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December 26, 1943 - April 22, 2016
Died peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Toronto East General Hospital after her very brave battle with Leukemia. Eleanor was 72 and wife for 43 years to Robert (Bob) Finlay, mother of Kate and her husband Stewart and Jennifer and her husband Glen. Loving granny to Lily, Nora, Mia and Cameron. Sister to Barbara (Don), Susan (Bob) and Ruth and her husband John.
Eleanor was born in Culdaff, Ireland and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She and Bob were married in 1972, also in Culdaff and moved to Toronto in 1974 where they raised Kate and Jennifer. Her working career began in London, England and continued in Dublin and Belfast. After raising Kate and Jenn she completed her career at the Scarborough Board of Education where she worked for 15 years.
Eleanor's greatest love was her family. She was always happy to warmly welcome family and friends from near and far for a dinner or extended stay. Eleanor enjoyed gardening, quilting and spending time with her grandchildren, most recently teaching the older girls to knit.
A visitation will be held at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, on Wednesday, April 27th from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service in memory of Eleanor will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m. at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue W., Toronto, followed by a reception at the Church. Thank you to the oncology team at Centenary Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada or the Princess Margaret Hospital.