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Thursday March 8, 2018



Passed away peacefully after living a remarkable life of 100 years. She passed surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at St. Michael's Hospital.

Predeceased by Frank, her loving husband of 66 years; her son, Garth (Vivian); and her daughter, Gia. Loving mother of Greg (Carol Ann), Guy (Sharon), Gary (Trish), Grant (Ramona), Gina (Laura), Garren (John), Glen, Anne (Ray), John (Jean) and David. Beloved grandmother to 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home (8911 Woodbine Ave., four traffic lights North of Highway 7, on the east side). Funeral service to follow on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Maple United Cemetery (Hill Street and Major Mackenzie Drive West in Vaughan). Details and condolences available online at

ETHEL COLE March 6, 2018

At 92, with her tennis racquet in hand, her skis on her shoulder, and a French book in her handbag, Ethel has left us. She was an extraordinary person and lived an extraordinary life. She enjoyed and lived fully each and every day.

She was independent, curious, open-minded, and determined.

While a private person, she was sincerely interested in her many friends and she was enriched by their affection. She had a warm and loving relationship with all her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry; and her brothers, Hy and Joe Feldman.

She leaves behind her sister and brother, Goldie and Phil Feldman; her sons, Stephen, Cliff, and Eric; her daughters-in-law, Wendy and Ket; her grandchildren, Noah (Heather), Luke (Alex), Rebecca (Dan), Ben (Adi), Ethan, Natasha (Skye), Evan, Darren, and Griffin; and her great-grandchildren, Jonah, Frances, Adam, and Ellie.

She had no regrets.

There will be a private funeral.

Shiva will be Sunday afternoon only, from 2 p.m., at 43 Deepwood Crescent, Don Mills.

JACQUELINE DESMARAIS (Née Maranger) O.C., G.O.Q. 1928 - 2018

Jacqueline Desmarais ("Jackie") - Passed away peacefully in the company of her four children, at Domaine Laforest, Sagard, in the region of Charlevoix, Québec, on March 3, 2018. She had a full and happy life of family, friends and service to the arts and the community in Canada and abroad.

Beloved wife of 60 years to the late Paul G. Desmarais; dearest mother to Paul Jr. (Hélène), André (France), Louise, and Sophie (Daniel); devoted grandmother to Paul III (Mary Dailey), Olivier (Adriana), Maximilien, Alexandre (Madeleine), Nicolas (Myriam), Philippe (Amanda), Sébastien (Alexandra), Jacqueline-Ariadne (Hadrien), Charles-Édouard and Chloé; and great-grandmother of Paul Gordon, Henry Tecumseh, William, Gaia, Théodore Alexandre, Olympia, Athena Louise, Alix Marie Hélène, Mason Hunter, James Christian, Amedeo, Nicolas Jean Jr. and Arthur Noël. She is survived by her sister, Yolande Sylvain; many nieces and nephews; and predeceased by her brother, Robert Maranger; and her sister, Lucille Rouleau.

A private family funeral is to be held at Sagard in the coming days, to be followed by a memorial service at a date to be announced.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, on September 20, 1928, to Ernest and Albertine Thanasse Maranger, Jackie studied nursing at the University of Ottawa and practiced in Sudbury.

Married to Paul Desmarais in 1953, they shared a powerful love for each other, from their early courtship to Paul's passing away in 2013 with Jackie close at hand.

Jackie was supportive of Paul throughout his business career. In the early days of their first undertaking, together they counted coins from bus fares at their kitchen table. Later she was a vivacious and gracious hostess welcoming guests from around the world.

Her love of music began with her father Ernest Maranger. She was an accomplished jazz singer and at the age of 20 had the thrill of singing 'Sophisticated Lady' with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in Ottawa. She acquired a deep love for classical music and opera with her dear friend and mentor the late Pierre Béique, former Managing Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, in whose honour she sponsored the Grand Orgue at Maison Symphonique de Montréal built in Québec by Casavant Frères.

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