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Thursday March 8, 2018

(née Athersmith)

It is with sadness that we
announce the death of Eileen
Coulton (Athersmith) on
February 11, 2018 at the age of
98. Beloved wife of the late
James Lloyd Coulton. Most
cherished mother of James
William (Judith Kashul) and
John David; Grama to Ruth
Ann Elizabeth (Eric Lemke)
and to James Michael
Athersmith; and Great- Grama
to Lily Ruth and Ella Ann. Born
June 24, 1919 in Goderich,
Ontario, the second daughter
of Elizabeth McCann and
William Fleming Athersmith,
both from the UK.
Predeceased by her sister
   Eileen attended schools in
Stratford, Ontario, Ulverston,
Lancs, UK, and then Stratford
Normal School where she
met Jim Coulton. Eileen and
Jim married on June 3, 1944
in Stratford. They located to
St-Hyacinthe, Quebec where
Jim served as officer in the
Royal Canadian Navy
Volunteer Reserve during
World War II. In 1945, they
returned to Toronto where
their sons were born. They
had a wonderful marriage
together, she a stalwart
supporter of Jim's
professional responsibilities at
Upper Canada College and at
Timothy Eaton Memorial
Church (TEMC). Together in
retirement, they travelled the
world before Jim died in
   Eileen was a volunteer
extraordinaire: Fred Victor
Mission; Church School,
Community Service Group,
and Food Bank, all at TEMC;
Ontario Welcome House;
teaching English as a Second
Language; Later Life Learning
at the University of Toronto.
And, with Jim, she founded
Inasmuch, a charitable
foundation supporting
specific projects led by
individuals in South Africa,
Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam,
and Toronto.
   Eileen was a role model: in
her early years, for lending a
helping hand and for her
strong leadership; in her later
years, for her gracious,
constantly positive manner,
cheerfulness and heartfelt
greetings. Her life- long
volunteerism was recognized
with the Community Service
Award (2003) from The
Empire Club of Canada; the
Citizenship Award (2010) from
the St. George's Society of
Toronto; and the Queen
Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Medal (2012).
   Eileen remained in her own
home and her family is
grateful for the dedicated care
of Majien Dela Concha,
Majielen Lalas, Adel Cho, and
Maribel David.
   Family flowers only.
Donations in Eileen's memory
may be made to Inasmuch (51
Caribou Road, Toronto, M5N
2A6); or to the Minister's
Discretionary Fund at Timothy
Eaton Memorial Church
(; or to The James L.
Coulton Scholarship Fund
( A Service of
Celebration of Eileen's life will
be held at TEMC on April 6,
2018, 2:00 p.m. She will
remain in our hearts forever.

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