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Friday February 8, 2013

O'DONNELL, Hugh Thomas

Died February 6, 2013 (after a short illness) at St Michael's Hospital, Toronto. Hugh will be sadly missed by his beloved Anne with whom he shared eighteen wonderful years of marriage. He was predeceased by parents Michael (Lt-Col) and Peg, sisters Gráinne and Mary, and brother Paul; he is survived by brothers John (Pauline) and Ciaran, brother-in-law Paddy, sister-in-law Jane, nieces and nephews, his Aunt Kaye, Uncle John and Aunt Bridie as well as by his many cousins. He will be sadly missed by his children Aidan, Ruairí (Sarah) and Éanna, their mother Patricia, and his granddaughter Lucy Toumani; his step-children Seodhna (Jerome), Garret and Caitriona and his step- grandsons Jarrod and Ronan Hugo. He was greatly appreciated by colleagues and students of St. Michael's College, Humber College and the University of Limerick and Thomond College, Limerick. He will be missed by his clients in counseling and by a wide circle of friends in Toronto and across Ireland. Hugh will be remembered as a gifted teacher and mentor and for his exceptional kindness, compassion, generosity of spirit and wicked sense of humour. Living with Parkinson's for the past twenty years never daunted Hugh's tenacious life force and his enjoyment of life's pleasures which included Maria Callas and Bob Dylan; Manchester United and Seamus Heaney; Ulysses and Michael Connolly; Fellini and The Sopranos; lentil stew and thick juicy steaks. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the medical staff, and particularly the ICU (MS) team, at St Michael's Hospital for their exceptional care of Hugh. Visitation at Rosar Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Sherbourne St., on Friday, February 8th from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 9th at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 520 Sherbourne St., followed by reception. A memorial mass will be held in Ireland in March. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson Society Canada. 'Happy I that love and am beloved'
(Sonnet 25).

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