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Monday July 17, 2017

Patricia Bowes Hymas
(née Nichols)
1935 - 2017

Patricia (Pat) passed away
quietly and painlessly in
Toronto, following several
months of resistance to cancer
She was 82.
   Patricia leaves a caring family of
Ken (husband), Claire (daughter),
James and Andrew (sons) and
Stephanie (step-daughter),
beloved grandsons and
granddaughters, twin sister
Helen of Hayling Island, U.K.,
brother Jim of Dorchester, U.K
and many relatives and friends
both in England and the Beach
(Toronto, Canada).
   Born in London just prior to the
Blitz, her family, headed by John
Handley and Vera Bowes,
moved successively to South
Port, Lancashire, Derby, and
   Educated in Derby and London,
Pat excelled in studies,
particularly lawn tennis. She also
worked at the BBC.
   Shortly after marrying Ken in
1960, she moved to Canada,
settling in Merritt, B. C. and
adapted well to local culture and
   In 1963, the family moved to
Toronto, where she enjoyed
instructing and playing tennis,
water colour painting, arts and
garden groups, making a wide
circle of friends.
   She traveled on several notable
holidays with The Elder Treks
and on visits to relatives in
   Declining health forced a move
from the Beach after 49 years at
250 Glen Manor to Bradgate, a
retirement home in North
Toronto in April 2016.
   Lovingly remembered by friends
and relatives, special memories
are shared with Claire, daughter
and devoted care-giver; Dr
Sydney Smart and the staff at
Bradgate, St. Catherine's
Society, the CCAC and their
skilled team.
   The family is grateful to all the
help, aid, and encouragement of
all concerned in her final days
Her 'mortal coil' was donated to
University of Toronto's Medical
   Patricia will be sorely missed by
family and her wide circle of
friends both in Canada and
England. A memorial will be held
at Giffin-Mack Funeral Home,
2570 Danforth Avenue, on July
19th between 4 and 8 p.m.

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