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Obituary for Cynthia Edith Scott (Tolchard)

SCOTT, Cynthia Edith (nee Tolchard)

It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to our mother Cynthia Edith Tolchard Scott. She died at the age of 88 on October 6, 2022, at United Mennonite Home in Vineland, Ontario, surrounded by family. Cynthia was the loving wife of the late Michael Burbridge Scott (1928-1984). Wonderful mother of Karen Scott (Karel Valenta), Richard Scott (Ann Yeh), Jacqueline Scott (Graham Reid), Jonathan Scott (Mirjana), Jane Scott (Pete Woolidge) and Therese Scott. Beloved Nana of Melanie Faubert, Robyn Valenta, Michael Scott, Tobi Reid, Karel Valenta, Escott Reid, Robert Scott, David Scott, Finn Scott-Neff, Ming Scott, Kai Scott, Jem Woolidge, Quinn Scott-Woolidge and great-grandmother of Kapriel, Mila, Giles and Jesse.

Cynthia was an extraordinary person and a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. While we are relieved, she is released from the ravages of Alzheimer’s, we grieve for the mother we lost over the last few years and, finally, on October 6th. Despite her illness, she never lost her sense of humour, the twinkle in her eye and her fondness and appreciation of those around her. At a loss for words, she was still able to connect and make friends right to the end.

Cynthia led a life of joy, adventure and love, bringing a sense of magic and belonging to many people over the years. She was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on May 19, 1934 and grew up in Rugby, England with her parents and 4 siblings. At the age of 16 she trained to become a proud nurse-midwife. In the course of that work she met her husband Michael, a young doctor, and they married in 1957. They raised their family mostly in Orillia, Ontario but travelled extensively and lived in England, Australia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia at various points in their lives. After she was widowed, Cynthia went to York University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She became involved with Child Haven International and volunteered at Kaliyampoondi in southern India over the course of a decade.

Cynthia’s home was a gathering place for children, friends, various relatives, international students and lots of wild and domesticated pets over the years. Later, Cynthia’s home became a magical place for grandchildren to visit in the summer: to swim, to play, to explore. Over the years, she hosted many large and animated dinner parties with delicious meals of curry and other delights. She has passed on her love of food to the next generations. She enjoyed all the small miracles of nature and infused us all with an appreciation for the Canadian wilderness by packing gear and food and taking our large family off on many Algonquin picnics and camping trips.

Cynthia did not want a formal funeral or ceremony. With a laugh she had told us years ago she just wanted “a good party”. Travel and distance made it impossible for all the people who loved her to gather but please, take some time to be with family and friends, enjoy delicious food, raise a glass and tell each other stories. That is how Cynthia lived her life and how she would like to be remembered.

If you wish to commemorate Cynthia in any way, donations could be made to Child Haven International or to United Mennonite Home where she was cared for so sweetly in her final years.

Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at