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With a belief that the pillars of the temple are set apart for strength and the mighty oak does not grow well in the shadow of the cypress tree Ada Helen Hoffman ended her days standing strong in her own right as a wife, mother, grandmother and champion for fairness and equality, but with all her thoughts on those that she loved but never overshadowed.
After having just celebrated 63 years of marriage, Ada is survived by her loving husband Walter Hoffman of Toronto. Mother of three amazing children (known to themselves as ‘wee three’), Ada is predeceased by her daughters Susan Marie Hoffman and Catherine Jean Taylor. At her side through the remaining weeks of her life were loving granddaughters Laura and Courtney Taylor of Bowmanville and her only remaining offspring, son Alan Walter Hoffman of Cobourg supported by his wife Ann. Ada is also survived by loving grandson Karl Hoffman of Toronto and wife Wendy and Mary Dayman (nee Hoffman) and husband Andrew of Edmonton.
Ada will also be mourned by her brother Art Mariano and his wife Millie of Toronto and sister Rose Lafratta of Toronto. Predeceasing her in death are her brothers Johnny Mariano and Tony Mariano and sisters Pauline Mariano and Vera Mariano.
A native of Fort William, Ontario, Ada was known in high school for a smile that would cheer everyone up on Monday morning. She was also an avid horsewoman and a card carrying member of the Manhaters Club (which no one believed). Moving with her family to Dunbarton in 1947, Ada began a long career working with many executives and being as valued as their right hand. The most well known of these executives were Former Attorney General of Ontario The Honourable Roy McMurtry and Chair of the Liquor License Board of Ontario Andromache Kanakatsani, LLB (currently a Justice on the Supreme Court of Canda). After retiring in 1988, Ada and her husband persued a lifelong passion for antique clocks, phonographs and gramophones. Ada celebrated the quiet pleasures and enjoyment of all things refined. She will be sorely missed by all who came into her sphere of influence and benefitted from her loyalty, loving nature and unwaivering friendship.
Visitation will be held at NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME, 53 Division St. N. Bowmanville, on Monday July 27th, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JOSEPH’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 127 Liberty Street South Bowmanville at 2 pm. Private Interment will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Scarborough. Memorial Donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society or Providence Health Care Centre.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come, all we really have is today to find love, laughter and enjoyment with those nearest and dearest to our hearts. That's why it's called the present, because every single day we live must be taken as a gift to be savoured and shared.