Died peacefully after a long illness, at 93 years of age. Predeceased by her mother Lena (our Babcha); her eight siblings Nick, Kay, Mary, Estelle, Nellie, Jean, Mike and Alec; her husband Jack (died 1994, he always called her Paul); her beloved son John (died 2017, Gilly); her close Aunt Eva (Curtis) Joseph (died 1965). Survived by her loving daughters Carole and Robin and her son-in-law Hannes, and Ted; her grandchildren Eva (Alan), Clare (Andrew), and Desmond; her great grandson Kai and Curtis siblings Lynda Green (Tom) and Bob Joseph (Mary), who were always full members of the Curtis family. Born on a farm in Sylvan, Manitoba, she came to Toronto with her mother as a child and needed to be independent at a young age. She married Jack, who she knew from the neighbourhood (the Curtises on Ryerson and Lubinskis on Denison) at age 18, and had two children by age 21 with the third child following 14 years later. It was a proud achievement when Jack and Paul bought the bungalow in 1956 that she would live in to the very end of her life.
Paul was a voracious reader (loving le Carré in particular). She was thoughtful and intellectually curious, returning to night school when her youngest was a child to complete high school. She passed her lifelong curiosity and determination to her children. Her daughters thank her for her conviction that they should aim to lead professional lives (one became a judge, the other a professor). Paul thought more than she spoke aloud but through her reading and continuous learning formed strong opinions nonetheless. She was loved by us for her independent mind, her humour and wit, her generosity, and humility. She was ever industrious, a collector of hints and remedies, a quilter, a knitter and a sewer, and she completed afghans for many. She was a friend to all animals, especially teddy bears. She was the bookkeeper and office manager at Carole’s law firm for 25 years, retiring at 78, only when the practise closed, and the office staff loved and respected her. The family is grateful for the extraordinary care, friendship, and love she received from Celia Smith and for the wonderful care in the last days of her life at the Dorothy Ley Hospice.
Funeral arrangements with Turner & Porter, Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street. Visiting on Sunday 19 November 2023 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral on Monday 20 November 2023 at 11 a.m.