Donna Ann Ryder
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 19, 1952
  • Place of birth:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Date of passing: Dec 30, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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This memorial website was created to keep the memory our mother, Donna Ryder, alive. Gone, but not forgotten.  

Donna Ann Ryder, 62, of Toronto, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. She is much loved and will always be remembered by all her family and friends.

Born in Montreal on April 19, 1952, Donna was the third child and only daughter of Edwin and Emma (nee Welburn) Ryder. She graduated from Dunton High School in Montreal then moved to New Brunswick where, after having three daughters, she studied sociology at the University of New Brunswick in 1989. She relocated to Ontario with her family and continued her studies, graduating valedictorian of her class – receiving her BA in legal ethics and sociology - from University of Toronto.

After serving a number of years as a legal clerk, Donna again pursued her educational interests studying social work at Ryerson University.

During her lifetime Donna fought for the rights of others and encouraged diversity. She was vocal about human rights, the rights of women, indigenous peoples, the disabled and homeless as well as the LGBT community. Donna also supported the work of animal shelters.

Donna is survived by her children and their respective spouses; Larisa (and Tim) Hunter of California and Corrinna Pole (James Sawyer) of Quebec, and two grandchildren; Draven and Astrid: preceded by her first born daughter Janelle Corrinna, her friend and attendant Frank, brother George and wife Elizabeth Ryder, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.

A private funeral took place on January 2, 2015, at Blue Springs Funeral Home, Acton, Ontario, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to local animal shelters or for acts of volunteerism which Donna was fond of.

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