Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Day of the Dead In Memoriam

 November is the Day of the Dead and the anniversary of my little sister's death in 2013.

August 24, 1955 – November 2, 2013
With her family at her side, Ursula passed away suddenly at St. Joseph’s Hospital Hamilton, on November 2nd, 2013 at the age of 58.  Ursula leaves her cherished children Caitlin Lazarus and Brennan Lazarus, her devoted partner Brian Underdown and her extended family Eric, Russell, Margot, Julian, Aubrey and Vivien Underdown.  She will be sorely missed by her sister Jackie McGuinness and brother in-law John Boisvenue and her dear cousin Laura O’Connell.  Born in Dublin and growing up in Montreal, Ursula was from her earliest years an adventurer.  After graduating from McGill, she joined CUSO as a teacher in Nigeria and travelled fearlessly through Africa in troubled times and other exotic places which influenced her decision to develop a career as a scientist devoted to vaccine research.  Settling in Hamilton in 1998 Ursula developed a successful practice as a patent agent with Gowlings.  Her family will remember her bright spirit, the many shared dinner conversations and her loving support. A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas.  A Service Celebrating Ursula’s Life will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday November 7th at 2 p.m.   In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, would be appreciated by the family.
You are missed.


  1. That's a very sweet memorial for your sister. I included my sister, parents and grandparents in my Dia de los Muertos post. And my cats. It's a good feeling to remember the love shared, and say goodbye again.

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  3. Your sister sound amazing. I see in your picture you have one of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. One your travels have you seen any of there works.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  4. Sorry to read about the loss of your sister in 2013, Jackie. It is a wonderful tribute to her. It's never easy to say good bye, but this is a great way to bring her memory alive again.

  5. Oh, it must be awful to loose a younger (or any) sibling. She sure left a mark in the world, hugs from here.
    I like that you celebrated her life.

  6. Another lovely person I wish I could have known. I would have enjoyed talking with her and hearing her stories. I think we could have been friends. You all treasured her - you all were lucky to have her in your lives.

  7. So very sorry Jackie, that must be (still) so very hard to lose your only sibling. And especially a sister. She sounds like a remarkable woman.


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