life: Yes.
Michael CUSSEN is Sheila's brother-in-law and friend.

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