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63 Mimico Avenue
Toronto, ON M8V 1R2
Phone: 416-251-7531
Fax: 416-251-5236
Lorna Martin

Lorna Martin

Tuesday, June 18th, 1929 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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Martin, Lorna Mary Alice (nee Endacott)

Passed away in her 91st year in her Lake Ontario shore home, built by her beloved husband Doug, almost 70 years ago. Surrounded by her gardens and the sound of the waves on her beach, Lorna gracefully completed a rich life.

She always coyly smiled that she was born 4 months before the big market crash of 1929 – somewhere she’s smiling to see what happens 4 months after her passing.

The tragic death of her daughter Lori in 1996 brought not just grief, but a determination to achieve a positive, lasting memorial.

Inspiring neighbours, friends, local businesses and service groups, Lorna and Doug built “Lori’s Legacy” into a million-dollar fund for cancer care at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto’s West End; where the chemotherapy clinic bears her daughter’s name.

This turning of grief into achievement came as punctuation to a life of community service – notably as President of the Volunteers at Lakeshore Lodge Senior’s Home. In addition, Lorna and Doug were passionate defenders of the lakefront, establishing the Lakefront Owners’ Association and teaching succeeding generations of new homeowners how to defend against over development and preserve water quality. They were early environmentalists.

Sadly, her success was darkened by the unexpected death of her son John in 2015; shortly after he retired from a long career in the Federal Government.

Lorna was predeceased by husband Douglas (2007), daughter Lorna-Lynn (Lori) (1996), son John Charles (2015) and by brothers Jack and Rod Endacott.

She is survived by Rod’s daughters Sandra, Carolyn and Linda and many cousins and their families in Canada, England and Australia. She will be missed by her wonderful neighbours, family and caring friends.

In her last years of life, Lorna became a patient at the chemo clinic that bears her daughter’s name. We would like to thank Dr. John Blondal and Clinical Nurse Janet Galbraith, and all of their amazing team, for the outstanding care she received, and Dr. Jennifer Clement, Lorna’s Family Physician, was an incomparable support, and friend, the last many years.

We would also like to thank Lorna's long term CCAC/LHIN Personal Care Worker Jackie for her loving care and friendship, and the management and caregivers of Qualicare for their wonderful care and professionalism throughout their time with Lorna, and Dorothy Ley Hospice for their help and guidance the last year.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 4:00 p.m. at the G.H. Hogle Funeral Home, 63 Mimico Avenue, Toronto, ON.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Lori’s Room Fund/Lori’s Legacy Fund at St. Joseph’s Hospital would be appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Friday October 4, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday October 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mimico Chapel
    63 Mimico Ave.
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  • Service

    Friday October 4, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Friday October 4, 2019 4:00pm
    Mimico Chapel
    63 Mimico Ave.
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  • Interment

    Private Interment
  • Reception

    Mimico Chapel Lounge
    63 Mimico Avenue


Donations are being accepted for: Lori's Legacy Fund, St. Joseph's Health Centre.


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Posted at 09:36pm
My sincere condolences to family and friends. She was a client for a very long time who will be missed. Rest in peace Lorna.

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Posted at 11:21am
Remembering our friend Lorna Martin. Lorna Martin was one of St. Joseph's strongest volunteers. She left a huge mark and we'll miss her very much.
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Posted at 11:18am
One of my favourite 'Lorna' stories -- a few years ago, she came to a neighbour's Christmas party. My partner Bil told her to let him know when she wanted to leave and he would walk her home. A little while later, another guest was leaving, and Lorna was putting on her coat. Bil said, 'Oh -- you're leaving? Don't you want me to walk you home?' Lorna looked at him and smiled and said, 'I've found a younger man.' She had a great sense of humour and she was so sharp. We will all miss her dreadfully but she truly is in a better place.

Vivienne Utriainen

Posted at 10:41am
Sadly, Lorna was predeceased by her husband, Doug, and her children, John and Lori,i but she leaves behind her a multitude of relatives and friends. I was a neighbour of Lorna's for over forty years and know that she will leave a large, empty space by her passing.

k arseneau

Posted at 03:46pm
We grew up going to their house. Our church youth group at Century United was always welcome there. Bonfires on the beach. I was just going to write her a "thinking of you" card when I heard the news. It feels to me as if this is the end of an era.
Keith Arseneau.

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