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Saturday January 5, 2013

GRIMSHAW, Valerie Anne 1928-2013
After an active and well-lived life, Val passed away on January 1st in Guelph, Ontario. Born in Somosköújfalu Hungary, Val (nee Romhanyi) arrived in Canada where the family settled in Oshawa. In the late 1940s, she took off for Toronto to carve out a career in journalism. At The Canadian Press she fell for a fellow reporter, John Grimshaw, and in 1952 they married and began a family. Val defied the stay-at-home life and became a columnist for the Don Mills Mirror. The job gave her a measure of celebrity and a platform for one of her passions
early Ontario architecture. Many buildings in and around Toronto owe their preservation to Val's advocacy efforts. In the early 1960s, she and John practically pioneered the concept of home renovation by restoring forgotten century homes. When John died in 1999, Val faced a succession of health issues, which she blithely dismissed with an air of indomitable optimism. She attended church (her faith in God was steadfast), played bridge, maintained a large circle of friends, volunteered (Canadian Cancer Society, Goodwill, Homewood Rehab Hospital), and always kept her eyes alert for potential reno projects. Spirited and talented, Val will be missed by her children Jane (Colin Braithwaite) and Peter; grandchildren Adam, Matthew, Zoë Dianne, Alyson, Russell, and David, her brother Lou (Nellie), and extended family and friends. Val's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 7 at St. John's (Nassagaweya) Anglican Church, Guelph Line, Campbellville.

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