In Celebration of

Marilyn Balan

July 24, 1942 -  November 7, 2023

We are heartbroken to share the sudden passing of Marilyn in her home November 7th.

Loving wife of Peter for 57 years. Cherished Mom of Bill (Nancy) and Stephanie (Dennis). Doting Grandmother to Nick, Mackenzie and Sara. Loving sister of Judy (Charles), Doug, Janice (Lee). Sister in-law to Mary (d) (Bill) (d), Susan, Norm (Donna). Loving Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Ken and Helen Ebert.

Marilyn was born in Tillsonburg and raised in New Liskeard. Studied Nursing at Plummer Memorial Hospital, Class of 1964. Moved to Toronto to marry Peter, the love of her life, who she met in the 10th grade. Toronto became home where she raised her children and supported Peter in his long business career.

Marilyn greatest joy was her family. She was very active in the life of all of her Grandchildren. She was often seen at a ski race, dance recital, school performances, and of course, the annual performance of The National Ballet Nutcracker which she was so proud to brag that her Granddaughters performed in for many years. Marilyn, an avid Maple Leafs Hockey fan, attended her last game on October 31st with her Grandson, Nick. Marilyn had many hobbies and interests which included Theatre, Bridge, Skiing, Travelling, Reading. Marilyn was a “professional” shopper; no one could keep up with her. Food critic before there was such a thing; she always knew the new and hot restaurant to dine.

Everyone loved Marilyn! Full of life and always cheerful. Loved a party or a chance to meet people and socialize.

Marilyn will be dearly missed by countless friends; life long and new alike, and extended family that she always enjoyed talking to and keeping in touch with as much as possible. And her “Grand Dogs”; Coco & Dior.

Marilyn was a supporter of The Hospital for Sick Children. Donations in her memory would be greatly appreciated.

Friends and family may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, on Friday, November 10th from 4-7 p.m. A Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 11 a.m.


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Antoine Marchand (Manager of the building she lived in)

Entered November 8, 2023 from Toronto

My condolences to the family. She will surely be remembered.

Erika Ilgenfritz (Friend of McCaffery’s)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Fort Lee, New Jersey

So sorry for your loss 🙏🏼🙏🏼

Paul & Deborah McCague (Friends)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Etobicoke

Our deepest condolences to Marilyn’s entire family. Marilyn was a kind hearted person with a great sense of humour and will be missed by all who knew her. Our memories of Marilyn will keep her in our hearts.
Sincerely, Paul and Deb

Andree Vigneault (Friend of family .)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Muskoka

It was with sadness that I learn of Marilyn passing this morning .

I remember Marilyn as a happy kind and easy to work with woman .
Always knew what she liked and wanted !
Always prompt to tell you if your work was exactly…. . or not was she envision .
Always with kind word and a smile on her face .

My deepest sympathies to the entire family .

I will be out of the country for a while , there for, will not be able to attend the celebration of life .


Scott Esplen (Friend)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Toronto

Nancy/Bill, I was very sad to hear the news of Marilyn's passing. She was a first class lady and a great Mom (Mother-in-Law) to you both. Heather & I will see you on Friday. Take care Heather & Scott


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