In Celebration of

Heather Boersma

October 19, 1959 -  October 16, 2020

Passed away in Mississauga on Friday October 16, 2020, at the age of 60. She was loved and will be missed by her beloved husband of 30 years, Victor Boersma and daughters, Quinn (Alexander) and Shea. She is survived by brothers, Brian (Elvira) and Paul and sister, June (Hugh).

Heather was born in Letterkenny, Ireland to the late Rosemary and Harry Patterson. She moved to Dublin at 17 to pursue an education and career in culinary arts. She loved to travel, and in 1986 took a job at the Irish Embassy in Ottawa, always in pursuit of her next adventure. Soon after, she met her husband, Victor. They married in Ireland in 1990, and the rest was history.

Heather spent much of her married life in Mississauga, raising her two daughters, working full-time, and developing deep neighbourhood and community ties.

She will be remembered by all for her fiery spirit (and hair), her glass half-full mentality, and her unbridled love and devotion to her family and friends.

Her funeral will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Details are provided in the Funeral Details section below.


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Judith and Richard Kirkness (Work with Victor)

Entered October 17, 2020 from Brampton, ON

Our sincere condolences to Victor, Shea, Quinn and your extended family. We have had the pleasure of working with each of you at Minotaur and came to know and enjoy Heather at our company gatherings. Our thoughts are with you all, along with our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Maureen Aubut (Cousin (2nd))

Entered October 17, 2020 from Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I was thrilled to have met cousin Heather (and the rest of the Boersmas) while I was in Brampton in 2016. A connection to my mom (Heather was a first cousin), from Ireland, from Letterkenny. And that Irish accent. I could sit and listen to it all day long. We did manage to get a few family gatherings in Nova Scotia and those I will treasure forever. Heather had such a strong spirit, was up for anything and always seemed to enjoy herself. I just wish I had found Heather sooner. Love to you all, Moe

Loudon Owen (Friend and former coworker)

Entered October 17, 2020 from Toronto

Victor, Quinn and Shea,
Heather stands out as one of the most wonderful and extraordinary people I have met and she was, of course, one of a kind. I wish I could join you and tell you in person how we met, and what a support she was over decades to me and my entire family, but I am unable to come in person.
I met Heather through my father. He simply said, ‘you will not meet anyone like this again, and you must immediately try and convince her to work with you’. If anything, he understated what an important part of my life she would become.
Heather (occasionally with the help of Victor, which I will never forget), wore many hats – coworker, advisor, supporter, confidant, the ‘doer’ who kept things going (through strikes, storms and anything else). But most of all she was a good friend.
She was committed, caring, and brilliant. She was both ferocious and gentle, often at the same time. I cannot imagine spending more than 5 minutes with her without laughing, learning or feeling somehow safe and ‘at home’. She not only took care of everyone she worked with, I was particularly touched as she was also incredibly kind to my father, who she said reminded her of her own dad and family.
Above all Heather had an infinite reservoir of pride in, and of love for, you her family.
Please accept my condolences.

The Western Canada Boersma Clan (Cousin)

Entered October 17, 2020 from Calgary

We are so sad to hear of Heather’s passing. We have very fond memories of our times together, staying with you for Thanksgiving weekend 28 years ago, and listening to Queen in your basement when we came for Oom Vic’s celebration of life. We always admired and enjoyed Heather’s high energy, sense of humour and positive attitude.

Our thoughts will be with you over the coming weeks as you come together to remember Heather.

All our love,

Olav, Dianne, Robert, David
Sigrid and Erica

Greg Shires (Friend)

Entered October 17, 2020 from Neutral Bay, Sydney , Australia

Our deepest condolences to Victor and family. Heather was an extremely important part of the Shires family , taking care of Christopher and Alexandra for several years as their nannie. Caring & loving, Heather did everything for our family . An excellent cook, it was always wonderful to come home to a new treat. We will remember forever our trip to Ireland, meeting Heather's family and being part of the wedding.
Love always,
Greg & Audra