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  • 77 years old
  • Born on February 9, 1942 in Midland, Ontario, Canada.
  • Passed away on October 16, 2019 in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.
How do you sum up a person in a few paragraphs? How do you colour in the shades of a personality in mere words? The task seems impossible, yet we still try. Eulogies describe the good qualities of a person, making saints out of the dead. But humans, even the saintly ones, aren’t saints. Humans are complicated and simplistic, changeable and intractable, stubborn and hopeful, skeptical and credulous, stingy and generous, emotional and stoic. 

Susan Walker was all of these things. She was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend. She was a dreamer. She loved animals. She liked to play the organ and sing in the choir. She was a country girl, even though she spent most of her life in cities. She loved change for change’s sake. She loved her family and could see the faults in them clearly, while still loving them all the same. 

Susan had many happy memories and many disappointments. She knew tragedy and heartbreak. She tried. She failed. She tried again. She knew the power of laughter to help her and others through tough times. 

Our mother was not a perfect person, but she loved us and we loved her. She always made a point of keeping our father a real person to us, foibles and all. When she remembered him to us, she steered clear of making a saint of him. I think she would want us to remember her that way as well. As an imperfect human being, deserving of love all the same. And she has it.
Posted by Ruth Coutinho on October 17, 2019
Dear Susan,
Extending my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. 
Posted by Paulette Maher on October 17, 2019
A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory keep those memories close and dear to your heart. My deepest condolences you are in my thoughts.
Posted by Molly Raghabir on October 17, 2019
My deepest sympathy & heart felt condolences to the entire family! May you find faith & courage to pass this sad time! My thoughts & prayers are with you. May her beautiful soul rest in the garden of peace.
Posted by Jackie Jackson on October 17, 2019
Dear Susan,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. My sincere condolences.
Posted by Barb Witek on October 17, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.
Posted by Marie Wiseman on October 16, 2019
I don't know where to begin. My mind is all over the place. What can I say in a few lines about Sue, my best friend for 56 years. She was my adventure friend. Who would think that two 70 something women would try ziplining but we did and enjoyed it. We laughed and sometimes probably cried together but we never, ever had a falling out. Her family was everything to her and she was so happy to have them in her life. Her late husband John and my husband Tony were great friends from the start. There are many great memories of our time together. Rest in peace my good and dear friend. My life was so much fun with you in it.
Love you forever.
Posted by Tina O'Keefe on October 16, 2019
Susan was a lovely mother and grandmother. I am so happy to have had her in my life. She raised three wonderful daughters and her spirit will be carried with each of them. Sorry for your loss. Hang on to the memories!

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