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Monday July 7, 2014

WILLIAMS, Lorraine Mary
(nee O'Donnell)
December 8, 1932 - July 4, 2014

On July 4, 2014, Lorraine passed
away peacefully in the palliative
care unit of Markham-Stouffville
Hospital in Markham with family
at her side.
   Beloved wife of John Reesor
Williams for 57 years. Loving
mother and grandmother to her
five children and four
grandchildren, Theresa, Megan
(grandsons Zachary and
Samuel), Harland, Maureen
(husband Stan) and Barbara
(granddaughters Scarlet and
Margaux). Dearly beloved by her
sister Suzanne Hearn (children
Kathy, Mary Pat, Christopher,
Michael, Kevin and Sean) and her
brother Neil O'Donnell (wife
Cynthia and children Sarah,
Sanford and Susan). Loving
sister-in-law to Bill and Jean
Williams, and Tom and Mary
Williams (children Cyndy and
   Lorraine lived her faith-filled life
to the full in her thoughts, words
and deeds. Her unbounded love
of her family was but a reflection
of her deep respect for the
dignity and sanctity of all human
life which she constantly
displayed in her love of and
caring for people in a very
personal way, and as a
professional social worker
   Professionally, Lorraine was a
senior social worker in the
correctional, forensic psychiatry
fields and psychiatric field of
social work. Latterly, her career
transitioned into a private
psychotherapy and marriage
counselling practice in Toronto.
   Lorraine was passionate in her
service to people through her
volunteer work including a Board
Member on the Visiting
Homemakers Association, Chair
of the Social Action Committee
of the YWCA of Metro Toronto,
Executive Secretary of the
Indian-Eskimo Association of
Canada, Board Member of the
Marguerite Bourgeoys Family
Centre (now known as Fertility
Care Toronto), founding Board
Member of the Human Life
Research Institute (now known
as the De Veber Institute for
Research into Ethical and Social
Issues), Past Chair of the North
York Public Library Board,
former Member of the Metro
Toronto Reference Library Board
of Trustees, Past President of
both the Ontario and the
Canadian Library Trustees
Associations, member of the
Founding Committee for St
Timothy's Willowdale Parish and
Parish Council, President of St
Timothy's Catholic Womens'
League (CWL), President of the
North York Regional CWL and an
active leader in Discovery
Theatre, a forum for adult
   Through her love of reading and
writing, Lorraine became an
active author and journalist. She
was a member of the Writers
Union of Canada, The Society of
American Travel Writers, The
Word Guild and the Catholic
Press Association. She was a
former contributing editor to The
Catholic Register and former
editor of the pro-life magazine,
'The Uncertified Human'.
   Her authorship was a work in
progress, having previously
authored two books about the
relationship between Library
Trustees and Library CEO's as
well as publication of the Ontario
Library Trustees Handbook. Her
last completed book was
'Memories of the Beach:
Reflections on a Toronto
Childhood', published by
Dundurn Press.
   Lorraine is at rest at Chapel
Ridge Funeral Home, 8911
Woodbine Ave. (north of Hwy 7)
in Markham. Visitation hours are
from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday
and Wednesday, July 8 and 9
Funeral mass will take place at
St. Patrick's Catholic Church,
5633 Highway 7 (east of
McCowan Rd.) on Thursday, July
10 at 11 a.m.
   In lieu of flowers, as a legacy to
Lorraine, donations may be
made to 'Operations Smile
Canada' c/o P.O. Box 235 Stn
Main, Markham, ON, L3P 9Z9, a
registered charity dedicated to
restorative surgery for poor
children in impoverished
countries born with deformative
cleft lips or palates.

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