With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Marlene Knight (nee Chisholm) on Friday, August 21, 2020. Marlene was born at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto on November 18, 1954.
She is predeceased by her father Hugh J. Chisholm (2008), her brother Michael (1996) and her sister Vera (1968). She is survived by her son Aaron Richards, her husband Carlos Lee, her mother Lorraine White, her stepmother Pat Chisholm, sisters Lynn, Liz, Valerie and Mies, and her brother Matthew. She also leaves to mourn numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, wonderful friends, and her beloved dog Maggie.
Marlene lived her life to the fullest extent possible, and it is difficult to sum up her many interests and accomplishments in a few paragraphs. She loved travel, gardening, any physical activity (why drive when you can walk or rollerblade?) and getting together with family and her wide circle of friends.
A long and fulfilling career at the City of Mississauga nurtured her interest in politics in general and good government in particular. Known for her creative Hallowe’en costumes, her love of reading, her desire for continual self-improvement, her tireless volunteer work and her strong social conscience, Mar was truly an inspiration to us all.
She handled her illness and the deterioration in her health with great courage and optimism. She was grateful for the constant outpouring of love and support from her family and friends throughout her illness. The family wishes to thank Meghan and Anne, nurses at Mt. Sinai, who provided Marlene with such compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, Marlene and the family have requested donations be made to one of her favorite charities- Doctors Without Borders, the Cancer Research Society, and/or World Vision.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”