Patricia Ann Himmelman
Patricia Ann Himmelman passed away peacefully on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, at the age of 75. Patricia had suffered many years with Alzheimer’s and is now at peace.
Patricia (Pat) was born in Calgary, Alberta, on April 2, 1943 to Laurence Arthur Himmelman and Margaret Joyce Himmelman (nee Mckittrick). Patricia was the oldest of five children.
Patricia went to Western Canada High School in Calgary and then went on to complete a Social Work degree at the University of Alberta. Through these years, Patricia was very active in most school sports and developed a love for sailing and swimming, both of which she excelled in. Patricia was also a very talented musician, passionate about the Arts, and enjoyed outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and skiing. Patricia very much enjoyed her summers at the family cottage at Chestermere Lake, and enjoyed traveling to Europe and Israel where she lived on a Kibbutz for a year.
Following her years of practicing Social Work in Calgary, Patricia moved to the West Coast. Later, Patricia moved to Montreal for a short time and then to Toronto where she settled permanently. Patricia was an intelligent, strong-minded and very intuitive person with many interests, which she loved to discuss with friends. She was ahead of her time regarding healthy living. She was involved with nutrition, Self-help, Gestalt Therapy and the Feldenkrais method which she believed in strongly, eventually training in it and joining the Feldenkrais International Association. Patricia loved swimming and did so almost every day. Patricia’s love for the Arts led her to a favorite, and that was Tafelmusik, where she regularly attended concerts and volunteered for many years.
Patricia is survived by her siblings Joy Himmelman, Katie (Himmelman) Grinham, Bryan Himmelman, Janie (Himmelman) Harris, and many cousins on the McKittirck side of the family.
Special thanks to: Kathryn Jones who was Patricia’s dear friend and Power of Attorney for her health for many years; Austin & Marilyn for their friendship and support to Patricia over some 30 years; and, a big thank you to Jacqueline Trinchan for the many years of companionship, loving care and fun that she shared with Patricia. Thanks as well to the staff of Fudger House where Patricia lived for many years.
There will be a Celebration of Patricia’s Life on Sunday, September 30th, 2-4 pm at the home of Austin and Marilyn, 252 Salem Ave, Toronto (east of Dufferin and south of Dupont). Please bring your “Patricia stories” and any photos you might have.
If friends so desire, please make a memorial donation in Patricia’s name to the
Alzheimer Society Canada.
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