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Monday November 12, 2012

Virginia (Jinna) R. Davis Hamerski
(November 9, 1926-November 8, 2012)

86 years ago, Jinna was born in Newmarket, Ontario to a United Empire Loyalist family of leather tanners. Her mother, Dorothy Chilcott Davis was half Gypsy. Jinna's love of animals, particularly pigs, led her to enroll in the Animal Husbandry program at the University of Guelph. She was very pleased to remind the family that she could take apart a Ford tractor and put it back together again. Jinna met her future husband, Dr. Henryk W. Hamerski in London, England. Jinna had travelled aboard the Queen Mary to see an Allergist Specialist whom Henryk was assisting and he was instructed to go to the train station and pick up Miss Davis. They were married in Surrey, England on January 19th, 1949. In 1950 Jinna and Henryk moved to Timmins where he set up a medical practice with Jinna as his secretary. They designed and built their home and raised four children. Jinna enjoyed entertaining and she hosted numerous lavish parties, bridge club games and book club meetings at the house in the early days. Having spent her youth at the family cottages in Muskoka, Jinna wanted her own children to have the same experience. The family spent half the year at the cottage in Barber's Bay where Jinna relished in making jams over the open flame of the wood stove, shelling baskets of fresh peas, stacking wood and keeping the home fires burning. She was very much a pioneer woman. She was also a passionate competitive duplicate bridge player with the Timmins and South Porcupine Bridge Clubs. Her life revolved around going out to play bridge three times a week with her bridge friends and playing in tournaments.Jinna is survived by her sister actress Barbara Chilcott Somers (née Davis), daughter Renata Ellen (late husband Edward Andrew Sernoski) of South Porcupine, Ontario, daughter Lucinda Franciszka (husband Brian Michael Monk) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and son Marek Anthony Hamerski of Chapleau, Ontario, grandchildren Blake-Travis Edward Henryk and Katarzyna-Melissa Renata Sernoski and Steven James, Sarah Anne and Simon Michael Monk. Jinna is predeceased by her husband Dr. Henryk W. Hamerski, son Cyril James Hamerski, brother actor/director Murray Davis and her younger brother actor Donald Davis. There will be no funeral service. Jinna's wish was that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Timmins and District Humane Society.

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