Jill Toll Farrugia
Jill Toll Farrugia passed away peacefully at her residence at Stirling Heights on November 12, 2018.
Predeceased by her father Dr. Charles Toll and her mother Laura Ina Toll, Jill will be lovingly remembered by John, her husband of fifty-one years, her daughter Laura McCann of Toronto, her grandchildren, and in-laws Bert Hilhorst (Holland), Violet Depares (Malta), Anna and Sunnie Farrell, Orae Hiester and Yuanita Farrell, the latter all of San Diego. Jill leaves behind an array of family members in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Holland, Malta, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
Her life revolved around the arts, be it literature, music or sculpture. She loved to share her passion for English with her students and through her monthly book club meetings with her friends, who continued to visit her as her health declined. Many a time Jill filled in with her father's band and would then rush uptown to play the violin with the Trail Rossland Orchestra. She enjoyed creating beautiful sculptures, which she shared with family and friends and for which she received recognition.
In her youth in British Columbia, she was active in sports, mostly tennis in summer and, in winter, skiing Red mountain with Nancy Green when both were members of the high-school ski teams.
In her late teens, she took part in the Commonwealth Youth Movement in Canada and later spent a summer in the United Kingdom visiting and meeting youth members from other countries of the Commonwealth.
After graduating from Queen’s University in English, she obtained an education degree and later a master’s degree in English from UBC. There she met her husband John, marrying him on Canada Day, July 1st 1967 in Blyth, Ontario. After moving to Ontario, she became active with Cambridge University Women, the Cambridge Book Club and the Cambridge Cine Club as a member and later as President.
Jill did not simply visit this world, but gave generously of her time, both in her personal and professional life. She made a difference in the lives of many: teaching at Wilfred Laurier University, counseling at the Waterloo District School Board, mentoring at Open Door Adult Learning Center, teaching at the Toronto School Board and serving at the Community Justice Initiatives as Board Member and Vice-Chair.
Family was most important to Jill, and many memorable gatherings took place at the cottage on Lake Huron where she spent her summers with family and friends sharing tales whilst enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. Jill took great pleasure in helping her extended family prepare a Toll Family Float for the 150th Celebration of Auburn Ontario, which was like a hometown for Jill and many members of the Toll Family.
Perennially gregarious, Jill gathered a group of friends every Friday afternoon for a strawberry social to discuss current events. Stirling Heights ensured that these continued during her stay there.
As her mobility declined, many persons assisted Jill and for this we are truly grateful, but we extend special heartfelt thanks to the staff at Stirling Heights for their compassionate care during her stay and to Dr. Mueller who, giving unstintingly of her time, eased Jill’s journey.
At her request, family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Jill’s Life at the Dettwiler meeting House, 3445 Roseville Road, North Dumfries in the spring of 2019: Saturday, May 11th. At 2:00 pm..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Justice Initiatives, 49 Queen St., North, Kitchener, Ont. N2H 2G9 or to a charity of your choice.
A private interment will be held in Blyth, Ontario at a later date.