In memory of

Christine Marie Reay

January 23, 1953 -  September 4, 2022

It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Christine Reay (née Szydlowski), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Christine passed away in the early hours on September 4th, 2022, at the age of 69.

Christine was an incredibly devoted wife to her loving husband Harold. In 1968, fate brought Harold and Christine together as teenagers, when Harold moved across the street from Christine. Their admiration for one another would quickly blossom into what would later become a loving and steadfast marriage of forty-nine years. As a young married couple, Christine and Harold worked hard and sacrificed in order to forge their relationship ahead and accomplish their goals of buying a house that they would one day raise their family in.

Christine was the absolute best mother to her two daughters, Andrea (Attila) and Julia (Sam). Christine had an unbreakable bond with her girls and was a constant source of support and guidance to them their entire lives. She was more than happy to be the central figure in her children's lives and that's all that ever mattered to her. Andrea and Julia will treasure the memories they have with her in their hearts forever. Christine loved her son-in-laws Attila and Sam like her own children and warmly welcomed them into the family with open arms.

Christine fully embraced the role of grandmother ("Grams") and wore the title with pride! She was a doting grandmother to her five adoring grandchildren - Mya, Daryus, Khloe, Jaxyn, and Ronyn. Christine played a pivotal role in caring fulltime for each grandchild until they began school. She cared so very deeply about their wellbeing and continued to be very involved in every aspect of their lives.

Christine was predeceased by her dear parents Zdzislaw and Danuta Szydlowski, who immigrated to Canada from Poland. Christine was the middle child of five and will be greatly missed by her siblings, Chris (Susan), Yolanda (Wayne), Peter (Lynn), and Lucy.

Christine's sole purpose in life was to nurture and care for her family. She was a loyal and loving friend to many. Friends, neighbours and family were constant recipients of her generosity, hospitality, and kindness. Christine was the definition of a selfless human being who continuously put others ahead of herself. Seeing others happy made her happy. Christine was a wealth of knowledge on many topics, and loved sharing her insights with others. She was a social person who enjoyed long chats with others and could initiate and engage in conversations with ease. She would do anything for those around her and never failed to be present for both the everyday activities and important milestones. Christine was the rock of her whole family - strong, brave, supportive, smart, funny, beautiful, caring and someone that everyone admired.

Christine will be remembered forever for the incredible woman that she was. May she rest in eternal peace knowing how much she is loved and will be missed.


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Davy Rooney (Family friend)

Entered September 7, 2022 from Guildwood

We were shocked and saddened to hear of Christine’s passing. She was such a wonderful and kind hearted woman. She will be sorely missed

The Wordley’s (Friend of brother)

Entered September 8, 2022 from Ottawa

Our heartfelt condolences to the family, what a wonderful life she lived. She’ll be missed and remembered by all.
Sending our love and support.
Max, Angela, Isabelle and Abigail Wordley

Nick Shirt (Friend of the family)

Entered September 8, 2022 from Toronto

My sincere condolences to the family. Christine was always so kind to us kids growing up. ❤️

Mark Coady (Friend)

Entered September 8, 2022 from Selwyn, ON

As a fellow Monarch Park alumni and friend of Peter Szydlowski I'd like to offer my condolences to the entire family, not only on my behalf, but also from the membership of the Monarch Park Alumni (in the beginning) Facebook group.

Linn Kennedy (Childhood Friend)

Entered September 8, 2022

I'm shocked and saddened to hear about Christine's sudden passing. I send my sincere condolences to all of her loved ones. I have many happy memories of walking up the Woodbine hill every day to school with the Szydlowski posse - such a wonderful and caring family! xo


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