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RIDDELL, May (nee Forest )

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Passed away peacefully in her 95th year on Friday, February 23, 2018.  She is predeceased by her loving husband, Walter. May’s biggest life path was taking care of her family. She brought her love of music and reading into the lives of her children and grandchildren. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Joanne (Norman), Denise (Joseph), Ian (Lynda), Alan (Susan) and Bruce (Barbara). May is a proud Grandmother to Greg, Alex (Crystal), Jonathan (Codi), Corinne (Michael), Kaitie, Samantha and a dear Great-Grandmother to Bridget. May is fondly remembered by her extended family and all of the people whose lives she touched. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Chartwell Trilogy LTCCentre for their loving care of May and Walter. Visitation will be at The Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. East (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Saturday March 24, 2018 from 12 noon until the Liturgy Service in the Chapel at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario would be appreciated.

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6 thoughts on “RIDDELL, May (nee Forest )

  1. Dear Riddell Cousins:

    Sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I still have so many fond memories of Aunt May, especially those great times at Bass Lake. Great times with your family!

    Unfortunately, due to personal health issues, I will be unable to attend the Service.

    All the best,

    Cousin Philip Riddell

    —Philip Riddell, phriddell@rogers.com -
  2. To my cousins. I can’t help but smile whenever I think of Aunt May. Visions of the many changes of the Cottage and Aunt May cleaning up, hanging laundry or just reading by dock. These are some of our beautiful memories for all of us. Our walks to the water station just down the road, walking up to Prices Corners for milk and corn, her rolled down white socks and slippers. She was an amazing lady who could make a dinner for her family and add a few more ingredients and feed more folks that dropped by. Cottage life was always buzzing with family members and lots of friends. I recall a couple of time trying to dodge drying dishes but Aunt May would always find me and throw a towel at me and direct me to the kitchen with loving guidance. When I stayed with her and Uncle Walter while attending school, she never mentioned how some of her shortbread cookies would disappear during my stay. I loved her for that, but she made the greatest shortbread cookies and I have her recipe. I will miss my Auntie May dearly and my heart is heavy for the loss that you all are now going through. They are all together now playing cribbage and euchre and smiling on all of us.

    —Kate Stokes, Grimsby -
  3. So sorry for your loss! I remember May always smiling and so happy to be around family!! May you rest in peace May!

    —DENISE CAMERON, Wasaga Beach On Canada -
  4. My mother was totally convinced that she would be reunited with her family in the afterlife, and she had many foretelling dreams about this. I hope it’s true, and that May is with them now. Rest in peace, Aunt May.

    —Lee Van Patten, Vancouver Island -
  5. So sorry to hear about your mom’s death. I remember meeting Walter and May at their apartment on Sunrise about 22 years ago with Peter. I think she was happiest with her family around her.

    —Monica O'Donnell, Markham -
  6. To my dear cousins, I wish you could have seen Aunt May when she was in her early twenties. She was more than pretty; she was beautiful…a tall, slender brunette with lovely dark eyes and a dazzling smile. Uncle Gib told me that once he bought her a pretty hat (a tam, I believe) just so he could have the pleasure of looking at her wearing it. On the farm (in Thorndale), Grandma occasionally allowed me to play in a pretty yellow satin bridesmaid gown that was stored in the spare room. It belonged to Aunt May; I doubt if she would have been thrilled about that if she knew!

    I appreciate that she opened her home to me when I first came to Toronto to live as a young adult (actually, just 17 and pretty unsure of the “big city”). I loved to listen to her sing; she had a lovely voice. She was a terrific cook, too! It’s comforting to know that her much-loved family members–who had already made the transition-were waiting to welcome her into heaven. RIP, Aunt May.

    —Judy Gresser, Yuma, Arizona -